2017 Fantasy Football Rankings: Quarterbacks




These 2017 Fantasy Football Quarterback Rankings will be updated often throughout the summer, so make sure you check back from time to time.

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2017 Fantasy Football Rankings - Quarterbacks (Aug. 22):
Top 10 | 11-20 | 21-35


  1. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Packers. Bye: 8.
    Aaron Rodgers struggled in the early part of the season. No one could get open for him, but that changed at the end of the season when Jordy Nelson got healthy. In his final seven games, he generated 19 total touchdowns and no interceptions. Rodgers ended up finishing with 40 passing scores, the second-highest total of his career. He also ran into the end zone on four occasions. He's obviously in consideration to be the first quarterback chosen in fantasy drafts this summer, though there is some concern because he lost one of his talented guards (T.J. Lang) this offseason.

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    Projected 2017 Fantasy Stats: 4,250 passing yards. 34 passing TDs. 9 INTs. 310 rushing yards. 2 rushing TDs.
    Projected 2017 Fantasy Points (ESPN Scoring): 331.

  2. Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons. Bye: 5.
    Matt Ryan had been one of the most overrated players in the NFL over the past few years, but something clicked, and he played on a Peyton Manning-type level in 2016. Ryan threw for 4,944 yards, 38 touchdowns and only seven interceptions. It's possible that Ryan could regress to the mean, but considering that his offensive line is in great shape, it's certainly possible that Ryan could be just as great in 2017.

    Projected 2017 Fantasy Stats: 4,800 passing yards. 35 passing TDs. 9 INTs. 80 rushing yards. 0 rushing TDs.
    Projected 2017 Fantasy Points (ESPN Scoring): 322.



  3. Tom Brady, QB, Patriots. Bye: 9.
    Tom Brady is now 40. We've seen Brett Favre have a great year at 39 and then completely fall off at 40, so will the same thing happen to Brady? It's possible, but he's the greatest quarterback of all time, so I would trust him. In just 12 games last year, Brady accumulated 3,554 yards, 28 touchdowns and only two interceptions, so he should be good for 4,000-plus yards in a full slate, especially with Rob Gronkowski returning to action and Brandin Cooks now on the roster.

    Projected 2017 Fantasy Stats: 4,400 passing yards. 36 passing TDs. 8 INTs. 50 rushing yards. 1 rushing TD.
    Projected 2017 Fantasy Points (ESPN Scoring): 315.

  4. Russell Wilson, QB, Seahawks. Bye: 6.
    Russell Wilson was bothered by multiple leg injuries during the early stages of the 2016 campaign, which prohibited from running. Wilson was great down the stretch, however, as he threw for eight touchdowns and only one interception in the final three games. Wilson will scramble less as he gets older in an attempt to preserve his body, but he'll still remain a strong fantasy QB1 option.

    Projected 2017 Fantasy Stats: 4,000 passing yards. 26 passing TDs. 9 INTs. 490 rushing yards. 3 rushing TDs.
    Projected 2017 Fantasy Points (ESPN Scoring): 313.

  5. Drew Brees, QB, Saints. Bye: 5.
    Drew Brees continues to amaze. Despite being 37, Brees threw for 5,208 yards and 37 touchdowns. It's fair to expect Brees to regress, especially now that he's 38 and won't have Brandin Cooks at his disposal, but he's still a very solid fantasy QB1. It would be shocking to see him completely regress.

    Projected 2017 Fantasy Stats: 4,850 passing yards. 34 passing TDs. 16 INTs. 20 rushing yards. 1 rushing TD.
    Projected 2017 Fantasy Points (ESPN Scoring): 306.



  6. Cam Newton, QB, Panthers. Bye: 11.
    JUNE 11 UPDATE: Ron Rivera told the media that Cam Newton will run less this season. This was the plan, as the Panthers added some offensive weapons around Newton this offseason. Newton will still pick up plenty of rushing yardage, but his totals in that regard should be a bit down this year.

    Cam Newton was the top fantasy quarterback in 2015, but regressed this past season. He endured a shoulder injury and bad blocking, and as a result, his total touchdowns dropped from 45 to 24. Newton could be a nice buy-low option if he proves to be healthy, but there's no guarantee of that because he waited so long to get surgery. Also, Christian McCaffrey's preence could worsen Newton's rushing numbers.

    Projected 2017 Fantasy Stats: 3,800 passing yards. 26 passing TDs. 15 INTs. 420 rushing yards. 6 rushing TDs.
    Projected 2017 Fantasy Points (ESPN Scoring): 304.

  7. Derek Carr, QB, Raiders. Bye: 10.
    Derek Carr had a great third season - 3,937 yards, 28 touchdowns, six interceptions in 15 games - but slowed down at the end when he dislocated his finger. Carr will have another year of working with Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper, so he'll continue to post QB1 numbers.

    Projected 2017 Fantasy Stats: 4,325 passing yards. 34 passing TDs. 9 INTs. 80 rushing yards. 0 rushing TDs.
    Projected 2017 Fantasy Points (ESPN Scoring): 299.

  8. Jameis Winston, QB, Buccaneers. Bye: 11.
    AUG. 18 UPDATE: Jameis Winston went 21-of-29 for 196 yards in one half of action at Jacksonville. He was mostly excellent, especially on the opening possession when he marched the Buccaneers down the field for a touchdown. His best play was when he kept a play alive with his legs on a third-and-6, but instead of scrambling, he kept his eyes down the field and found Adam Humphries for a gain of 15 yards. Winston's numbers could've been even better, but Mike Evans dropped a 43-yard touchdown. I like Winston a lot this year as a low-end QB1 you can obtain in the middle rounds.

