- Patrick Mahomes – Mahomes is my clear cut #1 QB. The Super Bowl MVP is as good as I have ever seen. Mahomes averaged 287 yards a game last season with 26 passing touchdowns. The addition of Clyde Edwards-Helaire, the growth of Mecole Hardman in the offense, added to the weapons of Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill make this the most potent offense in all of football.
2. Lamar Jackson – 3,500 passing yards and 1,200 rushing yards is absolutely incredible. Added to the 36 passing touchdowns and the 7 rushing touchdowns make Jackson a weapon in so many different ways. Moving into the 2020 season I believe the passing yards could eclipse the 4,000 mark as Jackson matures as a QB. Don’t take that as a knock on Jackson either just expected growth.
3. Dak Prescott – I know the contract situation is a mess right now but it is hard to not love Dak here. Prescott finished 3rd in passing yards last season, 4th in passing touchdowns, and added 3 rushing touchdowns. The Cowboys offense is absolutely loaded this season for Prescott also. Returning Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, Zeke, and adding Ceedee Lamb makes this offense one of my favorites going into the season. Ranking Prescott behind the last two MVPs seems like a no brainer.
4. Russell Wilson – I debated on ranking Wilson at #3 ahead of Dak but the weapons are a slight bit better in Dallas. Two good wide receivers, a bell cow RB in Carson now get the addition of the crafty veteran Greg Olsen added to the mix. Russell Wilson can keep you in a game all by himself. He is a playmaker with his legs as much as his arm. Besides Mahomes there may not be another QB I trust more in crunch time right now.
5. Carson Wentz – To understand how good Wentz was last year you need to understand at one point the Eagles were running out Greg Ward and J.J. Arcega-Whiteside as their starting WRs. Wentz still finished top 5 in touchdown passes with a skeleton crew of an offense. The Eagles got a lot of flack for drafting Jalen Hurts to back up Wentz but I believe they haved added a bunch of weapons to take Wentz back to his MVP caliber of play. Adding Jalen Reagor and Marquise Goodwin to the core of Alshon Jeffery, Desean Jackson, Zack Ertz, Dallas Goedert, and Miles Sanders makes me have a lot of faith in Wentz.
6. Drew Brees – I don’t think there are words to describe Drew Brees and his efficiency in the passing game. Brees lead the league in completion percentage and in a tie for 5th in TD passes while only playing in 11 games due to injury. Kamara is back to full strength, Michael Thomas is the best WR in football, and Jared Cook is a favorite of Brees. Adding Manny Sanders and giving a true #2 WR should make this offense less predictable and scary enough maybe more efficient.
7. Josh Allen – Trust me here go buy all the fantasy stock of Josh Allen while you can. Allen showed tremendous growth in his second year and I expect even more growth in year 3. John Brown had the best season of his career, Cole Beasley had one of his best seasons of his career with Allen under center. Now add to the offense a true #1 WR in Stefon Diggs and this offense is ready to explode. The Bills are primed to take over the AFC East.
8. Deshaun Watson – I am not sure how I feel about ranking Watson this low and it maybe a mistake but you can not ignore the fact that he lost his most prominent and dangerous weapon in DeAndre Hopkins. Will Fuller is a legit deep threat play maker but he can’t stay healthy, Randall Cobb is not a game changer, and neither are Keekee Coutee or Kenny Stills. The Texans did upgrade at RB but how much does David Johnson have left in the tank.
9. Kyler Murray – Besides Josh Allen, Kyler is the guy I am highest on going into this season. The Cardinals offense is going to be fast and fun this season. Adding DeAndre Hopkins makes Murrays stock shoot way up the ladder for me. Kenyan Drake, the ageless Larry Fitzgerald, and Christian Kirk give the Cardinals a well rounded offense.
10. Jimmy Garoppolo – I expect some crazy looks on this one but what is not to like about Jimmy G. I know this offense is run heavy but Jimmy G still had 4,405 yards, tied Brees and Carson Wentz for 5th in touchdowns, and completed just under 70% of his passes. Deebo Samuel had a breakout year, George Kittle is a monster, and the 49ers added Brandon Aiyuk in the first round.