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Fantasy football rankings 2019: Top 20 quarterbacks in your draft

Fantasy football rankings 2019: Top 20 quarterbacks in your draft

Unless you plan on working the waiver wire every Wednesday, you're going to want to land a reliable quarterback in your draft.

That means finding a QB with a proven track record, a plethora of weapons, a rock-solid offensive line, and minimal injury concerns. You'd have to get pretty lucky to land a signal-caller who checks all of those boxes, especially after the surprising retirement of one of our Tier 1 QBs, Andrew Luck, but those are the qualities you should be keeping in mind when you're on the clock. The ability to rack up rushing yards certainly doesn't hurt, either.

So, now that we know the criteria to look for, who are the top quarterbacks for fantasy football in 2019? Here's a look at the top 20:

Tier 1

1. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs (Bye Week: 12)

Last year, Mahomes threw a touchdown on 8.6 percent of his passes and produced the best fantasy season ever by a quarterback. There's bound to be some regression in 2019, but the 23-year-old still should be the first QB taken off the board in all drafts.

2. Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans (Week 10)

Watson is another candidate to be this year's QB1. Although Houston's horrible offensive line and Watson's injury history both are red flags, the third-year QB proved last season he's an elite fantasy option. If the Texans receiving corps can stay healthy, watch out.

3. Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns (Week 7)

All aboard the Browns hype train. Mayfield should thrive in a potent Cleveland offense that now includes one of the game's best receivers in Odell Beckham Jr. That connection is going to be fun to watch.

Tier 2

4. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons (Week 9)

Don't expect Ryan to air it out as much as he did in 2018 (608 passing attempts, to be exact), but you can still draft the veteran QB with confidence. Consistency is key in fantasy football, and that's what you're getting here.

5. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers (Week 11)

Rodgers was the No. 6 QB last year in fantasy, and that happens to be where he lands on these rankings. That speaks more to the number of great QB options this season than anything else. If Rodgers slips a bit in your draft, obviously you should snag him. Just don't feel obligated to take him too early because of his track record.

6. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers (Week 7)

Newton's shoulder was an issue throughout 2018, so that cost him a couple of spots here. If he's at full strength, which the Panthers have indicated is the case, he's a no-brainer to be a top-10 or maybe even top-5 fantasy QB this season.

7. Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles (Week 10)

Health is the No.1 concern with Wentz. But if the Eagles QB can stay on the field for 16 games, he's capable of putting up monster numbers. He proved that in 2017 when he was on track to win the MVP award before tearing his ACL. Now, with several weapons at his disposal and one of the best offensive lines in football, Wentz is ready to prove his 2017 performance wasn't a fluke.

8. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks (Week 11)

Losing Doug Baldwin hurts, but Wilson still should be one of the better fantasy QBs in 2019. A lot rides on how his new weapon D.K. Metcalf will fare in his rookie season. Assuming Wilson continues to rack up impressive rushing totals, he should be a top-10 player at his position.

9. Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams (Week 9)

We might see Goff air it out more this season since the Rams likely will limit running back Todd Gurley's workload. The 24-year-old also will have one of his favorite wideouts, Cooper Kupp, back in the mix. Goff has the weapons to again be a top-10 fantasy QB.

Tier 3

10. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints (Week 9)

11. Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys (Week 8)

12. Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals (Week 12)

13. Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens (Week 8)

14. Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Week 7)

Tier 4

15. Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills (Week 6)

16. Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings (Week 12)

17. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers (Week 7)

18. Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers (Week 12)

19. Tom Brady, New England Patriots (Week 10)

20. Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago Bears (Week 6)

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Fantasy football Week 14 waiver wire: Texans defense a great streamer for playoffs

Fantasy football Week 14 waiver wire: Texans defense a great streamer for playoffs

No more fun and games, folks. It's winning time.

The fantasy football playoffs start this week in many leagues, and with them come raised stakes and raised expectations.

The good news for fantasy owners with holes in their lineups is that there are several quality players available in more than 50 percent of leagues who could be plugged in as legitimate starters for Week 14.

Let's get right into it with our top fantasy football waiver wire adds at each position for Week 14.

QUARTERBACK

Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans (owned in 39 percent of Yahoo! leagues): That Tannehill is available in over 60 percent of leagues is a testament to the depth of this position. The veteran QB has accounted for multiple touchdowns in six consecutive weeks and faces a reeling Oakland Raiders defense that's allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season. Tannehill is the top streaming option this week.

