As the NFL continues to be more and more of a “passing league,” there is a ton of depth at the quarterback position. Last year, seven different quarterbacks had at least 28 touchdown passes, and eight different quarterbacks had more than 4,000 yards passing.
That being said, there are five guys among this position group that stand out from the rest. Here are those five, and their current average draft position (ADP) in the days leading up to the start of training camps for the 2018 season:
Carson Wetnz, Philadelphia Eagles (ADP: early 6th round) — Don’t let Nick Foles’ heroics make you forget just how incredibly dominant Carson Wentz was during the 2017 season. If not for the unfortunate late-season injury, Wentz was an absolute shoo-in for the league’s MVP award. Went threw for the second-most touchdown passes in the NFL last year, which was more touchdown passes than Tom Brady had, and that’s even after missing the last three games of the season. He was on pace to finish among the top-eight quarterbacks in the NFL in passing yards, and he finished with the fourth-highest passer rating in the NFL. Everything looks promising heading into this year, as far as Wentz’ rehab, and at the current place he’s being drafted in many leagues, he could be a fantastic value pick.
Tom Brady, New England Patriots (ADP: mid 5th round) — If there was ever a professional athlete who could go toe-to-toe with Father Time, it looks it it would be Tom Brady. Despite turning 40 years old before last season started, Brady lead the NFL with 4,577 yards passing and threw for the second-most touchdown passes (32) in the league. In 19 games last year (including the postseason), Brady threw at least one touchdown pass in 17 of those games, while throwing only two interceptions heading into Thanksgiving weekend of last year. Considering he threw for 505 yards in the Super Bowl, he’s clearly showing no signs of slowing down.
Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks (ADP: late 4th/early 5th round) — Before going 4-4 over his team’s last eight games of the season, quarterback Russell Wilson was one of the most singularly dominant quarterbacks in the NFL, right up there with Carson Went and Tom Brady. Wilson tied his career-high with 34 touchdown passes last year (which was tops in the NFL) and added another three more scores with his feet. Considering he’ll be even more of the focal point on offense this year, don’t expect those numbers to dip.
Deshaun Watson (ADP: Mid-4th round) — Despite playing in only seven games last year, and coming off a season-ending torn ACL, the future couldn’t be brighter for Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson. After putting up a combined 22 touchdowns in the month of October last year, he’s become an enormously-coveted quarterback among fantasy football GM’s.
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers (ADP: late 3rd round) — Many would argue that Aaron Rodgers was the early leader in the clubhouse for the 2017 MVP Award, before suffering the shoulder injury that caused him to miss most of the 2017 season. Through the first five games of last year, Rodgers had already thrown 13 touchdown passes, and already had three games with more than 300 yards passing. The Packers will emphasize protecting Rodgers this year, meaning he should once again put up ridiculous numbers (as long as he stays upright).