2017 Fantasy Football Rankings - Quarterbacks
All of these rankings that will be shown within the next week are PPR rankings. Let’s dive into them.
1. Aaron Rodgers - Best QB in football. I’m not going to waste many more words.
2. Tom Brady- If you took Brady at a discounted price and stayed afloat for that month he was out, you were rewarded handsomely with another monster Brady season. The Patriots also acquired Brandin Cooks in the offseason as if they needed the help. Brady should have another top 2 finish.
3. Drew Brees- Drew Brees is as consistent as it gets. He had another 5,000 yard season last year. It’s wild that it’s an annual event for him. There isn’t much else to say about him unless you want to nitpick and point to his home/away splits. Drew Brees is a stone cold lock for a top 5 QB finish.
4. Russell Wilson- Wilson let fantasy owners down last season with a slow start that culminated in his first non top 5 finish since 2013. Wilson finished as a top 3 guy in each of the two seasons prior and you’re paying for last year’s production. I think Wilson not only is an elite fantasy QB but shapes up to be a bargain on draft day
5. Andrew Luck- Luck struggled in 2015 but rebounded with a top 5 fantasy finish in 2016. Luck’s shoulder was surgically repaired and it’s a bit of a question mark when he’s going to be ready to play but he’s been as consistent as it gets for the most part in his career and has overall QB1 upside. His current injury status might keep him priced reasonably on draft day as well
6. Kirk Cousins- Opinions on Kirk Cousins the real life QB tend to be all over the place but what cannot be disputed is his fantasy value. He nearly posted 5000 yards and 28 touchdowns. I think the touchdown total can stand to rise and I feel like his current crop of weapons is better than it has been in past years.
7. Marcus Mariota- I’m higher on Marcus Mariota this season than many. I think the receiving corps upgrades along with the elite
8. Matt Ryan- Matt Ryan concerns me for two reasons mainly. I’m not high on the Falcons coming off that epic Superbowl collapse and I feel like you’re paying for a good portion of last year’s production with Ryan. The Falcons had one of the best offenses ever, choked the Superbowl away and lost their offensive coordinator. They are bound to regress. I think Ryan regresses to regular “good” instead of out of this world good like last season. I won’t have any shares though.
9. Cam Newton- Newton struggled last year and burned owners who paid up for him based on his incredible MVP season the year before. His coach wants him to run less but they did acquire some intriguing weapons for him to use and Newton is still one of the more gifted quarterbacks in the NFL. I still feel like he’s the ultimate high ceiling/low floor fantasy quarterback.
10. Dak Prescott- Dak’s fantasy ceiling might be quite boring as he’s not going to throw for a boatload of yards, his team is going to run a lot and he probably isn’t going to put up a prodigious TD total. He does, however, give you a safer and steadier floor than a lot of QBs in the league. He finished in the top 12 QBs in 11 out of 16 weeks last season. There’s also a chance the Cowboys are slightly worse and have a slight uptick in pass attempts.
11. Jameis Winston- 4000+ yards and 28 touchdowns on a 9-7 team certainly isn’t bad for a sophomore QB. Although Jameis makes some incredibly brain neutral decisions on the field, his progression is quite obvious. The only thing that makes me pause with Winston is the fact that the Bucs went 6-2 over the second half of the season and did so partially by scaling back on his attempts. He still has a top 7 or so ceiling and the price is fair.
12. Derek Carr- Carr had a solid fantasy season last year as he was a pretty consistent QB1. He did struggle within his division which raises concern but he has good weapons at the skill positions and maybe Marshawn Lynch might help the offense as a whole. If he continues to make real life progress as a QB, it’s fair to reason that his fantasy progress will follow. He’s currently going in round 6 though so his price is too rich for me.
13. Ben Roethlisberger- In the ten games Roethlisberger played with Brown, Bell and Bryant in 2014, Roethlisberger averaged 335 YPG, 2.3 TD per game and only 0.5 INT per game. That would’ve been top 5 had they played the whole season together. Roethlisberger’s home/away splits have truly been ugly the last two years but if “BBB” can stay on the field, Roethlisberger could smash his ADP.
14. Carson Palmer- Palmer had an MVP caliber season in ’15 and that led to elevated expectations for himself and the Cardinals. That didn’t go well as the Cardinals flamed out and Palmer had an underwhelming season. John Brown suffered through sickle cell issues last season and Palmer complained of a dead arm. I think he’s a really good bounce back candidate and you’re practically getting him for free in leagues.
15. Andy Dalton- If Dalton’s stats remained what they were and he threw 5 more touchdowns, he’d have been a top six QB. Also, this is considering that his skill players were banged up and unhealthy all throughout the year. Dalton should be a QB1 or close to it again this year.
16. Tyrod Taylor- Tyrod’s running gives him a safe floor and he averages 4 more fantasy PPG with Watkins on the field as opposed to off it. He was top 10 in PPG for fantasy QBs in each of the last two seasons. If Buffalo has a slight uptick in pass attempts due to the archaic coaching style of Rex Ryan being out of the way, it’s possible that Taylor could creep into a top 12 by the time the season ends
17. Philip Rivers- Despite losing Keenan Allen in the second quarter of the first game and late season interception struggles, Rivers still finished as QB11 last season. Allen is back for now, and Tyrell Williams and Hunter Henry have established themselves as weapons. Rivers should be a good enough fantasy option once again.
18. Matthew Stafford- It’s frustrating owning Matthew Stafford in fantasy because the Lions are an extremely conservative team and his arm largely goes to waste as they try to dink and dunk their way down the field. He’s also super streaky. I’d generally avoid him for the sake of my own sanity but he’s usable.
19. Sam Bradford- Bradford is going to complete a bunch of passes, throw for about 24 touchdowns or so, and be like QB15. There isn’t much to see here.
20. Carson Wentz- Philadelphia’s receivers last year left a lot to be desired but Wentz’s play also fell off after the initial strong month. The Eagles then signed Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith in an effort to fix these issues. If Wentz could consistently play like he did last September, he could be a fantasy asset
21. Eli Manning- If you’re drafting Eli with the intention of starting him every week, you’re doing it wrong. He looked dreadful last year and he’s wildly inconsistent even when things are going well. He does have weapons this year so he should be a pretty good QB2 in 2 QB formats.
22. Ryan Tannehill - Jay Ajayi renders Ryan Tannehill irrelevant.
23. Brian Hoyer - I can’t believe this guy keeps finessing his way into starting jobs.
24. Joe Flacco - If you’re in a 2-QB league and you have Flacco as your QB2, that’s fine. Just don’t watch the games.
25. Trevor Siemian - He’s one of the most boring QBs in football. He’s a better Alex Smith.
26. Mike Glennon - Someone really gave Mike Glennon $19,000,000 to play football. That seems like quite the waste.
27. Josh McCown - Just please help the Jets lose as many games as possible. Thank you.
28. Cody Kessler/Deshone Kizer- I’m actually intrigued to watch Cleveland if Kizer is named the starter. I couldn’t care less about Kessler though.
29. Alex Smith - Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
30. Blake Bortles - I wouldn’t draft Blake Bortles in a three QB league.
31. Jared Goff - As someone who is emotionally invested in Sammy Watkins success, I hope this kid improves.
32. Tom Savage - Tom Savage could be benched at legitimately any point of the NFL season and I wouldn’t be surprised.