In DraftKings NFL, everything begins & ends with the quarterback position. Our 2017 DraftKings QB rankings will look at the top 32 QBs for the upcoming season. The breakdown looks at the potential QBs for each team & how they will impact fantasy rosters. Outside of possibly running back, the quarterback position means the most in terms of points & the power of the offense.
We rank the players from 1-32 & give a small glimpse into who we feel will be great values coming into the new season. Without more delay, we present part 1 of our 2017 DraftKings QB rankings for the upcoming season.
1. Tom Brady – New England Patriots
As was mentioned in the Patriots team preview, Tom Brady should be the top QB going into 2017. The man is coming off of a SuperBowl victory, and has more weapons around him. The running game may be a bit suspect, however. The Patriots lost their top back in LeGarrette Blount, but gained a big play offensive threat in Brandin Cooks. Cooks will give Brady that outside threat he hasn’t had since Randy Moss in 07. The team also signed two fullbacks, adding extra protection in the backfield for Brady. With Edelman, Amendola, Gronkowski, Chris Hogan & Cooks, Brady should put up big DraftKings points this year.
Look for Brady to be a consistent $7,500 – $8,000 player all season long. Brady had a DraftKings average of 23 points per game, with his high being 30. He did have low floors in 2016, but much of that was due to not having Rob Gronkowski in the lineup. Brady spent much of the season looking for big play receivers who he could depend on consistently.
2. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers
Rodgers might be the best overall QB in the NFL. He is one of the best improvisers in the business, but very accurate on the run. The Packers QB will get a healthy Jordy Nelson coming into 2017. Nelson came on late in the year when the Packers made their run to the NFC Championship game, but to have him at the start will be huge. The Packers gain another big threat in Martellus Bennett at tight end. Bennett comes off of playing with Tom Brady & the New England Patriots this past season. He will be used to playing with greatness.
In DraftKings NFL, Rodgers was again dominant. He averaged 26 DK points per game, with a high of 40. Rodgers did have a floor of 12 DK points, but again, the Packers dealt with many injuries, especially on offense. Rodgers & Brady were two quarterbacks who had big talent around them, but had to deal with major injuries to key players. Their runs deep into the playoffs were that much more impressive. Rodgers should be a safe salary play of around $7,700 to $8,500 for most of the season.
3. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons
Matt Ryan had high expectations from fans going into 2016. He was questioned on whether he was just a good regular season quarterback. The former Boston College standout shut down critics quickly. Ryan threw for 4,944 yards, 38 touchdowns with only 7 interceptions. He proved that he is truly among the elite among quarterbacks in the NFL.
While Ryan was a solid player on the field, he was shaky as a DraftKings play. He averaged 24 DK points per game, but had 7 games under 20 points. Ryan didn’t have a bad year by any means, and the Falcons had the top offense in the NFL. Much of that, however, was due to the fact that the team had two elite running backs in Tevin Coleman & Devonta Freeman. Ryan didn’t have to put up big numbers in order to win each week. In the 2017 DraftKings QB rankings, potential for big season was important & Ryan has the potential for a massive year.
There will be much buzz for the Falcons this season. The team moves into a new stadium. Offense is still strong, even though the team lost their offensive coordinator, Kyle Shanahan, after the SuperBowl. With the changes happening, however, Ryan comes into 2017 with new confidence. The questions about his playoff wins or loses is now over. He is the guy in Atlanta for years to come.
The Falcons definitely need more receivers to step up, but when Julio Jones is healthy & on the field, any quarterback is going to be great. Good DraftKings prices for Matt Ryan should be around $6,900 to $7,500.
4. Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders
Carr was paid this past offseason the highest contract for a QB in the history of the league. He signed a 5 year, $125 million dollar deal, with $40 million guaranteed. Those numbers show that the Raiders are putting full faith in Carr as the face of the franchise. Carr had another big year in his 3rd season in the league, throwing for 3,900 yards, 28 touchdowns wtih only 6 interceptions. The numbers were going to be better until Carr went down with a season-ending injury that derailed the Raiders postseason hopes. Connor Cook started the playoff game against the Texans & it was an embarrassment.
The Raiders will be loaded again on offense in 2017. Carr will have a strong running game again with the addition of Marshawn Lynch, replacing the great LaTivius Murray. While this could hurt Carr’s numbers a bit, Lynch won’t take a ton of carries overall. If anything, if Lynch can be even a small part of what he was in Seattle, it will soften defenses, allowing the Raiders to show off their strong vertical passing game. In the 2017 DraftKings QB rankings, talent around a quarterback is just as important as the QB’s own talent. Carr is lucky to have great weapons.
Amari Cooper, Michael Crabtree & Seth Roberts come back to give Carr great options downfield. The team added more dynamic playmaking with Coradelle Patterson coming over from Minnesota. DraftKings owners should feel very comfortable having Carr on most weeks. The Raiders’ defense got bolstered & should give the offense more possessions.
A good price on Carr should be $7,200 to $7,700. The Raiders offense is going to be a juggernaut yet again, and Carr will be slinging around the field. Look for the 21 DraftKings points per game average to go up significantly.
5. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions
This may be a surprise to most, but the numbers show that Stafford can qualify for this list. Stafford has not missed a game since 2010, something most quarterbacks can not boast. While the Detroit Lions themselves could have ups & downs this year, Stafford shows he can move the ball around the field. He only had 24 touchdowns last year, but only 10 interceptions, his fewest in a full season in his career.
Stafford showed his best skills late in games, coming from behind various times. While that likely won’t always be the case this year, Stafford has some of the best offensive weapons in the league. Golden Tate, Marvin Jones & Eric Ebron are an underrated group of guys who can take the ball to the house. With the Lions not having much of a running game, Stafford will most likely have a ton of volume on offense. He will approach that 5,000 yard mark for passing this year, which will make him an interesting DraftKings pickup most weeks.
The value for Stafford will be low, but he should have a high upside. Pick up Stafford around $6,200 to $6,800. He doesn’t have the highest level of offensive players as other teams, but the precise route running the Lions use will compensate for the lack of outside threats.
See part 2 of our QB rankings tommorow!