2016 Draft Kit

2016 fantasy football rankings: quarterbacks

It’s insane how few player rankings out there include player age in them.

This should be a vital part of your decision-making process, regardless of your league type. The bottom line is that if you value a 27-year-old quarterback and a 37-year-old quarterback evenly, you should go with the 27-year-old every time because he’s less prone to injury and less likely to experience age-related regression.

Looking up the ages for every darn player you rank is kind of grueling, but it’s worth it in the long run. Luckily for you, Ninja, I’ve done the leg work for you.

I’ve got 45 quarterbacks for you here. Yes, there’s more on the full list, but these are standard redraft rankings. Chances are your league has 12 teams and most owners aren’t even going to take three quarterbacks let alone four. Those guys not on the list should probably be on the waiver wire until something changes.

With each player I’ve included their bye week, age and some off the top of my head notes.

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2016 quarterback rankings

Rnk Player Tm Bye Age Notes
1 Cam Newton CAR 7 27 Seems we have a new No. 1 QB every year. Running ability, advances in passing game make me think this one will stick for a while
2 Aaron Rodgers GB 4 32 Packers get Jordy, slim Eddie back and add Jared Cook. I wonder if Rodgers has stopped smiling at all this offseason.
3 Russell Wilson SEA 5 27 Biggest concern is potential regression because of how insane he and Baldwin were as a combo. In first action of 16, Wilson-to-Baldwin on consecutive pass attempts.
4 Andrew Luck IND 10 26 Entering last season, Luck was atop a lot of quarterback lists, especially in the dynasty/keeper space. Look at his performance pre-injury. We were right.
5 Ben Roethlisberger PIT 8 34 Losing Martavis Bryant and Heath Miller will hurt, but he’s got the best wide receiver in the universe and, the top running back in the NFL.
6 Carson Palmer ARI 9 36 Age could catch up to Palmer at any moment, but he has too many weapons in too great an offense to rank him any lower.
7 Philip Rivers SD 11 34 Did you see Keenan Allen’s stats when healthy last season? Did you see Rivers’ over the same period? The team added Travis Benjamin and they have an easy schedule. I’m all-in on Rivers and Co.
8 Eli Manning NYG 8 35 It seems the Giants caught another whopper wide receiver in Sterling Shepard. Yes, Eli will have a few Eli games, but with these weapons he’s an easy lock for top-10 QB
9 Drew Brees NO 5 37 Like a couple guys on this list, Brees is getting up in years and his numbers are sliding a bit. Only a bit though, he still had one of the best QB performances of 2015, and they added Michael Thomas, who is like having a fresh Marques Colston on the roster.
10 Blake Bortles JAX 5 24 I really want to rank him higher — he’s definitely higher in dynasty. However, he had an outstanding 2015. He’ll probably regress a bit, so I won’t overpay.
11 Kirk Cousins WAS 9 28 The Redskins have weapons on offense, adding Josh Doctson to a wide receiver corps that is already too full to properly feed Jamison Crowder.
12 Tony Romo DAL 7 36 The big “if” is always health when it comes to Romo, but if Zeke is as great as everyone thinks he is and Romo and Dez can stay on the field, he nukes this rankings and pushes into the top five. Maybe even top 3. I stole him for $2 in a dynasty auction Sunday.
13 Derek Carr OAK 10 25 I have Walford in a handful of fantasy leagues, so my brain perked up a couple times when I’ve seen they want to get him more involved in the offense. Add him to the potent duo of Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree and you have a dangerous offense.
14 Tyrod Taylor BUF 10 27 Taylor deserved to get paid. I like him to outperform this ranking. He has one of the best receivers in the game in Watkins and can make things happen with his legs, which makes him an optimal quarterback choice in my book.
15 Andy Dalton CIN 9 28 There’s a lot of talk about regression with Dalton this year. But it’s not like he hasn’t shown us a performance like last year’s before. In A.J. Green he has what some consider the best wide receiver in the game to lean on and an emerging force at tight end.
16 Matthew Stafford DET 10 28 We have no idea what the Lions offense is going to look like without Calvin Johnson on the field. It’s the time of year for untrue positive headlines, but there have been a lot of them coming out of Detroit.
17 Ryan Fitzpatrick NYJ 11 33 We have to expect some regression from last season, at least on Eric Decker’s end of things. But Fitzpatrick, Decker and Marshall all return and they added Matt Forte, who even at age 30 will be the best back the Jets have had since they rented out LT in his second-to-last season in 2010.
18 Marcus Mariota TEN 13 24 My favorite dynasty quarterback. If only his weapons were better.
19 Jameis Winston TB 6 22 Speaking of young quarterbacks with weapons. Winston has one of the best young wide receivers in the game and if Austin Seferian-Jenkins can return to any sort of form, this will be an offense to watch.
20 Matt Ryan ATL 11 31 Julio Jones is the only reason Matt Ryan makes it into the top-20. Devonta Freeman isn’t bad either, but Jones is the primary driver of this offense.
21 Ryan Tannehill MIA 8 28 He flashed impovement in 2014, then disappointed in 2015. Now he gets Adam Gase as his coach — the same Gase that led Jay Cutler to one of his best seasons as a pro last year. The Dolphins are also flush with potential stars at the skill positions.
