A list of the top quarterbacks to draft for the 2018 fantasy football season.
1. Aaron Rodgers (GB)
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A broken collarbone in Week 6 last year ruined what started as a possible MVP season for Rodgers. In his first five games, he completed 66.7 percent of his passes and was on pace for more than 4,000 yards and 40 touchdowns. The Packers were 4-1 but went 3-8 the rest of the way with Brett Hundley taking over. Rodgers returned, at less than 100 percent health, for Week 15 with the Packers clinging to playoff hope, but he was shut down after the loss, a season wasted. Entering this season, Rodgers is without his favorite receiver, the aging Jordy Nelson, but he gained tight end Jimmy Graham, who is expected to be used more as a wideout like he was in New Orleans and gives Rodgers the best TE red-zone target he's had. Outside playmaker Davante Adams and possession slot receiver Randall Cobb return, but then it's a lot of unknowns, as the Packers hope a reliable target emerges from the next seven spots on the WR depth chart, including three rookies drafted in Rounds 4-6. Joe Philbin is back too as offensive coordinator, a position he helmed from 2007 to 2011 when Rodgers won his first MVP award. Rodgers is another year older – he says he wants to play until he's 40 – and durability is a bit of concern, though last year was the first time he missed games since his first broken collarbone in 2013.
2. Russell Wilson (SEA)
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Wilson led the league in fantasy scoring last season – nearly 50 points more than any quarterback – thanks to an NFL-high 37 touchdowns. But it was a nonexistent running game that provided those TD opportunities, as Wilson posted career lows in completion percentage and yards per attempt. The Seahawks passed on 64.3 percent of plays inside the 10-yard line (second in the NFL), netting Wilson 15 TD passes from that range (also second), as Seattle running backs totaled minus-11 yards – the fewest in the NFL since 1991 – and never scored inside the 10. The Seahawks' two rushing TDs inside the 10 came from Wilson, who accounted for all but one of the team's offensive touchdowns. He also became the fifth QB since 1970 to lead his team in rushing. If the running game improves with first-round pick Rashaad Penny and the return of Chris Carson, the offense should be much better, but it likely will mean fewer scoring opportunities for Wilson. And either way, he could still be in trouble without 6-7 Jimmy Graham (10 TD on 24 RZ targets, both NFL highs) to bail him out at the goal line, as 6-3 WR Jaron Brown is the only pass-catcher taller than 6-2 with more than 50 targets last year. The Seahawks are counting on new offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer for something more than last year's Russell-schoolyard-magic scheme, but the key, once again, is the offensive line, this time under new line coach Mike Solari. A full year of LT Duane Brown and the acquisition of RG D.J. Fluker have to pay off for Wilson to avoid becoming the second QB in NFL history with 40-plus sacks in six consecutive seasons (Neil Lomax).
3. DeShaun Watson (HOU)
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It's not often a quarterback has a breakout season as a rookie. And Watson didn't just break out last year, he was in the MVP discussion before suffering a torn ACL midseason. Through Week 8, Watson was tied for first in the league in TD passes, second in YPA and first in quarterback rushing, leading the league's most prolific offense at 30.7 points per game. Watson showed rare poise in the pocket – he was arguably the best quarterback against blitzes last season. He led the league in YPA (9.5) in blitz situations and was second in completion percentage (65.6 percent) to Drew Brees, posting an NFL-high 134.5 passer rating, nearly 22 points better than the next best QB. What's more, the 22-year-old Watson had seven touchdowns and no interceptions against blitzes. Watson was good on downfield passing, ranking fifth in completion percentage on attempts beyond 20 yards (min. 20 attempts), but he also threw five interceptions. And if there's an area in which he can improve it's accuracy. Had he qualified, Watson would have ranked in 20th completion percentage, just ahead of Eli Manning, and his 3.9 interception percentage would have been third worst. Watson was highly accurate in college, so it's reasonable to think he can improve in that department in his second year. Wide receivers DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller are back for Watson to target, assuming he's available. And that, of course, is the biggest concern. But the Texans are confident Watson will be ready for Week 1 even if he is limited in training camp.
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