With the NFL officiating rules tightening up over the last decade, it has allowed for quarterbacks to play longer careers over any other position in the sport. Quarterbacks are normally your highest scoring fantasy asset on your team. Fantasy Fumble has put together a list of the top 10 quarterbacks to target in your fantasy football drafts this upcoming season.
10. Marcus Mariota (TEN) – Going into his third year, look for Mariota to improve upon his career numbers. In 2016, Mariota had 28 total touchdowns and 9 interceptions through 15 games played. His season was cut short with a broken fibula in his right leg. Tennessee has a lot of talent around Mariota with the additions of veteran Eric Decker (WR) and drafting Western Michigan wide receiver Corey Davis fifth overall in the 2017 draft. Not to mention one of the better offensive lines in the game and strong runners in both DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry. Mariota (if healthy) should surpass 30 total touchdowns and 4,000 total yards for the 2017 season.
9. Cam Newton (CAR) – Newton regressed over the 2016 season compared to the prior MVP season he had. Most of the regression was due to him being injured and beat up throughout the entire season. Recently, Newton has been instructed to run less this season by his head coach, which is what always made Newton such a valuable fantasy quarterback. With Newton fully healthy and with the addition of one of the most explosive players in the 2017 draft Christian McCaffrey, look for Newton’s passing yards to go up, while his rushing attempts go down.
8. Russell Wilson (SEA) – Seattle had one of the worst offensive lines in football last season and Wilson still managed to put up 4,219 passing yards and 21 TDs to 11 INTs. Wilson is coming into his sixth season into the NFL, and in each season, has attempted more passes each year. Look for that trend to continue as Wilson is the highest paid Seahawk and best weapon. Wilson is always dangerous with his athleticism and elusiveness.
7. Derek Carr (OAK) – Carr was having an MVP-type season before his leg injury derailed any deep playoff run the Raiders had planned last season. With 3,937 passing yards and 28 TDs to 6 INTs, Carr had his most efficient passing year with 63.8% completion percentage. The Raiders recently signed Carr to a lucrative contract extension and are looking to be contenders this postseason. In 2017, Carr will surpass 4,000 passing yards for the first time in his short career and lead the Raiders to one of the best records in the NFL.
6. Matt Ryan (ATL) – 2016 was an MVP award-winning season for Matty Ice. He threw for career highs in both yards and touchdowns with 4,944 and 38 TDs. Ryan also boasted a career high 69.9% completion percentage rate. The most non-talked about stat is that Matt Ryan had the least amount of passing attempts in 2016 since his second season in the league back in 2009. I question whether or not the Falcons can rebound from their crucial defeat to the Patriots in the big game. The bigger question I have though, is whether or not Matt Ryan can repeat those numbers without offensive guru Kyle Shanahan. Read my article on why the Falcons are in trouble.
5. Ben Roethlisberger (PIT) – Big Ben should be in the top 3 every year with the offensive weapons the Steelers have with Brown, Bell, Bryant, and company. But, the problem over Roethlisberger’s career has always been his health. Big Ben has only played complete 16-game seasons three out of his thirteen-year career. The Steelers offense is potent, and if Big Ben could put together a full season without injury, he would easily be a top quarterback to have any season.
4. Andrew Luck (IND) – Entering the sixth season of his career, Luck is coming off of yet again another injury. Luck has yet to throw in the preseason OTA’s and the Colts have not hinted towards any timetable for Luck to begin throwing. Luck was and still is a superb talent. The question will always be there, what if the Colts could actually keep Luck upright all season with a decent offensive line? Hopefully, by then Luck is still in one piece. Shame on the Colts for not protecting their best asset.
3. Drew Brees (NOS) – Fantasy football’s most consistent quarterback over the last decade (not named Peyton Manning) just keeps statistically getting better. In 2016, Brees reached over 70% completion percentage rate for the third time in his future HOF career. Brees passed for a cool 5,208 yards and 37 touchdowns last season. Brees is now 38 years old and still has solid weapons in New Orleans. Brees has at least one more 5,000 yard passing season in him.
2. Tom Brady (NEP) – Brady cemented his legacy at the end of the season with his 5th ring, in epic come-from-behind fashion. After missing the first four games of the season due to a suspension from Deflate-gate, Brady torched the league with 3,554 yards and set the NFL record for best touchdown to interception ratio in a season with 28 TDs to 2 INts. Brady literally put up videogame numbers last season, and the Patriots offense loaded up even more in the offseason. The only question is, when will we see the drop off for Brady? Entering the season, Brady will be 40 and has stated many times before he wants to play into his mid-forties.
1. Aaron Rodgers (GBP) – Rodgers is in the prime of his career. After a dismal start to the 2016 season, Rodgers put the Packers on his back to end the season with a 6-game win streak. Rodgers finished with 4,428 passing yards and 40 passing TDs. He also chipped in with 369 rushing yards and 4 rushing TDs. Rodgers and the Packers should be the best team in the NFC at the end of the 2017 season. Look for Rodgers to be in the MVP race.
Honorable Mention - Quarterbacks who can break into the top 10 this season.
Kirk Cousins (WAS), Eli Manning (NYG), Jameis Winston (TBB), Dak Prescott (DAL)
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