It’s never too early to look ahead at the world of Fantasy Football. This piece will rank the Top-20 quarterbacks heading into the 2017 NFL season:
20. Blake Bortles — Jacksonville Jaguars
Blake Bortles has been the king of Garbage Time for the past two seasons. His team consistently finds itself trailing late in games, dictating a game plan to air it out.
Although his high-volume usage results in low accuracy (58.8% career completion percentage), he has talent around him. Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns are both one year removed from 1,000-yard receiving and double digit touchdown seasons. Their return to consistency will help you decide if Bortles is worth a weekly start.
19. Tyrod Taylor — Buffalo Bills
When you insert Tyrod Taylor in your lineup, you know where his value lies. It’s in his feet.
Since taking over as full-time starter in Buffalo, ‘T-Mobile’ has per season averages of 574 yards rushing to go with his five touchdown runs. These ground gains make his low passing totals (albeit with low turnovers) more tolerable. Taylor is worthy of a roster spot, and even safe for spot starts during the season, but rolling with him as your QB1 is a risky proposition.
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18. Carson Wentz — Philadelphia Eagles
In his first season, we saw some really good and some really bad from Carson Wentz. However, he was throwing to the most anonymous group of playmakers in the NFL – one that dropped 43 total catchable passes!
No longer should Dorial Green-Beckham and Nelson Agholor line up out wide on a consistent basis. Instead, Wentz will have a bonafide WR 1 and take-the-top off threat in Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith. Starting right tackle, Lane Johnson, is scheduled to start all 16 games (knock on wood), and Zach Ertz should continue to progress as one of the best receiving tight ends around.
In comparison to the bottom tier of draftable quarterbacks, Wentz has the highest ceiling by a mile and a top-10 finish wouldn’t be a surprise.
17. Kirk Cousins — Washington Redskins
No matter how deep the Washington Redskins are at receiver, running back, and tight end, Captain Kirk is still losing a pair of 1,000-yard receivers from last season.
Bringing in Terrelle Pryor alleviates some of the sting, as well as the expected growth of slot receiver extraordinaire, Jamison Crowder. However, it’s difficult to project another top-5 positional finish.
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