Week 1 Rankings (2017): Top 25 Quarterbacks

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It doesn’t seem real, but it is already time for the 2017 NFL season to kick off.  It feels like just yesterday that we watched the New England Patriots take the Super Bowl title, but here we are.  Week 1 is often the toughest to plan for, as we are basing decisions off of expectations and past performance instead of the here and now (it’s not like we get clarity from the preseason).  With that in mind let’s kick things off with our Top 25 quarterback rankings:

  1. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – at Chicago
  2. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – vs. Kansas City
  3. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – vs. Seattle
  4. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – at Minnesota
  5. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – at Green Bay
  6. Marcus Mariota – Tennessee Titans – vs. Oakland
  7. Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders – at Tennessee
  8. Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Miami
  9. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – at San Francisco
  10. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Cleveland
  11. Eli Manning – New York Giants – at Dallas
  12. Carson Palmer – Arizona Cardinals – at Detroit
  13. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – vs. Arizona
  14. Kirk Cousins – Washington Redskins – vs. Philadelphia
  15. Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Baltimore
  16. Carson Wentz – Philadelphia Eagles – at Washington
  17. Tyrod Taylor – Buffalo Bills – vs. New York Jets
  18. Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – at Denver
  19. Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys – vs. New York Giants
  20. Sam Bradford – Minnesota Vikings – vs. New Orleans
  21. Jay Cutler – Miami Dolphins – vs. Tampa Bay
  22. Alex Smith – Kansas City Chiefs – at New England
  23. Brian Hoyer – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Carolina
  24. Jared Goff – Los Angeles Rams – vs. Indianapolis
  25. Trevor Semien – Denver Broncos – vs. San Diego

Thoughts:

  • Yes you would’ve expected Dak Prescott and the passing game to play a major role given the suspension to Ezekiel Elliot, but they draw a tough matchup in Week 1.  On December 11 he completed 45.9% of his passes, throwing for 165 yards, 1 TD and 2 INT against them.  Don’t consider him more than a QB2, especially now that it seems far more likely that Elliot is on the field for the game.
  • Both Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers have tough Week 1 matchups, but is anyone really going to consider sitting them down?  Continue to view them as elite options, though that should go without saying.
  • The Oakland defense has been consistently shredded this preseason, and while it’s just the preseason it also can’t be completed ignored.  With an improved set of receivers around him, Marcus Mariota should be able to get off to a strong start and produce some big numbers for fantasy owners.  A promising option all season, he’s a borderline Top 5 choice for Week 1 (it’s not like they are going to ignore the running game, which does cap his value).
  • We’re going to be cautious with Cam Newton, as he’s been working his way back from injury, but he’ll be on the field for Week 1 and should be a QB1.  If he had been healthy this preseason he’d likely be in the Top 5 options, so keep that in mind.
  • In one game against Denver last season Philip Rivers threw 3 INT and completed just 42.6% of his passes.  In the other he was more cautious and threw for 178 yards.  Whichever way you want to cut it, he’ll be a tough sell as a QB1 this week in a difficult matchup (despite having a solid receiving corps at his disposal).
  • If Joe Flacco was healthy he’d be in the Top 25, but he’s not necessarily 100% quite yet despite the expectations that he’s going to play.  That makes him tough to trust, unfortunately, unless you are desperate in two-quarterback formats.

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

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses
Week 1 Rankings (2017): Top 20 Tight Ends
Updated 2017 Rankings: Top 25 Quarterbacks: The Injury Questions Persist (Unfortunately)

4 comments

  1. Tiffany says:

    Cousins is my starting QB would you drop Cousins for Manning, Palmer, or Stafford? 10 team standard league.

  2. Smidge says:

    Now with Winston out and me stupidly drafting Luck … my choices are Bortles,Glennon,Goff,Hoyer,Kizer I know I am f’d who is the lesser of all evils?

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