It’s almost that time folks. With only two months till the NFL Preseason begins, fantasy football prep is now in full swing. Whether it be redraft leagues, keeper leagues, or dynasty leagues, fantasy football players around the world are sharpening their pencils, straightening their glasses, and chilling their beers.
Starting a new weekly series here at Loaded Box, I will be taking a look each positional group in the coming weeks to determine which players are keepers, sleepers, and weepers.
Opening things up, let’s take a look at the quarterback position for our opening week of Keepers, Sleepers, and Weepers.
Keeper: Kirk Cousins — Minnesota Vikings
Joining the defending NFC North Champion Minnesota Vikings this offseason, Kirk Cousins looks set to be a top-five quarterback in 2018.
With running back Dalvin Cook coming off a torn ACL, it is expected that the Vikings will be using the passing game more in 2018. With two top wide receivers in Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs once again set to lead the team, Cousins will see upgrades at almost every offensive position compared to last year.
With an average ranking of QB8 as of this moment in time, not only do I see some good value in his selection at this stage, I see someone that should rise above his ranking this season and potentially contend to be a top-three signal caller in 2018.
Sleeper: Patrick Mahomes — Kansas City Chiefs
Currently rated as the QB18, Patrick Mahomes has a chance to pick up where Alex Smith left off last season for the Kansas City Chiefs. With Smith finishing as the fourth-best fantasy quarterback last season, Mahomes could easily become the steal of your fantasy draft.
While the second-year pro will have some growing and developing to go through this season, he has the potential to finish as a top-10 quarterback in your fantasy league. Making this even more possible is the fact that Mahomes is facing the easiest strength of schedule as it pertains to defensive quality versus the quarterback position.
Though he may not be a lock to finish the season as a starter-level player, Mahomes should be a decent backup option to begin the season. Possessing an extremely high ceiling, Mahomes is someone you should definitely keep an eye on during the middle rounds of your fantasy draft.
Weeper: Jameis Winston — Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Still possessing more questions than answers on the offensive side of the football, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are a team that I am picking to once again underperform in 2018. This also includes quarterback Jameis Winston.
With the offense lacking a true running game and plenty of question marks at the position, the Bucs will have to rely on the passing game, something opposing defenses are likely to pick up on. Possessing only one elite target in Mike Evans, the Bucs’ offense should struggle to move the football this season.
While Winston should have his weeks, his overall performance this season will not warrant his current QB13 ranking. With much safer picks below him in the rankings (Jared Goff, Matt Ryan), Winston tops my list of must avoid quarterbacks in 2018.
Be sure to check out the latest episodes of the Loaded Box Podcast as the guys are joined by Andrew Erickson of Gridiron Experts (Running Backs) and Mitchell Renz of Chat Sports (Wide Receivers) to play the fantasy football version of “Would You Rather”