It appears after working on my 2020 Fantasy Football rankings that quarterback will once again be a loaded position. Obvisouly the Patrick Mahomes versus Lamar Jackson will dominate the conversation at the top.
However, anyone who knows me knows I love to wait on the position. There are a ton of names currently going in the 10-20 something range that I would be very happy to end up with. The chess pieces are still in motion with Philip Rivers, Cam Newton, Tom Brady, Jameis Winston and others flirting with other opportunities.
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So, who made the initial Top 12?
|1||Patrick Mahomes||Patrick Mahomes|
|2||Lamar Jackson||Lamar Jackson|
|3||Deshaun Watson||Kyler Murray|
|4||Dak Prescott||Deshaun Watson|
|5||Kyler Murray||Matthew Stafford|
|6||Russell Wilson||Dak Prescott|
|7||Josh Allen||Russell Wilson|
|8||Matt Ryan||Carson Wentz|
|9||Aaron Rodgers||Josh Allen|
|10||Drew Brees||Matt Ryan|
|11||Jameis Winston||Jameis Winston|
|12||Daniel Jones||Daniel Jones|
Toughest to Rank – Jameis Winston
What do you do with a quarterback that is coming off an incredible season. Per Fantasy Pro’s he was the QB4 throwing for over 5,000 yards and 33 touchdowns. It was an impressive season for Winston who topped his career best yards by over 1,000 yards and touchdowns by 5.
That said, part of what made Winston so great it also part of why he will be hitting the free agents market, interceptions. He threw 30 interceptions in 2020, becoming the first quarterback to throw 30 touchdowns and 30 picks in the same season.
Does his DGAF mentality help him as a fantasy option? Sure, but the obvious concern is the team that employs him in 2020 will want to eliminate the bad throws. That could hurt his volume and ultimately his production this season. The talent around him could shift dramatically as well assuming he leaves behind Mike Evans and Chris Godwin for less talented options.
Ultimately he made the early top 12 for both Brian and I but that could change dramatically depending on where he ends up. If he ends up starting for the Chargers or Panthers then his value should stay in the same range. If he ends up on a worse team or in a run first offense he could easily fall into the 15-20 range at quarterback.
Who can get into the Top 12 – Drew Lock
Drew Lock is an interesting name to keep an eye on between now and draft season. He may have only played 5 games in 2019 but he showed some promise. He was able to torch the Texans for 309 passing yards and 3 touchdowns. This was on the heels of a two touchdown performance against the Los Angeles Chargers.
Despite not really looking like a runner, Lock showed the ability to add value with his legs during his five starts. In fact, he tallied double digit rushing yards in all but one game.
Heading into 2020 the Broncos have some money to spend. If they were able to add a stud WR across from Courtland Sutton, say Amari Cooper, his upside would skyrocket. Add in a second year for Noah Fant who flashed in his rookie season and you could have a dynamic offense.
There is definitely a chance that Lock finds himself in the backend of the Top 12 fantasy quarterbacks come seasons end.
Dark Horse to finish Top 3 – Cam Newton
Cam Newton has been out of sight and out of mind for fantasy owners for some time. But let’s not forget the fixture he was among the elite at the position. In 2018 Newton finished as a top 10 QB despite only playing 14 games. As a passer the mechanics might not be ideal but the production gets there. And even though it has slowed he is still an asset with his legs. Somewhere in the range of 500 plus rushing yards and a handful of touchdowns on the ground is still very viable.
Where Newton will play in 2020 is still very much in the air but he should have plenty of opportunity to produce. Ideally he stays in Carolina and runs Joe Brady’s offense with Christian McCaffery, DJ Moore, Curtis Samuel and others. If he is dealt there are a handful of teams that could make a ton of sense including the Bears, Chargers, Buccaneers, and Titans.
Maybe Cam is toast but I am still willing to take shots on him for 2020. He is just 30 and has had a whole season and off-season to recover. Oh, and his 24th QB off the board price tag is oh so nice.
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