This is Part 1 of our fantasy football QB Rankings! Make sure to tune in tomorrow to check out rankings 16-30 and sleepers!
1. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers (Bye Week: 4)
It doesn’t matter who is on the Green Bay offense, Aaron Rodgers will make them better than they are. Jordy, Cobb, Adams and Bennett. Those are some very good weapons to be throwing too.
2. Tom Brady, New England Patriots (Bye Week: 9)
They gave Brady another weapon in Brandin Cooks this off-season. If Gronk can stay healthy on top of that, Brady has even better weapons than he did last year. Oh and he won the Super Bowl last year.
3. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints (Bye Week: 5)
I know he is down a weapon without Cooks this year, but he is still Drew Brees. He is getting older and people may think his production will start to slide. However, I am not one of those people. I think Brees is still one of the top fantasy quarterbacks and has plenty of weapons. He also added some guy named Adrian Peterson this off-season. He might help open up the passing game a bit.
4. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts (Bye Week: 10)
*If Luck is indeed out 6 weeks, he moves down to 15*
He has the weapons and ability to be the best fantasy quarterback this season. The only problem is keeping him up long enough to perform. His offensive line is terrible and hinders his production. If his O-Line was better, he would be our number one QB.
5. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons (Bye Week: 11)
He had a career year last year and put himself into the top five conversation for fantasy quarterbacks. He has one of the best receivers in the league in Julio Jones to go along with a two-headed monster in the backfield of Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman. His stats may regress a bit, but I still expect him to finish top 5.
6. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks (Bye Week: 5)
Wilson played injured during the first half of the season last year and his showed in his production. However, if you look at the second half of the season when he was healthy you will see a different player. In the second half of the season he finished as the fourth best QB. I expect to see more of that this season from Wilson.
7. Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins (Bye Week: 9)
Cousins lost DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon, but he added Terrelle Pryor and a healthy Josh Doctson. Terrelle Pryror seemed to be a better receiver than any of these four players mentioned last season, so that should be an upgrade for Cousins. Doctson should take over Garcon’s role, while Jamison Crowder should improve. Oh yeah, they also have one of the best Tight Ends in the NFL with Jordan Reed.
8. Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders (Bye Week: 10)
Derek Carr was having a strong season before hurting his thumb in Week 12 that hurt his production. Carr has the weapons and adding Marshawn Lynch to the run game should open up the passing game a bit. I think Carr improves from last season and finished a top 10 fantasy QB.
9. Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans (Bye Week: 13)
From weeks 5-12 Marcus Mariota was one of the best QBs in the league. Tennessee just gave him more weapons this off-season with the additions of Corey Davis and Eric Decker. I expect Mariota to build off last season and be very productive with his help from his new weapons.
10. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers (Bye Week: 8)
Roethlisberger has always been extremely productive at home, but away games and injuries hurt him at times. He gets back Martavias Bryant this year who he was loved throwing to. He also has one of the best duos in the league in Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown. That offense is too good for Big Ben to slip out of my top 10.
11. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers (Bye Week: 11)
I think Newton’s production slides this year due to two things. One, the Panthers want Newton to run the ball less. Newton has been very productive with running the ball especially at the goal line. Two, the Panthers have added some nice pieces to their backfield in Christian McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel.
12. Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Bye Week: 11)
The Buccaneers are trying to give Winston everything he needs to succeed. They added DeSean Jackson in free agency and OJ Howard through the draft. However, with a sub-par offensive line Winston’s production will take a hit. The addition of Jackson and Howard will help him finish top 12 for the first time in his career.
13. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (Bye Week: 7)
Stafford looked like one of the best fantasy QBs to start the season last year, but he started to tail off over the last 10 games. In 4 of his first 6 games he threw 3 or more touchdown passes in each. Over the last 10 he did not have more than 2 touchdown passes thrown. The Lions still love to throw the ball and Stafford will be very productive.
14. Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys (Bye Week: 6)
The Cowboys have a tougher schedule last year and have lost some pieces on that offensive line. The rest of the league has studied Prescott over the off-season and has a year under their belt to learn more about him. I think Prescott takes a bit of a hit this year.
15. Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers (Bye Week: 9)
In his first nine games, Rivers will have to face some tough defenses. He will go up against the Broncos twice, the Chiefs, the Giants, the Raiders, the Patriots and the Jaguars. He also is inconsistent at times and seems to drop off halfway through the season each year.