Over the next 5 weeks, the Fantasy Assembly’s greatest fantasy football minds will be coming together to produce our 2018 consolidated rankings. Join Andy Germani, Tommy Landseadel, Joe Mica, and Eric Braun as they help you prepare for your rapidly approaching football drafts.
All of our rankings assume standard scoring:
- 6 points for TDs
- 1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
- 1 point for 25 yards passing – no PPR
Without further ado, let’s check out the ranks! N/R denotes a non-ranking for that particular player.
|Hororable Mention: Case Keenum & Tyrod Taylor (both outside the top-20|
Which Quarterback are you most willing to reach for?
Eric: Cam Newton. He’s so much more reliable than most people realize with a handful of top 5 QB finishes in his career, and he’ll be working with arguably the best group of weapons he’s ever had this season.
Joe: I’m not an advocate for reaching for a QB early. However, Tom Brady has had a revolving door of skill players and still throws for almost 300 yards per game along with 33 TD per season (based on the last 3 seasons).
Andy: The only one I would reach for based on where he is going is Andrew Luck. Rodgers is going roughly in the range I would take him, which is about what his upside is in terms of fantasy value. Luck on the other hand is going around pick 100. Really at that point you are betting on his health. At that pick range you are looking at guys like Robby Anderson and Jameson Crowder. I will take the upside of Luck because if the pick misses, like you would almost expect for a pick around pick 100, there are a lot of replacement options.
Tommy: I am most willing to reach for potential difference makers who I feel have a shot to drastically outproduce their ADP. Pat Mahomes is hands down my favorite later round QB to target, but I like the idea of reaching a bit for players like DeSean Watson, Carson Wentz or Jimmy G. Safety at the QB position can always be found in the late rounds.
Which Quarterback will you be looking to avoid?
Eric: Derek Carr. In the best season of his career he was still only QB6 in points per game, last year he was QB23 in that metric, and now he has a coach who wants to run things like it’s 1998.
Joe: Current ADP has Deshaun Watson being drafted as the second QB overall. While he did impressively come out slinging last season before tearing his ACL, drafting a QB based on 7 total NFL games (and one who also couldn’t last an entire season) is much too rich as an early round selection.
Andy: No chance I will have Patrick Mahomes this year based on ADP. I was excited for him as a guy that could be a streamer, but he is looking like he is going to get drafted to be someone’s starter at this point and that is a hard pass for me.
Tommy: I am avoiding all the high floor plays like Matt Stafford and Drew Brees. The gap between QB3 and QB 18 is narrower than ever. If I am going to invest anything higher than a late pick at this position, it will be on somebody who has QB1 upside being drafted significantly later than QB1.
Who are some of your favorite mid to late round picks to target?
Eric: Jameis Winston. Missing the first 3 games obviously caused him to fall, but it’s easy to find somebody to start at QB for 3 weeks and Jameis has big time upside on a per game basis even if his season long totals will suffer from the suspension.
Joe: Matt Stafford and Philip Rivers never seem to get much fantasy respect yet are two of the most consistent fantasy QB. They average around 280 yards per game and 30 TD each. Not to mention that targeting a QB later allows you to strengthen your skill players in the early rounds.
For an end-draft pick I’ll go with Blake Bortles. It’s ok to laugh. Go ahead. I have no issue if someone wants to throw a dart at Mitch Trubisky or Case Keenum late. Bortles may have his critics, however for a run-first team, Bortles’ average numbers are surprisingly better compared to many of the other fantasy backups being drafted ahead of him.
Andy: You don’t have to like a guy to draft him. That being said, Jameis Winston will be a late round guy I am looking to add if I decide to take two quarterbacks. A borderline QB1, Winston will serve his suspension and come back to that borderline status and you can draft him closer to a QB2/3 now.
I am willing to assume the Matt Ryan touchdown drop will bounce back in the other direction this year. I don’t think Ryan is an MVP caliber quarterback, or a fantasy top-5 guy, but going in the QB2 range he should provide nice value.
Tommy: Mahomes, Mahomes, Mahomes. He is going to be an elite NFL QB. I can’t emphasize this enough. I also really like Derek Carr as a safe end of draft pick if you take a chance on a guy like Wentz or Watson early. Carr isn’t spectacular, but he should bounce back and could easily post top 12 QB numbers.