Sometimes, fantasy point totals can be deceiving.
Case in point. Aaron Rodgers finished sixth in points among quarterbacks this past season. That seems pretty good, right? Well, he was a top-10 fantasy quarterback in just 37.5 percent of his 16 starts. What’s more, he scored 40 percent of his points in just four games. That’s a much bigger statistical factoid than his overall finish. While he did put up a monster stat line in fantasy title week, Rodgers’ lack of consistent production might have cost you a shot at getting that far.
So, who were the best players when it came to putting up solid totals on a regular basis, and who was more name than numbers?
Here’s a look at the ten quarterbacks who finished in the top 10 for fantasy most often last season (minimum eight games).
1. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs (75.0 percent):
When you have the greatest season in this history of fantasy football quarterbacks, you’re going to be consistent. That was Mahomes, who finished with 50 touchdown passes and a record-breaking 417.08 fantasy points. The talented youngster also ranked among the top five quarterbacks 43.8 percent of the time. That was also a league-high.
2. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts (68.8 percent):
Shoulder injury? What shoulder injury? The fantasy Comeback Player of the Year, Luck was a real steal for fantasy owners in drafts. Just how consistent was he? Well, he scored between 21.2-23.88 points for seven straight games between Week 5 and Week 11! Luck was also a top-five fantasy quarterback in 31.3 percent of his starts (T-6).
3. Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans (62.5 percent):
Watson’s point-per-game average did drop from his rookie season, which was expected, but he still had a solid campaign. The Clemson product had 10 top-10 finishes and ranked as a top-five signal-caller on four different occasions. Watson was also a top-10 fantasy quarterback in five of the seven games he played with Will Fuller on the field.
4. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers (57.1 percent):
You might be surprised to see Newton ranked this highly, as a bum shoulder caused him to falter terribly down the stretch. He actually hit the 20-point mark an impressive eight times in his first 11 games before the wheels fell off in Week 13. Newton had a procedure to clean up the mess in his shoulder, so he should be back at 100 percent.
5. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers (56.3 percent):
If there was ever such a thing as a “quiet 5,000-yard season,” Big Ben had it in 2018. He led the league with 5,129 passing yards and finished third in fantasy points among quarterbacks overall. Roethlisberger was also one of the more reliable players at his position, scoring nine top-10 finishes and five top fives during the year.
T-6. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons (50 percent):
I was dead wrong on Ryan, who finished second in fantasy points among quarterbacks in what was a career season in the stat sheets. He was a top-10 fantasy finisher in 50 percent of his starts, and his six top-five finishes ranked him fourth at the position. Despite the great campaign, Ryan isn’t likely to be a high pick in 2019 fantasy drafts.
T-6. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks (50 percent):
Wilson had a slow start to the season (which seems like a yearly occurrence), but he rebounded and was once again a reliable option for fans. Starting in Week 6, the veteran field general scored 19-plus fantasy points eight times and threw for multiple scores in every game. He’s basically a lock to be a top-10 fantasy option every season.
T-6. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (50 percent):
It might seem a little odd to see Fitzpatrick on the list, but he was a stud early in the season and played in the minimum eight games. In his first three starts with Jameis Winston suspended, the veteran scored 25-plus fantasy points. What makes this situation even more interesting is which quarterback was just behind Fitz on the list.
T-9. Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (45.5 percent):
That’s right … Winston was also one of the more consistent fantasy quarterbacks in 2018. He hit the 19-plus point mark in five of his 11 games and was a top-10 option five times. Here’s an interesting stat. If you combined the fantasy points Fitzpatrick and Winston scored (361.62), they would have finished second behind only Mahomes.
T-9. Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles (45.5 percent):
Wentz was a disappointment overall in 2018, but he still ranked in the top 10 among the most consistent fantasy quarterbacks. He scored 18 or more points in seven of his 11 games and put together a five-week stretch where he scored at least 20 points four times. The North Dakota State product could end up being a decent bargain in 2019.