Early 2017 Redraft QB Fantasy Football Rankings

It seems like just yesterday we were debating which quarterback to take first in 2016 2QB redraft fantasy leagues. How quickly time flies, eh? … Week 1 of the 2016 NFL season came and went and we are left with only one more game in the season before we call it an end. With the Super Bowl only a few days away now seems like a good time to get a head start on the 2017 fantasy football season. When one season ends, another begins. To prepare for the upcoming fantasy football season I have put together my way too early 2017 redraft QB fantasy football rankings.

Since we’re only in January these rankings will change numerous times between now and the heart of 2QB redraft season. Rankings, as we know, are subjective, so feel free to argue with my ranks in the comments section wherever you see fit. Every fantasy owner values players differently and debate is more than welcome. If you’re in need of dynasty rankings our own Joshua Lake has you covered with his first set of dynasty QB ranks.

Early 2017 Redraft QB Fantasy Football Rankings

RankQuarterback2016 Top-12 Finishes
1Aaron Rodgers11
2Drew Brees9
3Tom Brady7
4Andrew Luck10
5Russell Wilson7
6Matt Ryan10
7Dak Prescott10
8Derek Carr8
9Kirk Cousins9
10Ben Roethlisberger8
11Marcus Mariota8
12Tyrod Taylor8
13Cam Newton5
14Matthew Stafford7
15Colin Kaepernick6
16Jameis Winston6
17Andy Dalton7
18Philip Rivers3
19Blake Bortles5
20Carson Palmer5
21Eli Manning4
22Alex Smith5
23Ryan Tannehill5
24Sam Bradford3
25Joe Flacco4
26Carson Wentz2
27Jared Goff0
28Trevor Siemian3
29Paxton Lynch0
30Robert Griffin1
32Cody Kessler1
33Tony Romo0
34Matt Barkley1
35Brian Hoyer3
36Jimmy Garoppolo1
37Brock Osweiler1
38Tom Savage0
39Mike Glennon0
40Case Keenum2
41Geno Smith0
42Jacoby Brissett0
43Josh McCown1
44Jay Cutler0
45Cardale Jones0
46Bryce Petty0
47AJ McCarron0
48Derek Anderson0
49Chase Daniel0
50Teddy Bridgewater0

QB Rankings Notes and Musings

  • Rodgers’ 11 top-12 finishes in 2016 was the most by any quarterback and it would have been 12 if we counted Week 17. Since becoming a full-time starter in 2008, Rodgers has played in 15 or more games in a season eight times and his worst fantasy output was 290.22 points in 2008. He has averaged 338.23 points in those eight seasons. I don’t see any reason why Rodgers won’t be the first quarterback drafted in 2QB leagues in 2017.
  • One of the biggest questions 2QBers will have to answer in 2017 is can Dak Prescott repeat his outstanding 2016 rookie campaign where he finished the year as the fantasy QB6? Playing behind that behemoth of an offensive-line and with playmakers such as Dez Bryant and Ezekiel Elliot I believe he can match or even surpass his 2016 numbers. One thing we saw with Dak that leads me to believe he could have an even better fantasy season comes from his limited involvement in the running game. His six rushing touchdowns tied Tyrod Taylor for the most by a quarterback, but Dak reached that number on 298 fewer career (Taylor’s 580 to Dak’s 282). Dak was an efficient runner and only tucked and ran when it made sense to do so; he wasn’t your prototypical rushing quarterback. If Elliot were asked to run less (he led the league in rushing attempts with 322), some of them could go to Prescott and he could see an uptick from his 282 rushing yards in 2016.
  • Some quarterbacks could be moving homes and some depth charts are unsettled, which will cause a shift in my initial rankings once we know more. Tyrod Taylor may have a new home, Colin Kaepernick could be on the move and he already lost Chip Kelly, the Browns have a logjam at QB, and nobody really knows what the Texans, Bears, Jets, and Broncos are going to do at the quarterback position. I’m intrigued by the Browns’ situation the most. Last season saw four Browns quarterbacks finish with at least one top-12 fantasy finish (Robert Griffin III, Cody Kessler, Josh McCown, and Kevin Hogan). A healthy RG3 would entice me, as he ran for at least 30 yards in each of his five starts. However, health is always an issue with him.
  • We say this every year, but it’s true, the quarterback position is deep. I could be talked into everyone from Aaron Rodgers at QB1 to Joe Flacco at QB25. “Zero-QB” might become popular once draft season rolls around.

*Stats used in this article courtesy of FantasyData

Salvatore Stefanile

Salvatore Stefanile is a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA) and has been playing fantasy football since his high school days. He is a proponent of 2QB fantasy football leagues and his work has been featured on XN Sports, RotoViz, and Rotoworld. His writing on 2QB fantasy football leagues earned him the FSWA award for 'Best Fantasy Football On-Going Series' in 2013. He earned a second FSWA nomination in 2015. You can follow him on Twitter @2QBFFB

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