9. Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans
- Average ranking: 8.8
- Highest ranking: 7
- Midseason ranking: 7
It is no secret anymore: Ryan Tannehill is a really solid quarterback. He has done great captaining the Titans’ offense and putting up some great numbers as a result. He finished the season strongly, albeit he was not great in the playoffs.
The reason for the dip is simply because other players jumped Tannehill on the list as he naturally had slightly less output with Derrick Henry going on an absolute tear in the second half. There is no doubt that with the way he has played the last season and a half, Tannehill is a top-10 quarterback.
8. Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens
- Average ranking: 8.2
- Highest ranking: 5
- Midseason ranking: 14
Lamar Jackson climbed six spots as he started to resemble more and more the Lamar Jackson from last season. However, we did see the ugly side of Jackson come out again in the AFC Divisional Round as he threw a game-changing pick-six in the red zone against the Bills.
Still, Lamar should absolutely be regarded as one of the 10-best quarterbacks in the league and people need to remember that he has only been a starter for two and a half seasons. He has plenty of time to right the ship in the playoffs.
7. Justin Herbert, LA Chargers
- Average ranking: 7.4
- Highest ranking: 6
- Midseason ranking: 8
Justin Herbert climbed one spot on our list as he had just as good of a second half for the LA Chargers as he did the first half. Herbert completed what was the most impressive rookie season by a quarterback in league history and it is exciting knowing that the franchise is in great hands.
The sky is the limit for Herbert and it is not insane to say that he one day could be an MVP-caliber quarterback that is good enough to lead the LA Chargers to the Super Bowl. Luckily enough, that day might be sooner than people expect.
6. Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Average ranking: 6
- Highest ranking: 5
- Midseason ranking: 6
No, he is not the same Tom Brady and no, he did not look all that great in either of the Bucs’ playoff games thus far. But the fact of the matter is that he is still a poised leader in that offense that makes the big throws when the Bucs need them the most.
Brady had an insane age-43 season. Granted, he had a lot of weapons, but to see how well he played this year compared to the likes of Brees, Roethlisberger, and even Rivers, is remarkable.
Throwing for 4,600 yards with 40 touchdowns is absolutely enough to get you into the top six.
5. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
- Average ranking: 5
- Highest ranking: 4
- Midseason ranking: 2
Russell Wilson did not have a good second half and the Seattle Seahawks’ offense practically fell apart down the stretch. Outside of a blowout win over the Jets, the Seahawks just did not look good offensively late in the season.
Wilson still had a very solid 4,212 yards and 40 touchdowns, but he did have the highest interception rate of his career and was not the same guy in the second half as he was the first.