Fantasy Football Is Back!
The Chicago Bears and Baltimore Ravens kick off the preseason this week! That is right, we are only 5 weeks from regular season NFL football. And that means we are less than 5 weeks away from your fantasy football draft. Luckily for you, I have you covered. There is no need to stress over who to take in your upcoming draft. Yes, ideally you should do some research of your own. However, if you just use my Quarterback rankings you will be a step ahead of your friends. Why is that? Because my tiered positional rankings are simple to implement during your draft, and I have even included a small write-up of my favorite plays for each tier so you know something about your picks.
This post is all about the quarterback, but stay tuned to FantasyCPR.com for my Running Back, Wide Receiver, and Tight End rankings. My position rankings will be released during the week of July 30 – August 2 in honor of the Hall of Fame Game on Thursday, August 2nd.
Top Quarterback Targets
Drew Brees, NOS – ADP 84 (7th round)
The 39yo may be due for a regression, but I love the Saints offensive mentality and the tools around Brees. I like Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara to take a huge step forward this year, elevating Brees closer to his record setting years when he had a plethora of supporting cast around him. Brees has 12 consecutive seasons with 4,000+ passing yards and 20+ TDs, and will continue that ridiculous stat for a 13th straight season.
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Ben Roethlisberger, PIT – ADP 121 (10th round)
Big Ben is another oldie but goody that I am targeting this year. Although Ben threw around retirement at the end of last year, it appears that he has recommitted himself. I think that the addition of Mason Rudolph in the 4th round of April’s draft lit a fire under Roethlisberger. With LeVeon at Ben’s side and Antonio Brown, JuJu Smith-Schuster, and James Washington aligned outside the hashes, Roethlisberger will have plenty of options to pad his fantasy stats.
Derek Carr, OAK – ADP 133 (11th round)
The fantasy community as a whole is down on Derek Carr, but I like him to rebound from a poor year. Carr finished as the 21st ranked fantasy QB in 2017 after ranking 9th in 2016. I see Carr to get back closer to that 9th place finish. He swapped old WRs, getting Jordy Nelson while losing Michael Crabtree, and this year he will finally have a solid 3rd WR in Martavis Bryant. A new coach throws in some element of risk, but I think Carr has a low enough floor such that his upside outweighs the risk.
Case Keenum, DEN – ADP 161 (13th round)
Keenum may be my favorite late-round fantasy quarterback. Although he finished as the 14th fantasy QB (despite starting only 14 games), Keenum is being drafted in the 13th round according to MFL. Keenum is surrounded with solid talent at the WR position, with veterans Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders joined by rookies Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton. Look for Keenum to build on the success he found last season.
Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns
Tyrod Taylor may beat Baker out as the starter week 1, but I guarantee that Mayfield will get a shot to lead that team at some point this season. When given that chance, I am going to grab as many shares as possible. That offense has the potential to be ridiculously high-powered. Jarvis Landry, Josh Gordon, Corey Coleman, David Njoku, and Duke Johnson will all be vying for targets. Although Taylor has some value if he is the week 1 starter, I trust Baker to sling the ball around more than a run-first game-manager like Tyrod Taylor.
The rankings on this list are meant to be used for standard scoring, 0.5ppr redraft leagues.