It’s never too early to prepare for your fantasy football draft. Here are composite rankings from numerous fantasy sources for the best quarterbacks in the 2017 Fantasy Football Draft:
ESPN’s rankings are compiled by five fantasy football experts: Eric Karabell, Field Yates, Mike Clay, Tristan H. Cockcroft and Matthew Berry.
CBS’ rankings are compiled by three fantasy football experts: Jamey Eisenberg, Dave Richard and Heath Cummings.
Pro Football Focus’ rankings are based on their grading formula.
1. Aaron Rodgers — Green Bay Packers
ESPN: 1 CBS: 1 PFF: 1
Rodgers is arguably the best quarterback in the NFL and he has plenty of weapons to pick from — Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Davante Adams and now Martellus Bennett. Rodgers was the No. 1 fantasy quarterback (380 points) by more than 30 points, and is expected to repeat this year.
2. Tom Brady — New England Patriots
ESPN: 2 CBS: 2 PFF: 2
Brady missed four games to suspension last year and still finished 15th in fantasy scoring, ahead of names like Jameis Winston, Ben Roethlisberger, Joe Flacco, and more. Brady has a new weapon in Brandon Cooks this year, and the returning Super Bowl champs are loaded once again.
3. Drew Brees — New Orleans Saints
ESPN: 3 CBS: 3 PFF: 3
The No. 3 quarterback from last year (332.3 points) was only held back by his 15 interceptions (most among top-7 fantasy scorers), but his 37 touchdowns and league-leading 5,208 yards are why he’s again projected to be a top-3 fantasy scorer.
4. Andrew Luck — Indianapolis Colts
ESPN: 4 CBS: 4 PFF: 4
Luck was fourth in quarterback scoring last season after throwing for 4,240 yards and 31 touchdowns against 13 interceptions. He was one of just five quarterbacks to score at least 300 fantasy points.
5. Matt Ryan — Atlanta Falcons
ESPN: 5 CBS: 6 PFF: 5
It’s odd to see Ryan at No. 5 considering he was the No. 2 scoring fantasy quarterback last year (347.5 points), has Julio Jones to throw to, and led the Falcons to a Super Bowl. Nevertheless, he’s a solid option in your fantasy draft.
6. Russell Wilson — Seattle Seahawks
ESPN: 6 CBS: 5 PFF: 6
Wilson had some injuries that hampered his abilities on the ground last year, and he scored just one touchdown on the ground and rushed for the fewest yards of his career (259 yards). If healthy, Wilson is clearly one of the best quarterbacks in the game and is worthy of consideration early in the draft.
7. Cam Newton — Carolina Panthers
ESPN: 7 CBS: 12 PFF: 8
Newton struggled in 2016, finishing 17th in fantasy scoring (254.3 points). He threw for 3,509 yards, 19 touchdowns and 14 interceptions, but scored five touchdowns on the ground. The Panthers added weapons on offense in Christian McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel, and Newton is primed for a bounce-back season.
8. Jameis Winston — Tampa Bay Buccaneers
ESPN: 12 CBS: 7 PFF: 9
The surprise of the list, Winston finished 16th in fantasy scoring lst year (256.1 points) and threw 18 interceptions. His weapons this year have fantasy experts excited — Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson, O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate make a formidable receiving corps.
9. Kirk Cousins — Washington Redskins
ESPN: 9 CBS: 11 PFF: 10
Cousins put up big numbers last year on the way to finishing fifth in fantasy scoring among QBs, one of five quarterbacks to score at least 300 fantasy points (300.3). He added a sneaky four touchdowns on the ground last year, too.
10. Derek Carr — Oakland Raiders
ESPN: 10 CBS: 10 PFF: 12
Carr finished 11th in fantasy scoring last season (268.5 points) and has talented options to throw to. He’ll need to stay healthy, but you could do a lot worse at quarterback.