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With NFL Training Camp just two months away, The Duel will come out with Fantasy Football Rankings for each of the six core positions – QB, RB, WR, TE, K and DEF – leading up to the NFL's 100th season.
While Patrick Mahomes was the NFL and fantasy football MVP in 2018, things could be different in 2019. Let's see how he stacks up against the competition this season with our Top 10 Fantasy QBs heading into NFL Training Camp.
The staff of The Duel ranked the top 15 fantasy QBs for the 2019 NFL season. These top 10 are based off the average score of those rankings. These projections are based off 4-point passing touchdowns and 1 point per 25 yards passing.
10. Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers
Philip Rivers has been the model of consistency in fantasy football for the majority of his career. As he heads into his twilight years, Rivers has one of the more talented rosters he's ever had around him. Rivers finished 2018 as the No. 11 fantasy quarterback and should be in line for a similar performance this year. With the development of Mike Williams, the return of Hunter Henry and the continued dominance of Keenan Allen, Rivers should have plenty of places to put the ball and score fantasy points.
9. Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles
Carson Wentz was on pace to win the 2017 NFL MVP Award before a Week 14 ACL tear derailed what ended up being a Super Bowl season for the Philadelphia Eagles. Now seemingly healthy, Wentz is likely good for 3,500 passing yards and 30-plus touchdown passes in 2019.
8. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
Big Ben quietly led the NFL in passing yards last season. With 5,129 passing yards passing and 34 passing touchdowns, he was the third-ranked fantasy QB when all was said and done in 2018. Losing Antonio Brown will likely hurt his upside in 2019, but he remains a high-end QB2 in his 16th NFL season.
7. Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns
Baker Mayfield could be the hottest name on this list. While he ended 2018 as the 16th-ranked fantasy QB, tied with Eli Manning, the Browns made a lot of noise this offseason, adding weapons like Odell Beckham Jr. and Kareem Hunt to Mayfield's arsenal. After setting an NFL rookie record with 27 passing touchdowns last season, Mayfield is a sure-fire QB1 in 2019.
6. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
Drew Brees is Mr. Consistent when it comes to fantasy football. With another near-4,000 yards passing last season, to go along with 32 passing touchdowns and just five interceptions in 2019, Brees was a week-in and week-out QB1. Adding tight end Jared Cook this offseason could make Brees' red-zone numbers even better, but his floor is likely 30 passing TDs and 4,000 yards.
5. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
Russell Wilson seems to annually fly under the radar leading up to fantasy drafts. Coming off a five-year low in passing yards and passing attempts, Wilson could top his career-high 35 passing TDs from last season simply due to volume in 2019. His rushing ability should sweeten the pot, putting Wilson ahead of other similar QB1s on this list.
4. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
Matt Ryan came in as the No. 2 fantasy QB last season, after falling into the QB2 conversation coming into 2018. It looks like his down 2017 was just a blip on the radar and last year's 4,924 yards passing and 35 TDs are more his baseline in 2019. Ryan should be a top-5 QB from Week 1.
3. Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans
Deshaun Watson can do it all. While he was better on a per-game rate in his rookie season, Watson still threw for more than 4,100 yards and 26 passing TDs last season. It's the QB's legs that are a game-changer and he's now another year removed from ACL surgery. Watson had five rushing touchdowns and 551 rushing yards in 2018, putting him just outside the top-3 QB1s in 2019.
2. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Arguably the best QB in the NFL, Aaron Rodgers averaged just under 20 fantasy points per game last season. In a down year, Rodgers still racked up more than 4,400 pass yards and 25 passing touchdowns. He also threw just two interceptions. With lots of improvements around Rodgers, he could easily end the season as the No. 1-ranked fantasy QB in 2019.
1. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
You have the beat the best to be the best and Patrick Mahomes was the best in 2018. After an all-time great season, expectations couldn't be higher. Fantasy owners should expect another QB1 season from Mahomes, in the neighborhood of 4,800 passing yards and 40-plus passing TDs, making him No. 1 on our fantasy QB rankings heading into 2019 NFL Training Camp.
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