Quarterback (QB) Fantasy Football Rankings 2018

We had some injuries in the quarterback world as Aaron Rodgers went down again. DeShaun Watson, Carson Wentz, and Andrew Luck all had severe injuries missing big portions. It was a down year for passing game scoring in 2017, but getting healthy quarterbacks back will help that. Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, and Russell Wilson look to be the cream of the crop again, although DeShaun Watson was on a serious pace before tearing his ACL. There have been some QB changes around the league, as Alex Smith was traded to Washington. This opens the door for Patrick Mahomes in Kansas City, and he is sitting right around QB19 with Philip Rivers and Matt Ryan for the time being. Kirk Cousins is in Minnesota this year, and currently ranks just inside the top ten, as his new division buddy Matthew Stafford is right there with him. Projections are not terribly high on Andrew Luck this season, as he sits around the end of the tier three range. A tough strength of schedule and injury concerns are going to cause that. Luck is going to be one to keep news tabs on, and the latest news is that his pain is gone, and throwing programs are going well.

ADP OV Rank POS Rank Player 2018 FPTS Team Depth Bye 2018 Projected Stats 2017 Stats 2017 FPTS 2017 OV Rank 2017 POS Rank
Tier 1
29.5 6 QB1 Aaron Rodgers 310.8 Green Bay Packers Packers Green Bay Packers 1 7 Pass: 3,956 YDS, 33 TD Pass: 1,675 YDS, 16 TD 129.6 120 QB120
47.5 7 QB2 Tom Brady 308.64 New England Patriots Patriots New England Patriots 1 11 Pass: 4,706 YDS, 32 TD Pass: 4,577 YDS, 32 TD 295.88 4 QB4
57.5 8 QB3 Russell Wilson 300.88 Seattle Seahawks Seahawks Seattle Seahawks 1 7 Pass: 3,832 YDS, 26 TD Pass: 3,983 YDS, 34 TD 347.92 1 QB1
Tier 2
33.4 10 QB5 Deshaun Watson 293.54 Houston Texans Texans Houston Texans 1 10 Pass: 3,818 YDS, 26 TD Pass: 1,699 YDS, 19 TD 168.86 43 QB43
63.4 9 QB4 Carson Wentz 297.24 Philadelphia Eagles Eagles Philadelphia Eagles 1 9 Pass: 4,069 YDS, 30 TD Pass: 3,296 YDS, 33 TD 281.74 6 QB6
66.8 11 QB6 Cam Newton 289.3 Carolina Panthers Panthers Carolina Panthers 1 4 Pass: 3,560 YDS, 23 TD Pass: 3,302 YDS, 22 TD 299.48 3 QB3
148.2 13 QB7 Alex Smith 287.16 Washington Redskins Redskins Washington Redskins 3 4 Pass: 4,207 YDS, 24 TD Pass: 4,042 YDS, 26 TD 295.18 5 QB5
Tier 3
55.7 14 QB8 Drew Brees 278.44 New Orleans Saints Saints New Orleans Saints 1 6 Pass: 4,451 YDS, 27 TD Pass: 4,334 YDS, 23 TD 262.56 10 QB10
74.9 16 QB10 Kirk Cousins 271.02 Minnesota Vikings Vikings Minnesota Vikings 1 10 Pass: 4,142 YDS, 25 TD Pass: 4,093 YDS, 27 TD 277.62 7 QB7
82.3 19 QB12 Jimmy Garoppolo 267 San Francisco 49ers 49ers San Francisco 49ers 3 11 Pass: 4,515 YDS, 23 TD Pass: 1,560 YDS, 7 TD 86.9 313 QB313
97.3 21 QB14 Andrew Luck 262.8 Indianapolis Colts Colts Indianapolis Colts 1 9 Pass: 3,955 YDS, 25 TD 0 2167 QB2167
105.6 17 QB11 Matthew Stafford 269.06 Detroit Lions Lions Detroit Lions 1 6 Pass: 4,316 YDS, 26 TD Pass: 4,446 YDS, 29 TD 273.64 8 QB8
118.5 15 QB9 Ben Roethlisberger 271.88 Pittsburgh Steelers Steelers Pittsburgh Steelers 1 7 Pass: 4,538 YDS, 28 TD Pass: 4,251 YDS, 28 TD 260.74 11 QB11
135.1 20 QB13 Jameis Winston 265.98 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Buccaneers Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1 5 Pass: 4,391 YDS, 24 TD Pass: 3,504 YDS, 19 TD 201.66 32 QB32
Tier 4
94 22 QB15 Jared Goff 257.08 Los Angeles Rams Rams Los Angeles Rams 1 12 Pass: 3,958 YDS, 26 TD Pass: 3,804 YDS, 28 TD 255.26 14 QB14
101 27 QB20 Matt Ryan 252.52 Atlanta Falcons Falcons Atlanta Falcons 1 8 Pass: 4,222 YDS, 25 TD Pass: 4,095 YDS, 20 TD 228.1 20 QB20
120.1 25 QB18 Philip Rivers 254 Los Angeles Chargers Chargers Los Angeles Chargers 1 8 Pass: 4,329 YDS, 26 TD Pass: 4,515 YDS, 28 TD 270.4 9 QB9
126.8 26 QB19 Patrick Mahomes 253.18 Kansas City Chiefs Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs 1 12 Pass: 3,902 YDS, 23 TD Pass: 284 YDS, 0.0 TD 10.36 1165 QB1165
138 24 QB17 Dak Prescott 254.82 Dallas Cowboys Cowboys Dallas Cowboys 1 8 Pass: 3,522 YDS, 22 TD Pass: 3,324 YDS, 22 TD 260.66 12 QB12
Tier 5
114.9 35 QB26 Derek Carr 228.48 Oakland Raiders Raiders Oakland Raiders 1 7 Pass: 3,853 YDS, 23 TD Pass: 3,496 YDS, 22 TD 206.44 27 QB27
129.3 28 QB21 Marcus Mariota 250.58 Tennessee Titans Titans Tennessee Titans 1 8 Pass: 3,541 YDS, 22 TD Pass: 3,232 YDS, 13 TD 210.48 25 QB25
272 202 QB32 Josh McCown 88.28 New York Jets Jets New York Jets 2 11 Pass: 1,678 YDS, 8 TD Pass: 2,926 YDS, 18 TD 205.44 29 QB29
792 700 QB61 Nick Stevens
3 Denver Broncos Broncos Denver Broncos 4 Pass: 0.0 YDS, 0.0 TD
812 910 QB137 Tim Boyle
0 Green Bay Packers Packers Green Bay Packers 3 7 Pass: 0.0 YDS, 0.0 TD
1134 1085 QB140 Jake Rudock
0 Detroit Lions Lions Detroit Lions 3 6 Pass: 74 YDS, 0.0 TD Pass: 24 YDS, 0.0 TD -1.04 2373 QB2373

