Updated 2017 Rankings: Top 25 Quarterbacks: The Injury Questions Persist (Unfortunately)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Obviously the Andrew Luck situation carries the most weight for fantasy owners, but there are also injuries to Cam Newton and Joe Flacco that have an impact.  Couple those with the questionable situations being sorted out and we should finally have a bit of clarity.  Let’s take a look at how things currently stand in the quarterback world:

  1. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers (1)
  2. Tom Brady – New England Patriots (2)
  3. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons (3)
  4. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints (4)
  5. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks (5)
  6. Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders (6)
  7. Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8)
  8. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers (9)
  9. Marcus Mariota – Tennessee Titans (11)
  10. Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts (7)
  11. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions (12)
  12. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers (10)
  13. Kirk Cousins – Washington Redskins (13)
  14. Philip Rivers – Los Angeles Chargers (15)
  15. Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys (14)
  16. Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals (16)
  17. Eli Manning – New York Giants (17)
  18. Carson Palmer – Arizona Cardinals (19)
  19. Carson Wentz – Philadelphia Eagles (18)
  20. Tyrod Taylor – Buffalo Bills (20)
  21. Jay Cutler – Miami Dolphins (21)
  22. Sam Bradford – Minnesota Vikings (22)
  23. Blake Bortles – Jacksonville Jaguars (NR)
  24. Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens (23)
  25. Trevor Siemian – Denver Broncos (24)

Dropped Off The Rankings – Jared Goff (LAR, 25)

Thoughts:

  • Do we really think Andrew Luck is the tenth best quarterback in the league?  Absolutely not, but the outlook is questionable, at best, as there is no concrete word as to how long he’ll be sidelined.  While they haven’t stated it officially it appears impossible to expect him on the field for Week 1 and it’s also possible he misses a few weeks after that.  Once we get some clarity he could rebound a spot or two, but for now we have to continue sending him down the rankings.
  • The Titans have improved the talent around Marcus Mariota, and while we’d like to see a better completion rate (12-of-21), he averaged 9.2 yards per attempt (193 yards) in the third preseason game.  Throw in his ability to make plays with his legs, when needed, and there’s a lot of upside.
  • There’s a lot of hype surrounding Kirk Cousins, but he’s seen his top receivers leave in the offseason and Terrelle Pryor has struggled this preseason.  That’s not to say that Cousins won’t produce (or that Pryor won’t step up), but there’s a ton of risk involved.
  • Will Blake Bortles stick as the Jaguars’ starter all season long?  It’s highly doubtful, but he’s surprisingly been named the starter for Week 1 and has proven to be an excellent garbage-time QB.  In two-quarterback formats it’s possible he provides some value early, but make sure you have sufficient depth just in case.

Make sure to check out all of our 2017 Preseason Rankings:

Position
Last Update
Quarterbacks08/23/17
Running Backs08/28/17
Wide Receivers08/29/17
Tight Ends08/30/17
Defenses08/22/17
Week 1 Rankings (2017): Top 25 Quarterbacks
Updated 2017 Rankings: Top 25 Tight Ends: D. Walker Falling, TE2 Sleepers & More

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