Let’s talk fantasy football.
Who will make the top 20 cut, and who will not? Here are my fantasy quarterbacks ranked from 20-1 heading into 2019.
20. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
The hope this season would be that Stafford finds himself into more fantasy lineups, rather than waiver wire fodder. Marvin Jones returning to the mix should help. Though for now, though, Stafford can enjoy the basement at No. 20, just where he finished last year.
19. Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders
Carr was a fantasy bum last season after producing a career-low 19 passing touchdowns. The addition of Pro-Bowl wideout, Antonio Brown hopefully makes Carr relevant in 2019. He should be around super-late in drafting for those willing to take a flyer.
18. Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills
Allen might just prove this ranking wrong. He has the ability to finish as a top-10 fantasy quarterback if he can improve immensely on his 10 passing touchdowns from last year.
All the while, Allen will continue to reward with his feet after rushing for 631 yards and eight touchdowns in his rookie campaign.
17. Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals
Speaking of mobile, Murray is going to keep the fantasy spoils rolling in with his fancy footwork. He also has a great arm and an excellent receiving corps to spread the ball. Look for plenty of short passes too, to land in David Johnson’s hands.
16. Mitch Trubisky, Chicago Bears
I have Trubisky huddled about where he finished in points last year. He might even move up the chains if he surpasses his 3,223 passing yards and 24 touchdowns recorded last year. At this point, Trubisky makes for a serviceable QB2 with a high ceiling of potential.
15. Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams
Goff took a tumbling down the ranks because he did nothing to impress the entire postseason. He threw for one touchdown in three games and also managed just two other passing scores between Weeks 13-16. Maybe the return of Cooper Kupp will help Goff get back into my good graces.
14. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
Big Ben took some steps back because of the obvious — no Antonio Brown. It has been since 2011 that Roethlisberger has had Brown to lean on. Now, the veteran quarterback will have to learn to rely upon JuJu Smith-Schuster as his top fantasy point earner.
13. Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles
It is difficult to rank Wentz much higher due to the fact that he cannot stay healthy. If he can, then Wentz should reward with QB1 fantasy points more often than not. The addition of Desean Jackson only helps Wentz’ value in my opinion.
12. Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys
Prescott will have a full year on tap of playing with Amari Cooper. The two developed fantastic chemistry last year which should keep Prescott thriving. The addition of Randall Cobb and the return of Jason Witten will also help. Plus, Prescott should be good for five-to-six rushing touchdowns on top of all of his passing points.
11. Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings
Cousins may not have taken his team to the playoffs, but that does not mean he won’t help your fantasy team trying to so this year. He is practically a slam-dunk to pass for at least 4,000 yards and 25-30 touchdowns. But, because Cousins fell apart late last year, he should be able to be drafted on the ultra-cheap.
10. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
Brady is another quarterback who slipped to backup status in two mock drafts I recently did. But there is nothing wrong with stockpiling your draft picks and waiting late to snag him. The GOAT is durable, and will most of the time, earn you QB1/2 points. Just prepare for that clunker of a performance every now and then.
9. Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers
Rivers is Mr. Consistency in fantasy. He has passed for no less than 4,286 yards and 29 touchdowns from 2013-2018. He even cut back on his picks the last two seasons. He makes a great late-round choice for those who hate reaching for a quarterback.
8. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
Wilson is a dual-threat who has many exciting weapons at his disposal. He likely won’t get you 4,000-plus passing yards, but the 69 passing touchdowns he has managed in 2017-18 keep him valued well heading into 2019.
7. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
Brees is one of the most trustworthy quarterbacks to be had in fantasy.
Because the Saints have employed a heavier run scheme over the past couple of seasons, Brees’ value has lessened a bit. But minus Mark Ingram and plus tight end Jared Cook, Brees might take to making more plays with his arm.
6. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
For the Falcons to remain competitive, Ryan will continue throwing the ball a ton. He has yet to dip under the 4,000-yard marker since 2010. This equates to points galore no matter who is catching the ball. And, one of those big “whos” is Julio Jones. Need I say more?
5. Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns
Going on a limb, I see Mayfield potentially finishing as a top-five this year. The hype train in Cleveland is as real as it gets. Mayfield will be surrounded with an awesome receiving roster including the ultra-talented Odell Beckham Jr. The sky should be the limit for Mayfield.
4. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Despite the Packers struggles last year, Rodgers still finished as the No. 6 fantasy quarterback. He will look to improve on this, when hopefully more than 25 passing touchdowns get accomplished. Extremely accurate, Rodgers has not thrown for double-digit interceptions since 2010.
3. Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans
The top-three quarterbacks here are up for debate. Watson could easily finish No. 1 due to his mobility and his handy/dandy wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. Though beyond Hopkins, Watson’s other receivers need to stay healthy.
If this is the case, look for Watson to add to the 31 combined touchdowns and 4,165 passing yards produced last year.
2. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
No. 2? Yes. With the uncertainty of Tyreek Hill’s status, Mahomes could suffer a slight setback. Even if Hill plays, it would be a challenge for Mahomes to repeat his 50 passing touchdowns and 5,097 yards from last year. But, I challenge the young quarterback to prove me wrong.
1. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
Luck could easily finish 2019 as the top-ranked fantasy player. Aside from T.Y. Hilton helping Luck’s value, Devin Funchess should turn Luck’s targets into gold. Luck also has rookie standout, Parris Campbell in the mix. Lastly, tight end Eric Ebron will be a big ex-factor. He contributed by catching 13 of Luck’s 39 touchdowns last season.