5 Quarterbacks Who Could Be Fantasy Football Busts in 2019

Mike Esposito
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No matter what stage in their career they're in or how productive they may have been, every quarterback in the league has some sort of fantasy bust potential. In fact, there are a few signal-callers this season who, due to their projected growth or current state of their supporting casts, could be in for an underwhelming fantasy season.

Here are five quarterbacks who have bust potential for the 2019 fantasy football season.

5. Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens

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Lamar Jackson will always have fantasy value thanks his rushing ability, but his fantasy potential for 2019 heavily hinges on his development as a passer this offseason. The second-year signal caller is still learning a new system under offensive coordinator Greg Roman and if he doesn't take the next step forward, it's unlikely that he'll be consistent enough to start every week.

4. Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders

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It's really hard to like Derek Carr's chances of becoming a viable fantasy quarterback even with the additions of Josh Jacobs and Antonio Brown. The 28-year-old signal-caller has yet to display full command of Jon Gruden's offense (19 TDs in 2018) and is still throwing behind a suspect offensive line that allowed 51 sacks last season. Barring an epic turnaround from his supporting cast, Carr could be in for another disappointing year.

3. Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams

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Jared Goff had a solid 2018 campaign, but his final eight games (including the playoffs) were a telling sign that regression may be distinct possibility this upcoming year. The Rams' young signal-caller totaled just seven touchdowns to nine interceptions while averaging 236 yards passing per game over that span. There's a chance that Goff can rebound, but if he doesn't, he may not even be in fantasy starting lineups outside of two quarterback leagues.

2. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers

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It's really hard to like Ben Roethlisberger's chances to put together another QB1 season based on the state of his receiving corps heading into 2019. Antonio Brown was traded to the Oakland Raiders and outside of JuJu Smith-Schuster, the future Hall of Famer doesn't have much talent to work with in the passing game. The two-time Super Bowl champion will likely have a solid season, however, just not one where he leads the league in yards passing once again.

1. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints

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The days when Drew Brees consistently threw for 5,000 yards seem to be behind him. The 40-year-old signal-caller recorded under 4,000 yards passing for the first time ever in a Saints uniform last season and his 493 pass attempts were the lowest total since 2004. The Saints have been trending toward a more run-oriented offense as well, which could be a telling sign that Brees may not be a top-10 fantasy quarterback by the end of the year.


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Mike Esposito is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Mike Esposito also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username espo6891. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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