by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
It doesn’t seem right, but football season is only weeks away (the season really sneaks up on you, doesn’t )! While preseason games have yet to start, there have already been some key injuries that have impacted our rankings (both to quarterbacks and to the skill position players surrounding them). Who is on the rise? Who is falling off? How do the expanded rankings look? Let’s take a look:
- Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers (1)
- Tom Brady – New England Patriots (2)
- Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons (4)
- Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints (5)
- Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts (3)
- Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks (6)
- Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders (7)
- Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8)
- Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers (10)
- Marcus Mariota – Tennessee Titans (11)
- Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers (9)
- Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions (12)
- Kirk Cousins – Washington Redskins (14)
- Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys (15)
- Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals
- Philip Rivers – Los Angeles Chargers (13)
- Tyrod Taylor – Buffalo Bills
- Eli Manning – New York Giants
- Carson Wentz – Philadelphia Eagles
- Carson Palmer – Arizona Cardinals
- Ryan Tannehill – Miami Dolphins
- Blake Bortles – Jacksonville Jaguars
- Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens
- Deshaun Watson – Houston Texans
- Sam Bradford – Minnesota Vikings
- As expected Luck has opened training camp on the PUP list due to a shoulder injury, and while expectations are that he will be ready for Week 1 there obviously is some risk involved in making the selection. If healthy he remains one of the elite quarterbacks in the league, but any missed time is going to hurt. For now knock him down a few spots on your draft board, but be ready to push him back up based on the news in the coming days/weeks.
- We all know that Dak Prescott isn’t going to produce at quite the same levels that he did in ’16, but if Ezekiel Elliot is forced to miss time due to a suspension the opportunity will be there for a few big weeks. That’s going to help boost his potential value, at least a little bit, though we’d still prefer him as a QB2.
- Philip Rivers always manages to produce, regardless of the injuries to the receiving corps around him. That said he’s already lost rookie Mike Williams, potentially for the season, who was expected to come in and play a big role. The loss of that weapon has got to knock him down a few pegs.
- Joe Flacco is battling a back injury that will cause him to miss time in training camp and at least part of the preseason. It will be worth monitoring to see how he recovers, though he wouldn’t be more than a QB2 regardless.
- The ability to run the football certainly helps to buoy the value of Tyrod Taylor, as he’s rushed for 10 TD over the past two seasons. The Bills also added Zay Jones with a second round pick and he should have a hopefully healthy Sammy Watkins at his disposal, which obviously helps his upside. Unfortunately this is likely to remain a run first offense, and that’s going to keep him as more of a RB2, but the upside is there.
Make sure to check out our early 2017 Rankings: