1. Patrick Mahomes
The Chiefs rebuilt their entire offensive line this offseason, but this is still Patrick Mahomes we’re talking about here. With Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce to throw to, the Chiefs will have another high scoring offense next year. Also, don’t be surprised to see Mecole Hardman more involved in the passing game this season.
2. Lamar Jackson
This is another easy one. Lamar Jackson had another 1,000 yard rushing season and 7 rushing TDs. For a RB, those are some pretty good numbers, then add 26 passing TDs to that and you’ve got a top 10 fantasy player. Jackson already has Mark Andrews and Marquise Brown to throw to, then the Ravens added Sammy Watkins in free agency and Rashod Bateman in the draft and now you’re looking at a nice group of weapons for the “Running Back” to throw to.
3. Tom Brady
Tom Brady now has a full offseason and everyone back and healthy. He gets Antonio Brown for a full season, plus a healthy OJ Howard will be added back into the mix. Not to mention, Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Scotty Miller, Rob Gronkowski, Leonard Fournette and Ronald Jones. The Bucs also added pass catching back Giovani Bernard in free agency. So, who cares that Brady will be 44 this year, the GOAT is still gonna GOAT.
4. Dak Prescott
Dak Prescott was on pace for a record year before he went down with that gruesome injury. And the Cowboys offensive line is healthy again, plus Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, CeeDee Lamb and Zeke Elliott are great weapons to have.
5. Josh Allen
Josh Allen is starting to become an elite QB, if you don’t feel he already is elite then that’s on you. Allen is a dual threat QB, which really helps in fantasy football. He still has Stefon Diggs and Cole Beasley and the Bills added Emmanuel Sanders this offseason. It also sounds like Dawson Knox, has been putting in work this offseason.
6. Aaron Rodgers
Aaron Rodgers was last year’s MVP. He hasn’t thrown more than 8 interceptions since 2010, he had 48 TDs and completed 70.7% of his passes last year, and oh yeah, he has Devante Adams. Do I need to say more? Ok I will, he’s going to play next year and it will be for the Packers. Rodgers is still a top 6 QB in fantasy football.
7. Ryan Tannehill
Ryan Tannehill threw for 33 TDs and ran for 7 TDs last season. The Titans lost Corey Davis and Jonnu Smith in free agency, but they added future Hall of Famer, Julio Jones. The Titans will still be a run first team, because of Derrick Henry, but I don’t care, AJ Brown and Julio Jones are going to light it up!
8. Russell Wilson
Now that is appears that the drama has been squashed, Russell Wilson and Pete Carroll can now focus on football. Wilson is coming off a 40 passing TD season, which is the most in his career, and he has DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett to throw to. By the way, Chris Carson looks like he’s been on the juice, so the running game will be back next year as well.
9. Baker Mayfield
Baker Mayfield still needs to get paid, so he’s going to ball out this season. He helped get the Browns into the playoffs for the first time since 2002, even without a healthy Odell Beckham Jr. He’ll have Odell Beckham Jr, Jarvis Landry, Austin Hooper, Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt this season to keep the Browns’ momentum going.
10. Kyler Murray
Kyler Murray should be higher, right? Honestly, I thought about putting him further down the list. The guy gave up on his team last year and he’s very, very small and runs way too much. He’s my QB to get hurt this season, and it’s going to force him to give up on football and go play baseball. I just don’t think his heart is in this sport and his style of play won’t last long in today’s game. And did I mention that he’s really small? But, there is a very, very small chance that I’m wrong, so I’ve got him ranked 10th.
11. Kirk Cousins
Kirk Cousins threw for 35 TDs last year, the most in his career, plus he’s not afraid of dying. If you hadn’t seen it yet, Cousins was asked about getting COVID and he responded by basically saying he wasn’t afraid of the virus and even said, “If I die, I die.” I found it hilarious, but not everyone did. Either way Justin Jefferson is a star and Adam Thielen, Dalvin Cook and Irv Smith Jr are some nice weapons for an offense that will continue to play from behind due to a porous defense.
12. Matthew Stafford
It is finally time for Matthew Stafford to put up or shut up. He’s no longer in Detroit, so no more excuses and no more whining. I have him at 12, because even though I think he’s overrated and always has been, he still puts up decent fantasy football numbers. I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt and agree the Lions have been really bad, and have had a really bad defense. But he is on the Rams now, so he won’t be getting all those mop up stats anymore, unless he was more of the problem than all the Stafford fan boys will ever admit to.
