Fantasy Football Player Rankings: QB

2017 Regular Season

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Tier 1
1Aaron Rodgers, GB2.1227.2More emphasis placed on the TE position, adding Martellus Bennett, while letting Eddie Lacy go, keeps this a very pass-centric focused offense.
2Tom Brady, NE3.0424.5Patriots add Brandin Cooks and replace LeGarrette Blount with Mike Gillislee, offense keeps rolling through Brady. Martellus Bennett departure is of minor significance.
3Drew Brees, NO4.0625.5Even 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, OAK 6.0820.6Expecting Carr to continue to raise his game now entering his fourth season.
5Russell Wilson, SEA7.0919.7
6Cam Newton, CAR 7.0720.2The 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.
7Jameis Winston, TB8.0920.1
8Andrew Luck, IND 5.0824.6Recovery from off-season shoulder surgery appears slow and adds considerable risk taking Luck where he is typically getting drafted.
9Matt Ryan, ATL5.1225.2Ryan 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.
Tier 3
10Ben Roethlisberger, PIT8.0221.5Stupendous offensive weapons, especially with the return of Martavis Bryant, but the ability to play 16 games drives him down the rankings.
11Kirk Cousins, WAS 8.0823.0Having 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.
12Philip Rivers, LAC 10.0320.9Belief that Hunter Henry can transition to produce similar to Antonio Gates, plus a healthy Keenan Allen, make me bullish on Rivers.
13Matthew Stafford, DET 10.0920.9Rather undervalued by the fantasy community, happy to target Stafford for QB1 production without paying a QB1 price.
14Marcus Mariota, TEN9.0320.9Not 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.
15Dak Prescott, DAL10.0321.0Great, unexpected rookie season, but the run-first offense keeps Dak a middle of the road fantasy QB.
16Eli Manning, NYG 11.0218.0
Tier 4
17Ryan Tannehill, MIA14.0418.2Confident Tannehill will continue to grow and develop under head coach Adam Gase, plus capable of shouldering a high number of pass attempts.
18Carson Palmer, ARI 13.0820.4Like 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.
19Andy Dalton, CIN12.0219.8
20Carson Wentz, PHI12.1016.6A lot of pass attempts last year didn't translate to a ton of fantasy points. Wentz may jump up, but not significantly.
21Blake Bortles, JAC14.0220.3Although a down year was better than people think, for fantasy, more of the same and his job security will become a concern.
22Tyrod Taylor, BUF11.1020.5Not enough weapons, or reliable ones on the Bills, to make me feel comfortable with Taylor as more than an average backup.
Tier 5
23Joe Flacco, BAL14.0518.7
24Sam Bradford, MIN14.0718.3Job security is good, offensive weapons are decent, but a conservative offense keeps his upside between slim and none.
25Trevor Siemian, DEN17.0Appears 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.
26Alex Smith, KC18.0If the Chiefs season goes south, and questionable player personnel decisions suggest that could happen, the team may test rookie Patrick Mahomes this season.
27Mike 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.
Tier 6
28Brian 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.
29Deshaun Watson, HOU ®14.09Expected to win the starting job, or at least play the majority of snaps this season even if not the Week 1 starter.
30Jared Goff, LAR10.7It would be nice to see some progress after a very rough rookie season.
31Cody Kessler, CLE10.3Kessler starts but we will likely see rookie DeShone Kizer at some point.
32Josh McCown, NYJ 15.0The 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.
Tier 7
33Jimmy Garoppolo, NE8.3
34Patrick Mahomes, KC ®
35Paxton Lynch, DEN 11.5
36Mitchell Trubisky, CHI ®
37Tom Savage, HOU8.1
38DeShone Kizer, CLE ®
Tier 8
39Teddy 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.

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