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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 11 starts, sits: What is Mohamed Sanu's ceiling?

Fantasy Football Week 11 starts, sits: What is Mohamed Sanu's ceiling?

Sometimes good things come to those who wait.

Mohamed Sanu was a productive if unspectacular wide receiver through eight games with the Atlanta Falcons and hit a mid-season rough patch that may have caused some to drop him in their fantasy football leagues.

But if you stuck with the 30-year-old wideout, you're about to reap the benefits. Sanu caught 10 passes in his Patriots debut and seems poised to play a key role in New England's offense -- and your fantasy team -- down the stretch.

Which other players are worth slotting into your lineup? We've got you covered with five starts and five sits for Week 11 of NFL action.

START

Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, San Francisco 49ers: Jimmy G has been a risky fantasy play this season, but his best game by far (317 passing yards, four touchdowns) came in Week 9 against the Arizona Cardinals ... who are on the docket again in Week 11. Sign us up.

Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: The Bengals are so committed to tanking that they gave Mixon 30 carries in a blowout loss to the Baltimore Ravens. As long as the "throw from behind" game script doesn't apply in Cincinnati, Mixon should be a fine RB2 play in Oakland.

Damien Williams, RB, Kansas City Chiefs: LeSean McCoy probably will be back in the mix this Sunday after his Week 10 scratch, but Williams has been Kansas City's workhorse over the last two weeks and gets a good matchup versus a Los Angeles Chargers defense that's allowed 15 receptions to running backs over the last two games.

Mohamed Sanu, WR, New England Patriots: Tom Brady is an unabashed Sanu fan, which would explain why he targeted his new weapon 14 times against Baltimore. Add in a juicy matchup -- the Philadelphia Eagles are allowing the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing wideouts this season -- and Sanu is a surefire WR2 with WR1 potential if he can find the end zone.

Terry McLaurin, WR, Washington Redskins: McLaurin hit a bit of a rookie slump entering Washington's bye. But a week to work with signal-caller Dwayne Haskins and a date with the New York Jets' Swiss cheese secondary make the speedy wideout a WR2/3 this week.

SIT

Philip Rivers, QB, Los Angeles Chargers: Rivers has three touchdown passes and three interceptions over his last three games. The Chiefs defense is suspect, but we just don't see much upside with Melvin Gordon seeing 20-plus carries per game.

Ronald Jones II, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Yes, Jones has scored in back-to-back weeks. He's also averaging 3.3 yards per carry in those games and faces a New Orleans Saints defense that hasn't allowed a rushing touchdown since Week 5. Pass.

David Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals: We're avoiding all Cardinals running backs for the second straight week in Arizona's brutal road matchup with the San Francisco 49ers. Oh, and Johnson scored negative fantasy points last week. Can't have that.

Sammy Watkins, WR, Kansas City Chiefs: Patrick Mahomes' return was not a cure for Watkins' fantasy struggles, as the veteran receiver managed just 39 yards on five catches. The Chargers also haven't allowed double-digit fantasy points to a receiver since Week 7.

Phillip Dorsett, WR, New England Patriots: Tom Brady hasn't completed more than 31 passes in a game this season. Julian Edelman and Sanu could combine for close to 20 completions, and if rookie N'Keal Harry makes his debut, that doesn't leave much of the pie for Dorsett.

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Fantasy football Week 11 waiver wire: Falcons' Brian Hill a top pickup

Fantasy football Week 11 waiver wire: Falcons' Brian Hill a top pickup

It's time to separate the contenders from the pretenders.

Many fantasy football owners have three or four more weeks before their playoffs start, which means they have to push the right buttons to make a run at fantasy glory.

As we all know, fantasy success starts on the waiver wire, where free agents who can make an impact down the stretch are there for the taking.

Here are our fantasy football waiver wire adds for Week 11.

QUARTERBACK

Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders (owned in 45 percent of Yahoo! leagues): Carr continues to see plenty of volume in the passing game, and the winless Cincinnati Bengals have been a fantasy gold mine for opposing quarterbacks. The Raiders QB is your top streamer this week.

Other quarterbacks to target: Nick Foles (JAX), Kyle Allen (CAR), Sam Darnold (NYJ)

RUNNING BACK

Brian Hill, Atlanta Falcons (6 percent owned): Devonta Freeman sprained his foot in Week 10, which is bad news for Atlanta. But that's good news for Hill, who logged 20 carries Sunday and is in line to be the Falcons' workhorse running back in Week 11 with Freeman out. The Carolina Panthers have allowed a ton of fantasy points to opposing running backs, so Hill is a great streaming option this week.

Other running backs to target: J.D. McKissic (DET), Derrius Guice (WAS), Peyton Barber (TB)

WIDE RECEIVER

Hunter Renfrow, Oakland Raiders (10 percent owned): It's slim pickings for wide receivers on the waiver wire this week, but the Clemson product has 10 catches on 12 targets over his last two games and gets a plus matchup against the Bengals' awful secondary. Renfrow is a decent streaming option in PPR leagues. 

Other wide receivers to target: Darius Slayton (NYG), Mecole Hardman (KC), Cole Beasley (BUF)

TIGHT END

Noah Fant, Denver Broncos (16 percent owned): Fant has helped fill Emmanuel Sanders' void in Denver with eight catches for 141 yards over his last two games. He gets a decent matchup against the Minnesota Vikings this week, so scoop up the rookie off his bye week while you can.

Other tight ends to target: Jack Doyle (IND), Jared Cook (NO)

DEFENSE

Oakland Raiders (5 percent owned): The Bengals are an abomination on offense, too. Their 18 turnovers through nine games are the fourth-most in the NFL. Oakland is coming off a strong defensive showing against the Los Angeles Chargers and should feast at home against the NFL's last remaining winless team.

Other defenses to target: Carolina (vs. ATL), Washington (vs. NYJ)

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