Quarterback is the headliner on reality football teams, but the pass-happy NFL and rules that favor offense has resulted in depth in terms of point scoring at the position. Even at a position with scoring depth, there are clear studs at the top. Tier 1 at quarterback features a trio of established studs in the form of Aaron Rodgers (coming back off of a broken collarbone that sidelined him for much of last season and explains his scoring output for 2017), Tom Brady and Russell Wilson (who led all players in scoring in Standard leagues last season). Waiting to take a quarterback in fantasy leagues has become common practice due to the sheer volume of viable options and the appeal of matchup-based streaming, but the Big 3 provide big ceilings and scoring certainty when they're on the field that has value if they slip too far as a result of gamers waiting to take their pigskin slinger. Tier 2 is headlined by a couple of young quarterbacks the Browns passed on to trade back in the 2016 and 2017 NFL Drafts. Deshaun Watson took the NFL by storm beating teams through the air and with his legs before suffering a torn ACL in practice leading up to Houston's game against Seattle. He's reportedly going to continue to play his brand of football, and his running ability actually gives him a higher ceiling than any other quarterback, but his small sample of success and lack of track record contributes to his ranking behind the Big 3. Carson Wentz had a brilliant regular season and is recovering from his own knee injury. Wentz added some value with his legs last year, but the bulk of his value is tied to his huge gains as a passer in his sophomore seasons, reducing the concerns of his value taking a hit if he opts to run less frequently in year 3. Keep tabs on Lineups rankings at the position as the offseason progresses, as any news that suggests he could miss time early in the year to continue his recovery from his knee injury will be reflected in our rankings. Before Watson was tearing up the league with his legs and arm, Cam Newton was rumbling for touchdowns and unloading deep balls, and his success as a runner helps push him into Tier 2. Perhaps a surprise face in this tier is Alex Smith, who ditched his dink-and-dunk ways while enjoying a career year in his last season in Kansas City. He was traded to Washington, and he has intriguing weapons there that should allow him to continue to take the shots down the field that helped him enjoy a career year last season. Even if he regresses some, it's worth noting he's no slouch as a runner. Tier 3 includes rock-steady annual contributors Matthew Stafford and Ben Roethlisberger as well as an emerging stud, Jimmy Garoppolo, and Smith's predecessor in Washington, Kirk Cousins, new starting quarterback for the Vikings. Tiers 4 and 5 speak to the depth of the position with 2017-breakout Jared Goff and Matt Ryan among the names in Tier 4 and bounce-back candidates Derek Carr and Marcus Mariota in Tier 5.