Nease’s Insights—2018: The Year of the QB Bonanza

In my last article we touched (and even torched a bit—LOL) ADP and the way it affects our drafts when it comes to finding depth at the WR position. This time we will discuss what I consider to be one of the largest, most competent group of fantasy worthy QBs that I have ever seen. Remember, I have been playing since 1985. The QB pool is usually much more limited than it is now. In fact, none of the rookie QBs are included in my Top 25. Like the RB position, we are going, the QB are plentiful. In fact, the actual QB pool may include almost 30 viable players.

That gives you some outstanding versatility when it comes to drafting other key players. I have always been a proponent of a QB1 in about the 6th round, a QB2 in the 8th or 9th round. Then you would grab a QB3 in about the 12th or 13th rounds. This year you can scale that back a couple of rounds on all three QBs.

Now you might ask—why not go with just two QBs instead of spending a roster spot on a 3rd one? That does seem logical, but bear in mind, that in a 12-team league, if nine teams take three QBs and three only draft two, that goes 33 QBs deep. Since QB points are a vital portion of your weekly score, it is way too big of a risk to add a third TE or 8th WR. In a worst case injury scenario you cannot afford to have a lousy QB in your lineup.

Here is my current ranking of the Top 25 QBs. As you would expect, it is not linked to ADP in any way, shape or form. It has nothing to do with how successful, or bad their teams may be, I am strictly concentrating on fantasy parameters—period. I have ranked these QBs in the order in which I believe they can contribute to fantasy teams winning a championship.

  1. Russell Wilson, SEA
  1. Aaron Rodgers, GB
  1. Tom Brady, NE
  1. Deshaun Watson, HOU
  1. Carson Wentz, PHI
  1. Cam Newton, CAR
  1. Kirk Cousins, MIN
  1. Drew Brees, NO
  1. Andrew Luck, IND
  1. Jared Goff, LAR
  1. Matthew Stafford, DET
  1. Jimmy Garoppolo, SF
  1. Matt Ryan, ATL
  1. Philip Rivers, LAC
  1. Ben Roethlisberger, PIT
  1. Blake Bortles, JAC
  1. Derek Carr, OAK
  1. Alex Smith, WAS
  1. Dak Prescott, DAL
  1. Marcus Mariota, TEN
  1. Eli Manning, NYG
  1. Andy Dalton, CIN
  1. Case Keenum, DEN
  1. Patrick Mahomes, KC
  1. Mitchell Trubisky, CHI

I left both rookies and some veteran QBs off the list, because their statuses in a re-drafter format are so uncertain at this time. After teams make their starter decisions you can use the waiver wire to add any of the remaining QBs to your rosters. I would shoot to make sure you get your initial three QBs from the 25 listed above.

This ranking does not take into consideration QB bonus points for TD passes (6 points, rather than 4), or graduated bonus points for longer TDs. If your league has scoring factors that are different than the norm, you must be sure to take that into consideration.

The preseason games are underway and we are more than ready for the actual season to begin. Buckle up for the journey. My colleagues and I at Big Guy Fantasy Sports are intent on helping you become the champion you want to be. With our poignant articles and being the home base for the consistency theory, a sound mathematically-based alternative to ADP, we will be with you for the 2018 season in its entirety. What happens then? That my friends, is easy. We start over and do it all again in 2019!

Over the years many readers have contacted me personally for fantasy football questions throughout the year. I look forward to helping you in your quest to win championships this year. You can contact me by email with any questions you may have on fantasy football generally, or on consistency specifically, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., follow me on Twitter @mikeinsights, or join me as a member of Couch Tomatoes, my fantasy football discussion group on Facebook.

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Good luck! Have fun!

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