2017 Fantasy Football Rankings: Early Fantasy QB Rankings

- Updated: Friday, May 12th

Scoring: These rankings are based on standard-scoring formats -- one point per 25 passing yards and one point per 10 rushing yards plus four points per passing touchdown and six points per rushing touchdown.


Here are 2017 Fantasy Football Quarterback Rankings from Kevin Hanson:

1. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

Posting an insane TD-INT ratio of 165 to 34 over the past five seasons combined, Rodgers led the league in passing touchdowns (40) last year while throwing for 4,428 yards, the third-most of his career. With injuries to the backfield, Rodgers ran for a career-high 369 yards and added four rushing touchdowns. Since becoming a starter in 2008, Rodgers has finished as a top-two fantasy quarterback in seven of nine seasons (and one of those two outliers was his injury-shortened 2013 season). With good health, he's a virtual lock for a top-two fantasy season.

2. Tom Brady, New England Patriots

Regardless of how much longer he will play, Brady has shown no signs of slowing down. In 12 games following his four-game suspension, Brady averaged 296.2 yards per game and 8.2 Y/A, a five-year high, while posting a 28-to-two TD-INT ratio. With the Patriots acquiring Brandin Cooks this offseason and Rob Gronkowski missing half of last season, Brady could post even better per-game numbers in 2017.

3. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts

Dealing with a shoulder injury for much of the past two years, Luck opted for shoulder surgery this offseason to correct the issue and there's a chance he won't be ready for the start of training camp in July. Even though he was less than 100 percent last year, Luck still scored the fourth-most fantasy points among QBs as he threw for 4,240 yards, 31 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. In the four (of five) seasons that he has played more than seven games, Luck has rushed for more than 250 yards and multiple touchdowns in each of those seasons.

4. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons

Coming off an MVP-winning season, Ryan shattered previous career highs with 4,944 passing yards and 38 touchdowns while throwing a career-low seven interceptions. With Steve Sarkisian taking over as offensive coordinator, the plan is to not deviate from the team's current offensive scheme.

5. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints

Tom Brady isn't the only quarterback that thinks he can play to 45. Regardless of how much longer he plays, Brees remains a top-five fantasy QB for the 2017 season. With passing statistics generally inflated in historical terms, Brees has five career 5,000-yard seasons (including 5,208 last year) and 32-plus touchdowns in nine consecutive seasons.

6. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers

Rotator cuff surgery could sideline Cam for the start of training camp and possibly the preseason, but it appears that he'll ready for the season opener. After being named league MVP in 2015, Newton completed 52.9 percent of his pass attempts and averaged only 6.9 yards per attempt and 4.0 yards per carry, all of which set career lows. The QB17 in fantasy last year, Newton finished as a top-12 weekly quarterback in only five of 15 games -- compared to 10 of 16 games in 2015. That said, the team used their first two picks on Christian McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel to potentially make things easier for Newton.

7. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks

Like in 2015, Wilson got off to a slow start last season and played better in the second half. In the first seven games of the season, Wilson scored at least 15 fantasy points only once -- 23.86 in Week 4 at NYJ. In the final nine games of the season, Wilson scored 20-plus fantasy points five times. Finishing as fantasy's QB11, Wilson struggled running the ball with a career-low 3.6 YPC and 259 rushing yards with just one rushing score. The Seahawks used a second-round pick on center Ethan Pocic, but I expected them to address their offensive line issues more heavily throughout the draft.

8. Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys

One of the biggest surprises of the 2016 season, the fourth-rounder won the AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year and his strong play led to the benching, when healthy, (and subsequent retirement) of Tony Romo. Excluding Week 17 when Prescott (and the starters) sat for the majority of the game, the rookie finished with 17-plus fantasy points in 12 of 15 games. With such a strong offensive line and running game led by fellow rookie Ezekiel Elliott, the dual-threat quarterback threw 23 touchdowns to only four interceptions and rushed for six more scores.

9. Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans

Finishing as fantasy's QB12 in 2016, Mariota threw for 3,426 yards, 26 touchdowns and nine interceptions and the dual-threat quarterback ran a little more often (60/349/2). While he started and finished slow, Mariota was dominant from Weeks 5 to 12 last season. During that eight-game stretch, he finished as a weekly top-four QB four times, a top-11 fantasy QB every week and averaged 24.19 fantasy points per game. The team invested three of four top-100 picks on improving the pass-catching weapons for Mariota, so 2017 could be even better for this ascending quarterback.

10. Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

A top-15 fantasy quarterback in each of his first two seasons, Winston has the potential to post his first top-12 fantasy season in 2017. The Buccaneers added DeSean Jackson, one of the league's best vertical threats, in free agency and O.J. Howard and Chris Godwin via the draft, all of whom should take some pressure off of Mike Evans and really open things up for the passing offense in general.

11. Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders

Carr has thrown a total of 60 touchdown passes over the past two seasons combined and set a career low with six interceptions in 2016. Recovered from his broken leg, Carr should finish as a top-10 fantasy quarterback (QB9 in 2016) once again.

12. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers

Not surprisingly, Roethlisberger announced that he will play in 2017 despite some earlier comments that suggested he was uncertain about his status. What is uncertain, however, is how many games Big Ben will play in 2017. Since 2010, Roethlisberger has missed multiple games in more seasons (four) than he has not (three). Leading such a high-powered offense, he should finish in the top-12 in terms of per-game production, but Big Ben has finished as fantasy's QB18 and QB20, respectively, over the past two seasons.

13. Eli Manning, New York Giants

Manning threw for 4,027 yards and 26 touchdowns, three-year lows, and finished outside the top-20 fantasy quarterbacks (QB21) in 2016. Before last season, however, Eli threw for 4,400-plus yards with 30-plus touchdowns and finished as a top-10 fantasy QB in each of the previous two seasons. With the addition of Brandon Marshall to the receiving corps and Evan Engram as essentially a big wide receiver, Manning has the most talented group of pass-catchers in his career. The offensive line remains a concern, but Manning could flirt with top-10 fantasy production in 2017.

14. Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins

One year after throwing for 4,166 yards and 29 touchdowns (and finishing as fantasy's QB8), Cousins threw for 4,917 yards and 25 scores (and finished as fantasy's QB5). In addition, he has a total of nine rushing touchdowns over the past two seasons combined. Even though the team lost DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon in free agency, Washington signed 1,000-yard receiver Terrelle Pryor this offseason and they should get much more out of Josh Doctson, their 2016 first-round pick.

15. Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers

Seemingly every year, the Chargers get decimated by injuries and last year was no different, but the team used several early picks on a wide receiver (Williams) and interior offensive linemen (Lamp and Feeney). Interceptions excluded, Rivers always seems to post solid numbers regardless of how injuries impact the offense. While he led the league in interceptions thrown (21) last year, Rivers also threw 33 touchdowns, the second-most of his career, and racked up 4,386 passing yards last season, his seventh 4,000-yard season over the past eight years.

16. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions

The QB7 in fantasy last year, Stafford threw for 4,327 yards, 24 touchdowns and 10 interceptions while rushing for 207 yards and two more scores. Playing every game over the past six seasons, Stafford has a minimum of 4,200 passing yards in each of those seasons with an average of 28 touchdowns per year during that stretch.

17. Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills

No team threw the ball fewer times than the Bills (474) in 2016, but that didn't keep Taylor from finishing as a top-10 fantasy quarterback (QB8) last season. While the dual-threat quarterback threw for 3,023 yards and 17 touchdowns, he ran for 580 yards and six scores. In his two seasons as a starter, Taylor has rushed for 1,148 yards and 10 touchdowns.

18. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals

Dalton has finished as a mid-tier QB2 (QB16-18) in each of the past three seasons, but a part of that has been the injuries to the team's pass-catchers. During that span, Tyler Eifert has played a total of 22 games and A.J. Green has missed three-plus games in two of three years including six missed games last season. While the offensive line has become a concern, the Bengals used their early picks -- John Ross (first round) and Joe Mixon (second round) -- to give Dalton and the offense more weapons.

19. Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars

Taking a step back in Year 3, Bortles averaged 6.2 Y/A with a 23-to-16 TD-INT ratio in 2016 (7.3 Y/A and 35 TDs in 2015). There were rumors that the Jags might draft a quarterback, as high as No. 4 overall, to compete with Bortles, but they opted for a workhorse back in Leonard Fournette. With an elite defense and the addition of Fournette, it's highly unlikely that Bortles throws it 625 times again this year.

20. Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals

One year after finishing as fantasy's QB5, Palmer finished as the QB19 in 2016. Playing only 15 games, Palmer actually threw it 60 times more in 2016 than 2015, but he was much less efficient -- 61.0 completion percentage (63.7 in 2015), 7.1 Y/A (8.7), 4.4 TD% (6.5%) and 2.3 INT% (2.0). It's possible that 2017 is the final season for the 37-year-old Palmer.

Best of the rest:
21. Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles
22. Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins
23. Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs
24. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens
25. Mike Glennon, Free Agent
26. Sam Bradford, Minnesota Vikings
27. Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans
28. Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams
29. Tom Savage, Houston Texans
30. Trevor Siemian, Denver Broncos
31. Brian Hoyer, San Francisco 49ers
32. Paxton Lynch, Denver Broncos
33. Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago Bears
34. Josh McCown, New York Jets
35. Christian Hackenberg, New York Jets
36. Cody Kessler, Cleveland Browns
37. Colin Kaepernick, Free Agent
38. Jimmy Garoppolo, New England Patriots
39. Robert Griffin III, Free Agent
40. DeShone Kizer, Cleveland Browns

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