My Guys: Ryan's Quarterbacks
My guys! Everyone has them. Guys that you want on as many of your teams as possible. Guys that you might say "ADP be damned!", guys that you fully believe in, guys that you have a man crush on. I am going to chronicle each position and give you My Guys that I think are going to have great years. We are going to start with quarterbacks and I will tell you a tale of guys that I like at each layer of the draft. Follow me on Twitter @fightingchance.
Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans. I’ve gotten a lot of flack on Twitter for having Watson as my second quarterback in my rankings, but I think it makes perfect sense. Sure he can’t keep up the touchdown pace he set last year (21 total touchdowns in seven games) or can he????? Watson’s combination of running ability AND accurate arm is a rare one, and defensive coordinators are shitting themselves all week thinking about how this guy is going to carve them up. With the deep balls to Will Fuller, and ANYTHING anywhere near DeAndre Hopkins, Watson is looking at another incredibly impressive year and if I can get him in any league I’m going for it.
Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles. I loved everything I saw from Wentz last year. He’s big, has a great arm, is mobile enough, and has a solid offensive line. Worst case scenario he misses one game and you have a QB that can potentially throw 35 touchdowns? Yeah, I’m all over that.
Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams. I have no idea why Goff is going as low as he is. Last year in his second season the guy threw for nearly 4,000 yards, nearly 30 touchdowns, and he is just 23 years old. The offensive line is great, he has weapons all over the place, and if the team wasn’t good enough last year they went out and brought in Brandin Cooks. I expect Goff to be better than he was last season and finish inside the top ten quarterbacks.
One more: Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders. A near 4,000/30 touchdown guy in 2016, a back injury seriously hampered Carr’s production in 2017. He gets new Head Coach Jon Gruden who has touted himself as the foremost authority on quarterbacking. Gruden has been doing nothing but praising Carr this offseason, and although they lost Michael Crabtree, I expect a great season from Carr. Amari Cooper, Jordy Nelson, and Martavis Bryant are three very solid wide receivers, and I expect Carr to have a big bounceback year. He is the perfect guy to target as your second quarterback on your fantasy roster.
OK, one more: Mitch Trubisky, Chicago Bears. He got a little bit better each week in his rookie year, he has a new, offensive minded head coach, and some nice new weapons. He is set up for success.
Eli Manning, New York Giants. New pieces on his offensive line, healthy receivers, and a brand new shiny running back who should take the league by storm? Man, that all looks like it should add up to success for Eli Manning. The Giants aren’t as bad as they showed last year, and Manning still has something left in the tank. I don’t know if I expect 30 touchdowns, but I think Eli has a real shot at 4,000 yards and 28 scores if he can stay healthy, his line and receivers can stay healthy and he throws fewer picks.
Others: Sam Darnold, New York Jets; Josh Rosen, Arizona Cardinals. Neither guy may start Week 1, but I have been impressed with both so far. Neither has a great offensive line, but neither line is offensive. They both have some weapons on offense, although Rosen’s are superior. I expect very good things from both of these rookies and if you are in dynasty/keeper leagues, you should try to snag one and hold on tight. It might not pay off until October, but I think both of these rookies will be solid contributors by the time November comes along.