2018 Preseason Rankings: Top 15 Quarterbacks (Cousins Top 5, Where Does Garoppolo Fit & More)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We all know that the quarterback position is fairly deep, though that doesn’t mean that there aren’t significant questions facing several of the top options.  While health may be the biggest trend, age, supporting cast and various other factors are also an issue around the league.  With that in mind, let’s take a look at how things currently stands:

1) Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers
2) Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks
3) Tom Brady – New England Patriots
4) Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers
5) Kirk Cousins – Minnesota Vikings
6) Deshaun Watson – Houston Texans
7) Carson Wentz – Philadelphia Eagles
8) Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints
9) Jimmy Garoppolo – San Francisco 49ers
10) Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions
11) Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers
12) Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers
13) Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons
14) Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
15) Jared Goff – Los Angeles Rams

Thoughts:

  • When he was on the field in 2017 Deshaun Watson showed just how high his upside was.  The only questions facing him is if he’ll be 100% entering the season and if he can stay healthy for a full 16 games.  Things appear to be progressing well from his torn ACL, but how it impacts him and his play remains to be seen.  He has Top 5 potential, but for those in yearly formats you may want to take it a little more conservative (and make sure you have a capable backup in place).  That said, with things being wide open after the Top 4 it’s not out of the question to have him be the fifth QB coming off the board.  We’ll adjust the ranking based on the news as the season approaches, but for now it’s hard not to love his upside.
  • Speaking of recovering QB, Carson Wentz is also working his way back from ACL surgery and there’s a chance he won’t be ready for Week 1.  For now we’ll rank him as if he’ll be healthy, and he proved last year to be a borderline Top 5 option (3,296 yards, 33 TD, 7 INT in just 13 games) when under center.
  • Jameis Winston would’ve been a Top 10 option, but with a 3 game suspension he has to fall a few spots.  That said, he’s an ideal player to stash if his draft day cost falls, as he could be a difference maker and carry your team through the fantasy playoffs.
  • We saw what Jimmy Garoppolo was capable of after his trade to San Francisco, as he averaged 308.4 passing yards per game over the final five games of the season.  Armed with a new weapon in Jerick McKinnon (who should make a significant impact in the passing game), Garoppolo should only get better and better.

Make sure to check out all of our 2018 preseason rankings:

Position
Date Updated
Quarterback07/02/18
Running Back08/13/18
Wide Receiver 07/16/18
Tight End07/19/18
Kicker--
Defense08/09/18
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