Super Bowl 52 is barely three weeks old, and already were thinking fantasy for the 2018 NFL Season. That's how we roll. We've already read numerous articles on how we shouldn't think that players like Aaron Rodgers and Carson Wentz don't come back 100% from injury. Guess what? We disagree. We think that it's important to wonder if any skill player that suffers a major injury will come back from it better than when that player went to the shelf.
It only takes one bad injury to end a player's career. Even if the injury doesn't end the player's career, it could definitely affect it. Check out a list of the top quarterbacks that suffered huge injuries in the 2017-2018 NFL Regular Season along with some thoughts on how well they bounce back.
QB Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers
Rodgers became healthy enough towards the end of the regular season to start a football game. He actually played in Week 15 versus the Carolina Panthers. But, here's the thing, Rodgers faced an okay pass defense, and looked horrible.
He completed 26 of 45 passes for 290 yards. He threw 3 TD passes. He also threw 3 interceptions. Overall last season, counting all 7 of the games that Rodgers started, he ended up throwing 16 TD passes to 6 interceptions. He completed 64.7% of his passes. He threw for 1,675 yards. His QB rating came out to 97.2.
Because 3 of the 6 interceptions came against Carolina in Week 15, the interceptions aren't that big of deal. Not just that, but Rodgers is on track to take part in all off-season activities. He was even seen playing at the Waste Management Phoenix Open Pro-Am. That means the shoulder should be good to go.
What might not be is Aaron's timing with his wide receivers. Also, we mustn't forget that the Packers suffered some injuries along the offensive line last season. Finally, both Detroit and Minnesota are much better teams than they were when Rodgers dominated the NFC North. Minnesota's defense is the best in the NFL. Detroit hired Matt Patricia away from the New England Patriots to be their head coach. Patricia is a defensive genius.
Rodgers will be good. I don't know if he'll be great. That's my early assessment.
QB DeShaun Watson – Houston Texans
In the limited games where he started, Houston rookie QB DeShaun Watson was breathtaking. He only started 4 games for the Texans. It's amazing how DeShaun threw 19 TD passes to only 8 interceptions. As a starter, Watson was on his way to becoming the best quarterback in the NFL. Not only could DeShaun play in the pocket, he could get outside of the pocket and run for yards. He averaged 7.5 yards per carry last season when rushing for 269 yards from 36 carries. He scored 2 rushing TDs. A terrible injury derailed Watson's march to at least Rookie of the Year honors.
He recently started running. That means he could possibly be ready to go under center when the Texans head to training camp in July. Even DeShaun can go under center, NFL fantasy players must realize that he didn't play a full season. That means he might still play like a rookie. Almost as important is the fact that defensive coordinators in the NFL got a chance to see what DeShaun can do on the football field.
They'll be better prepared to challenge the former Heisman Trophy winner. That could be DeShaun's biggest hurdle to being a fantasy stud this season.
QB Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts
Luck didn't play a single snap in the 2017-2018 NFL Season. Considered one of the Top 3 quarterbacks in the NFL, Luck must, again, try to prove he can get the job done behind what could be one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL.
One piece of good news for Luck is that the Colts hired Philadelphia Eagles' offensive coordinator Frank Reich to be their head coach. Reich is Indy's second choice. New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniel scorned the Colts after agreeing to a deal.
Reich runs an offensive system predicated on the rush. He and Philly head coach Doug Pederson managed to create a fantastic rushing attack even though they lost their best offensive lineman. That's the good news for Luck. Maybe, Reich can create a great offensive line and rushing attack with players already on the roster.
If it works out, expect Luck to post Carson Wentz/Nick Foles type numbers. That's music to the ears of keeper league fantasy players who sat on Luck for the entire season. With that being written, Luck hasn't even started throwing footballs. Also, everyone in the Colts' organization appears to only want to give us fantasy players half the story on the messed up labrum in his right shoulder.
QB Ryan Tannehill – Miami Dolphins
Coming off his best season as a pro, Ryan Tannehill didn't get a chance to get on the football field this past season. Although the Dolphins insist that they're committed too Tannehill, it's difficult to see how. Brandon Doughty, who was an excellent college quarterback while at Western Kentucky, remains on the roster. If the Fins don't give Doughty a shot, they're likely to draft a QB. This year's QB class is supposed to be one of the deepest in the NFL.
Tannehill has already had two major surgeries to the same knee. There's no way that a professional organization like Miami should keep Ryan Tannehill. It makes no sense. Even if they keep Tannehill, it's going to be difficult to draft the guy either in season long, or in daily NFL Fantasy.
QB – Carson Wentz – Philadelphia Eagles
Before the Philadelphia Eagles 41 to 33 win over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 52, nobody knew that Wentz had torn both his ACL and his LCL. What it means is that Wentz's knee is more injured than previously thought.
Although the Eagles have a ton invested in Wentz, they should probably consider trading their former franchise QB like over shined bling. I'm not saying Wentz won't come back 100% from the injury. I am saying that Nick Foles was great until Chip Kelly decided to sandbag the entire Philadelphia Eagles organization.
Foles just needed a shot to show how good of a QB he was before Wentz came to town. He did that in the playoffs and in Super Bowl 52. I think Foles ends up the starter in Week 1 because Wentz won't be ready. If Foles succeeds, if he leads Philly to a 3 and 0 record before Wentz is even able to hit the field, the Eagles had better trade their former Round 1 pick to the highest bidder.