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.