13. Carson Wentz
Reunited and it feels so good. If you are a Colts fan you should be excited next year. Carson Wentz is now reunited with his old offensive coordinator, Frank Reich, who is now the head coach. Wentz had his best season ever with Reich in Philly where he threw 33 TDs, 7 interceptions and 3,296 yards. Wentz got all of the blame last year on a team with no WRs, no RBs, no offensive line and no defense. He only played in 12 games and was sacked the most in the NFL, a whopping 50 times. Wentz is headed to Indianapolis to play behind a line that only allowed 19 sacks, with old man, Philip Rivers, at QB. Add TY Hilton, Michael Pittman Jr, Paris Campbell, Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines to his arsenal and let’s just see what happens.
14. Sam Darnold
This is my sleeper of the year, and for good reasons. Unfortunately for Sam Darnold, he had to waste 3 years of his career with the New York Jets. Luckily for Sam Darnold, he is now in Carolina, where he will be reunited with Robby Anderson, as well as, have Christian McCaffery, DJ Moore and recently drafted Terrace Marshall Jr to throw the ball to. Darnold will not only light it up next year, he will also lead the Panthers to the playoffs and a second place finish in the NFC South.
15. Ben Rothlisberger
Anyone else sick and tired of Steelers fans? I am. Big Ben is coming off of one of his best years statically in awhile and Steelers fans are still complaining. Yes they fell apart at the end of the year, but that happens. Big Ben will put up good fantasy numbers again and Steelers fans will whine and moan again. Let’s face it he has JuJu Smith-Schuster, Diontae Johnson, and Chase Claypool, as well as, Eric Ebron. Talk about weapons.
16. Tua Tagovailoa
Tua is in his second year now and had a year to be eased into an NFL season and regain his health. Tua also went 6-3 and had 11 TDs and only 5 Ints. With the addition of Jaylen Waddle in the draft, expect a better year from Tua. And a better year from DeVante Parker, and an even bigger year from Mike Gesicki.
17. Derek Carr
Derek Carr is probably the most underrated QB in the NFL and consistently puts up solid numbers. He has a great TE in Darren Waller and they added Kenyan Drake, who is a pretty good pass catching back. And I expect Henry Ruggs III, to be much better this year and to actually be used more as a route running WR, instead of just telling him to run straight down the field each play.
18. Matt Ryan
Matt Ryan lost Julio Jones in the offseason, but he gained Kyle Pitts in the draft. I do not think Pitts will be as dominant as Jones, but I think he will help maintain a high powered offense. He also still has Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage, whom is becoming a nice player from the slot.
19. Justin Herbert
Year two for QBs that come off a spectacular season almost always comes with a drop off, unless they are truly elite. Herbert could be elite, but it’s too soon to call. Hopefully he proves me wrong, which he definitely could. He was my favorite QB in his draft class, but now that defenses have NFL game film on him, it’s going to be much harder for him to throw for another 30 plus TDs and 4,300 yard plus season. He does however have great WRs in Keenan Allen and Mike Williams. But he’s lost his go to red zone threat, Hunter Henry, in free agency.
20. Daniel Jones
Alright Giants fans, this is Danny Dimes’ make it or break it season. The Giants got Jones another playmaker in the draft in Kadarius Toney, and he still has Darius Slayton, Sterling Shepard, and Evan Engram. Having Saquon Barkley back will definitely help Jones, so let’s see if he can make a case for why he was worth the 6th overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft.
21. Joe Burrow
I’m being generous with putting Big Bad Joe Burrow at 21, because he will most likely get killed again this season. The Bengals didn’t do Joe any favors by taking his old teammate, Ja’Marr Chase, in the draft, because Chase isn’t going to line up at left tackle for the Bengals. I don’t care if Joe has great weapons in Ja’Marr Chase, Tee Higgins, and Tyler Boyd, it won’t do him any good if he’s running for his life.
22. Jimmy Garoppolo
Jimmy G, IF he stays healthy he is a solid fantasy football QB, but the 49ers drafted Trey Lance 3rd overall, so they and many others do not think Garoppolo will finish a full season. Garoppolo is a lot like how Alex Smith was in fantasy football. A guy that won’t put up great numbers, but won’t lose you the game, and also couldn’t stay healthy. Jimmy G is a good pick up for when any of the above guys are on a bye week, that is, if he is still healthy and if he is still the starter. That’s a lot of IFs.
