The 2019 NFL season is rapidly approaching and given how close we are to kicking off the Fantasy Football year, I decided to get started on my personal rankings for all of the positions. Going through this process for the first time, writing fantasy football articles this offseason has made me realize how grateful I am for this opportunity. I never thought that I would be in a position to share my thoughts and opinions with people who are just as passionate about Fantasy Football as I am. Being able to share information with other fantasy players and have them read the content I write is something I have always dreamed of. So with that dream in mind, it is time to hunker down and get this content out to help you, The Whisper Nation, dominate your leagues this season!
While doing my rankings, I realized that there may be some players who I have near the top of their positions that the consensus may see as a reach. Over the next couple of weeks, I will be pumping out articles highlighting the players within the top five of my rankings for their positions. Quarterbacks will be the focus of this weeks’ article. We will be going through each QB ranked in my top five and I will discuss my reasons for why these players are deserving of their spot. Thank you again for taking the time out of your day to read these articles and I am excited to keep them coming for you this year!
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Patrick Mahomes, the gunslinger himself! Anyone that saw Mahomes play last year knew that he is pretty much a magician on the field. The things that he is capable of doing amaze even the most tenured of football fans. No look passes, left-handed throws, fitting the ball into seemingly impossible windows all are just some of the things that made the Arrowhead Stadium crowd ooh and ahh. Watching him on the field for the first time instantly had me hooked. For most of the 2018 season, I would make it a priority to watch Chiefs games just to see what amazing trick Pat Mahomes had up his sleeve that week. Mahomes ended the 2018-19 season with 5,097 passing yards and 50 passing TDs. The greatest part about Patrick Mahomes is that he did all of this in his first year as a starting QB for the Chiefs.
I have no doubt that Mahomes is going to be an amazing quarterback yet again, this season and he offers both the highest floor and highest ceiling among the entire NFL Quarterback class. He will, however, more than likely see some regression this year. I do not see any way that Mahomes matches his 2018 production in 2019. A more realistic expectation and my personal projection for Mahomes would be somewhere around 35-40 touchdown range and roughly 4,000 yards through the air. Kansas City has surrounded Pat Mahomes with some of the most talented weapons on the field like the best TE in the league in Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill(at least at some point this season after his suspension), Sammy Watkins, and a versatile running back in Damien Williams. I haven’t even mentioned Andy Reid, who is arguably one of the best coaches in the league, guiding Mahomes in his young career. Whoever drafts Mahomes will have a huge positional advantage next season, which may warrant his early-round asking price.
Andrew Luck is my favorite quarterback this year for fantasy. Luck has been touted as one of the most talented players in the league since being drafted by the Colts in 2012. The hype was a lot more subdued last offseason because no one knew whether or not Luck would be able to perform at his high production and skill level after his severe shoulder injury. Last season , Luck did not disappoint fantasy players who were waiting for his return. Not only did he make his triumphant return to the Colts after some people were not sure if he was ever going to play again, but he played the entire 2018 season and threw for 39 touchdowns and 4,593 yards. Luck is currently going in the middle of the fourth round on average in fantasy drafts. If he slips into the 5th round I am going to take him in a heartbeat and you should, with great confidence, that he will lead our teams to a championship this year.
The Colts under Frank Reich last year proved to the football world that they are not afraid to unleash Luck’s power if the need to. They passed on average 41.4 times per game last year and this was usually while they had a negative game script for passing. If they were willing to throw the ball in games even when they were up on the scoreboard, then I do not see much reason for them to slow down the passing volume this year. Even when the team relied more on the running game and Marlon Mack near the end of last season, the Colts were still putting up viable passing numbers. The other factor to take into account with Luck is that his rushing production has typically been in the top half of the league for quarterbacks, Although last year he had some weeks where he was lacking in the rushing category, I expect him to get back to his running ways in 2019. Regardless, Luck is a great quarterback in the NFL, and it translates very well to fantasy production
Deshaun Watson has been a budding phenom and has flashed absolute brilliance since being drafted just a couple of years ago. He impressed greatly both in his injury-shortened freshman and injury-riddled sophomore years in the NFL. I believe that Watson is going to be an absolute superstar in the league. The Texans have proven that they can surround Watson with tremendous amounts of talent and similar to Mahomes this should help him remain a legit fantasy football star him throughout his career. Watson has one of the top 3 WRs in the league in Deandre Hopkins, combine that with one of the best deep threats in Will Fuller, and also an emerging slot star in KeKe Coutee. Watson, easily has the potential to finish as the QB1 overall for fantasy this season, especially with his rushing upside.
