Week 1 Rankings (2016): Top 25 Quarterbacks

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We think we know everything we need to know about the upcoming NFL season.  Of course, in the matter of a few days everything we think we know is going to change…  And change…  And then change some more!  It’s part of the fun of fantasy football, as things are consistently changing and we need to monitor and adjust.  With that in mind, let’s take a look at how things currently look as we head into Week 1:

  1. Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Detroit
  2. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Miami
  3. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – at Jacksonville
  4. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – vs. Oakland
  5. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – at Denver
  6. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Washington
  7. Eli Manning – New York Giants – at Dallas
  8. Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders – at New Orleans
  9. Carson Palmer – Arizona Cardinals – vs. New England
  10. Tyrod Taylor – Buffalo Bills – at Baltimore
  11. Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – at Kansas City
  12. Blake Bortles – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Green Bay
  13. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Tampa Bay
  14. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – at Indianapolis
  15. Kirk Cousins – Washington Redskins – vs. Pittsburgh
  16. Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Atlanta
  17. Brock Osweiller – Houston Texans – vs. Chicago
  18. Robert Griffin III – Cleveland Browns – at Philadelphia
  19. Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – at New York Jets
  20. Ryan Fitzpatrick – New York Jets – vs. Cincinnati
  21. Alex Smith – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. San Diego
  22. Jimmy Garoppolo – New England Patriots – at Arizona
  23. Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys – vs. New York Giants
  24. Marcos Mariota – Tennessee Titans – vs. Minnesota
  25. Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Buffalo

Thoughts:

  • We can be as high on Dak Prescott as we’d like, but the Giants’ defense is improved and should put the pressure on the rookie early and often.  There’s a good chance Dallas tries to go run heavy, behind Ezekiel Elliot, in an attempt to protect Prescott.  Of course, that type of offensive approach would also limit his potential impact.
  • While the Redskins signed Josh Norman in the offseason, is that really enough to guide us away from Ben Reothlisberger?  Antonio Brown is going to still make an impact and with Le’Veon Bell suspended the Steelers should also look to go pass heavy.  Don’t shy away from Roethlisberger based on matchup concerns.
  • The Broncos suffered some big losses to their defense in the offseason, but they are still likely going to be among the best groups in the NFL.  Does that mean we should be avoiding Cam Newton?  Of course not, as you don’t get cute with your stars.
  • In two matchups against the Buccaneers last season Matt Ryan combined to throw for 666 yards and 3 TD.  It’s easy to be down on him, but it’s also easy to imagine an impressive first week’s performance.
  • Marcus Mariota should take a step forward this season, but the Titans are going to go run heavy and that’s going to limit his upside.  It’s hard to imagine that he’s going to be more than a low-end QB2 (at best) until he proves otherwise.

Make sure to check out all of our Week 1 rankings:

Week 1 Rankings (2016): Top 50 Wide Receivers
2016 Preseason Rankings: Top 15 Kickers

14 comments

  1. Stephen says:

    Rankings aside, who do you think is the better bet this week: Eli or Tyrod?

  2. Chris says:

    can believe I’m saying this but Cam or Carr? Love Carr’s matchup.

  3. Josh N says:

    Bortles or Matt Ryan?

  4. Andy says:

    My 8 teams non PPR league is crazy now. One guy dropped Carson Palmer to pick up Brock Osweiller; he think Palmer is too old now. Then the other guy just drop Andrew Luck to pick up Carson Palmer ??? Anything I don’t know ? do you know ? I am crazy and just dropped Phillip River to pick up Andrew Luck :-).
    1. Did I make a right decision to pick Luck?
    2. Who I should start Week 1, Eli Manning or Andrew Luck ? why he dropped Luck ?
    Thanks.

  5. Patriots says:

    12 team standard , Eli owner looking for a backup, robert Griffith or joe flaco,
    Thank You Professor, appreciate the work

  6. Bms914 says:

    Moncrief or Decker? .5 PPR….

  7. STEVEN UNGER says:

    winston or rivers

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