2016 Year End Rankings: Quarterbacks

Week 16 is in the books. The sad reality is no more Fantasy Football for the majority of folks, unless you do a playoff league. Which, if you do, rock on! I like to get a jump on 2017 by ranking the top players at their positions. In this post we will look at the quarterback. Let’s listen to one of Canada’s most famous singer/songwriter shall we?

These rankings are based on slightly custom scoring: 1 point per 25 yards passing, 6 points per TD (running and passing) and 1 point per 10 yards rushing. Turnovers are -1.

1. Aaron Rogers, Packers- At the end of the season, he is always in the top 3. I don’t see this changing going into 2017.

2. Matt Ryan, Falcons- While I will never draft Matt Ryan in the first 5 rounds, someone will. There is no doubting what he did in 2016–even when Julio Jones went down for a couple games. He took his game to another level, at least for one season.

3. Drew Brees, Saints- He has proven to be timeless. Yeah, he is capable of some bad games, but he is also capable of a 4 TD 300+ yard game. I wouldn’t take him high, but I absolutely would look for him in rounds 6-10.

4. Andrew Luck, Colts- Luck had a nice bounce-back season. Hopefully they put another lineman or two to help keep him upright.

5. Marcus Mariota, Titans- Mariota had a nice middle of the season. He tapered off a little in the last few weeks, but that was more due to a tough schedule.

6. Kirk Cousins, Redskins- Cousins had an up and down year, but showed he is capable of carrying a team on a week to week basis.

7. Russell Wilson, Seahawks- Wilson had a tough season. He fought through injuries and some bad line play. The lack of a running game no doubt hurt his performance as well. I expect Russell to bounce back in 2017, and you might get him a little lower than in the past. He would be a steal in round 6.

8. Derek Carr, Raiders- Very said how Carr’s 2016 season has ended. He should heal up from the broken fibula fine, and come back even stronger in 2017.

9. Ben Roethlisberger- Big Ben has proven to be one of the top passers in the league. I don’t see him slowing down any in 2017.

10. Philip Rivers, Chargers- Same old Rivers. Battles through many receiver combos because they go down with injuries, and he still puts up numbers. His days of a starter might be waning, but he’s a solid backup who can get you another player via trade later in the season.

11. Cam Newton, Panthers- I really thought Cam was going to improve on 2016, but for some reason, he took a step or two back. He had Benjamin for the entire season, but really struggled to get him the ball at times. I think, another offseason with him might prove more productive. The Panthers could probably use some upgrades along their offensive line.

12. Dak Prescott, Cowboys- Dak showed some flashes, and some really solid QB play. He probably could make a few more plays, but he has shown he can get the ball to Dez Bryant.

13. Matthew Stafford, Lions- He was among the passing leaders for a while, but then dropped off. Probably not a QB1, but a very solid QB2 at this point.

14. Tom Brady, Patriots- Brady is an interesting player. I thought he would have dropped off a couple years ago. He can still put up big numbers, but it depends on the health and quality of their receivers. I will probably put Brady back in the top 10 by training camp.

15. Jameis Winston, Buccaneers- Jameis had a decent season. He sometimes looked like the number one pick he was, and sometimes looked like a rookie. As long as he has Mike Evans, he will probably be a legit fantasy starter.

16. Carson Wentz- Eagles- Wentz had a great first 4 games to his rookie campaign. He then faded out pretty quick, but still put up decent numbers at times. I am counting on him taking that step forward that good players usually take in year two.

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6 Responses to 2016 Year End Rankings: Quarterbacks

  1. repgrind says:

    As usual, our QBs are in the “maybe useful for a bye week with a good matchup” category.

    • oxxo910 says:

      You talking about your RL favorite team or your fantasy team?

      • repgrind says:

        My RL team, who missed the playoffs yet again, fired their coach, etc. (They’re in the “We Beat the Browns!” category)
        My fantasy team had Carr. I ended up 4th, btw, which was pretty darn good considering I had to replace 3 of my top 5 picks because of injury.

      • oxxo910 says:

        Not bad at all. My RL team is the Bears–who maybe should have fired their coach (but kept all the assistants). If you are talking about the Bills, they are one of my teams too. Long for the days of Kelly and Thomas, and Marv patrolling the sidelines. It seems like nowadays, you need a stud GM or your team is going nowhere. I really thought Rex Ryan was “the coach” and wanted him when the Bears were looking for one.

      • repgrind says:

        I’m not convinced Rex was the problem, honestly. I would love to see them replace the GM instead, but oh well.

      • oxxo910 says:

        It sounds like the players were revolting against Rex, which would take a few years to weed them out and get new players in. Hopefully they will get the right mix in there.

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