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The brand new king
Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs – Earlier than the season, we recognized Mahomes because the late-round quarterback with the best fantasy upside, and even went so far as to recommend he could possibly be a top-five possibility in 2018. However nobody anticipated 5,000 yards, 50 touchdowns, and over 60 fantasy factors greater than the following closest participant. Mahomes is able to proudly owning the throne for years to return, however with so many good fantasy quarterbacks on the market, do not be seduced into overspending to get him subsequent season.
Again to type
Deshaun Watson, Texans – Because the careers of some star veterans come to an finish over the following couple seasons, 23-year-olds Mahomes and Watson will take over because the headliners. Watson, in his return from a torn ACL he suffered within the first half of his rookie marketing campaign, posted the fourth-most fantasy factors amongst quarterbacks in 2018. He is equally explosive within the air and on the bottom, evidenced by his 551 speeding yards and 5 speeding scores. Although his offensive line improved because the season progressed, simply think about what he may do with a stronger set of blockers.
Andrew Luck, Colts – Any doubts about Luck’s well being had been put to relaxation early within the season when he threw three or extra landing passes in eight straight video games. In the long run, he had the second-most passing scores within the NFL – behind solely Mahomes – and completed as a top-five fantasy quarterback. An underreported key to his renewed success was the Colts’ now-dominant offensive line, which allowed a league-best 18 sacks.
Drew Brees, Saints – After a yr wherein he posted simply 23 touchdowns in 2017, regression (sure, it may be optimistic) got here for Brees this season, as he tossed 32 scores. The soon-to-be 40-year-old nonetheless managed to place up spectacular numbers regardless of throwing the ball simply 489 instances, his fewest makes an attempt since 2004. With the protection and operating sport in wonderful form, New Orleans could be clever to put money into one other weapon within the passing sport, maybe an impression tight finish.
Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers – The drama surrounding Le’Veon Bell’s holdout did not decelerate the Steelers’ offense. Roethlisberger was the third-best fantasy quarterback in 2018. If he will repeat that feat, he must work to resolve the problems that popped up close to the tip of the season with star wideout Antonio Brown. The emergence of JuJu Smith-Schuster has given Pittsburgh the league’s finest receiver tandem, but when Brown had been traded, Huge Ben would fall to the QB2 ranks in fantasy.
Philip Rivers, Chargers – The Chargers had been extra dedicated to the run this yr, however that did not cease Rivers from once more slotting in as a low-end QB1. The veteran confirmed unimaginable consistency by connecting on a number of landing passes in 12 consecutive video games. With Mike Williams exhibiting indicators of a breakout subsequent to Keenan Allen, and a wholesome Hunter Henry at tight finish, Rivers will as soon as once more be a high-floor fantasy choose obtainable within the later rounds.
Restricted by scheme
Aaron Rodgers, Packers – It was a irritating season for these with Rodgers on their crew, as they had been pressured to observe him play in an unimaginative offense. The primary quarterback off the board in most 2018 drafts managed to accrue the sixth-most fantasy factors amongst quarterbacks. Happily, there may a contented ending to this story, because the latest rent of offensive-minded Matt LaFleur brings hope that Rodgers and Co. can bounce again to their former elite manufacturing.
Russell Wilson, Seahawks – A yr after being the highest-scoring quarterback, Wilson fell sufferer to the Seahawks’ new run-first offense. He was nonetheless in a position to end because the QB9 on the yr, a miraculous consequence made attainable by his hyper-efficiency. Seattle tried the fewest passes within the league however Wilson nonetheless threw 35 touchdowns on simply 427 makes an attempt. To check, Roethlisberger had 34 touchdowns on 675 makes an attempt. It’s going to be powerful for Wilson to ship like that once more except the crew rethinks its strategy.
Matthew Stafford, Lions – Previous to this season, Stafford hadn’t completed decrease than 12th amongst fantasy quarterbacks courting again to 2011. That streak was ripped aside as Golden Tate was traded and Marvin Jones hit the injured reserve, culminating within the QB20 consequence for Stafford. Even with the same quantity of makes an attempt as final season, Stafford noticed his stats drop dramatically with 3,777 yards and 21 touchdowns, his lowest output in over 5 years. Kenny Golladay and Kerryon Johnson are rising stars, however we’ll have to see Detroit add extra weapons earlier than we think about Stafford a fantasy starter once more.
