Burkardt’s Preseason Fantasy Football Rankings: Quarterbacks

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Fantasy football season is just around the corner. Over the next few weeks, I will share my top-10 rankings for each position to help give you an edge and possibly determine who should be drafted in your fantasy leagues this season. We’ll start with the Quarterbacks.

Quarterbacks

1. Andrew Luck  – Indianapolis Colts

Luck is back and better than ever as he led his team to the playoffs behind a revamped offensive line. Look for his numbers to rise as the Colts have added Devin Funchess and newly drafted Paris Campbell out of Ohio State. It’s possible that we could see a 5,000 yard and 40 touchdown season from Luck.

2. Jared Goff – Los Angeles Rams

It may come as a surprise, but Goff is my second best fantasy quarterback for this year. With another year under Sean McVay, playoff experience, healthy weapons, and more experience with his weapons, there is no way Goff will regress. He should only continue to improve and take the offense to the next level. A season with 5,000 could be possible.

3. Patrick Mahomes – Kansas City Chiefs

2019 is the year Mahomes takes a step back with his numbers. Mahomes is exceptionally talented but let’s not forget he already lost Kareem Hunt and he may lose his best weapon in Tyreek Hill. That hurts the “take the top off the defense” ability and could cause a drop in his production.

4. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers

Aaron Rodgers is back to full health once again and has gotten rid of his baggage that was Mike McCarthy. With a new offensive coordinator and a young talented offense, watch as he takes another leap and breaks 4,000 yards once again.

5. Baker Mayfield – Cleveland Browns

Baker Mayfield is going to have a big year now that the Browns have added one of the top-3 wide receivers in the league. Watch as Mayfield is drafted higher in your fantasy leagues as people will take him on potential. While he is a quarterback, don’t be afraid to reach for him as he will most likely eclipse the 4,000-yard passing mark and give you excellent touchdown numbers.

6. Deshaun Watson – Houston Texans

The Texans have finally addressed the offensive line and added some talent in the draft. Anything is better than nothing to protect Watson throwing to Hopkins. With protection, Watson could be in for a big year and hit the 5,000-yard mark. Time will only tell!

7. Phillip Rivers – Los Angeles Chargers

Can you say “Ol’ Reliable”?!? Rivers is the definition of that every year in fantasy as he puts up consistent numbers no matter what weapons he has at his disposal. Even with the loss of Tyrell Williams, he may still put up better numbers than last year now that Mike Williams is coming to form. Don’t be discouraged if yo I end up with Rivers as your starting Fantasy QB this year.

8. Tom Brady – New England Patriots

It’s impossible not to keep Tom Brady in the Top-10 in fantasy quarterbacks. Brady puts up high numbers every year and is always a lock for around 4K yards and minimum 30 touchdowns. Draft him with confidence now that he has a reliable new weapon in N’Keal Harry that could elevate his numbers as he gets another year older.

9. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers

Ben Roethlisberger had his best fantasy year last season and showed no signs of slowing down. Throwing for his first 5,000 passing yardage season in his career is a significant accomplishment. Look for him to have another big passing year with JuJu Smith-Schuster at his disposal.

10. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons 

Just because Ryan has Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley, doesn’t mean it will translate to a top-5 fantasy output.  He’s still a top-10 talent, but his numbers may take a hit from last year with a new offensive coordinator. Don’t take him as the first quarterback off the board unless you think Jones will make him that much better.

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