With the 2017 NFL season and fantasy drafts fast approaching, we take a look at the top options at the quarterback position for this upcoming season.
It’s finally arrived. Football is back, and we’ve had our appetite’s whetted with some preseason play and some shocking trades that will have a huge impact in fantasy leagues. It’s time to draft your fantasy teams, and this mini series will provide a list of the top players to target at each position.
We take talent, opportunity, coaching, surrounding weapons, past play and many other factors into consideration here to determine those players who could be league-winners. We kick off with the quarterbacks.
Honorable Mention: Andrew Luck
If it wasn’t for the uncertainty, anxiety and major concerns about Luck’s shoulder (which is still stopping him from throwing this offseason), he’d be in the top five. Right now, he’s a huge risk. The issue isn’t with him missing a couple of games, as it’s fairly easy in most leagues to find a starter to fill in. The issue is that if he doesn’t return to 100 per cent, he could struggle all season.
With his full physical capabilities, Luck is one of the few fantasy quarterbacks who can provide a major boost to your squads. Since entering the league in 2013, he’s been the yearly QB7, QB1, QB27 (but sixth in points per game in the seven games he played) followed by the QB4 last year.
In general, it’s simply best to avoid the quarterbacks at the top of the draft. If you look at some of the names left out of this top 10, you’ll no doubt identify a few who you’d be more than happy to start every single week. However, if the Colts continue to stress Luck will be okay by game one, and he starts to fall in fantasy drafts, you could have yourself a league-winner at a discount.
Players who didn’t make the cut: Andy Dalton, Dak Prescott, Carson Wentz, Jameis Winston, Tyrod Taylor, Matthew Stafford, Derek Carr, Eli Manning.