Fantasy football is starting to get back into full swing. Kind of. If you’re a fantasy football geek such as myself and you aren’t part of a dynasty league yet. Seriously, get yourself into one. I absolutely hate the fantasy football off-season and dynasty leagues bridge that by putting you into the seat of a GM as you wheel and deal yourself through the spring & summer. It’s a long time until September, however, we can start going through our rankings as OTA’s are behind us.
Over the course of the next couple of weeks, I will be going through my rankings in the scoring positions of fantasy football. That will be QB’s, RB’s, WR and TE’s. I hope you enjoy and as always, feel free to join the discussion with me on Twitter.
1. Andrew Luck
It pains me to put Andrew Luck into this position as I truly am not a fan of his work. I can’t put an explanation on it. Ask anybody in my fantasy football circle. I do not like this man. However, I would be foolish to not have him in this position going into the 2019-2020 NFL season. He finished as QB5 last year and his weapons have only improved with the acquisition of Devin Funchess. I don’t usually take QB’s that early in redrafts so Luck more than likely won’t be available to me. However, feel free to take him off the board as the 1st QB. You won’t be disappointed.
2. Deshaun Watson
Deshaun Watson finished last season as QB4 and he’s personally my favorite early round QB. Quarterbacks that want to get drafted onto my teams in redraft leagues must be able to move the chains with their feet. Deshaun does that with 551 rushing yards. I expect him to tone it back a bit to try and prolong his career. However, he’s still got a good enough arm to be valuable. Deshaun Watson will become everything we loved in Cam Newton during his MVP year. If I’m drafting a QB in the early rounds. Deshaun Watson is who I’m picking.
3. Aaron Rodgers
Some may be surprised Rodgers is so far up on this list. However, I believe Rodgers is still the best pure quarterback in the NFL. Nobody has a better touch with the ball than Aaron. He’s lost some weapons over the years which has impacted his play. Rodgers seems to be the type of quarterback that has to have trust in his targets. There’s been too much turnover in Green Bay for him to get that trust instilled. If he can stay healthy. Rodgers will finish top 5 in scoring again.
4. Patrick Mahomes
I really wanted to put Mahomes a bit lower on this ranking. I choose life though when it comes to feedback. Mahomes will more than likely lose one of his favorite targets in Tyreek Hill. Andy Reid’s offense is a gem for fantasy football production and I wouldn’t expect much of a fall from Mahome’s “sophomore” year. I do not believe he will ever produce like he did last year for the remainder of his career. Expect Mahomes to come back down to earth, which will be a consistent top 10 QB for his career. Nothing wrong with that.
5. Russell Wilson
Maybe a bit of bias here? I am a Seattle Seahawks anyway. I truly believe Russell Wilson is the best leader in the NFL. His team rallies around him and he puts his literal life on the line every time he goes out there. He also manages the most yards covered scrambling in the NFL. It’s probably not an official stat, but just watch a Seahawks game or two behind our offensive line. He loses Doug Baldwin due to injury but replaces him with the freak of nature athlete D.K. Metcalf. The offense is really coming together around him. Expect Wilson to run, throw and slide himself to a top 5 performance once again.
6. Baker Mayfield
Baker Mayfield would be the true definition of the “flavor of the month” quarterback. In this case, however, he is the flavor of the season. He is the “have to have” QB from most analysts this year because of what he showed last year & the combination of talent around him. The Browns took an already good offensive core and added to it with Odell Beckham Jr. Baker finished in the middle of the pack last season in his rookie year while only playing 14 games. Expect him to take a big step forward in 2019.
7. Carson Wentz
I am not the biggest fan of this man admittedly. He’s coming off yet another injury and doesn’t have the best weapons around him. But just like any other QB that is willing to make plays out of the pocket, he creates points with his legs. I think Wentz has a chip on his shoulder and due to his talent and high ceiling he will finish top 10 for sure. I just think he’ll be a bit higher.
8. Drew Brees
Old man Brees is still large and in charge. He has consistently been at the helm of one of the leagues best offenses. He loses his reliable running back partner in Mark Ingram, however, the talent he has around him is still one of the best in the league. The only downfall to Brees is over the past couple seasons the Saints have got a lot more conservative and run the ball more often diminishing Brees potential a little bit. He’s still reliable and worth drafting.
9. Matt Ryan
From one gunslinger to another. Matt Ryan just like the man before him. He leads one of the best offenses in the league. Julio Jones is still without a doubt one of the best WR’s in the league despite the Falcons utilizing him wrong. Calvin Ridley had an amazing rookie year and will only get better. I don’t usually like pocket passers, however, Ryan does leave the pocket enough to keep me content. I’ve won leagues with Ryan as my QB before. If you settle for Matt Ryan, you are settling for a fantastic QB.
10. Jared Goff
Jared Goff is a quarterback I’ve never had any shares of and I don’t think I ever would. However, he finished as QB7 last year and deserves the respect of being a fantastic fantasy option. He’s in the wonderful McVay offense that just simply puts up points. Wherever there are points, chances are the QB is being successful. That is Goff’s case. This offense looks a lot better with Cooper Kupp in the lineup so hopefully, he stays healthy this year.
11. Cam Newton
This man puts his body on the line every game for his team. He’s one of the only QB’s in the league that will put their head down and tries to blow up a linebacker to get that extra yard. That’s good for your fantasy team IF he can stay healthy. Poor Cam Newton by the time Week 12 rolls around has so many bumps and bruises he can barely play. I don’t think he will ever get to the numbers of his MVP season ever again, but he’s a serviceable QB due to his high ceiling.
12. Dak Prescott
I expect a lot of flak on this one. Last season I would have had Dak Prescott in the bottom 20, at least. Everything changed with the acquisition of Amari Cooper. He has provided a spark to this offense that they were lacking without Dez Bryant in the lineup. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Ezekiel Elliott miss a couple of games due to his altercation at EDC Las Vegas. Expect Michael Gallup to take a step forward this year as well.
13. Jameis Winston
Winston and Fitzpatrick last year would have combined for over 5,000 yards and 36 TDs. The Bucs have the talent on the offensive side of the ball to be world beaters. However, they don’t have the consistent QB play to get it done. Between Winston just losing all competency to throw the ball randomly and being suspended. They haven’t had concrete play from the QB position. I hype up the Buccaneers every year because I see the potential. They and Winston just always disappoint.
14. Mitch Trubisky
Trubisky comes from my favorite college school. Being a Canadian we don’t really have any ties to American colleges so I have always been a follower of UNC. While I don’t specifically like their football program. They produced Trubisky, who by all counts has turned into a serviceable NFL QB. He just hasn’t proved to me yet that he can play in the “big game” and I will always hold that over him for now. Trubisky is a QB I will be targetting in a lot of my drafts this season.
15. Kyler Murray
The new hotshot rookie QB is Kyler Murray. He takes over an Arizona offense that was simply laughable last season. They have David Johnson, one of the best running backs in football and they JUST DON’T USE HIM. Kyler Murray is an exceptional athlete as he was both an NFL and MLB first-round draft pick. Murray chose football in the long run and you should choose him for your fantasy team. Arizona has the weapons and he has the skill to make him a solid middle round pick. My only concern is the infatuation for rookie players in fantasy football. His cost may be higher than his potential.
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