By Des Boodam
We are eight weeks away from kick off and I can barely contain myself. I’ve been grinding my gears in preparation for this season, and my personal bias is consuming me by the minute. I do this, so you don’t have to. I know your time is valuable, and you live playing season long and daily fantasy football. I’m right with you, so as you prep for your draft in about a month let’s take a look at my pre-season top 10 list by position. It’s really just some touch points to think about but a lot can change between now and the start of the season. QB is deep this season… so firm up your WRs and RBs first. Let’s get it.
#1. Aaron Rodgers – There’s no doubt Rodgers will be back with a vengeance, despite being without his fave WR in Jordy Nelson. Enter Devante Adams and Jimmy Graham with a rebirth of Randall Cobb. I’m most excited about how Ty Montgomery will be used. This is not an endorsement for Jimmy Graham, he will be average, but all Rodgers needs is guys who can catch the ball.
#2. Russell Wilson – I used to think Wilson was only good because of the Seattle defense and Marshawn Lynch. He proved me wrong last season. He is a legit QB who will make things happen, even with his feet if he has to. He will be engaged in games for four games, and the points will pile up.
#3. Deshaun Watson – I don’t know about how healthy Watson will be, or if he can even stay healthy, but he is a daily fantasy cash game must… I’m nervous about taking him in season long, so you getter pick up a good back up like Matt Ryan, Matt Stafford or Cam Newton. Either way his average points per game should be near the top of the league again.
#4. Drew Brees – it’s Drew Brees… and he still Michael Thomas, and Alvin Kamara. He’ll likely attempt more passes than any QB this season, and his completion percentage is amongst the best all time… I like the volume and the price will be good… though he will have some questions, and ask the question… who won’t have a clunker?
#5. Carson Wentz – Much like Watson, health is a big driver on this one. He was the number one fantasy QB when he went out last season, but I think he is fully stocked with weapons unlike any in the league right now. Play makers everywhere!!
#6. Kirk Cousins – do not, I repeat do NOT ignore Cousins. He is a legit playmaker who has the third most rushing TDs amongst QBs in the last three years. He inherits two stud WRs in Stephon Diggs and Adam Thielen, and should have depth at RB combined with other dependable pass catchers. Pass on Cousins at your own risk.
#7. Tom Brady –I have a bad feeling about Brady and the Patriots this season, even though there’s very little out there that says I should be concerned. He’s always just posted useful fantasy lines, while racking up wins, but I’m troubled by who the Patriots gave up including Danny Amendola, Dion Lewis, and Brandin Cooks. Enter Jordan Matthews and Jeremy Hill and it’s clear you would rather have the latter. The loss of Nate Solder is a major concern since no replacement has been signed or drafted. He’s still Tom Brady and will still hucking that ball all over the field to Gronk and Edelman in the fourth quarter.
#8. Ben Roethlisberger – With Le’Veon Bell and the best 1-2 WR combo in the league, Big Ben should seemingly be higher on this list. I don’t like the Steeler’s depth, or Big Ben on the road but if everyone stays healthy the Pittsburgh should grab the #1 seed in the playoffs
#9. Derek Carr – he’s got arguably the best three WR combo in the league with Amari Cooper, Jordy Nelson and Martavis Bryant. As long as they stay healthy Carr has all the tools in place to have a major uptick in production vs last season. Don’t forget the John Gruden factor and his ability to develop good QBs into champions. Mark it down.
#10. Andrew Luck – Who really knows? It’s a fair question, but everyone knows what Luck once was. I think he returns to the Colts and kills it once all the rust gets shaken off. The injury thing is a major concern but we can keep an eye on it.