Chet Gresham Week 1 Fantasy Rankings - Quarterback

Published 9/7/2017 12:00 AM

By Chet Gresham

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

    Brady lost Edelman, but he still has one of the best offenses he's had since his record-breaking 2007. When hitting on all cylinders, this Patriots team should be able to pick apart any defense, and Kansas City isn't an exception.

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

    Rodgers gets to play at home, which is always good, and he's also played well against the Seahawks of late, with his best-rated game of 2016 coming against them last season. At full strength, this offense is no doubt top-3 in the league.

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

    Ryan will have trouble putting up the huge numbers of last season, but he still has that upside from game to game, especially in easy matchups like the Bears.

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

    Wilson's numbers against Green Bay look bad due to his five interception game last season in Green Bay, but his previous three games against the Packers show a different, more efficient quarterback. I expect a make-up game for Wilson this year.

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

    Cousins has enough weapons and an offense that will throw the ball enough to give him plenty of opportunities against a weak Philadelphia secondary.

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

    The loss of Willie Snead and a road game aren't great for the Saints, but this is Drew Brees, whose down numbers are better than your average signal-caller.

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

    Oakland is hurting in its secondary, and Mariota has a bunch of offensive additions who should help him move the ball even easier than last season. Mariota had 10 games with multiple touchdown passes in 2016 despite dealing with injuries. I like Mariota to get off to a fast start at home against a weak secondary.

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

    Roethlisberger's road woes are a real thing, but Cleveland is still a not good team. He also gets Martavis Bryant back, which will help this offense tremendously.

  • 9. Carson Palmer, QB, Cardinals. Bye: 9.

    The worries against the Lions is that they'll slow the game down and Palmer will need to be super efficient to have a big game. I think I'll take that risk though.

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

    Carr plays well against bottom-half pass defenses, and this game has the highest over/under of the weekend. I'm on board.

  • 11. Cam Newton, QB, Panthers. Bye: 7.

    Newton was brought along slowly this summer, and we could see the offense run through Jonathan Stewart and Christian McCaffrey this week in an extremely winnable game against the 49ers. Newton will likely not be asked to be the goal-line back this week either.

  • 12. Sam Bradford, QB, Vikings. Bye: 6.

    Bradford gets a great matchup and will likely need to push the ball to compete with the Saints' high-powered offense. All things are set up for him to be able to reach his ceiling.

  • 13. Eli Manning, QB, Giants. Bye: 8.

    Manning has great weapons and the Cowboys are weak on defense, so there is upside here, but Manning's upside is much lower than it used to be.

  • 14. Carson Wentz, QB, Eagles. Bye: 4.

    Wentz has plenty of good receivers to throw to and not many good running backs to hand off to. He'll have his ups and downs, but his upside is high in this offense.

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

    Stafford hasn't fared well against tough pass defenses, which Arizona happens to be. The game being at home in the dome does help some, but he'll need his receivers to help him out and find the end zone.

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