Tuesday, July 24, 2018


With the rankings out of the way as we continue our early 2018 fantasy football coverage, now let's take a look at the quarterbacks yours truly will target in drafts using a one-passer model.  Those in two-QB leagues should be much more aggressive getting that first passer but ideally leagues should go with one at this spot.

Carson Wentz:  I was a huge fan of Wentz and touted him both on here and in my annual draft guide as a big-time sleeper.  That prediction came through in an MVP way but then disaster struck as he tore his ACL in December.  Wentz will be handled with kid gloves this spring as he comes back from the injury but that will push his draft price down to where he becomes very attractive.  With a loaded Doug Pederson offense ready to launch more massive numbers, I am all over Wentz is he slips like I think he will.

Philip Rivers:  Rivers has been a personal favorite of mine for years and honestly, he may be one of the most underrated players of ALL TIME.  Seriously, the guy never misses a game (no small thing in fantasy football, and he is an annual lock for 25 scores and over 4,200 yards.  This is the guy I will really zone in on in the middle rounds after stocking up on wideouts and backs.

Kirk Cousins:  Cousins is another annual target of mine but I think he may be slightly too pricey this time around given the attention he garnered signing with Minnesota over the winter.  With Dalvin Cook, Kyle Rudolph, Stefon Diggs, and Adam Thielen at his disposal, the weapons are insane.

Matthew Stafford:  Throw Stafford in with Rivers and Cousins as well in terms of annual QB's I target.  For some reason Stafford drops in drafts every season and then he proceeds to go out and put up terrific numbers while not missing a game. 

Jared Goff:  While I do think 2017 is about as good as it could get for Goff, the fact he operates a Sean McVay offense alone should get you interested here.  The pedigree is there as a former top pick and Goff showed last season he can be an Aaron Rodgers-lite passer coming from Cal.

Andrew Luck:  All the signs are positive here as Luck is throwing without restrictions.  My plan here is that I would pair Luck with a Ben Roethlisberger or Matt Ryan so that I am covered.  There are legit worries about the arm strength coming off such a serious shoulder surgery but Luck also has all the talent in the world.  With the Colts having finally beefed up the O-line, the dirt cheap price tag is looking attractive.

Ben Roethlisberger:  Always tough to quit Big Ben despite the missed games every season.  After all, he has the best running back AND wideout at his disposal in Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown so he is a definite mid-round gem.

Eli Manning:  Another guy I can't seem to walk away from.  Yes Eli was brutal last season but he had no help as the O-line was a joke and he lost his top three wideout for all of long stretches of the season.  With the Giants welcoming back a healthy Odell Beckham to join Sterling Shepard, Evan Engram, and top rookie Saquon Barkley, the numbers could flow once again. 

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