NFL Fantasy Preview: Ranking the QBs
By Outer Banks Voice on August 20, 2020
By Aaron Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice
As we cross our fingers hoping for a successful start to the NFL in this pandemic season, it’s time to prepare for that annual ritual that occurs right before the season – the NFL fantasy draft. We’ll start off today with our rating of the quarterbacks.
Top 10 Fantasy Quarterbacks (in ascending order)
Aaron Rogers (NFL.COM)
- Aaron Rodgers: Rodgers may be past his prime, but he still has great weapons like Devante Adams and Aaron Jones. The cast of receivers also includes Allen Lazard, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, and Equanimeous St. Brown. Even though Rodgers isn’t quite the thrower he used to be, he is still a playmaker.
Dak Prescott (NFL.COM)
- Dak Prescott: I think Dak is a middle-of-the pack quarterback, but he will definitely put up stats this year with a loaded offense. Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, Blake Jarwin, and 1st round draft pick CeeDee Lamb will make him look good.
Matt Ryan (ATLANTAFALCONS.COM)
- Matt Ryan: No matter what you think about Matt Ryan, you can’t deny he puts up impressive stats every year and is a Top 10 fantasy QB year in and year out. Last year, Ryan threw for 4,466 yards and 26 TDs with 14 interceptions. The year before, he threw for 4,924 yards 35 TDS and only 7 interceptions.
Matthew Stafford (NFL.COM)
- Matthew Stafford: Last year, Stafford started eight games before getting injured, and in those eight games, he put up 19 passing touchdowns and 312.4 passing yards per game. With Kenny Golladay and a potential breakout player in TJ Hockenson, Stafford will put up good numbers again in 2020.
Carson Wentz (NFL.COM)
- Carson Wentz: Wentz actually had a very good season last year, leading a team with practice squad receivers to the playoffs. He threw for over 4,000 yards without a single 500-yard receiver. He had 27 TDs with only 7 interceptions. Now, Desean Jackson is healthy again, along with getting Alshon Jeffery back, two Top 15 tight ends and 1st round draft pick Jalen Reagor.
Deshaun Watson (NFL.COM)
- Deshaun Watson: Even though the Texans traded away Deandre Hopkins, you can argue that the Texans’ receiving core is better than it was last year. You have Will Fuller and Kenny Stills returning. And new acquisitions like Brandon Cooks and Randall Cobb will sure help Deshaun. He can also use his legs, which just makes him even more valuable.
Russell Wilson (SEAHAWKS.COM)
- Russell Wilson: Russell Wilson is a Top Three quarterback in the NFL and has been for a couple of years now. With weapons like Tyler Lockett, Dk Metcalf, Will Disley, and Greg Olsen, Wilson will have another great year. Plus, another guy who can make and extend plays with his legs.
Kyler Murray (NFL.COM)
- Kyler Murray: Hear me out on this I think Murray could win MVP next year if the Cards make the playoffs. With new addition Deandre Hopkins, who is the second-best receiver in football, as well as Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk. Murray will be able to air the ball out this season and earn points with his legs as well.
Patrick Mahomes (CHIEFS.COM)
- Patrick Mahomes: Mahomes is the best quarterback and maybe the best player in the NFL. He is also the safest quarterback to draft. Not only does he have the best arm in the NFL, he also has Travis Kelce, the best pass catching tight end in the league and two track star receivers in Tyreek Hill and Mecole Hardman.
Lamar Jackson (BALTIMORERAVENS.COM)
- Lamar Jackson: Last year, Jackson led the NFL in passing touchdowns and was sixth in the NFL in rushing yards with 1,206 on his way to winning the MVP. While it will be very hard to duplicate those numbers, he will still be the best fantasy QB in the NFL. (I admit to being a die- hard Ravens fan, but that has nothing to do with this ranking. Honestly.)
Drew Lock: Lock now has so many weapons on that Broncos offense with Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy, and KJ Hamler. He was very solid last year and will definitely take a leap this year.
Teddy Bridgewater: I have been a big fan of Bridgewater since his second year in the league when he went to the playoffs with the Vikings before suffering a gruesome injury. But now he has a chance to revive his career, which I think he will. He has a ton of weapons to throw to — DJ Moore, Curtis Samuel, and Christian McCaffrey.
Nick Foles: If Foles starts for the Bears this year, I think he could be very good. We have seen what he can do with his 2013 Eagles season when he threw for 27 touchdowns with only 2 interceptions, and of course, the outstanding playoff performance the Super Bowl season.
Avoid on Draft Day
Philip Rivers: While Rivers has had a Hall of Fame career, he is, at age 38, well past his prime now. He will have a great offensive line with the Colts, but his receivers are not the best, and the team should have a strong ground game, which could keep his Fantasy points down.
Derek Carr: While his weapons have gotten better — with Darren Waller, one of the best tight ends in football, and the speedster Henry Rugg — I still think Carr will never reach his 2016 form again.
Sam Darnold: The Jets did upgrade their offensive line and wide receiver core in the draft this year. But they’re still not very good. In the NFL, Darnold has been a turnover machine just like he was with USC. I know a lot of people are still high on him, but count me among the doubters.