With the start of the NFL season just around the corner, it’s time to take a look at our top fantasy quarterbacks for 2017. A lot can change during the preseason, so be sure to check out our full QB rankings for the most up-to-date list.
1. Aaron Rodgers
While the Packers running game all but disappeared last season, Rodgers put the team on his back with a league-high 40 touchdown passes and career highs in every rushing statistic. The return of Nelson to his Pro-Bowl form, and the long awaited emergence of Davante Adams gave Rodgers big, athletic pass catchers to throw to at all levels of the field. He’ll add Super Bowl winning Martellus Bennett to the mix at tight end, should have an improved running game, and barring injury, has the fast track to being the top overall at his position once again.
2. Tom Brady
Despite being suspended the first four games of last season, Brady still managed to toss 28 touchdowns and only two interceptions. He threw for 300-plus yards and/or multiple touchdowns in 10-of-12 games despite Rob Gronkowski missing half the season. Gronk is healthy, the Patriots acquired dynamic playmaker Brandin Cooks, and New England’s running back corps is loaded with pass-catching backs. Brady turns 40 during training camp, but he has shown zero signs of slowing down.
3. Drew Brees
The model of consistency, Brees has finished as a top-three fantasy quarterback seven times in the past 11 years. He led the NFL in completions, pass attempts, and pass yards in 2016 while throwing for 32 or more TDs in nine straight seasons. The loss of Brandin Cooks will create a void in the Saints offense, but Coby Fleener enters year two in the offense, and Michael Thomas is coming off a monster rookie season. The Saints will run the ball well with Mark Ingram and newly acquired Adrian Peterson, so a slight step back in productive should be expected. With that being said, a floor of 4,800 passing yards and 35 TDs, still puts Brees in the top-three fantasy QB discussion.
4. Andrew Luck
Despite struggling with injuries and a poor offensive line, Luck continues to be a productive fantasy quarterback. He posted top-five fantasy quarterback numbers for the third time in the last four years with 4,240 passing yards with 33 combined TDs and 341 yards rushing in 2016. The Colts are still lacking a running game, so T.Y. Hilton, Donte Moncrief, and Jack Doyle will continue to see a ton of targets in the Colts pass-first offense. The uncertain timetable for his return after offseason shoulder surgery does add risk to Luck’s 2017 projection, but he’s still a top-end QB1 option.
5. Russell Wilson
Despite a career-high 546 pass attempts in 2016, Wilson failed to finish as a top-10 fantasy quarterback for the first time in his career. He was hobbled by knee and ankle injuries, which resulted in just 21 passing touchdowns (second lowest of his career), and a career-low 259 yards on 72 carries with just one rushing touchdown. While these numbers feel ominous, we still consider Wilson a solid QB1 option coming into the season. Doug Baldwin, Jimmy Graham and Tyler Lockett are a quality receiving corps, and the run game could be suspect with Eddie Lacy, which could mean more heavy lifting for Wilson.
Matt Ryan, Kirk Cousins, Marcus Mariota, Cam Newton, and Dak Prescott round out our top 10 at the position. Check out our updated QB rankings for the full list.