With season-long fantasy football drafts right around the corner, five of our top NFL writers have compiled their list of top 20 Quarterbacks for the 2019 NFL season. These rankings are based off of standard PPR scoring via DraftKings and can be used as a cheat sheet for your fantasy football drafts. All five writers submitted their top 20 and the composite rankings are listed below. Our writers also provided in-depth analysis for tight ends they found stood out as sleepers or potential busts.
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Here are their rankings:
Top 20 Quarterbacks
1) Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs
2) Andrew Luck, Colts
3) Deshaun Watson, Texans
4) Aaron Rodgers, Packers
5) Baker Mayfield, Browns
6) Matt Ryan, Falcons
7) Drew Brees, Saints
8) Cam Newton, Panthers
The Panthers QB is currently being drafted outside the top 5 at the position, which finally provides decent amount of value this season. He was on track for one of his best seasons in 2018, averaging 27 fantasy points in his first seven games and eclipsing 30 points in three of those games, but inevitably got hurt and couldn’t finish the season in the same fashion. Carolina should take his rehab slow similar to Andrew Luck last season, leaving the possibility of Newton sitting all throughout the preseason and maybe into the regular season, but we shouldn’t be worried. His value is not only tethered to his play on offense, the Panthers didn’t do much in the offseason on defense to improve; they ranked ninth worst in pass defense per DVOA and 22nd in total defense. Christian McCaffrey should see his total touches decrease by a small margin and we should see Cam’s red-zone attempts go down a touch to start the season. However, without a clear-cut goal line option in Carolina, it may again be Cam calling his own number inside the 10-yard line, where he rushed 12 times and nabbed five touchdowns last season. — Reid Fowler (his rank: 9)
9) Russell Wilson, Seahawks
10) Carson Wentz, Eagles
11) Jameis Winston, Bucs
Last season, Winston had to deal with the curse of Fitzmagic at the beginning of the season and didn’t play four of the first five games of the year. While his record after he returned was mediocre, his fantasy numbers were strong as long as your league doesn’t penalize brutally for turnovers. With pass-heavy head coach Bruce Arians now in place and a very strong WR corps, Winston has a very high ceiling if he keeps taking all the shots down field. He’ll have to clean up the turnovers to turn the Bucs around but is poised for fantasy success either way. — Zach Thompson (his rank: 7)
12) Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers
13) Jared Goff, Rams
14) Kyler Murray, Cardinals
15) Philip Rivers, Chargers
16) Dak Prescott, Cowboys
17) Lamar Jackson, Ravens
Despite Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti’s claims that Jackson “won’t be running 20 times a game” in 2019, I’d still be shocked if the sophomore pivot didn’t exceed 750 rushing yards by season’s end. Jackson racked up 554 yards on 120 attempts in his seven starts to close out 2018, a stretch where the Louisville product led all QBs in fantasy points registered per drop back (0.73). Sure, there’s obvious risk in utilizing a quarterback with the throwing deficiencies that Jackson possesses, but to be as highly efficient a fantasy asset as he was with a 3.6% passing touchdown rate is absurd. The hope would simply be that any regression we see in the rushing stats is replaced by gains in his conventional QB play. Sitting top-10 in red zone carries for a second consecutive campaign would be nice, too. — Garion Thorne (his rank: 15)
18) Tom Brady, Patriots
19) Kirk Cousins, Vikings
20) Mitchell Trubisky, Bears
Also receiving votes: Josh Allen, Bills; Derek Carr, Raiders
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