2018 Quarterback Rankings 1.0

Matt Hicks, Staff Writer

These rankings are based on consensus rankings between myself and Eric. Below is a table of our full rankings. Although we only discuss some QBs in the article, we dig deeper in our Quarterback Rankings podcast. Search “Top2Pod” on iTunes or LISTEN HERE

Player Team Matt Eric Average
Russell Wilson SEA 2 2 2
Aaron Rodgers GB 3 3 3
Cam Newton CAR 1 5 3
Tom Brady NE 6 1 3.5
Deshaun Watson HOU 4 4 4
Kirk Cousins WAS 6 7 6.5
Andrew Luck IND 7 8 7.5
Carson Wentz PHI 9 6 7.5
Drew Brees NO 8 9 8.5
Matthew Stafford DET 10 11 10.5
Jimmy Garoppolo SF 11 10 10.5
Matt Ryan ATL 14 12 13
Philip Rivers LAC 12 15 13.5
Dak Prescott DAL 13 16 14.5
Ben Roethlisberger PIT 18 14 16
Jared Goff LAR 19 13 16
Alex Smith KC 16 17 16.5
Tyrod Taylor BUF 17 19 18
Blake Bortles JAC 15 25 20
Derek Carr OAK 20 20 20
Marcus Mariota TEN 22 18 20
Eli Manning NYG 23 21 22
Jameis Winston TB 21 24 22.5
Andy Dalton CIN 24 22 23
  1. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks

Although Wilson wasn’t either of our number one picks, he deserves starting atop this list. He finished as the QB1 in fantasy in 2017; throwing for 3,983 yards and 34 touchdowns to 11 interceptions. Wilson was a dynamic dual threat option, rushing for the second most yards for any quarterback on the season (586) and 3 touchdowns.

  1. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

Rodgers was the consensus top quarterback draft pick for the 2017 season, but his season was cut short due to an early season collarbone injury. He was on a great pace pre-injury, though, throwing for 1,675 yards and 16 touchdowns; which warrants the #2 ranking from us.

  1. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers

Newton is my top quarterback for 2018. It’s a bit of a riskier pick but the dual threat quarterback is much more effective than the pocket passer. In 2017, Cam rushed for 754 yards and 6 touchdowns. That was good enough to be 23rd amongst all rushers this season, including running backs. He also threw for 3,302 yards and 22 touchdowns. He finished as QB 2 in 2017, and I expect him to only get better if the Panthers invest in weapons for him.

  1. Tom Brady, New England Patriots

Brady is Eric’s QB 1 for 2018, and the numbers defend that ranking. He finished with the most passing yards on the season, with 4,576 yards, and 32 touchdowns to just 8 interceptions. Brady completed 66% of his league leading 581 passing attempts. The common critique on Brady is that at some point regression is unavoidable for the 40 year-old quarterback.

  1. Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans

Watson is ranked high, given his small sample size. We only saw 7 games of Watson pre-injury, however, what we saw showed a lot of big play potential. Watson completed 62% of his 204 passes for 1,699 yards and 19 touchdowns; combined with 269 yards on 36 attempts for 2 touchdowns on the ground. If Watson returns healthy, and still willing to move outside the pocket, he has high impact potential.

  1. Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins


  1. Andrew Luck*, Indianapolis Colts


  1. Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles


  1. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints

Brees is usually an easy top-5 pick, but it appears the Saints have chosen to move away from a pass heavy offense with their 39 year-old leader. In 2017, Brees threw for 4,338 yards (his lowest total since 2005) and 23 touchdowns (his lowest total since 2003). With Kamara and Ingram, you can’t blame the Saints for moving the game script away from Brees.

  1. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions


  1. Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers


  1. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons


  1. Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers


  1. Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys

 Prescott fell from QB 6 in 2016 to QB 11 in 2017. Prescott fell apart this season when he lost pieces of his offensive line and his elite level running back, Elliot. He threw for just 3,325 yards and 22 touchdowns, to 13 interceptions. Dak’s 357 rushing yards and 6 rushing touchdowns saved his season. Prescott’s QB 2 ranking reflects his dependence on a stable surrounding for his success.


  1. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers


  1. Jared Goff, Los Ángeles Rams


  1. Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs


  1. Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills


  1. Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars

Bortles was a point of disagreement in our first rankings; with Eric ranking him outside of a QB2 (at QB25); I ranked him at 15. Bortles completed 60% of his 523 passes in 2017, throwing for 3,687 yards and 21 touchdowns, to 13 interceptions. He also rushed for a surprising 323 yards and 2 touchdowns. Bortles may not be the most exciting pick, but he’s a legitimate starting quarterback in fantasy and deserves to be treated as one.


  1. Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders


  1. Marcus Mariota , Tennessee Titans


  1. Eli Manning, New York Giants


  1. Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

 Winston had a disappointing 2017 season, throwing for just 3,504 yards and 19 touchdowns, to 11 interceptions. What stood out, perhaps the most, is that Winston did not make an impact outside of the pocket; rushing for just 135 yards on 33 carries, and 1 touchdown. Winston’s inability to be successful with dynamic weapons such as Evans, Jackson, Howard, and Brate makes me seriously question his ability to ever be an impactful fantasy quarterback again.


  1. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals

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Matt Hicks

Matt’s writing is focused on dynasty and devy fantasy football. He loves blending his experience writing research in the field of education with fantasy football stats. Matt currently lives in Baltimore, MD and graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. You can follow Matt on Twitter: @TheFF_Educator

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