by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
We have a few weeks of preseason action under our belts and fantasy football drafts are soon approaching (if they haven’t already). Obviously a lot of things have changed, as situations become a little bit clearer in terms of who is going to start (though not all situations are settled quite yet). With that in mind let’s start updating our rankings for 2016:
- Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers
- Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers
- Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts
- Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks
- Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints
- Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers
- Carson Palmer – Arizona Cardinals
- Blake Bortles – Jacksonville Jaguars
- Eli Manning – New York Giants
- Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers
- Tom Brady – New England Patriots
- Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders
- Tyrod Taylor – Buffalo Bills
- Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys
- Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons
- Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Kirk Cousins – Washington Nationals
- Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals
- Marcus Mariota – Tennessee Titans
- Ryan Fitzpatrick – New York Jets
- Jay Cutler – Chicago Bears
- Ryan Tannehill – Miami Dolphins
- Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions
- Robert Griffin III – Cleveland Browns
- Brock Osweiler – Houston Texans
- It feels like a yearly event, as we question who Philip Rivers will throw the football to. Of course every year someone emerges, and he’s now thrown for over 4,000 in three straight seasons (and seven of the past eight). He’s also thrown 29+ TD for three straight years. At this point it’s impossible not to buy into him, regardless of the supporting cast, and if Melvin Gordon can find his footing (as we expect) that would take that much more pressure off of Rivers and company.
- Everyone wants to write off Matt Ryan after he “disappointed” a year ago, but is that really fair? The real issue was in the TD throws, something that he should be able to improve upon with Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu on the outside. We’ll be taking a closer look at Ryan and his potential upside in the next few days.
- While Tyrod Taylor didn’t make a lot of plays with his arm in his rookie season, he showed that he was electric on the ground (568 yards and 4 TD). That’s going to give him an advantage over other second/third tier quarterbacks, but the upside he’s showing thrown the football this preseason adds to the potential appeal (9-13, 139 yards, 1 TD). If Sammy Watkins can stay healthy he has the potential to take a significant step forward in his third professional season, which would further add to the appeal of the Bills’ QB.
- It’s obviously worth drafting Brady as a QB1, but you need to plan accordingly for life without him for the first few weeks of the season.
Make sure to check out all of our updated preseason rankings: