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Most Overrated QBs in ESPN's Latest Fantasy Football Rankings for 2019 NFL Season

Mike Esposito
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Most fantasy football leagues tend to place much higher value on wide receivers and running backs, but a consistent top-end quarterback is a key part to building a championship roster.

Even so, ESPN recently released its updated 2019 fantasy football rankings and there were a few quarterbacks who are ranked a little too high.

Here are the four most overrated quarterbacks from ESPN's 2019 fantasy rankings.

4. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers – No. 7

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Cam Newton will always have fantasy upside because of his running ability, but a Top-10 ranking is a bit of a stretch. For one, Newton's injured shoulder is a little troubling. Additionally, the Carolina Panthers don't have many proven weapons outside of Christian McCaffrey and Greg Olsen. With a bum shoulder and a shallow skill-position group, Newton is a risky QB1.

3. Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns – No. 6

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Baker Mayfield had an excellent rookie season, but ranking him as the seventh-best fantasy QB for 2019 is premature. There's a lot to like about the second-year signal caller's fantasy potential thanks to new weapons like Kareem Hunt and Odell Beckham Jr., but until he proves he can effectively use said weapons, he's not worthy of a Top-10 ranking.

2. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers - No. 10

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Ben Roethlisberger is one of the top signal callers in the NFL, but it's hard to like his chances of being a top-10 fantasy quarterback in 2019. The veteran no longer has Antonio Brown catching passes for him, which could hurt his production. Outside of JuJu Smith-Schuster, Big Ben has marginal receiving talent to work with, making him a prime regression candidate.

1. Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers - No. 13

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It's hard to believe that a quarterback who has done nothing but disappoint year after year is considered a top-15 fantasy player, but here we are. Jameis Winston has been wildly inconsistent throughout his NFL career. He was benched for Ryan Fitzpatrick last season, which isn't exactly a vote of confidence. Even with weapons like Mike Evans, and an innovative head coach like Bruce Arians, Winston could struggle to live up to this ranking.

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