On the mend
Cam Newton, Panthers – Newton was the QB3 heading into Week 14 earlier than re-injuring his shoulder, which led to a few subpar performances and in the end value him the ultimate two video games of the common season. Assuming he is wholesome by August, there’s loads of motive to be enthusiastic about Newton’s fantasy potential, as he groups up with one of many league’s most dynamic backs in Christian McCaffrey and a younger explosive receiving corps led by first-rounder D.J. Moore.
Carson Wentz, Eagles – A torn ACL robbed Wentz of a playoff run final season and a again harm has pressured the identical consequence this yr. With a lot hype round Nick Foles’ potential to step up in reduction, Wentz might be undervalued heading into the 2019 marketing campaign. Whereas he wasn’t enjoying on the identical MVP stage he established in 2017, Wentz did throw a number of touchdowns in eight of his 11 appearances. Extra importantly, his speeding stats had been considerably diminished coming off the knee harm. He needs to be again to 100 p.c come September, making him a sneaky goal in fantasy drafts.
Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers – Jimmy G suffered a torn ACL three video games into what was imagined to be his breakout season. With George Kittle and Dante Pettis rising in 2018, Garoppolo could possibly be coming again to a greater scenario than the one he left. Kyle Shanahan’s offense is a star-making machine.
Andy Dalton, Bengals – A thumb harm introduced Dalton’s season to an early finish, however you may depend on him to as soon as once more be a boring fantasy play subsequent season. Exterior of the odd huge sport, Dalton should not be counted on as something greater than a bye-week substitute.
Matt Ryan, Falcons – Ryan’s last numbers could have been the largest shock of all within the common season, as he practically matched the lofty stat line he produced throughout his 2016 MVP marketing campaign. A brand new offensive coordinator would usually be a motive to fret about Ryan, as he is usually put up decrease totals in his first yr in a system. Nevertheless, the Falcons are bringing again former OC Dirk Koetter, who served in that function with the crew from 2012 to 2014.
Jared Goff, Rams – When Cooper Kupp was positioned on injured reserve, Goff appeared to overlook the slot receiver who turned his security web. The quarterback threw for simply two whole touchdowns from Week 13 to Week 16, when fantasy managers wanted him most. With a full complement of weapons in 2019, the 24-year-old will return to QB1 vary, although an funding in Goff is extra like an funding in Sean McVay – which is a brilliant guess.
Dak Prescott, Cowboys – All it’s essential find out about Prescott’s 2018 efficiency is that he was the QB23 over the primary half of the season. Upon the arrival of Amari Cooper, Prescott was a fantasy drive because the QB6. Cooper’s presence as a real No. 1 receiver allowed different pass-catchers reminiscent of Michael Gallup and Cole Beasley for use in additional favorable methods, whereas additionally taking a few of the stress off the run sport. Prescott nonetheless lacks the elite expertise of the sport’s finest passers, however he is an intriguing fantasy asset heading into 2019.
Kirk Cousins, Vikings – Whenever you signal a fully-guaranteed contract as the ultimate piece of a Tremendous Bowl contender, it is comprehensible that you could be obtain a disproportionate quantity of the blame when your crew fails to succeed in the postseason. Cousins’ poor pocket consciousness behind a turnstile offensive line was by no means a recipe for fulfillment, and his seven misplaced fumbles had been the consequence. Higher days are forward for the quarterback if the Vikings can tackle their blocking points.
Tom Brady, Patriots – We’ll see what the Patriots do within the playoffs, however the 41-year-old Brady uncharacteristically missed receivers on far too many events through the common season. If he returns for the 2019 marketing campaign, New England’s essential precedence might be discovering playmakers to offset the declines of each Brady and tight finish Rob Gronkowski.
Jameis Winston, Buccaneers – Winston began the yr suspended and needed to experience the bench whereas Ryan Fitzpatrick starred early within the season. When Winston lastly returned to the sector, his penchant for turnovers promptly despatched him again to the sidelines. Nevertheless, when he was given a second likelihood in Week 11, his efficiency improved, resulting in top-eight fantasy numbers over the ultimate seven video games. The hiring of Bruce Arians, coupled with a proficient forged of pass-catchers, makes Winston an intriguing goal in drafts.
Marcus Mariota, Titans – As Mariota enters the ultimate yr of his rookie deal, he is nearing “bust” standing. His landing to interception ratio of 24-to-23 over the past two years is disappointing from a second total choose in his third and fourth seasons. He’ll even have a brand new offensive coordinator to take care of after LaFleur left for Inexperienced Bay.
