Agree to Disagree: Quarterbacks fantasy football experts are split on this draft season

Today I’m going through some of the players that our writers are split on, beginning with quarterbacks. It’s a good exercise to see which situations are most uncertain. For a lot of players on these lists, it’s a combination of injuries and changes of scenery that cause the most debate, but in the end, we’re talking about a difference of a half dozen or so spots in positional ranks so we’re really just splitting hairs at this point into our offseason research.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="High: Patrick Daugherty (QB1), John Daigle (QB1), Hayden Winks (QB1)» data-reactid=»25″>High: Patrick Daugherty (QB1), John Daigle (QB1), Hayden Winks (QB1)

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Low: Josh Norris (QB2), Nick Mensio (QB2)» data-reactid=»26″>Low: Josh Norris (QB2), Nick Mensio (QB2)

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="First off, Norris and Mensio aren’t actually “low” on Mahomes. Nobody is. It’s impossible, but this essentially is a debate between Mahomes and Lamar Jackson for the top quarterback spot. Lamar crushed Mahomes in fantasy points last season after setting the rushing record at quarterback and leading the NFL with 36 passing touchdowns, but more than half of the Rotoworld rankers believe in Mahomes’ floor (and ceiling) in 2020. I personally have them next to each other on my top-200 big board and am only drafting either quarterback if I have already drafted one of their teammates. For example, I’ll only draft Mahomes if I took&nbsp;Clyde Edwards-Helaire&nbsp;earlier, or Lamar if I’m within striking distance of&nbsp;Mark Andrews.» data-reactid=»27″>First off, Norris and Mensio aren’t actually “low” on Mahomes. Nobody is. It’s impossible, but this essentially is a debate between Mahomes and Lamar Jackson for the top quarterback spot. Lamar crushed Mahomes in fantasy points last season after setting the rushing record at quarterback and leading the NFL with 36 passing touchdowns, but more than half of the Rotoworld rankers believe in Mahomes’ floor (and ceiling) in 2020. I personally have them next to each other on my top-200 big board and am only drafting either quarterback if I have already drafted one of their teammates. For example, I’ll only draft Mahomes if I took Clyde Edwards-Helaire earlier, or Lamar if I’m within striking distance of Mark Andrews.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="High: Nick Mensio (QB10), Patrick Daugherty (QB12)» data-reactid=»31″>High: Nick Mensio (QB10), Patrick Daugherty (QB12)

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Low: Hayden Winks (QB17), John Daigle (QB16)» data-reactid=»32″>Low: Hayden Winks (QB17), John Daigle (QB16)

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="This disagreement is pretty straight forward. Is Big Ben healthy? I’m not sure either side can be confident one way or the other, at least until we see how he progresses throughout actual training camp practices. If reports are positive then, I’ll start sliding Roethlisberger a few spots up in my rankings because the last time we saw him healthy, he threw for 5,129 yards and 34 touchdowns. Granted that was with&nbsp;Antonio Brown&nbsp;in black and yellow. For the same reasons, the Rotoworld staff is equally as split on&nbsp;JuJu Smith-Schuster&nbsp;this season.» data-reactid=»33″>This disagreement is pretty straight forward. Is Big Ben healthy? I’m not sure either side can be confident one way or the other, at least until we see how he progresses throughout actual training camp practices. If reports are positive then, I’ll start sliding Roethlisberger a few spots up in my rankings because the last time we saw him healthy, he threw for 5,129 yards and 34 touchdowns. Granted that was with Antonio Brown in black and yellow. For the same reasons, the Rotoworld staff is equally as split on JuJu Smith-Schuster this season.

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<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="High: Patrick Daugherty (QB14), John Daigle (QB14)» data-reactid=»36″>High: Patrick Daugherty (QB14), John Daigle (QB14)

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<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="The skill-position talent surrounding Jones is insane with&nbsp;Saquon Barkley,&nbsp;Evan Engram,&nbsp;Sterling Shepard,&nbsp;Golden Tate, and&nbsp;Darius Slayton, but the new coaching staff is a total wild card. Will OC Jason Garrett call the reserved offense he led in Dallas throughout the mid-2010s? Or did he learn modern approaches alongside Cowboys OC Kellen Moore last season? I’m betting on the offense turning to a slower-paced, more run heavy approach, and Daugherty and Daigle are buying these skill-position pieces masking my worries.» data-reactid=»38″>The skill-position talent surrounding Jones is insane with Saquon BarkleyEvan EngramSterling ShepardGolden Tate, and Darius Slayton, but the new coaching staff is a total wild card. Will OC Jason Garrett call the reserved offense he led in Dallas throughout the mid-2010s? Or did he learn modern approaches alongside Cowboys OC Kellen Moore last season? I’m betting on the offense turning to a slower-paced, more run heavy approach, and Daugherty and Daigle are buying these skill-position pieces masking my worries.

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<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="High: Josh Norris (QB14), John Daigle (QB15)» data-reactid=»45″>High: Josh Norris (QB14), John Daigle (QB15)

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Low: Hayden Winks (QB21), Patrick Daugherty (QB20)» data-reactid=»46″>Low: Hayden Winks (QB21), Patrick Daugherty (QB20)

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="All of us at Rotoworld admit that Mayfield was bad last season. What we can’t totally agree on is how much the new coaching staff and&nbsp;Odell Beckham’s expected health will help Mayfield in year three. Even as the lowest Mayfield ranker, I’m projecting him for notable gains in the efficiency department, largely because of new head coach Kevin Stefanski’s installment of a heavy play-action attack. What I’m concerned with is passing volume.&nbsp;Stefanski called an offense that was 31st in pass percentage last season, and I’m expecting the Browns to be somewhere in the 20s in that category this year. He’ll have to make big leaps to get into the high-end QB2 tier, but that’s well within the range of outcomes given the offensive talent around him.» data-reactid=»47″>All of us at Rotoworld admit that Mayfield was bad last season. What we can’t totally agree on is how much the new coaching staff and Odell Beckham’s expected health will help Mayfield in year three. Even as the lowest Mayfield ranker, I’m projecting him for notable gains in the efficiency department, largely because of new head coach Kevin Stefanski’s installment of a heavy play-action attack. What I’m concerned with is passing volume. Stefanski called an offense that was 31st in pass percentage last season, and I’m expecting the Browns to be somewhere in the 20s in that category this year. He’ll have to make big leaps to get into the high-end QB2 tier, but that’s well within the range of outcomes given the offensive talent around him.

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