We are heading into that time of the off-season where fans are getting their fantasy drafts set up and reviewing rankings. So we’re here to bring you the first part of our series, “Top 5 Fantasy QBs”.
- Aaron Rodgers. This may be a surprise to a lot of people, considering Tom Brady isn’t No.1 on this list. But we are here to explain why. Rodgers is a fantasy king when he plays all 16 games. Last year he totaled 129.6 points before injuring his shoulder. This year, a healthy Aaron Rodgers will take the fantasy world by storm. In many league’s, Rodgers is projected to score 300 or more fantasy points this season. Now Green Bay did get him some help on offense. They drafted Equanimeous St. Brown along with Marquez Valdes-Scantling this past April, giving Rodgers a little help down the field.
- Tom Brady. Okay, I didn’t put him that low on my list. You can now take a deep sigh of relief. I’m a guy that pushes to draft Brady in at least 1 league every year, and he never falls short of my expectations. Brady had a fantastic 2017 campaign, but he’s now down 3 receivers. Julian Edelman (suspension), Jordan Matthews (Released), and Malcolm Mitchell (Waived). Granted, Brady always seems to find a way to succeed with average receivers, fantasy wise & on the field. So this won’t hurt his stock much, if at all. Brady totaled 295.9 fantasy points last season, and is now projected to score 317.9 by ESPN. I’m expecting Brady to go on another historic run this season.
- Drew Brees. Brees is another player you should target in your fantasy leagues. I will also be targeting Brees in a couple of my leagues. With Kamara out of the backfield, recently acquired Cameron Meredith, Michael Thomas, Benjamin Watson, and Ted Ginn catching passes, I’m expecting another great fantasy year from Brees. He totaled 262.6 fantasy points last season in ESPN leagues, and is now projected to have 272.3 this year.
Deshaun Watson. Before tearing his ACL, Watson threw for 19 touchdowns in 7 games. 18 of those came in his final five games, and he did that on 157 passing attempts. That means every time he throws the ball, there is an 11% chance it’s a touchdown. That’s ABSURD? Not to mention, he still has a strong core led by DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller. The only thing dropping him so low is the injury. Some mobile quarterbacks have not been the same after tearing an ACL. RG3, is a big name I remember because he had so much talent, but due to his injury, we couldn’t see his full potential. He is still an elite fantasy quarterback, and did average the most points per quarterback with 24.1 and is worth drafting around the time Rodgers is drafted (ADP is 4.3).
Carson Wentz. Another mobile quarterback who was plagued by a torn ACL. Wentz suffered the injury last season against the Rams and is not expected to be ready for the season opener. Even though he missed the final three games of the season, he still threw for 33 touchdowns which is one behind league leader Russell Wilson. Wentz still has immense talent surrounding him which include Alshon Jeffery, Zach Ertz and Nelson Agholor. He has more talent around him than Watson but he will miss a few games. He’s still an elite quarterback and you may be able to get him at lower than his ADP (6.6) due to his injury.
Stafford plays in a pass-heavy offense and doesn’t really have a lot of help in the run game. That being said, he has a solid receiving core in Golden Tate, Marvin Jones Jr. and Kenny Golladay. The only thing that worries me about Stafford is that he throws to0 many INT’s.
Newton doesn’t pose a huge threat throwing the ball, but he is a huge threat as a runner. In his career, he has twice run for more than 12 touchdowns. Since he has huge upside as a runner, he is a lock for a top 10 fantasy quarterback.