Proved their worth
Mitch Trubisky, Bears – The sophomore made strides beneath new head coach Matt Nagy, which ought to give the Bears hope he can evolve right into a franchise signal-caller. In the meanwhile, although, his fantasy manufacturing is being salvaged by his speeding stats, which is OK … for now.
Baker Mayfield, Browns – Not solely is Mayfield a viable fantasy possibility for 2019, however he allowed Browns followers to lastly cease including names to their well-known jersey of failed quarterbacks. Mayfield was the highest-scoring rookie quarterback, powered by a robust second half wherein he totaled top-10 fantasy numbers. He’ll flirt with that vary once more subsequent season.
Lamar Jackson, Ravens – Jackson’s limitations as a passer had been evident within the Ravens’ playoff loss, and it is an space he wants to enhance in to turn out to be a top quality starter within the professionals. Nevertheless, his rookie marketing campaign was nonetheless a powerful success, as he saved Baltimore’s season and used his speeding potential to put up top-seven fantasy numbers as soon as he took over because the starter in Week 11.
Josh Allen, Payments – Earlier than the season, few would have guessed Allen could be in a piece titled “proved their worth,” however that is precisely what the Payments rookie did in 2018. Over the ultimate six weeks of the season, Allen had extra fantasy factors than another quarterback, due to 476 speeding yards and 4 speeding touchdowns. If the Payments can get a pair extra receiving threats and Allen can clear up his accuracy points, we could possibly be speaking about him as a borderline QB1 subsequent yr.
Room to enhance
Sam Darnold, Jets – The third total choose had his ups and downs as a rookie, however he seemed strong over the ultimate month after getting back from harm. The Jets’ offseason guidelines will certainly characteristic the addition of extra weapons on the ability positions and an offensive-minded head coach who may help Darnold’s improvement.
Josh Rosen, Cardinals – Rosen is in a scenario much like Darnold, with a brand new coach on the best way and a necessity for extra expertise round him. The Cardinals quarterback may have extra to show, although, after struggling by his season behind a weak offensive line.
Derek Carr, Raiders – It is unclear if Jon Gruden plans to exchange Carr this offseason or give him one other likelihood to show himself. What is evident is that Carr hasn’t been usable in fantasy for 2 straight seasons, and barring some main strikes, that will not change in 2019.
Nonetheless a starter?
Eli Manning, Giants – Giants basic supervisor Dave Gettleman wasn’t keen to decide to Manning because the crew’s starter subsequent season. Sadly, he is likely to be a yr too late after passing on a possible franchise quarterback close to the highest of final yr’s draft. Both method, Manning cannot be trusted in fantasy lineups.
Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins – Miami began its offseason by firing Adam Gase, and experiences point out it plans to half methods with Tannehill, as properly. If that occurs, his days as an NFL starter are over.
Case Keenum, Broncos – Keenum shouldn’t be the long-term reply in Denver and it is attainable he could possibly be lower after only one season with the membership. If he stays with the Broncos, he’ll be properly off the fantasy radar.
Hoping for a brand new house
Teddy Bridgewater, Saints – After recovering from a career-threatening harm, Bridgewater spent a yr rehabbing his inventory as a backup with the Saints. He’ll be probably the most attractive free-agent quarterbacks available on the market, and relying on his touchdown spot, could possibly be an attention-grabbing fantasy possibility, too.
Tyrod Taylor, Browns – The 29-year-old has his limitations as a quarterback, however he is a dependable veteran who’s able to posting high quality fantasy numbers if he lands a beginning job in free company.
Nick Foles, Eagles – Even when the Eagles make it to a different Tremendous Bowl with Foles on the helm, it is arduous to think about they transfer on from Wentz. Foles is a free agent after this yr however could possibly be retained together with his participant possibility or the franchise tag, then traded. If he finds himself in a beginning function, he’ll be within the streaming dialogue for 2019.
Joe Flacco, Ravens – Oh, how the “elite” have fallen. With Jackson locked in because the Ravens’ beginning quarterback, Flacco might be enjoying elsewhere in 2019. He is unlikely to be fantasy related in any state of affairs.
Blake Bortles, Jaguars – Do not even give it some thought. There might be a crew that takes an opportunity on Bortles however that does not imply you must.
Nick Mullens, 49ers – There is likely to be a commerce marketplace for Mullens, who performed adequately given he was a third-string undrafted free agent heading into the marketing campaign. Profession-wise, he is a strong backup at finest.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Buccaneers – As we have seen in Tampa Bay, Fitzmagic solely lasts for brief stretches.