With tons of quarterback movement occurring throughout this past offseason, one that has been incredibly unique for a variety of different reasons, the 2020 campaign should be one of the more interesting go-rounds in recent years. Whether it is former New England Patriots signal-caller Tom Brady heading to Tampa Bay, former Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton going to the Patriots, a resurgent Teddy Bridgewater joining the Panthers, the carousel just keeps going around and around ahead of 2020.
Although this storyline will no doubt carry into the upcoming regular season, quarterback play in general always remains near the top of the list for any season. While 2020 will be no different, there will be signal-callers that both excel and struggle mightily as fans of a few teams may not be too thrilled about the following list.
However, it is possible for a quarterback to play relatively well while having little to no impact on fantasy football so everyone who is a fan of the Las Vegas Raiders, Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts, Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers should just start crossing their fingers now.
5. Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders
With former Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota breathing down his neck, Las Vegas Raiders signal-caller Derek Carr will need to play well to stay on the field. However, the more and more Raiders head coach Jon Gruden speaks highly about Mariota, the closer we may be getting to Carr’s last days in Sin City.
If Carr stumbles even a little bit in 2020, expect the Raiders and Gruden to give Mariota a shot under center before too long. Because the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs still reside in the AFC West, the Raiders cannot even waste a second if Las Vegas is going to compete this season.
4. Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns
It is now or never for Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield as the AFC North franchise is currently under the direction of new head coach Kevin Stefanski. With Stefanski and company really needing Mayfield to succeed if the Browns are going to rebound in 2020, it is also a big year for the former No. 1 overall pick on an individual level as Cleveland will be mulling over the ex-Heisman Trophy winner’s future with the franchise.
However, it might just not be meant to be for Mayfield in Cleveland as there is simply too much talent on this roster already for the former Sooners standout to not have broken out in a big way yet.
3. Philip Rivers, Indianapolis Colts
After a lengthy stint with the Los Angeles Chargers, veteran quarterback Philip Rivers will be playing outside of California for the first time in his NFL career in 2020.
Because Rivers isn’t getting any younger in addition to being forced to learn a brand-new offense during a very strange offseason, there might not be too much left in the tank other than to keep collecting a paycheck at this point in his career. Not only that, but Rivers isn’t exactly coming off of a stellar season, which was ultimately his last with the Chargers, as he led Los Angeles to an underwhelming 5-11 regular-season record in 2019.
2. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
Longtime Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will be coming off a significant injury in 2020 while the heralded AFC North franchise will surely ask quite a bit from “Big Ben,” who may need to carry this team if it is going to return to the playoffs after missing out on the fun in 2019.
As a result, it remains to be seen as to whether or not Roethlisberger can still play at such a level to carry the Steelers while his injury history certainly won’t help such an effort. Even with a few other pieces in place on offense, don’t expect any crazy numbers from Big Ben this time around, especially from a fantasy football standpoint.
1. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
This one is pretty simple. The Green Bay Packers will rely heavily on the team’s rushing attack while future Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Aaron Rodgers won’t be asked to do all that much over the course of a game. Not only that, but the Packers literally only have Pro Bowl wide receiver Davante Adams for Rodgers to target in volume as the veteran signal-caller doesn’t have very many options along the outside.
As a result, Rodgers can still contribute and lead the Packers back to the postseason without putting up gaudy numbers as a fantasy quarterback. Instead, Green Bay will slowly and methodically defeat its opponents in 2020.