As always, there’s plenty of steady, veteran talent in the middle tiers (Matt Ryan, Derek Carr, Alex Smith), and there’s plenty of true breakout candidates, as well (Jimmy Garoppolo, Patrick Mahomes). And, of course, there’s the eternal question of when and if Andrew Luck will return from his shoulder injury. In short, there’s plenty of talent to be had at quarterback, so whatever strategy you go with on draft day can be the right one — if you get the right guy.
Rodgers was having another top-notch fantasy season in 2017 before suffering a broken collarbone against the Vikings in Week 6. He returned in Week 15 against the Panthers, but he clearly wasn’t 100 percent despite throwing for 290 yards and three TDs (and three INTs). In the five full games Rodgers played before the injury, he totaled 1,367 yards, 13 touchdowns and three interceptions. If you were to extrapolate those numbers over a full season, you’d get about 4,375 yards, 42 touchdowns, and 10 picks. That is certainly the making of a top fantasy quarterback. And if you’re worried he’ll run less because of the injury, take note that he piled up 43 rushing yards on six carries in that Week 15 game against Carolina. Provided that he can stay healthy, he should be the best quarterback in 2018.
While the usual slew of future Hall of Famers makes up a good chunk of the top 10, the next generation of stars are quickly climbing up the rankings. Young guns nursing injuries, specifically Deshaun Watson and Carson Wentz, have the potential to be among the best quarterbacks in the league, and they could be the players that guys like Tom Brady, Drew Brees, and Aaron Rodgers eventually pass the torch to.
The 2018 fantasy football season is rapidly approaching, and it’s time to take a deep dive into rankings, prepare the cheat sheets, identify sleepers, and settle on an overall draft strategy to ensure that you have a successful draft day. We’ll start at QB, the most important position in the NFL. But is it the most important position in fantasy? It’s debatable, as is everything in fantasy, but generally speaking, having a very good, consistent quarterback does a lot to help your team make a deep postseason run.