22 Joe Flacco BAL 8 31 I’ve never been a huge Joe Flacco fan, but at this price I’m not against picking him. I like Kamar Aiken and Steve Smith and think Breshard Perriman could still emerge as a serious offensive threat.
23 Jay Cutler CHI 9 33 As mentioned above, the coach who helped Jay Cutler to a stellar 2015 is gone. Matt Forte and Martellus Bennett are also gone. I’m not sure Kevin White will be able to pick up all of that slack, but I still consider this an offesne to watch.
24 Tom Brady NE 9 39 Yes, he’s 39, but I still don’t want to have to face Angry Tom Brady post-suspension in Week 5.
25 Alex Smith KC 5 32 He’s not going to win you a fantasy league or single-handedly win you a game, but he’s likely not to lose it for you either, making him a good QB-streaming option or a decent backup.
26 Teddy Bridgewater MIN 6 23 At some point, Adrian Peterson is going to become ineffective. It’ll be interesting to see if the Vikings shift to a more pass-oriented offense. With the emergence of Stefon Diggs and the drafting of Laquan Treadwell, I think that’s exactly what MIN’s brass is thinking
27 Robert Griffin CLE 13 26 I want to like this addition. I want to draft Robert Griffin. There was so much talent there his rookie season. Now, there’s so much talent in the Browns receiving corps. The NFL would be a more fun place if he can turn things around.
28 Brock Osweiler HOU 9 25 I’m not an Osweiler fan. But, like Matt Ryan above, he has an elite receiver, which is enough to make hiim at least fantasy relevant for several games this season, if not more.
29 Sam Bradford PHI 4 28 In another case of what-could-have-been, Sam Bradford’s replacement was drafted this season. However, I like Bradford’s weapons and he actually played well more times than he vomited on himself in 2015.
30 Mark Sanchez DEN 11 29 Speaking of vomiting on yourself. … Sanchez will be forever remembered for the butt fumble even though he’s put together a couple solid seasons in his career. He is in a three-way competition for the starting spot — and he’s not the fan favorite of the bunch
31 Trevor Siemian DEN 11 24 Siemian, Sanchez and rookie Paxton Lynch are the quarterbacks competing to start for the Broncos. Because of the uncertainty, and the Broncos likelihood of handing the ball off to C.J. Anderson on most snaps, I’m likely to avoid this situation completely.
32 Colin Kaepernick SF 8 28 Like RGIII, I want Kaepernick to win back the starting job for the 49ers. He’s more talented than Gabbert and could bring more electricity to the NFL.
33 Blaine Gabbert SF 8 26 He’s not electric, but like Alex Smith above, he was steady with a couple decent games. That makes him a streamer or decent backup as long as he is the starter in San Fran.
34 Jared Goff (R) LA 8 21 I’m staying away from Goff in redrafts, but he is a starting quarterback, so he has to be on the list.
35 Jimmy Garoppolo NE 9 24 He’ll get four games to show off what being Tom Brady’s understudy is worth. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s the heir apparent to one of the most potent offenses in the NFL.
36 Josh McCown CLE 13 37 The fallback for when (probably when, not if) RGIII falters. If his turn to start coincides with Josh Gordon’s return I will have all the shares of both players in all of my daily fantasy leagues. As it is, I’m avoiding McCown in redraft leagues.
37 Carson Wentz (R) PHI 4 23 I like Wentz considerably better than Goff. I have since draft day. That said, Wentz is starting out as the No. 3 QB. I’m not sure that’ll last all season, but I’m not paying the price to draft him in redraft leagues.
38 Paxton Lynch (R) DEN 11 22 The third man right now in the Broncos QB battle despite the team trading up to take him 26th overall in the 2016 draft. He’s too raw to consider in redraft leagues, even if he was being considered for the starting job.
39 Dak Prescott (R) DAL 7 23 Impressive performance from Prescott in his preseason debut. I’ve liked Prescott since starting the Mississippi State product in Draft Kings’ college contests.
40 Cardale Jones (R) BUF 10 23 Another impressive performance from a rookie QB. It came around the same time the team inked Tyrod Taylor to a big deal, but you should have no concerns about drafting Jones as Taylor’s backup in any league.
41 A.J. McCarron CIN 9 25 Like the other backups on this list, I like McCaron to provide replacement level production if he gets an opportunity
42 Geno Smith NYJ 11 25 I was really impressed with Geno Smith’s performance at the end of 2014. I was also excited to see what he could do in 2015 until he ended up with a broken jaw in a locker room incident. Still, I feel like there’s a chance Smith could shine as a backup or move on to another team and impress if given an opportunity.
43 Zach Mettenberger SD 11 25 I’ve been a Mettenberger fan for a while. Let’s be realistic. He’s no Philip Rivers, but if Rivers gets hurt, he’ll inherit one of the more potent passing offenses in the game.
44 Sean Mannion LA 8 24 There’s some chatter Sean Mannion could be in the starting QB conversation. I’m not sure if that says more about Mannion or the sad state of his competition.
45 Brian Hoyer CHI 9 30 Merely a handcuff to Cutler at this point, but he did understand throwing the ball to an elite receiver like Josh Gordon ended in points on the scoreboard. I’d like to think Hoyer could do the same with Alshon Jeffery and/or Kevin White if given the opportunity.

What do you think? Who’s the top quarterback on your board? Which quarterback is likely to emerge from the backup ranks to stardom in 2016?

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