As the 2018 NFL regular season comes to an end, owners of both NFL and Fantasy franchises are beginning to evaluate their teams for the future. Maybe you are in your championship or looking towards a rebuild. Either way, at some point you will be faced with a decision at the most important position on any roster: the Quarterback. Maybe you were decimated by injuries or poor play at the position, or are just looking for an upgrade or someone you can let develop. Either
- Miami Dolphins – Ryan Tannehill has been injured most of the last 2 years and Osweiler has underwhelmed when under center. With the Dolphins moving on from Adam Gase and no commitment from the front office, a talented roster could be in line for a new play caller under center.
- Tennessee Titans- Marcus Mariota has been largely inconsistent in his NFL career. He has a club option for 2019, albeit at a cost north of 20 Million. The Titans could look to move on as at times the offense has performed better without him under center.
- Jacksonville Jaguars- This would be one of the most sought after destination in Free Agency for any Quarterback. A championship caliber defense and strong running game would make this a great target, and an Offensive line and Wide Receiver upgrade would make this franchise the toast of the AFC South with a new QB.
- Denver Broncos- With Vance Joseph out and Case Keenum underperforming, this could be another sought after location similar to Jacksonville; a strong running game and young Wide Receiver corps with a stingy Defense makes this another primary landing spot.
- Oakland Raiders – Have you ever seen a franchise as unpredictable as the Oakland Raiders?
- Washington Redskins – Alex Smith is not a lock to start the 2019 season and retirement is always a possibility. If you are Jay Gruden surely you do not want to try to compete with Colt McCoy, Mark Sanchez and Josh Johnson.
- New York Giants – Both the Giants and Eli seem committed to each other in 2019 but a separation would make much more sense. Pat Shurmur’s Offense can be a steam roller with a good QB and the Giants have top talent at the skill positions. Eli Manning is no longer elite and should be good to the team he has done so much for and retire.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers – This has to be the ugliest Quarterback situation of 2018. Neither player (Jameis Winston and Ryan Fitzpatrick) has proven to be reliable enough to warrant starting for this team in 2019 or beyond. A new coaching staff next season may look to a different direction.
- New England Patriots – Tom Brady can’t play forever. I could see Belichick opting for an inexpensive option to groom for the future
So without further ado here is my list of Quarterbacks to buy now:
Teddy Bridgewater- 26
Working his way back from a devastating knee injury, Teddy Bridgewater has bounced between the Jets and Saints this year. At only 26 years old, Teddy is still young enough to warrant a chance to be a starter somewhere and as an UFA in 2019 he could sign a team friendly deal to do just that.
Nick Foles- 29
The Super Bowl 52 MVP could be in line for a big pay day and starting job, just not in Philadelphia. He has a club and player option for 2019 but with a large cap hit next season the Eagles would be better to cut ties and clear up cap space to resign their franchise QB. Foles’ past performances and 2017 playoff run should yield him a big market. A strong late season push that sparked the Eagles into the post season yet again should yield Foles big dividends next season. Speaking of the QB he backs up…..
Carson Wentz- 25
While not set to be a Free Agent, I put Wentz on this list simply because the Wentz owner might be tired of having to turn to a backup QB while making a playoff push the past 2 seasons. In 2017 it was an ACL tear and in 2018 a back fracture, but make no mistake when healthy Wentz is an elite talent that can keep defenses on their toes with his ability to move in and out of the pocket.
Lamar Jackson- 21, ROOKIE
Perhaps the most unpolished talent, Jackson should be languishing on a Taxi Squad somewhere in your league. He was most likely not as sought out during or after the draft as players like Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold, Josh Allen and Josh Rosen, but rightfully so. Lamar was put into the worst situation as a Rookie QB with no clear path to starting, unlike his peers. An injury to Joe Flacco, however, opened the door for the young dual threat. If you are older at the QB position look to add Jackson and let him develop into an elite QB.
Joe Flacco- 33
By far the most accomplished Quarterback on this list, Flacco has one foot out the door in Baltimore. The emergence of Rookie Lamar Jackson and a massive contract signals the end of the Flacco era. Look for Flacco to have a big market (if released) for a team thinking that QB is their last missing piece (Jacksonville anyone?)
Jimmy Garoppolo- 27
An unfortunate ACL tear prematurely ended GQ Jimmy’s promising 2018 season. With a year of rehab, Garappolo should be able to return to form in a Quarterback favorable system. He can be a huge upgrade for your fantasy team or a stellar superflex play weekly.
Jacoby Brissett- 26
It wasn’t publicly said but it would appear that Brissett was kept around to make sure Andrew Luck was completely healthy. Not in Indy’s future plans, look for Brissett to be released or traded in the offseason. If he stays with the Colts, he has an upside as Luck’s handcuff or as trade bait to a team that loses their QB to injury during the preseason, much like the Colts did in 2017.
Andy Dalton- 31
The 3 time Pro-Bowler finishes a disappointing 2018 campaign on Injured Reserve. Marvin Lewis is gone and AJ Green is getting older, so why buy the Red Rocket? Well, outgoing Head Coach Marvin Lewis has publicly endorsed Hue Jackson and if he were to take over the reins you can expect Dalton to return to playing some of his best football which he did while Jackson was the Offensive Coordinator. Most like any current Dalton owner would be likely to move on inexpensively as he has underperformed for fantasy owners as of late.
I hope this list helps guiding you into a murky Quarterback Free Agency market. Keep in mind this is intended to help bolster your roster and give you options in case of injury, not necessarily push you over the top. Feel free to give me your thoughts on twitter Follow @Impostermichae1 Tweets by Impostermichae1