Ready to start looking at quarterbacks? Here, I’ve put together my thoughts on a handful of the top QBs in the game. Depending on what you’re looking for, the type of league that you’re in, and what’s available to you, any of these players may appeal to you. It all depends on what your needs are. Hopefully, this brief guide can get you a big jump on the 2018 NFL season and give you an edge in your fantasy league.
These are five of the top rated quarterbacks in the game. You may be considering them for yearlong fantasy leagues, but they will also see quite a bit of use in daily fantasy sports leagues this coming season, too.
Pick the Right Quarterback Each Week
Don’t let time get you down. Picking the right QB is critical to your future run in DFS and yearlong leagues.
Rodgers is the consensus pick as the number one draft choice in yearlong leagues. He will be expensive in a DFS setting, but he will still have a lot of action on a week to week basis because he is such a popular QB. He had only 16 TDs last season and 1,675 yards, but that’s only because his season was cut short due to injury. Typically, we would expect close to 40 TDs and around 4,000 yards. The biggest risk for drafting Rodgers is his age. After only playing 7 games during the regular season, there are a lot of questions about whether he can stay healthy the whole season. If this is a concern, there are a lot of younger QBs out there, but don’t expect to see the same level of consistency that Rodgers has shown in the past from anyone else.
Haters gonna hate on Tom Brady. I get that. Plus, the fact that he’s another year older doesn’t help him. But Brady has some of the best numbers in the game, and he’s the only one that’s close to Rodgers with recent TD passes per interception that has seen extensive playing time. Brady had 32 TD passes, averaging 286.1 yards per game. During that time, he only threw 8 interceptions. That’s a rate of 3.9 TDs per every 1 interception. It looks like Brady is going to stay well ahead of his lifetime average of 261 yards per game. His biggest weakness is that the Patriots haven’t been able to pick up a stellar WR, but that hasn’t stopped him in the past. Brady might not be your guy, whether it’s because of the fact that he’s on the Patriots, the so-called cheating scandals that are associated with him, or some other reason, but there’s no arguing that he has some of the best and most consistent numbers in the game.
Wentz is one of the hottest new additions to the top of the fantasy pool. He had an outstanding season last year, surprising even a lot of fantasy experts. However, the ACL and LCL tear that he suffered toward the end of last season has a lot of people worried, as of the writing of this piece, his status for Week 1 is still unclear. In the 13 games that he did play, Wentz threw 3,296 yards, 33 TDs, and averaged more than 253 yards per game. That makes him one of the top tier QBs going into the season, with the big assumption that he will play the entire season. He’s definitely one to keep your eye on as your draft date comes closer. He will be a hot DFS choice by mid-season, so some of his highest value games will likely be early in the season, if he is ready to go.
Goff had another surprising season last year. Playing in 15 games, Goff had 28 TDs, 3,804 yards, and just 7 interceptions. He threw for an average of more than 253 yards per game, putting him in range of elite status. That high number of yards per game indicates that his TD number could be as many as 10 higher in the coming season, but there’s a lot of uncertainty about Goff. The main drawback to drafting Goff is that he is young and inexperienced. There’s no telling whether last season was a fluke or whether he can repeat a performance like that again. However, if he is available to you as a backup QB, or whether you just want to take a risk on him and focus on other positions right away, Goff will have a lot of potential for greatness. He has a lot more appeal to me right now as a DFS choice and I would wait until he has another year of experience under his belt before I draft him as my starting QB, but there’s definitely a huge upside to Goff if he’s available come the third or fourth round.
Garoppolo saw a late start to the season when he moved to San Francisco last season, but when he started seeing playing time, a lot of people were really surprised. Moving out form under Brady’s shadow showed just how strong of a QB Garoppolo really is. In his 5 starts with the 49ers, Garoppolo threw 7 TDs. Sure, that’s not anything special, but his 260+ yards per game is. There’s a ton of potential, and because no one is really sure what to expect of him this season, there’s a chance that you can draft him toward the end of your draft and get one of the most underrated players of the season on your team. He will undoubtedly be a lot more popular in DFS leagues than in yearlong ones.