Chet Gresham Fantasy Rankings - Quarterback

Published 4/20/2017 12:00 AM

By Chet Gresham

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  • 1. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Packers. Bye: 4.

    Rodgers proved once again that he doesn't have to be part of a great overall team to put up numbers. He's just too good to stay in a slump or see a big drop in stats when his receivers aren't catching everything. He feels like the safest quarterback coming into the season.

  • 2. Andrew Luck, QB, Colts. Bye: 10.

    Luck has good receivers and great ability, but the Colts still need to upgrade their offensive line. He still finished as the fourth-best fantasy quarterback despite poor line play, and I believe he has plenty of room to improve his numbers this year.

  • 3. Drew Brees, QB, Saints. Bye: 5.

    Brees isn't the player he once was, but he's still lights out in New Orleans and has a strong group of receivers. I don't expect he'll slow down too much this coming season.

  • 4. Russell Wilson, QB, Seahawks. Bye: 5.

    Wilson didn't put up close to the numbers I thought he would last year, but he also played through injuries for most of the first half of the season. Through the first seven games, he averaged 14.2 fantasy points and then upped that average to 18.8 fantasy points for the final nine games of the season. I expect more of that second-half Wilson if he can stay healthy.

  • 5. Tom Brady, QB, Patriots. Bye: 9.

    Brady will be 76 this season, but since he's a system quarterback, I expect he'll be fine. Plus, the addition of Brandin Cooks and hopefully a healthy Rob Gronkowski should make give Brady plenty of upside, even at his ripe old age.

  • 6. Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons. Bye: 11.

    Last year, Ryan threw six more touchdowns and two fewer interceptions than he ever had in his career while upping his average yards per completion to 9.26 yards, whereas his best before that was his rookie season with 7.93 yards. It's hard not to think he'll regress, but he shouldn't lose any key offensive players and again will have nice upside. Expecting his 2016 stats might be a bit too optimistic.

  • 7. Kirk Cousins, QB, Redskins. Bye: 9.

    Cousins lost DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon, but gained Terrelle Pryor Jr. and possibly Josh Doctson as well as having Jamison Crowder and Jordan Reed in the mix. Washington doesn't have much going in the run game, which should keep the team from throwing a ton. Cousins should be a Top-10 fantasy quarterback on volume alone.

  • 8. Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers. Bye: 8.

    Roethlisberger has plenty of ability and a great offense, but away games and nagging injuries have been a problem for him. I can't knock him down too far with that offense, but he does have a wide array of outcomes.

  • 9. Derek Carr, QB, Raiders. Bye: 10.

    Carr had a strong fantasy season despite hurting his finger in Week 12, which hurt his play. He should be recovered from his broken leg in time for camp, so I'm not worried about that. I expect another strong season from him.

  • 10. Marcus Mariota, QB, Titans. Bye: 13.

    Mariota has a lot of potential, which he's shown off and on for his first two seasons. His stretch from Week 5 to Week 12 this year was the best in the NFL, and I expect to see those kind of numbers again this year.

  • 11. Dak Prescott, QB, Cowboys. Bye: 7.

    Prescott proved more than capable as a rookie, and I don't think we'll see a big drop-off. His offensive line and strong running game will keep him from huge numbers, but will also put him in scoring position often and keep his interceptions down.

  • 12. Philip Rivers, QB, Chargers. Bye: 11.

    Rivers is inconsistent, but has big-time upside, and if Keenan Allen can stay healthy, he'll have Allen, Tyrell Williams and Hunter Henry to throw to, which is a nice group.

  • 13. Matthew Stafford, QB, Lions. Bye: 10.

    Stafford is tough to call. I like him, and he has improved under Jim Bob Cooter. In 2015, Stafford finished with the fourth-most pass attempts, but did fall to 11th last season. The good thing for his attempts is a lack of a strong running game, which should continue to keep him in the top 15 in attempts. Stafford' upside isn't what it once was, but he has become a bit more consistent from week to week.

  • 14. Blake Bortles, QB, Jaguars. Bye: 5.

    Bortles was awful last season, but usage kept him in the Top-10 quarterbacks in fantasy. I think he has the opportunity to finish as Top-10 signal-caller again, but his tank games scare me, especially when it comes to the fantasy playoffs. He should make for a good backup quarterback with Allen Robinson and Marqise Lee playing well, but I won't be going all in on him.

  • 15. Jameis Winston, QB, Buccaneers. Bye: 6.

    Winston gets a bump with the addition of DeSean Jackson to the fold. Winston's upside is better than last year, but he'll likely continue to have lower upside than the top fantasy quarterbacks.

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