    AUG. 12 UPDATE: Jameis Winston looked terrific in his preseason debut, going 9-of-13 for 99 yards. He opened the game by throwing a perfect pass to Mike Evans for 29 yards, laying the ball right into the basket over two defenders. Winston ripped right through Cincinnati's defense, throwing only one legitimate incompletion, which was a pass behind Evans on a third down. The other misfires were a drop by Adam Humphries and two incompletions to Evans in the end zone that could have easily been flagged as pass interference. Despite this, Winston still compiled 99 yards in slightly more than a quarter of action, which bodes well for his 2017 outlook.

    Jameis Winston doesn't seem like a very good fantasy quarterback to most people, but he's been solid in that regard. He's thrown for 4,000 yards in both of his NFL seasons, and his touchdown total increased to 28 in 2016. Winston's issue has been his consistency, but that will improve as he progresses as a pro. It'll help that the Buccaneers added some offensive talent; they picked up DeSean Jackson and O.J. Howard, which should make Winston a mid-QB1.

    Projected 2017 Fantasy Stats: 4,350 passing yards. 30 passing TDs. 15 INTs. 160 rushing yards. 3 rushing TDs.
    Projected 2017 Fantasy Points (ESPN Scoring): 298.



  9. Dak Prescott, QB, Cowboys. Bye: 6.
    AUG. 20 UPDATE: Dak Prescott thrived in his first preseason action. He was a near-perfect 7-of-8 for 106 yards and a touchdown, with the lone incompletion being a batted pass. Prescott enjoyed excellent pass protection from one of the worst defenses in the NFL, but Prescott was still extremely accurate against the Colts. One of his best throws was when he completed a perfect back-shoulder pass toward Dez Bryant, who beat Vontae Davis for a 32-yard touchdown. Prescott is one of my favorite fantasy value picks at quarterback this summer.

    Dak Prescott had an amazing rookie campaign, throwing for 3,667 yards, 23 touchdowns and only four interceptions. He also rushed for six scores. There's an argument that Prescott's stats will be even better in 2017, as he was very unlucky with his passing touchdowns, barely missing out on numerous scores. However, the Cowboys lost Ronald Leary, so Prescott won't enjoy the same elite offensive line again.

    Projected 2017 Fantasy Stats: 3,900 passing yards. 27 passing TDs. 10 INTs. 260 rushing yards. 4 rushing TDs.
    Projected 2017 Fantasy Points (ESPN Scoring): 294.

  10. Andrew Luck, QB, Colts. Bye: 11.
    AUG. 10 UPDATE: Colts GM Chris Ballard said it remains to be seen if Andrew Luck will be ready for Week 1. This is newsworthy, as Ballard was more optimistic in a July 23 interview. Now, he's reluctant to confirm Luck's availability for the opener, though he did say the reserve/PUP list wasn't an option. Luck's status is still up in the air, but the smart money would be on him missing at least a couple of games.

    AUG. 8 UPDATE: There's a chance Andrew Luck won't be ready for the season opener, according to Adam Schefter, ESPN. Schefter expressed concern over Luck's injury, and it's not a given that he'll be playing against the Rams.

    AUG. 1 UPDATE: Jason La Canfora said he has heard rumblings about Luck beginning the year on the reserve/PUP list because of his shoulder issues. That would mean he would miss six games. Meanwhile, general manager Chris Ballard told the media that Luck will be activated from the active/PUP list prior to Week 1. This could be wishful thinking on Ballard's part, however, and even if Luck is activated, there's no guarantee that he'll play early on. And even if he does, he may not be 100 percent. This is obviously bad news for Luck's outlook, and he should be avoided unless he falls numerous rounds. His supporting cast should be avoided as well.

    JULY 30 UPDATE: Andrew Luck wouldn't commit to playing in Week 1. When asked about it, Luck said, "It's hard for me to look beyond, really, today's rehab session." Luck is a risky fantasy pick because the status of his shoulder is unclear, and even if he returns, he may not be 100 percent. T.Y. Hilton, Donte Moncrief and Jack Doyle all have troubling outlooks as well.

    JULY 24 UPDATE: "Chris Ballard's presser is over. My takeaway: Luck will play in the opener but you won't see him in the preseason." - Stephen Holder, Indianapolis Star. Owning Luck in leagues this year is going to be risky. Even if he returns from shoulder surgery to play in the opener against the Rams, he may not be 100 percent.

    JUNE 14 UPDATE: Andrew Luck wasn't committal when asked if he would be ready for the start of training camp. Luck is coming off shoulder surgery and has lost some weight this offseason. He'll probably ready for Week 1, but this is slightly concerning, as Luck may not be 100 percent to start the year.

    Andrew Luck had a disastrous 2015 campaign, but it was revealed that he was dealing with torn cartilage on two of his ribs during the season. He bounced back in 2016 to throw for 4,240 yards and 31 touchdowns in 15 games. With improved play from the offensive line, Luck should be even better this upcoming year. He'll remain one of the top fantasy quarterbacks.

    Projected 2017 Fantasy Stats: 4,100 passing yards. 30 passing TDs. 16 INTs. 230 rushing yards. 2 rushing TDs.
    Projected 2017 Fantasy Points (ESPN Scoring): 287.


2017 Fantasy Football Rankings - Quarterbacks (Aug. 22):
Top 10 | 11-20 | 21-35






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