6. Justin Herbert, LAC
It cannot go unsaid how great Justin Herbert was in his rookie season considering how he became the starter. It was never supposed to happen. If Tyrod Taylor isn’t mistakenly injured before the second game of the season, we may not have any clue as to how great Herbert is on the big stage. But since Taylor did, we know that Herbert is going to be special. And that means he is going to be special for your fantasy team as well.
Finishing as the QB9 in his rookie season, we feel he can only get better. With his mixture of fantastic arm and underrated running abilities, Herbert has the chance to be the quarterback on a lot of Fantasy Football championship teams. No more Hunter Henry isn’t ideal, but having Keenan Allen and Austin Ekeler as his main two targets means that this should be a wonderful season for Herbert.
7. Russell Wilson, SEA
All signs pointed to Russell Wilson having the best season of his career last year as he was throwing touchdowns at a record rate in the first half of the season. Unfortunately for owners who kept him rather than shipped him off for assets, his second half of the season was not nearly as great. All that being said, Wilson remains a premier option at quarterback for fantasy owners and could be taken at somewhat of a discount.
So many young guns jumping ahead of Wilson doesn’t mean he is bad, it is more so that you can get one of the most consistent fantasy quarterbacks of the past decade later in drafts. That is what we call a winning formula.
8. Aaron Rodgers, GB
Last season was the first time that Aaron Rodgers was no longer being taken in the top five in terms of fantasy quarterbacks going off the board. So what did he do? Finished as the QB2 and won the NFL MVP award for the third time in his career. Shame on us for doubting Rodgers.
So you’re probably thinking, why is he at eight? Simple. There are players with higher ceilings than Rodgers this year and in fantasy, you want that potential game-changer. Rodgers was deadly last year as it felt all he did was throw touchdowns. He is going to be great again this year and you should get him at a discounted price if you don’t feel like taking one of the young guns early.
9. Ryan Tannehill, TEN
A.J. Brown. Julio Jones. Yeah, Ryan Tannehill is going to have a good year. With two game-changing receivers to throw to, Tannehill has instantly been propelled to being that much better this season. People probably do not realize that Tannehill finished as QB7 last year and should be great once again. He also has the potential to be a consistency on fantasy championship teams.
10. Matthew Stafford, LAR
All signs point to Matthew Stafford returning to fantasy relevance once again and in a major way. The former 5,000-yard passer has had a couple of down years in terms of what people have come to expect of him, but his new location makes it feel as though he is going to return to form. For the first time in his career, Stafford will play for someone that isn’t the Detroit Lions.
Being traded into Sean McVay’s offense means that he will be throwing to the likes of Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp. Not only should he be good, but Stafford is going to be great this season.