Fantasy Football Rankings 2017: Quarterback Depth Makes Waiting Key

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Getty Derek Carr looks to be a stellar option in fantasy football this season.

The depth at the quarterback position in 2017 is good news for fantasy owners. While it has become increasingly popular to wait on quarterback in fantasy drafts, this year’s depth allows owners even more room to wait while stocking up on skill position players.

It is difficult to advise anything other than waiting late to draft a quarterback this year, unless a player like Aaron Rodgers is slipping well below his ADP (average draft position). In this case, you may opt to go ahead and select him since you are getting the best player at a position for a good price.

My go-to strategy this year will be to wait until the double digit rounds, and draft quarterbacks in back-to-back rounds. There are about 20 quarterbacks I would feel comfortable starting the season with. The difference between the top performing quarterback and quarterback 12 each season is negligible.

It would be no surprise to me if any of the top 20 quarterbacks in my rankings finished as a top 12 quarterback. Doubling up on quarterback in the later rounds increases your odds that you will find a quarterback that has a stellar season. Doing this last year would have allowed you to find Matt Ryan who well over-performed his ADP.

This is my first set of quarterback rankings for the season, and will continue to update my rankings throughout the preseason. The ADP column shows where a player is currently being drafted (66 stands for 66th pick) courtesy of Fantasy Pros. As always, leave a fantasy question in the comments section, or reach out to me on Twitter @JonDAdams.


Fantasy Football Rankings 2017: Quarterbacks

NO. PLAYER ADP
1 Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers 17
2 Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints 32
3 Tom Brady, New England Patriots 23
4 Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts 63
5 Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks 58
6 Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders 76
7 Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons 39
8 Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers 74
9 Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans 81
10 Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Bucs 75
11 Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys 90
12 Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers 94
13 Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions 108
14 Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins 82
15 Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers 112
16 Eli Manning, New York Giants 136
17 Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals 154
18 Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals 146
19 Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles 145
20 Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills 139
21 Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens 199
22 Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs 191
23 Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams 308
24 Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars 192
25 Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans 174
26 Jay Cutler, Miami Dolphins 223
27 Sam Bradford, Minnesota Vikings 214
28 Mike Glennon, Chicago Bears
29 Paxton Lynch, Denver Broncos 336
30 Josh McCown, New York Jets
31 Brian Hoyer, San Francisco 49ers 326
32 Brock Osweiler, Cleveland Browns 334