Fantasy football position rankings: Quarterbacks

There are just two weekends left before the NFL starts the regular season. Thousands of fantasy football leagues will be drafting soon. For the next five days I’ll share my rankings for each position. I’ll start with quarterbacks followed by running backs, wide receivers, tight ends and defenses. This year I’ve added tiers to better help you prepare for your draft.

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Quarterbacks

Tier 1

The top tier is reserved for one quarterback alone. Aaron Rodgers is as money as it gets when it comes to consistent high fantasy scoring. The quarterback position is unique in most leagues since you can get a good one late in drafts. Since only 12 start, the difference between No.1 isn’t that far off from No. 12. That’s definitely true when compared to running backs and wide receivers. Since you start anywhere from two to three of each, the highest drafted RB or WR is definitely much better than the 36th one taken off the board. Given that, I wouldn’t take Rodgers before the fourth round.

1. Aaron Rodgers, GB

Tier 2 

This second tier has three quarterbacks with one thing in common. Can you guess what it is? All three are talented runners and that’s a big factor in determining fantasy value for quarterbacks. Most leagues, I might guess all, give one point per ten yards rushing to all runners, even quarterbacks. Even though it’s not a primary way for QBs to score fantasy points, rushing ability adds great value. Wilson is one of the best at using his legs, not only to gain yards but to buy time to make a game-breaking completion.

2. Russell Wilson, SEA
3. Cam Newton, CAR
4. Deshaun Watson, HOU

Tier 3

Drew Brees tops this tier, but like with most tiers, the guy at the bottom could end up on the top. This is definitely the case with this group. Ben Roethlisberger has a good amount of weapons to help him do that. He’s also gotten a little better with his home-road splits. Brees is No. 5 because the Saints will be without Mark Ingram for a few games to start the season and New Orleans may go back to a pass-heavy attack. Brees has great weapons in Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara. Rookie Tre’Quan Smith could even push Ted Ginn for the No. 2 wide receiver spot.

5. Drew Brees, NO
6. Kirk Cousins, MIN
7. Tom Brady, NE
8. Carson Wentz, PHI
9. Matthew Stafford, DET
10. Ben Roethlisberger, PIT

Tier 4

Despite some worrisome play in the preseason, I still have Andrew Luck topping this tier. He still has T.Y. Hilton and he could work out the kinks before the season actually starts. He hasn’t appeared to be limited at all, which is the best sign. It could end up working out in your favor if his average draft position drops a bit. You could get “2016” Luck, who threw for more than 4,000 yards and 31 touchdowns, at a discount price.

11. Andrew Luck, IND
12. Philip Rivers, LAC
13. Matt Ryan, ATL
14. Jared Goff, LAR
15. Dak Prescott, DAL
16. Marcus Mariota, TEN
17. Jimmy Garoppolo, SF

Tier 5

The new Chiefs starter could still be a year or two away from being a reliable QB1, but he’s definitely got the skill set you want in a quarterback. He’s a talented runner and can heave the ball a mile, illustrated by a 69-yard touchdown toss to Tyreek Hill in the second week of preseason. Tuck him away late as a bye week replacement and you could be surprised with a possible QB1.

18. Patrick Mahomes, KC
19. Eli Manning, NYG
20. Alex Smith, WAS
21. Derek Carr, OAK
22. Case Keenum, DEN

Tier 6

I have Taylor this low because I’m still not sure if the Browns will toss out Baker Mayfield to start the year. Mayfield has looked more than competent so I’m waiting until closer to the start of the season before I move Taylor up. If he does ultimately get the nod, you could do a lot worse. He runs well and could end up with targets such as Josh Gordon, Jarvis Landry, David Njoku and Duke Johnson.

23. Tyrod Taylor, CLE
24. Jameis Winston, TB
25. Sam Bradford, ARI
26. Andy Dalton, CIN
27. Lamar Jackson, BAL
28. Blake Bortles, JAC
29. Joe Flacco, BAL
30. Ryan Tannehill, MIA

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