It seemed like last year that Watson could do no wrong. Hopkins’ ability to bail him out of bad situations is an amazing feat to watch. All that Watson has to do is throw up a pass in the general vicinity of his #1 WR and Hopkins will go up and get it with his sure hands and other-worldly catch radius. Although Watson did not provide top 5 passing numbers last year with 4165 yards and 26 TDs, he combined that with 551 rushing yards and 5 rushing TDs. The combination of passing stats with his high rushing volume provides an extremely safe floor for the QB this year. In my opinion, these numbers could easily be just the beginning for Watson. It may be a tall ask but if Watson’s weapons can stay healthy this upcoming year, Watson has a clear path to the #1 spot in Fantasy Football this year.
It may come as a surprise that Aaron Rodgers has found himself at this particular spot in my rankings. Rodgers has been known as one of the most talented, if not the most talented QB in the NFL for years now. Watching Rodgers last year was painful because we know what he is capable of doing on the field. His best-known ability is being able to make crazy improvisational plays that leave people in disbelief. That was not the case last year, as Rodgers did not perform up to the standards that many people, especially fantasy football players, expected. The fact that Rodgers performed so poorly last year after being a top fantasy quarterback in past years gives me a reason to believe that he will more than likely return to form this year. Most people have Rodgers either #1 or #2 in their rankings. I just do not have the confidence that he will be able to outperform the guys that I have ranked above him.
Rodgers is bound to have a better season this year than last year. Mike McCarthy was putting a damper on the fantasy production of Aaron Rodgers and fantasy players felt it as well. The Packers decided after many years of McCarthy that it was time for a change. Matt LaFleur was hired to be the new head coach for the team this upcoming season. What worries me about LaFleur is that we never have seen him this position as a head coach before. Given LaFleur’s past there is a possibility that his offense could lean heavily on the running game this year with Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams gathering a much larger role in the offense. The head coaching change while slightly worrisome is not too much of a concern because we know who calls the shots in Green Bay and Rodgers will likely be given free reign to do as he likes at the line of scrimmage.
As Philly fan, his ranking may seem bias (and it might be) but having Carson Wentz at my #5 spot over Baker Mayfield was a hard decision to make. The difference between the two is that I think Carson Wentz could be a league-winning pick much like Patrick Mahomes last year. Although Wentz has huge upside this year, in my opinion, he also has the lowest floor of my top 5 QBs. He has been riddled with injuries year after year since tearing his ACL on his MVP campaign back in 2017. Wentz looked good last year coming off from his major injury only to find out that he broke his back and would once again have to give up his starting spot to Nick Foles for the rest of the season. Everyone could tell that Carson did not have the same mobility as before the torn ACL, which led to lower rushing production out of him last year. If Wentz cannot regain that part of his arsenal then as fantasy GMs we will be left wanting more.
The upside that Wentz provides is that he is now two years removed from tearing his ACL, and the Eagles are ready to have their starting quarterback return. The Eagles’ front office has done an amazing job surrounding him with some of the best talent in the NFL at the skill positions. The addition of Desean Jackson alone gives Carson something that he has never had before which is a dangerous threat down the field. With Ertz and Jefferey as security blankets, I believe that Wentz is going to let it fly this year. When healthy, Wentz is one of the most talented quarterbacks in the league and he is capable of making Houdini-esque plays on any given down. With his ACL tear and back injury completely behind him, I think that Wentz will be able to return to his near-MVP. Regaining mobility is a huge part of his game and I suspect it will return, as will Wentz’s ability to be a top Fantasy Football option at QB in 2019.
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