The most important position in the game of football is quarterback. Only a handful of men on the planet can play this position effectively, and it is the most sought after asset by those who don't have one. NFL Network annually releases its “Top 100” players, as voted by the players, and the top of the list has been dominated by the best signal callers. In fantasy football, this rarity and value should carryover, right? The problem is, quarterback value in fantasy football is going EXTINCT!
In recent years, the influx of youth and talent at QB has created the “punt QB” strategy, as there is only a marginal difference in production between the top 12 players. The market has responded by creating “2QB” or “superflex” leagues where owning two to three good quarterbacks is not only smart, it’s absolutely necessary! These types of leagues put a premium on the most important position in football, and level out the value between the top positions. With the 2018 rookie class bringing another 4-5 solid prospects into the fold, I’m not sure how I could ever start a new league with a 1QB format.
With that being said, here are my Superflex QB startup rankings for 2018, broken into tiers! Rookies are at the end.
- Aaron Rodgers - AR12 is the king, still in his prime, and has plenty of seasons left.
- Carson Wentz - Many are ready to crown Wentz, Eagles had a magical season, but this kid has “it”.
- Russell Wilson - Seattle is falling apart, which means Russell will continue to do it all. Isn’t it amazing how he can put up 30 points in the 4th quarter?
Studs with questions
4. Andrew Luck - Talk about questions, Luck might go to the top of the list or fall off of it completely. No doubt he’s a top fantasy qb in this league, but how’s that shoulder bruh?
5. Cam Newton - All Cam does is put up points. He’s not as efficient as a passer as we’d hope he turn into, but the dude balls out consistently.
6. Matthew Stafford - Better fantasy QB than real life, there’s a stigma around Stafford but he’s only 30 and I believe will take that step forward we’ve been waiting for.
7. Kirk Cousins - All Kirk does is put up 4k seasons with mediocre talent. Washington didn’t appreciate him, the Vikings will. Can you say, “upgrade”?
Young, primed to take the next step
8. Mitchell Trubisky - I’m all in on biscuits. I watched every snap of his in 2017, twice. He’s the real deal.. New coach + alpha WR1 + new tight end + great draft picks = a mega step forward next year.
9. Jamies Winston - Tampa burned a lot of people this year, but don’t forget why Winston was the no brainer 1.01 pick a few years ago. Last year was ruined by injury, despite the interceptions he will be fantasy gold.
10. Deshaun Watson - Busted onto the scene destroying NFL defenses. He’ll likely regress but you got to love a QB who has two 1st round wide receivers.
11. Derek Carr - Another QB with a lost season, Carr has all the ability and intangibles you want in a franchise guy, just hasn’t had a good system to play for. Did $100mil buy him one?
12. Patrick Mahomes - You can argue Patrick is walking into the best situation a first year starter has in recent memory. We’ve seen so little, but the Chiefs shipped out Smith after an MVP-like season, because they are 100% sure in what they’ve got.
13. Jimmy Garoppolo - Hard to see him failing with a smart young coach paired with a few years development behind Brady. He actually wasn’t that great fantasy wise, and SF disappointed in bringing in a top wideout, but this guy can be “the guy”.
14. Dak Prescott - I’m lower than most on Dak, mostly because his tape says he’s a middle of the road talent. I’m afraid if the o-line or running game situation ever changes, he’s not capable of carrying a team with his arm.
15. Jared Goff - A solid QB capable of managing an offense efficiently. Major boost from talent around him and coach, not sure he could put a team on his back.
16. Marcus Mariota - Beloved by many, but we need to see he can throw the ball from the pocket. Rushing keeps him elevated, he needs to feed Corey Davis.
17. Drew Brees - The 5k seasons are in the past, but Brees is extremely efficient and should help you win leagues for another 1-2 years.
18. Tom Brady - Seems to be the last ride for the goat. He’s red hot in fantasy until it starts to get cold.
19. Phillip Rivers - Most underrated QB possibly all-time. Throws the ball as often as anybody, and does it well.
20. Matt Ryan - For one year we got to see an A+ qb. That was the outlier. Solid guy but can’t throw TD’s to Julio for some reason.
21. Ben Roethlisberger - The two best players at their position have kept him relevant. Steelers probably blow it up after this year or next.
22. Alex Smith - Definitely downgraded in weapons big time. Underrated rusher and won’t turn the ball over. I like stashing Smith ahead of the “young & primed” tier players.
23. Sam Bradford - Did you know Bradford is younger than Andy Dalton? Injuries have derailed him but I’d take a cheap flier on this guy.
24. Ryan Tannehill - fingers crossed
25. Eli Manning - End is nigh
26. Andy Dalton - clocks ticking
27. Blake Bortles - J.A.G.
28. Tyrod Taylor - Baker incoming
29. Joe Flacco - “elite”
30. AJ McCarron - career backup
31. Nick Foles - Could jump way up if traded
32. Josh Mccown - Darnold jetting in
- Baker Mayfield - Has a big mouth and a bigger game to back it up. Accuracy is the most important on the field trait for a QB.
- Josh Rosen - Could be elite, has been “the guy” his whole life.
- Lamar Jackson - Coaching is key, but this guy could wreck defenses.
- Sam Darnold - High floor, Alex Smith/Jared Goff type of player.
- Josh Allen - Just don’t see it working out without divine intervention on his accuracy.
- Mason Rudolph - Hoping for a Jimmy G repeat from this guy.
- Kyle Lauletta - Impressed in the offseason process.