The 2020 NFL Draft is over, giving us a clearer picture of rosters for the 2020 season. With that fantasy football rankings can be released. Here are the 2020 fantasy football quarterback rankings. (Note: These are best used for standard-scoring leagues and will be updated until the season starts)
1. Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens
While the best quarterback in the league can be debated, the best fantasy quarterback can’t be. Lamar Jackson averaged 28.11 points per game last season, which was nearly seven points more than the next ranked quarterback. If he is healthy, he will be the top quarterback in 2020 due to his throwing and rushing ability.
2. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
He only played in 14 games due to injuries, but Mahomes still ranked eight last season for fantasy quarterbacks. With all of his fire-power back on the roster and the addition of pass-catching running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire, his MVP numbers should come back this season.
3. Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys
Prescott finished second in fantasy points for a quarterback last season. The team lost Randall Cobb and Travis Frederick, but added CeeDee Lamb, which should help them be as or more productive offensively. He is in a contract year, which should make him want to have another great season.
4. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
Last season, Wilson finished fourth among quarterbacks, which looks like a good spot for him 2020. He has Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf returning and what should be a good running game once again. As always, Wilson will make the most of what is on his roster.
5. Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans
Bill O’Brien may be trying to deplete the roster of talent, but no one can question how productive Deshaun Watson has been. He ranked fifth in fantasy points last season, but was second in average points per game. He may not be as productive on a game by game basis without DeAndre Hopkins, but will likely still be a top-five quarterback.
6. Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals
Murray finished seventh last season, as a rookie. Now he has more help on the offensive line and DeAndre Hopkins in the fold. With his rushing and passing ability, Murray could push for a top-five finish in 2020.
7. Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills
The Bills had a great season last year and the same can be said for Josh Allen, who had the sixth-most points last season. He should be able to replicate his success this season with another year of growth and the addition of Stefon Diggs.
8. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
He only played in 11 games, but averaged 20.8 points per game, which would’ve put him near the top five if he had played all 16 games. The Saints added Emmanuel Sanders, which will give Brees the best two wide receivers (with Michael Thomas), he has ever had.
9. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
The Packers didn’t help out Rodgers in the 2020 NFL Draft, which will likely have him playing angry in 2020. He ranked 10th in fantasy points last season without a ton of help either, but the Jordan Love pick could be the kick in the pants that moves him forward.
10. Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Brady is wat over the hill now and didn’t have many offensive weapons last year, but the future Hall of Famer still finished 12th in fantasy points. Now he has Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Rob Gronkowski. A top-10 finish is in the cards for Brady.
11. Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles
What Carson Wentz did last season with a bunch of no-name receivers was incredible. He ranked ninth in fantasy points and dragged the Eagles to the playoffs. The pass catchers this year will be healthy and much better, especially with the addition of Jalen Reagor in the 2020 NFL Draft.
12. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
13. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
After getting injured early on in 2019, Ben Roethlisberger is back and with more help. Chase Claypool was selected in the 2020 NFL Draft and will go well with JuJu Smith-Schuster. Roethlisberger will have to play well to get the Steelers back in the playoffs.
14. Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns
The Browns fixed their biggest issue from last season, their offensive line. Now Baker Mayfield has no excuse for not performing, especially given the weapons he has. He finished 19th last season and should improve this season drastically.
15. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
Matthew Stafford only played in eight games last season, but averaged a whopping 21.45 points per game when he was on the field. The Lions also added pass-cathing running back D’Andre Swift to help out the offense. If he’s healthy, Stafford is a viable starting quarterback in fantasy.
16. Cam Newton, New England Patriots
The Patriots finally addressed their need for a quarterback with the signing of Newton. He could be higher on this list, but he has battled injuries the last few seasons. Newton will have a lack of weapons in New England, but he is used to that because of his time in Carolina. The last time he played a full 16 game season in 2017, he ranked second among quarterbacks. In 2018 he averaged over 20 points per game in 14 games played.
17. Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders
In 2019, Carr ranked 17th in fantasy points and the Raiders have added plenty of offensive weapons to help him out. Henry Ruggs, Lynn Bowden Jr. and Bryan Edwards were all selected in the 2020 NFL Draft and will pair nicely with skill position players Josh Jacobs, Tyrell Williams and Darren Waller.
18. Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings
Cousins ranked 18th last year after missing one game. He also lost Stefon Diggs this offseason, but the team did add Justin Jefferson in the draft. If Cousins plays all 16 games and Jefferson proves to be a viable number two receiver, Cousins will finish better than last season.
19. Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams
Brandin Cooks and Todd Gurley are no longer with the team, so Jared Goff should be expected to fall a little bit from his ranking of 13 last season. He should still be a viable player to start when injuries and bye weeks hit, but he’ll need to make the most of Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp.
20. Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans
Ryan Tannehill had a fantastic finish to the season for the Tennessee Titans, but can he keep it up for a full year. If he can, he’ll be a top 10 quarterback. If he can’t he’ll likely slide into the 20s. Derrick Henry‘s contract situation could stall the offense if he doesn’t report.
21. Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers
Last season, Garoppolo averaged 16.25 points per game, which would rank him middle of the pack for quarterbacks. Now the team doesn’t have Emmanuel Sanders and will be completely relying on tight end George Kittle and young receivers to produce. Garoppolo should slide down the rankings a little bit this season.
22. Philip Rivers, Indianapolis Colts
Rivers has been a successful quarterback before, but the plan in Indy will be to run the ball a lot. He’ll have good games that reminds fans of what he used to have in San Diego, but more often he’ll turn in average performances.
23. Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals
Burrow is coming off of one of the most successful seasons in college football history and was the number one overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. In Cincinnati, he’ll have great weapons in A.J. Green, Tyler Boyd, Tee Higgins, John Ross and Auden Tate. One area of concern though is the offensive line, which was not addressed well in the 2020 NFL Draft.
24. Sam Darnold, New York Jets
He missed some time with mono, but when Darnold did play, he averaged 15.55 fantasy points per game. Darnold lost one of his best targets in Robby Anderson, but the Jets did get a steal in the draft with the selection of Denzel Mims. This ranking will be largely dependent on how well Mims turns into a number one receiver.
25. Teddy Bridgewater, Carolina Panthers
With the Saints last season, Bridgewater proved he can still win football games, but he only averaged 9.25 fantasy points per game. He has been given the reins to the offense in Carolina, who has some decent weapons, but a lot shouldn’t be expected out of Bridgewater fantasy-wise.
26. Gardner Minshew, Jacksonville Jaguars
After being selected in the sixth round in the 2019 NFL Draft, Minshew was forced into action and turned out to be the 20th-ranked quarterback. The Jaguars added Laviska Shenault in the draft, which should help, but there is still a possiblity that Jacksonville adds another quarterback to the roster before the season starts. They missed out on Andy Dalton, but still could acquire Cam Newton, which would tank Minshew’s fantasy value.
27. Drew Lock, Denver Broncos
After he entered the starting lineup last season, Lock played well enough that the Broncos are giving him the keys to the offense. With Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy, K.J. Hamler and Noah Fant as his weapons, he should have enough on offense to win some games. The problem is that he averaged just 14.2 points per game last season, so he needs to improve to move up the rankings.
28. Dwayne Haskins, Washington Redskins
Washington handled their quarterback situation poorly last season, which was par for the course for the Jay Gruden era. Haskins showed flashes of potential, but averaged under 10 fantasy points per game last season. He’ll have to pick his game up, but he also needs more help around him.
29. Daniel Jones, New York Giants
Daniel Jones averaged 17.46 points per game last season, which will make him higher up on a lot of peoples’ lists. He did struggle with throwing the ball downfield, which will be an issue in his second year as the starter. With no true number one receiver on the roster, he likely will take a small step back from his 23rd ranking last season.
30. Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins
The most efficient quarterback in college football history joins the Miami Dolphins. Miami could bench him for his first season, as they have Ryan Fitzpatrick on the roster and it would help him heal up from all of his injuries. He is pro-ready though and should thrive when given his chance.
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