Updated 2019 Preseason Rankings: Top 25 Quarterbacks: The Andrew Luck Fallout, Cam Newton Injury Concerns & More

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Obviously the news that Andrew Luck had suddenly decided to retire from the NFL has significant ramifications for fantasy owners.  Where does the Colts new quarterback fit into our rankings?  Where should fantasy owners be looking for a value addition?  Let’s take a look:

Updated as of 08/26/19

  1. Patrick Mahomes – Kansas City Chiefs (1) – What happens with Tyreek Hill will impact his outlook, but regardless he belongs atop the rankings for now
  2. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers (2) – There will be questions in regards to the offense, given the change in head coach, but 28 TD vs. 8 INT last season can’t go overlooked
  3. Deshaun Watson – Houston Texans (3) – They addressed the offensive line, using their first round pick on an upgrade, and if he can stay health his ability to make plays with both his arm and legs is extremely valuable
  4. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons (4) – All he does is produce, and with as good of a receiving corps as there is in the league why would we think anything is going to change
  5. Carson Wentz – Philadelphia Eagles (7) – Injuries continue to plague him, but when healthy he’s proven to be among the elite in the game and he should be primed to thrive again and ready for Week 1
  6. Jared Goff – Los Angeles Rams (8) – Goff keeps improving, is coming off a tremendous season (4,688 yards, 32 TD, 12 INT) and could take the next leap forward in his development
  7. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers (6) – If he hadn’t missed the final two weeks with a shoulder injury the hype/outlook may be even higher, but Newton has a strong set of skilled players (D.J. Moore, Christian McCaffrey & Greg Olsen) and brings the ability to make plays with his legs.   Of course he’s now battling an ankle injury and there’s risk that he misses regular season action, which does add some risk to the selection
  8. Baker Mayfield – Cleveland Browns (9) – Mayfield was impressive as a rookie and now adds Kareem Hunt (after a suspension) and Odell Beckham Jr. to an already skilled array of weapons
  9. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers (10) – With JuJu Smith-Schuster on the roster he should remain productive, but he won’t have Antonio Brown and that can’t be ignored
  10. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints (11) – He failed to surpass 4,000 yards for the first time in a season since 2005 as the Saints offense starts to center around the running backs
  11. Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (12) – There have always been some inconsistencies for Winston, but with Bruce Arians taking over as head coach it’s hard not to love the outlook
  12. Philip Rivers – Los Angeles Chargers (15) – There always seems to be questions about his receiving corps/outlook, but all he does is continually put up numbers
  13. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks (13) – There is always a concern over the number of attempts he’ll get, and without Doug Baldwin can we really expect his workload to increase significantly (427 attempts in ’18).  Now there’s a chance that DK Metcalf is sidelined the first few weeks of the season, further limiting the potential upside
  14. Tom Brady – New England Patriots (14) – He’s not the quarterback he once was, but does anyone really expect him not to produce
  15. Kirk Cousins – Minnesota Vikings (17)
  16. Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys (18)
  17. Lamar Jackson – Baltimore Ravens (20)
  18. Mitchell Trubisky – Chicago Bears (19)
  19. Jimmy Garoppolo – San Francisco 49ers (16)
  20. Kyler Murray – Arizona Cardinals (21)
  21. Sam Darnold – New York Jets (24)
  22. Jacoby Brissett – Indianapolis Colts (NR)
  23. Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders (22)
  24. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions (23)
  25. Josh Allen – Buffalo Bills (25)

Dropped off Rankings – Andrew Luck (IND, 5)



Make sure to check out all of our 2019 preseason rankings:

PositionLast Update
Quarterbacks08/26/19
Running Backs08/26/19
Wide Receivers08/29/19
Tight Ends07/15/19
Kickers08/02/19
Defenses08/24/19

3 COMMENTS

  1. You are criminally low on Josh Allen. QB 25?? He was QB 21 last year as a rookie and only started 11 games… Finished tge year as one of the top QBs the final 5 or so weeks… The amount of value he provides with his legs in both yards and finding the end zone in the red zone is incredibly valuable. He had the worst receiving weapons in the league last year and has major upgrades now for his 2nd year.

    • I’m not sure that he’s really had “major” upgrades as to his receiving weapons. Hopefully he proves me wrong though!

      • Robert Foster, his top option once added from the practice squad last year is fighting to be WR4. I’m not saying his options are great, but his options compared to last year are much better than last year’s league worst throwing to practice squad guys. Brown are Beasley are better than anyone on the roster last year. Bills led the league in drop rate and it wasn’t close. Allen averaged 27 fantasy points per game weeks 12-17, making him a Top 5 QB down the stretch. I’d revisit that QB25 ranking he bested in 11 games last year… Only Saquon Barkley had more rushes of 25+ yards. Take a dive into Allen. You’ll love him as a fantasy player.

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