Other quarterbacks to target: Ryan Fitzpatrick (MIA), Jacoby Brissett (IND), Daniel Jones (NYG)

RUNNING BACK

Benny Snell, Pittsburgh Steelers (20 percent owned): Snell established himself as Pittsburgh's lead back over Jaylen Samuels last Sunday, logging 16 carries to Samuels' seven and scoring his first career touchdown. If James Conner can't go this weekend -- he's played just once in the last five weeks -- Snell is a solid RB2 against a porous Arizona Cardinals defense.

Other running backs to target: Raheem Mostert (SF), Alexander Mattison (MIN), Darwin Thompson (KC)

WIDE RECEIVER

Russell Gage, Atlanta Falcons (11 percent owned): Gage benefited from Julio Jones' absence in Week 13 to the tune of five catches for 52 yards and a TD. But he still led Atlanta with eight catches in Week 12 with Jones on the field. Even if Jones returns in Week 14, he might be on a pitch count, opening the door for Gage to contribute for a third straight week. 

Other wide receivers to target: Anthony Miller (CHI), John Ross III (CIN), Zach Pascal (IND)

TIGHT END

Mike Gesicki, Miami Dolphins (33 percent owned): The Dolphins' offense has suddenly come alive, and Gesicki is benefiting: He's scored TDs in back-to-back weeks and been targeted 14 times by Ryan Fitzpatrick in that span. The New York Jets are stingy against tight ends (fifth-fewest fantasy points allowed), but Gesicki is your best waiver wire bet this week.

Other tight ends to target: Gerald Everett (LAR), Darren Fells (HOU)

DEFENSE

Houston Texans (27 percent owned): Yeah, Drew Lock won his NFL debut Sunday. But the Denver Broncos are much worse on the road (1-5) than at home (3-3), and the Texans are coming off an inspiring defensive effort against the New England Patriots. Expect another strong effort out of Houston in Week 14.

Other defenses to target: Jacksonville (vs. LAC), Green Bay (vs. WAS)

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Fantasy football Week 13 starts, sits: Is Sony Michel back on track?

Fantasy football Week 13 starts, sits: Is Sony Michel back on track?

Some people spend their Black Friday shopping. But you have more important matters to attend to.

Week 13 of the fantasy football season is here, and in most leagues, this is the final week of the regular season before playoffs begin.

The stakes are higher than ever, which means every roster decision you make should be done with care and research.

You've come to the right place for the "research" component. Here are five players to start and five players to sit for Week 13 of NFL action.

START

Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles: Wentz is enduring a brutal fantasy stretch, but a date with the Dolphins' defense should be just what the doctor ordered. Miami has allowed six passing touchdowns over its last two games.

Sony Michel, RB, New England Patriots: Michel clearly benefited from the return of left tackle Isaiah Wynn, averaging 4.3 yards per carry on 20 rushes against the Dallas Cowboys. The Houston Texans have given up rushing touchdowns in back-to-back weeks, so Michel can be slotted in as an RB2 this week.

Jonathan Williams, RB, Indianapolis Colts: No Marlon Mack and T.Y. Hilton for Indy should mean another high-volume game for Williams, who has topped 100 rushing yards in two straight weeks. The Tennessee Titans' 13th-ranked run defense doesn't scare us, either.

DJ Chark, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars: When in doubt, start a wideout who's playing the Buccaneers: Tampa Bay is allowing a whopping 26.6 receptions and 309 receiving yards to opponents this season. Chark is a high-floor WR2 this week.

DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins: The only Dolphins player with any fantasy relevance, Parker has had three straight weeks of solid production with 10-plus targets in each of those games. He gets a strong matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles' shaky secondary and should be started with confidence.

SIT

Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, San Francisco 49ers: Jimmy G has put up strong fantasy stats recently, but we can't trust him on the road versus a Baltimore Ravens defense that's held three straight quarterbacks to fewer than 10 fantasy points in standard-scoring leagues.

Kenyan Drake, RB, Arizona Cardinals: Arizona's most productive rusher over the last two weeks has been Kyler Murray. The Los Angeles Rams are reeling but still have a talented front seven. Drake is a shaky RB2/3 at best.

Chris Carson, RB, Seattle Seahawks: This is more a warning that Carson comes with some risk. The Seahawks' bell-cow fumbled twice last week while Rashaad Penny thrived, so if he coughs up the ball early in this one, he cd be standing next to Pete Carroll for a good portion of the game.

Tyrell Williams, WR, Oakland Raiders: Williams always has been touchdown-dependent, and the touchdowns have stopped coming. The veteran wideout hasn't caught more than four passes since Week 2 and is the definition of a boom-or-bust play.

Deebo Samuel, WR, San Francisco 49ers: Samuel has compiled three consecutive games of strong production, but he's battling a shoulder injury and caught just two passes last week, one of which he converted to a touchdown. Considering the tough matchup in Baltimore, we're steering clear.

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