Fantasy Football Player Rankings: QB

2017 Regular Season - Preseason Redraft

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Updated Sep 5, 2017
Tier 1
1Aaron Rodgers, GB2.0827.2More emphasis placed on the TE position, adding Martellus Bennett, while letting Eddie Lacy go, keeps this a very pass-centric focused offense.
2Tom Brady, NE 3.0324.5Patriots add Brandin Cooks and replace LeGarrette Blount with Mike Gillislee, offense keeps rolling through Brady. Martellus Bennett departure is of minor significance.
3Drew Brees, NO 4.0525.5Even losing Brandin Cooks and adding Adrian Peterson it is still hard to imagine that Brees won't get his usual high number of attempts and equivalent production.
Tier 2
4Derek Carr, OAK6.1120.6Expecting Carr to continue to raise his game now entering his fourth season. Should be able to acquire him at decent discount to this ranking with Ryan, Luck, others typically drafted ahead of him.
5Russell Wilson, SEA 6.0719.7Since I don't have a ton of faith in the running game, and Wilson is coming off a down season and has a nice set of receivers at his disposal, especially figuring out how to utilize Jimmy Graham, consider him a good target for Top 5 production at a reasonable price.
6Jameis Winston, TB 7.0620.1Back-to-back 4,000 yard, 28 TD seasons to start his career are a great sign. Still young and learning how to be a pro QB and a team leader, making him a bit of a wildcard pick. Don't overpay, but if 8 or so QB go ahead of him, grab him.
7Cam Newton, CAR8.0420.2The Panthers want Cam to run less to try to keep him healthy. Don't be surprised by a bounce back season, but temper expectations too. Shoulder surgery rehab is limiting his preseason action, a slight concern.
8Matt Ryan, ATL 5.0625.2Ryan had a huge season last year when everything went right, but the departure of OC Kyle Shanahan and an anticipated regression to the mean keeps me wary of overpaying for last year's production.
9Marcus Mariota, TEN 7.0820.9Not sure Mariota is going to get enough attempts to launch himself into the top 10 where many pundits are projecting him as an upside play.
Tier 3
10Ben Roethlisberger, PIT 9.0521.5Stupendous offensive weapons, especially with the return of Martavis Bryant, but the ability to play 16 games drives him down the rankings.
11Kirk Cousins, WAS 8.0223.0Having built a solid track record as a fantasy performer and a good offensive coach are big pluses, but expect some early season growing pains replacing Garcon and DJax.
12Matthew Stafford, DET 10.0620.9Rather undervalued by the fantasy community, happy to target Stafford for QB1 production without paying a QB1 price.
13Philip Rivers, LAC9.0920.9Belief that Hunter Henry can transition to produce similar to Antonio Gates, plus a healthy Keenan Allen, make me bullish on Rivers.
14Andrew Luck, IND 8.1124.6Recovery from off-season shoulder surgery appears slow and adds considerable risk taking Luck where he is typically getting drafted. He begins training camp on the PUP list but the Colts are still expressing confidence he will be ready to start the season.
Tier 4
15Dak Prescott, DAL10.0221.0Great, unexpected rookie season, but the run-first offense keeps Dak a middle of the road fantasy QB.
16Eli Manning, NYG 11.0918.0Solid set of receivers, but he's had that in the past too. You get about what you should expect from Eli. He's not elite. The probability of high upside declines further each passing year.
17Carson Palmer, ARI12.0920.4Like his weapons but concerned Palmer is nearing the end of the road for his career, and it could be a bumpy ride to the finish.
18Andy Dalton, CIN11.0719.8If Tyler Eifert can stay healthy that would go a long way to helping Dalton. Overall a good offense, Dalton is probably a little undervalued but still not a big boost to your fantasy team even if you get a deal acquiring him.
19Carson Wentz, PHI 12.0116.6A lot of pass attempts last year didn't translate to a ton of fantasy points. Wentz may jump up, but not significantly.
Tier 5
20Blake Bortles, JAC 20.3Although a down year was better than people think, for fantasy, more of the same and his job security will become a concern.
21Sam Bradford, MIN14.0318.3Job security is good, offensive weapons are decent, but a conservative offense keeps his upside between slim and none.
22Jay Cutler, MIA14.0413.3Cutler wasn't retired very long and walks into a near perfect situation for himself with former OC Adam Gase in charge and some pretty good receivers. Little trust factor here but if your league doesn't penalize turnovers too harshly he could prove useful.
23Brian Hoyer, SF16.0Could surprise thanks to new head coach Kyle Shanahan, but still not draftable in most leagues. Worth a shot for upside in start 2 QB and flex leagues.
24Trevor Siemian, DEN 17.0Appears to have the early upper-hand on the starting job - a job that includes some very good receivers - but recent reports show Paxton Lynch is closing the gap. Stay tuned.
Tier 6
25Jared Goff, LAR10.7It would be nice to see some progress after a very rough rookie season. Adding Sammy Watkins helps.
26Joe Flacco, BAL 14.0718.7Flacco is sitting out training camp with a back issue. Some reports say 3-6 weeks on the sidelines, others say it isn't that dire. Most people, myself included, have Flacco ranked quite low regardless of health. This news pushed him outside my Top 24 keeping him on the waiver wire in most leagues.
27Alex Smith, KC 14.0418.0If the Chiefs season goes south, and questionable player personnel decisions suggest that could happen, the team may test rookie Patrick Mahomes this season.
28Tyrod Taylor, BUF 13.1120.5Not enough weapons, or reliable ones on the Bills, to make me feel comfortable with Taylor as more than an average backup. Run Tyrod, run!
Tier 7
29Tom Savage, HOU8.1Projected Week 1 starter, so if you have absolutely no other options at QB then he could be your guy.
30Mike Glennon, CHI 7.8Glennon shouldn't be drafted in most start 1 QB leagues, but I feel good about his job security this season. The Bears likely sit Trubisky for 2017.
31Josh McCown, NYJ15.0The Jets are a mess. They may not even start McCown which is a joke considering the other quarterbacks on the roster but that is the way they roll.
32DeShone Kizer, CLE ®14.06
Tier 8
33Deshaun Watson, HOU ® 14.02Expected to win the starting job, or at least play the majority of snaps this season even if not the Week 1 starter.
34Jimmy Garoppolo, NE 8.3The top backup in the league, one everyone will be clamoring to have if anything happens to Tom Brady.
35Patrick Mahomes, KC ® If the Chiefs perform well this season then Alex Smith sticks as the starter. If the team struggles, they might throw Mahomes in there sooner than planned. Apparently the anti-Smith, Mahomes has a canon arm.
36Mitchell Trubisky, CHI ®Looked good in his first preseason action while Mike Glennon did not, at all. Glennon has pretty good job security in this rebuilding year for the Bears but if he struggles they might as well give Trubisky some experience.
37Nathan Peterman, BUF ®
38Chad Henne, JAC-0.2
39Matt Moore, MIA16.2
40Christian Hackenberg, NYJ
Tier 9
41Teddy Bridgewater, MIN Not really draftable for redraft given his knee injury rehab but included in the rankings to remember to keep tabs on his progress. Not surprisingly placed on the PUP list at the start of training camp.
42Ryan Tannehill, MIA18.2Placed on Injured Reserve, appears to be done for the season.

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