The number of endless preseason games can only signify that it is officially fantasy football season. In the coming weeks, people will be frantically scheduling their fantasy drafts ahead of the regular season.
Before you attack the draft, you need to know which quarterbacks should be at the top of your draft board. Contrary to belief, you can wait until the later rounds to draft your quarterback, too.
Last year, Patrick Mahomes was a mid-to-late round pick and ended up carrying people to the fantasy football promised land. There likely aren’t late-round quarterbacks who will throw for 50 touchdowns but there are ones who could still provide you with a ton of upside.
However, we aren’t here to discuss the quarterbacks who are going later in drafts. We are here to determine the top 10 quarterbacks that should be taken in fantasy drafts. Here they are for your viewing pleasure.
10. Jared Goff
Since Sean McVay was hired as the Los Angeles Rams’ head coach, Jared Goff has continually grown as a quarterback in the past two seasons. Over the last two years, the Rams have had a top two scoring offense with Goff at the helm.
Last year, Goff finished with 310.3 fantasy pointsw in ESPN standard leagues. The No. 1 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft was the seventh-best fantasy quarterback in 2018 and is poised for another phenomenal campaign in 2019.
9. Drew Brees
Entering his 19th season in the NFL, Drew Brees is absolutely still fantasy relevant. At 39 years old in 2018, Brees completed 74% of his passes for 3,992 yards, 32 touchdowns, and five interceptions.
Now at 40 years old, the deep shots are harder to come by due to the noticeable decline in Brees’ arm. Throughout last season, Brees averaged just 7.1 air-yards per passing attempt (eighth-lowest in NFL). Brees should still finish as a top-10 fantasy quarterback in 2019.
8. Andrew Luck
If it weren’t for the question marks surrounding Andrew Luck’s health, he’d likely make it into the top five of the list. However, it seems as if Luck has a “little-bone issue” that is preventing him from practicing right now.
Luck missed the entire 2017 season due to a shoulder injury but returned with a vengeance, throwing for 4,593 yards and 39 touchdowns the next year. For this season, if Luck can remain healthy, the Indianapolis Colts’ QB should have another successful season.
7. Carson Wentz
Similarly to Luck, the only circumstance that obstructs Carson Wentz’s fantasy value is his injury issues. In the past two seasons, Wentz has suffered two injuries that have ended his season prematurely.
Despite the injuries, Wentz has flashed his potential as one of the NFL’s best quarterbacks in the games he has played in. Coupled with the additions of DeSean Jackson and JJ Arcega-Whiteside and it’s hard not to be excited about Wentz’s fantasy outlook.
6. Cam Newton
When looking for a quarterback in fantasy football, it’s wise to consider one who can give you some upside in the rushing game, too. Look no further than Cam Newton, who is the poster boy for mobile quarterbacks.
Newton sustained an injury to his throwing shoulder in 2018 and has had to rework his throwing motion throughout the offseason. Since coming into the NFL in 2011, Newton has averaged 601 yards and seven rushing touchdowns per season.
5. Baker Mayfield
We usually have a newcomer every season in the league’s best fantasy quarterbacks. This year, Baker Mayfield seems like the most likely candidate to make a leap into fantasy significance.
After his rookie season in 2018, Mayfield finished as the 16th highest-scoring quarterback in fantasy football. The confident quarterback should see a bump in his numbers after Cleveland acquired Odell Beckham Jr. in the offseason.
4. Aaron Rodgers
Despite the fan and media consensus, Aaron Rodgers is still one of the league’s best quarterbacks. If having 4,442 yards, 25 touchdowns, and two interceptions is a bad year; then sign me up for a slightly less “bad” year in 2019.
With the arrival of Matt LaFleur as the Green Bay Packers’ head coach, the offense should allow more freedom for Rodgers. Even in a “down” season in 2018, the Packers’ gunslinger finished as the sixth-best fantasy quarterback.
3. Matt Ryan
Matt Ryan shrugs off your stale “28-3” jokes and may do you a favor in leading you to fantasy football success—he’s the third-best QB.
Last year, Ryan threw for 4,924 yards, 35 touchdowns, and seven interceptions. If it weren’t for Mahomes throwing for (roughly) 100 touchdowns, Ryan would’ve been the best fantasy quarterback in 2018.
2. Deshaun Watson
Again, mobile quarterbacks are always viable to consider when you’re drafting your fantasy football team. Among the mobile quarterbacks to consider, the one with the highest ceiling is Deshaun Watson.
In just two seasons, Watson has become one of the up-and-coming stars at the quarterback position. Even though he was sacked 62 times, Watson still managed to rush for 551 yards and five touchdowns in 2018.
1. Patrick Mahomes
To no one’s surprise, the NFL’s MVP in 2018 leads the pack at QB in fantasy football. Mahomes took the league by storm in 2018 with 5,097 yards and 50 touchdowns. He also helped a ton of people win their fantasy leagues singlehandedly, which was a nice gesture.
As good as Mahomes is, it’s tough to envision him replicating the 417.1 fantasy points he had last year. With that being said, the ketchup-loving quarterback should produce numbers that make him well worth drafting in fantasy.