3 Potential Quarterback Busts for the 2019 Fantasy Football Season

Dan Israeli
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The quarterback position is as deep as its ever been in fantasy football for the 2019 season. While Patrick Mahomes is the QB1 on almost any draft board, the rest of the pack varies differently from list to list.

Due to the depth of the position, it will be important not to reach for any one QB in drafts, especially those with bust potential. The longer you wait the better, especially when some of the top options according to average draft position (ADP) carry plenty of risk for the 2019 season.

Here are three potential QB busts for the 2019 season, who are all currently top 10 at the position according to ADP.

3. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers (ADP: QB10)

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Cam Newton has had a number of top 5 seasons in fantasy football, as the former MVP is one of the best duel threat quarterbacks to ever play the game. However, once Newton's rushing ability diminishes, he will most likely no longer be a top asset as far as fantasy is concerned. Newton missed the last two games of 2018 due to a shoulder injury, and it's debatable if the 30-year-old, eight-year vet can continue taking the abuse that 100+ yearly rush attempts bring. If Cam stops running, or is injured again, he probably won't be a good return on his investment for the 2019 season, as his passing numbers cannot carry him alone.

2. Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles (ADP: QB9)

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Carson Wentz was having an MVP-caliber season in 2017, before a torn ACL in Week 14 ended his year. He returned last season, but was hampered by a back injury and ultimately played in just 11 games. When Wentz has been healthy over the past two seasons, he has put up impressive numbers. Last year, he improved his passing yardage per game, yards per attempt and completion percentage. Still, while he is now two years removed from his torn ACL, the back injury may be a chronic issue, since it showed recurring signs in April. Wentz offers solid upside, but legit injury downside too.

1. Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns (ADP: QB5)

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There is no question that Baker Mayfield is one of the most exciting young players in the league. He had an impressive rookie season, that saw him throw for 3,725 yards and 27 touchdowns in just 14 games. As impressive as it was, Mayfield will need to improve significantly on those numbers to finish as a top 5 fantasy QB, which is how he is currently being drafted in fantasy football. While the addition of Odell Beckham Jr. should boost Cleveland's passing options, Mayfield had chemistry issues with Jarvis Landry last season. His upside is immense, but he is being drafted like someone who has already proven he can perform at peak expectation week in and week out.


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