2017 Fantasy Football Rankings: Early Fantasy QB Rankings

- Updated: Sunday, July 16th

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

Turning 40 years old in August, 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. 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.

4. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts

Dealing with a shoulder injury for much of the past two years, Luck opted for shoulder surgery early this offseason and there's no clear timetable for when he will resume throwing. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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). The team invested three of four top-100 picks on improving the pass-catching weapons for Mariota and recently signed Eric Decker in free agency, so 2017 should be even better perhaps much better for this ascending quarterback.

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. 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-10 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.

9. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers

Rotator cuff surgery sidelined him this offseason, but it appears that he'll ready for the start of training camp. 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, as he finished as fantasy's QB17 last year. The selection of Christian McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel with their first two draft picks should help to make things easier for Newton, but it's likely that Newton runs less in 2017.

10. 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 could finish as a top-10 fantasy quarterback (QB9 in 2016) once again.

11. 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.

12. 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.

13. 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.

14. 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.

15. Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers

If the Chargers can keep their top pass-catchers healthy for a full season, Rivers will be a huge bargain as a late-round fantasy QB. Rivers has exceeded 4,200 passing yards in seven of eight seasons and he has thrown 30-plus touchdowns in three of four years.

16. 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.

17. 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.

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 mediocrity 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. 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.

20. 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.

21. Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles

Starting stronger (nine-to-three TD-INT ratio in first seven games) than he finished (seven-to-11 TD-INT ratio in final nine games), Wentz put together a solid rookie season overall. There are multiple reasons for optimism going into his sophomore campaign including the addition of Alshon Jeffery, Torrey Smith and rookie running back Donnel Pumphrey.

22. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens

Only Drew Brees (673) threw more pass attempts than Flacco (672) last season, but the Ravens actually led the NFL in pass attempts in 2016. That said, Flacco was incredibly inefficient as he set or tied career lows in both Y/A (6.4) and TD% (3.0) in 2016. It should help that he's another year removed from his torn ACL and the addition of Jeremy Maclin helps to fill the void left by Steve Smith's retirement.

23. Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins

In his first season with Adam Gase, Tannehill set a career high in completion percentage (67.1), yards per attempt (7.7) and TD percentage (4.9), but his attempts (389 in 13 games) were way down (29.2/G). He tossed 11 of his 19 touchdowns in his final five games before his season-ending injury, but it's likely that Gase employs a similar approach (run-first) in play calling in 2017.

24. Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs

Even though Smith rushed for a career-high five touchdowns, he finished outside the top-20 fantasy quarterbacks for the first time in his four seasons in Kansas City. Never finishing as a top-12 fantasy QB in 11 NFL seasons, Smith is a solid QB2 in a 2-QB league but remains nothing more than a streamer in standard leagues.

25. Sam Bradford, Minnesota Vikings

Considering the circumstances, Bradford had a good season and finished as fantasy's QB23 last year. That said, Bradford is nothing more than a low-end QB2, at best, for 2017.

Here are the best of the rest:

26. Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans
27. Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams
28. Brian Hoyer, San Francisco 49ers
29. Mike Glennon, Chicago Bears
30. Trevor Siemian, Denver Broncos
31. Tom Savage, Houston Texans
32. Paxton Lynch, Denver Broncos
33. DeShone Kizer, Cleveland Browns
34. Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago Bears
35. Cody Kessler, Cleveland Browns
36. Christian Hackenberg, New York Jets
37. Josh McCown, New York Jets
38. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
39. Jimmy Garoppolo, New England Patriots
40. Colin Kaepernick, Free Agent

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