Fantasy Football – Welcome to the 2018 NFL Offseason
With the NFL Super Bowl bye week in full effect, I am releasing a 4 part series for those fantasy footballers itching for a fix. The series attempts to provide comprehensive 2018 fantasy football redraft rankings for each of the 4 major fantasy football positions (QB, RB, WR, and TE). That is right! Way too early redraft rankings and offseason predictions! The 2018 NFL league year officially commences March 14 at 4PM EST, but for the sake of this series this week might as well be Christmas Day! Heck yeah! The NFL offseason came early! Below you will find the 2018 QB Redraft Rankings, ripe with 2018 NFL Free Agency and Draft projections. Stay tuned to FantasyCPR.com for the remaining 3 articles, which will be release between now and the Super Bowl.
Fantasy Football – Free Agent Class
1. Drew Brees, NOS – UFA
– There is no chance that New Orleans let Brees walk. I do not care if he turns 40 next seasons.
2. Kirk Cousins, WAS – UFA
– I am not as confident that Cousins is the man in Washington. The Redskins have about 100 million big decisions to make.
3. Jimmy Garoppolo, SF – UFA
– Shanahan loves him, 49ers nation loves him, the ladies love him…and Jed York is most definitely paying him.
4. Sam Bradford, MIN – UFA
– Teams needing a QB will open their pocketbooks. Even at 30, the journeyman has to be looking for one last huge payday before he hangs it up for the sake of health.
5. Case Keenum, MIN – UFA
– The 30 year old won himself a massive payday. The question is whether the Vikings can retain both Keenum and Bridgewater.
6. Teddy Bridgewater, MIN – UFA
– Almost 2 years removed from an injury that almost cost him his entire leg, Bridgewater will have a wide variety of suitors. However, questions about his health may force him to remain in a QB competition in Minnesota.
7. Josh McCown, NYJ – UFA
– I do not see McCown starting the 2018 season as a QB1.
8. Geno Smith, NYG – UFA
– Geno has thrown more picks than touchdowns in 35 games. I do not care how much you think you are a starter, you won’t be one in 2018.
9. Brock Osweiler, DEN – UFA
– On this list for completeness.
Fantasy Football – Top QB’s in the NFL Draft
1. Josh Rosen, UCLA
– Big body, big arm, and a big ego. The latter may have hurt his stock when he said he did not want to play for the Browns. However, Rosen is the best pure QB prospect in the draft and I expect to see him taken by Cleveland or the Giants.
– Pro Comp: Eli Manning
2. Sam Darnold, USC
– Darnold is an amazing talent. He has the intangibles that you want, but I see a little too much Jameis Winston in him. Only time will tell.
– Pro Comp: Jay Cutler
3. Josh Allen, Wyoming
– Coaches are going to fall in love with Allen throughout the offseason process. This kid is built like a quarterback, he can make all the throws, and if his name gets called by the right team, then he could be a star in the league.
– Pro Comp: Paxton Lynch
4. Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma
– Everybody loves a winner. The Heisman Trophy winner did not add a national title to his resume, but he could hear his name on the first day of the draft. His size and lack of an elite quality could cause his stock to fall.
– Pro comp: Johnny Manziel
5. Lamar Jackson, Louisville
– Lamar Jackson is just fun to watch. He is so sleek, smooth, and athletic. He makes everything look so effortless. His issues are his accuracy and footwork. Will he be the next Mike Vick or the next Denard Robinson?
– Pro Comp: Denard Robinson
6. Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State
– Rudolph is another guy who coaches will fawn over. He is 6’5” 230, has an NFL arm, and is more athletic than he gets credit for. I see him as more of a project. Oklahoma State runs a relatively simple field progression. He will need to improve his accuracy and his field vision in order to excel at the next level.
– Pro Comp: Nick Foles
Fantasy Football – 2018 QB Redraft Rankings
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- No clear succession plan forces Washington to finally pay the man.
With the 2nd overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the New York Giants select Josh Rosen, QB UCLA. The organization will ask their franchise QB for more than a decade to groom his replacement for one year before riding into the sunset.
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- Alex Smith is simply a cap casualty. He is also a perfect replacement for Carson Palmer and just the guy that Arizona needs to compete for the NFC West title.
- Minnesota tries to keep both Keenum and Bridgewater, but ultimately chooses to retain the guy who led them one to the NFC Championship.
- Chiefs Kingdom is clamoring for Mahomes to take over the offense. The firing of John Dorsey forces Brett Veach’s hand, and Alex Smith is released, saving the club 17 million in 2018 cap space.
- The Vikings thank Bradford for his service and Buffalo wins a two-team bidding war.
- Buffalo moves on from Tyrod, saving the team 8.64 million in 2018 cap space. Denver bows out of the Smith and Bradford sweepstakes and grabs the 27 year old veteran to compete for the starting job.
- Bridgewater bets on himself, as he enters a tough situation in New York.
- Cleveland decide that Darnold, not Kizer, is their future.
Good stuff, right? Hopefully the rankings made you think!
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As always, Happy offseason!