This is the second part of my QB rankings. I posted the first part yesterday and you can right it right here.
16. Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills (Bye Week: 6)
One of the most under appreciated fantasy football quarterbacks. Taylor can run the bell very well and is an accurate deep passer. Sammy Watkins is in a contract year and the Bills drafted Zay Jones to give Taylor a legitimate number two receiver.
17. Eli Manning, New York Giants (Bye Week: 8)
Eli may have more weapons than almost anyone else in the league not named Big Ben and Tom Brady. The Giants added Brandon Marshall this season, making Beckham-Marshall one of the top duos in the league. They also drafted TE Evan Engram to give Eli a receiving threat at TE. The biggest problems for Eli are the Giants’ offensive line and Eli’s troubles with interceptions. These two hold him back from being a top 10 fantasy quarterback.
18. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals (Bye Week: 6)
People forget that Dalton has finished top 12 in three of his last five seasons. This year Dalton has the most weapons he has had in a while. They added Joe Mixon and John Ross in the draft to go along with a full season from Tyler Eifert. If the offensive line can keep him up, Dalton can finish top 12 once again. That’s a big IF.
19. Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles (Bye Week: 10)
Wentz is my breakout candidate for this season. However, I cannot rank him higher just because I think he is going to breakout. Wentz was too inconsistent in the second half of last season. The Eagles added some nice pieces in Torrey Smith and Alshon Jeffrey this off-season. If Wentz can stay consistent and does not hit a sophomore wall, he can be very good this year.
20. Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals (Bye Week: 8)
Everyone, including myself, thought the 2015 season for Palmer was a revival for his career. However, we were wrong. In 2016 we saw the quarterback that Palmer has always been. He will give you some really good games to go along with some truly ugly ones. He may see a bit of an increase in production from last year, but not that much.
21. Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars (Bye Week: 8)
I really had high expectations for Bortles last year and I refuse to make that mistake once again. I had him as a top-10 quarterback last season and he truly disappointed. He was nursing an injured shoulder for some of the season. I just do not think he gets back to top-10 status. He may finish top-15 if he can limit the turnovers.
22. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens (Bye Week: 10)
The Baltimore Ravens loved to throw the ball last year and they gave Flacco more weapons this off-season. They added Jeremy Maclin and Danny Woodhead. Woodhead is a very nice receiver out of the backfield. Maclin will be a nice complement to Mike Wallace. The only problem I have with Flacco is his health.
23. Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins (Bye Week: 11)
Tannehill is just not a fantasy quarterback. He is more of a game manager and he does not fit well in fantasy football games. He will give a breakout game here and there because of his underrated legs. He is a nice back up, but is not someone you want starting on your team.
24. Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs (Bye Week: 10)
Smith is basically in the same exact boat as Tannehill. Both are good quarterbacks, but neither is really a fantasy football option. Smith is a game manager as well and will rarely take shots down the down. He won’t turn the ball over much, but he won’t put up big numbers either.
25. DeShaun Watson, Houston Texans (Bye Week: 7)
Watson may not be the starter at the beginning of the season, but I do not expect that to last long. In my opinion, Watson is the best all-around rookie quarterback taken in this draft. He also has something many quarterbacks in the league do not: An elite receiver. DeAndre Hopkins always puts up numbers no matter who is throwing the ball to him and I expect Watson to be better than anyone that the Texans put out there last year.
26. Sam Bradford, Minnesota Vikings (Bye Week: 9)
Sam Bradford is an extremely accurate passer and this is the first time in his career he will have the same offensive coordinator in consecutive seasons. The Vikings offense should improve as a whole from last season, but I just do not see Bradford finishing as a top-20 fantasy quarterback.
27. Brian Hoyer, San Francisco 49ers (Bye Week: 11)
Hoyer actually played pretty well when he got the opportunity last season. However, the 49ers offense is horrid and he is not promised the starting job. If he was a full time starter on a team with some weapons I would place him in my top-20.
28. Trevor Siemian, Denver Broncos (Bye Week: 5)
He does not have much ability and Paxton Lynch is creeping up behind him. He may not be the starter for the full season. Even if he was I would not have him higher than this.
29. Josh McCown, New York Jets (Bye Week: 11)
Speaking of horrid offenses, the New York Jets are downright TERRIBLE. They lost both Erick Decker and Brandon Marshall this year so there is not even a WR that can bail out a bad quarterback. I was shocked the Jets even signed McCown and I expect one of their younger quarterbacks to eventually take over the offense.
30. Mike Glennon, Chicago Bears (Bye Week: 9)
The Chicago Bears love to run the ball so that already limits Glennon’s upside. Add in the fact that they drafted Trubisky this year and Glennon would be lucky to finish top-25. The Bears actually do have some decent weapons on offense, but I would be shocked to see Glennon starting past week 8.
1. DeShaun Watson
2. Blake Bortles
3. Carson Wentz
4. Eli Manning