23. Tyrod Taylor
Tyrod Taylor, actually is a solid football player and even a solid QB for that matter. The guy has never really gotten a fair chance. With creepy Deshaun Watson not playing this season and hopefully not playing ever again, Taylor may shock some people this year.
24. Jalen Hurts
Carson Wentz was not the problem in Philly last year. The Eagles are a dumpster fire of a franchise. Jalen Hurts will be running for his life next year and he’s not even impressive as a QB. People gave Lamar Jackson a lot of crap, by calling him a running back, but what the heck do you think Hurts is?
25. Jameis Winston
Famous Jameis is going to most likely have a lot of yards and a lot of touchdowns, but he’s also going to have a lot of interceptions. The Saints are going to miss the playoffs and enter rebuild mode. As a Bucs fan you love to see it. Good luck you SOBs!
26. Jared Goff
I’m rooting for Goff this year, a lot of it has to do with how I think Stafford is overrated and how Goff was ran out of town even after getting the Rams to the Super Bowl. He’s got a great TE to throw to next year in TJ Hockenson, but that’s it.
27. Trevor Lawrence
In my opinion Trevor Lawrence is the best college Quarterback that I have ever seen play. A lot of people said the same thing about Peyton Manning when he came out of Tennessee. Manning went 3-13 and threw 26 TDs and 28 Ints in his first season. I expect similar numbers from Lawrence, and then he’ll start his reign of terror.
28. Ryan Fitzpatrick
What’s not to like about Fitzmagic. The guy has almost as many kids as Philip Rivers and just like Rivers, he loves to sling the football. Fitzmagic is a fun player to watch and will have some games that he will boom, but you’re gonna have to get lucky to hit on those games.
29. Drew Lock / Teddy Bridgewater
I’m not even sure who the starter will be here. I think whoever the Broncos go with they will get similar results. I wouldn’t draft either guy and would only pick one of them up if you’re desperate. But they will have Courtland Sutton back and Jerry Juedy and Noah Fant look like promising young players.
30. Cam Newton
Cam can’t throw anymore and was basically used as a RB last year. He’s a short term starter before the team moves on and gives the keys to the Mercedes to rookie Mac Jones. And if that happens you should pick Jones up, especially if you are in a keeper league. It looks like the Patriots are attempting to go back to the double TE set that they used when they had Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. And as long as neither Jonnu Smith nor Hunter Henry murder someone it should be very effective once again.
31. Zach Wilson
Zach Wilson is going to be a bust for two reasons. He was a one hit wonder at BYU and he was drafted by the Jets. The Jets did add a lot of WRs like Corey Davis and Keelan Cole in free agency and Elijah Moore in the draft, but they have a weak RB room and the team is and always will be the ugly step sister of New York.
32. Andy Dalton
The Red Rifle has been able to have a long NFL career and I applaud him for that, but even though the Bears say he is the starter, he won’t be for long. Justin Fields will eventually take over and wont play much better than Dalton. I’m not big on Fields and I think he will be a bust just like the many QBs from Ohio State that came before him. So I wouldn’t draft either QB from Chicago. Also their best WR, Allen Robinson, hates it there and wants to be traded.
Rookies Worth Considering
34. Mac Jones
Mac Jones landed in the best possible situation he could have ever imagined, and he ain’t no scrub. He’ll be eased into the starting lineup and will mostly run a two TE set. Rookie QBs do great when that have one good TE, and he has two. I would definitely consider him in a keeper league.
33. Justin Fields
Tell me a successful Ohio State QB and I’ll come around on Justin Fields. However, I do believe he has the best chance out of all the OSU QBs before him to be successful, but in my opinion I think OSU QBs are lazy and can’t handle an NFL playbook. Fields may be different and it would be cool if I’m wrong. I like being wrong, or wait, no I don’t!
35. Trey Lance
If you are in a keeper league and you are a 49ers fan go ahead and take Trey Lance with your last pick of the draft. But, I wouldn’t do it, because I hate the 49ers, small school QBs usually don’t make it, and I don’t really like Trey Lance’s game. I think he’s one of the many QBs we see every year where a small school QB had some success in college and they always end up being wayyy overhyped. If he was so good why didn’t he go to a Power 5 school? And even those QBs are hit or miss.