My Fantasy League Quarterbacks That Shouldn’t Be Dropped, Going Into 2019.
Each month I’m going to review the top adds/drops, from each offensive position, on MFL’s site. Also included will be my recommendations on if these players should be added to your roster. This article will be covering the MFL top drops for quarterbacks. My next article will cover the top adds at running back. If you’re looking for MFL adds for IDP please visit IDP Guys for my thoughts on the defensive side.
Add Matthew Stafford:
I think 2019 will be, and needs to be, a big year for Stafford if he wants to remain in Detroit. He took a huge step back in first year head coach, Matt Patricia’s, run heavy system. 2018 was the first time Stafford failed to throw for more than 4,000 yards, since 2010. However, having another year in Patricia’s offense and having mostly veteran weapons in their receiving corps (Golladay, Jones, Amendola) should allow him to rebound, this season. Also in Stafford’s favor is the Lions’ strength of schedule, where they are tied for the 8th easiest schedule for 2019. Yes, the Lions are still going to be a run first team, but having a player like Kenny Golladay, warrants plenty of targets.
MFL has Stafford’s 2019 projection at 3,894 passing yards, 22 touchdowns, 10 interceptions, and 78 rushing yards. I totally understand why people are jumping ship on him, as shown by his 6.21 drop percentage. His 2018 numbers were 3,777 passing yards, 21 touchdowns, 11 interceptions, and 71 rushing yards, which was good for Quarterback 19. Assuming Stafford can have healthy pass catchers, he makes for a solid Quarterback 2 and a nice bye week fill in, for the upcoming season.
Add Marcus Mariota:
Marcus Mariota is going into the final year of his rookie contract. He has never appeared in all 16 games and hopes that with the added weight of 12-13 pounds, his durability will improve. Previously, Mariota preferred agility over weight and muscle, so it’s nice to see him making the change. MFL has Marcus’s 2019 projection at 3,416 passing yards, 16 touchdowns, 13 interceptions, 406 rushing yards, and 3 rushing touchdowns. Much like Stafford, I fully support why owners are cutting bait on him, as shown by his 7.86 drop percentage. I’m expecting this to improve as the season gets closer. Let me give you a few more reasons why.
The Titans want him to be smarter and embrace the team’s “Live to play another play” philosophy, but this isn’t going to stop Mariota from running. While the Titans will still be a run first team, Marcus has more weapons now than he’s ever had. A hopefully healthy Delanie Walker and Corey Davis along with Davis and Mariota’s improved chemistry, should help. In 2018, he finished with 2,528 passing yards, 11 touchdowns, 8 interceptions, 357 rushing yards, and 2 rushing touchdowns. This was good for Quarterback 28. Taking a flyer on someone who could end up being a steal, as a bye week fill in, could really pay dividends.
As you can see the fantasy community is down quite a bit on these two quarterbacks. I believe they will both have bounce back seasons. As they want their respective teams to invest in them as long term options at the position. If that doesn’t fuel them, I don’t know what will. I prefer Stafford over Mariota, but each play the quarterback position differently. Please keep an eye out for the top adds at running back.