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 Derek Anderson, CAR (Bye: 11)
45
Height: 6’6”   Weight: 235   DOB: 1983-06-15   Age: 34
College: Oregon State   Draft: 2005 Round 6 (39) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2014CAR565 97 701 5 0 8 24 0 57.5 11.5
2015CAR34 6 36 0 0 7 -2 0 1.6 0.5
2016CAR436 53 453 2 5 1 4 0 31.1 7.8
2017 (Projected)CAR 33 50 375 2 1 3 6 0 27.4  

 C.J. Beathard, SF (Bye: 11)
40
Height: 6’2”   Weight: 219   DOB: 1993-11-16   Age: 24
College: Iowa   Draft: 2017 Round 3 (40) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2017 (Projected)SF 39 66 452 2 2 1 7 0 31.3  

 Blake Bortles, JAC (Bye: 8)
28
Height: 6’5”   Weight: 232   DOB: 1991-12-16   Age: 25
College: Central Florida   Draft: 2014 Round 1 (3) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2014JAC14280 475 2,907 11 17 56 419 0 231.3 16.5
2015JAC16355 606 4,428 35 18 52 310 2 404.4 25.3
2016JAC16368 625 3,905 23 16 58 359 3 341.2 21.3
2017 (Projected)JAC 223 378 2,605 16 10 33 186 1 218.9  

Outlook: The Jaguars were one of seven teams to throw the ball over 600 times last year but Bortles' fantasy production didn't produce the same results as his epic 2015 campaign. The lack of production on offense led to a decrease of 3.6 points per game from 2015 to 2016 and the eventual firing of Gus Bradley before the conclusion of the regular season. As a result, HC Doug Marrone and OC Nathaniel Hackett will bring a hybrid Air Coryell system to Florida. Marrone is better known for making running backs into quality fantasy starters but Bortles is better than previous signal callers working in this scheme. The good news for those hoping Bortles flourishes under Marrone is that the offense has enough weapons to make Bortles a top-five fantasy QB. The bad news is most of the offense hasn't played in this scheme and they are highly motivated to run the ball this year. A more effective running game led by rookie Leonard Fournette will help Bortles, but it may cut into his passing attempts. Fewer attempts for a quarterback that has yet to attain a completion percentage of 60-percent makes it tougher to predict a career year and more likely that his numbers suffer slightly. Keep expectations for Bortles more in line with a fringe fantasy starter that will likelybe better as the season progresses.


 Sam Bradford, MIN (Bye: 9)
24
Height: 6’4”   Weight: 224   DOB: 1987-11-08   Age: 30
College: Oklahoma   Draft: 2010 Round 1 (1) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2015PHI14346 532 3,725 19 14 25 39 0 266.2 19.0
2016MIN15395 552 3,877 20 5 20 53 0 279.2 18.6
2017 (Projected)MIN 356 539 3,879 21 8 18 46 0 282.6  

Outlook: The Vikings 2016 season was an absolute calamity. Still reeling after kicking away a sure post-season win, the Vikings lost their franchise quarterback, Teddy Bridgewater to a devastating knee injury late in training camp. The team was forced to make a trade for Bradford just prior to the season. And while the team got off to a white hot 4-0 start, future HOFer Adrian Peterson was lost for the year with a knee injury in Week 2, while injuries piled up on the offensive line, contributing to the team losing 8 of their final 11 games to finish at 7-9.

Considering the fact he joined the team a few scant weeks before making his debut, Bradford had a fine statistical season. He played in 15 games, racking up a 20-8 touchdown to interception ratio, and career highs in yardage (3,877) and completion percentage (71.6). He helped to make Adam Thielen and Kyle Rudolph fantasy assets, and at the very worst kept the franchise afloat while injuries ravaged the roster around him. Despite the decent numbers, Bradford and the Vikes had serious trouble putting up points consistently, scoring 20 or fewer in half of their games. During a mid-season four game losing streak their offensive coordinator bailed, the run game remained in the witness protection program, and their defense showed cracks.

With the dark cloud of the 2016 season moving on, things do look brighter for Bradford and the offense. They've added three new starters on the offensive line, added explosive talent in the backfield, and should get more production (it's nearly impossible to get less!) from former 1st round receiver Laquon Treadwell. Bradford with have a full offseason to get more comfortable with the system as well. This will probably be the most talented team Bradford has led, but the fact remains he's never surpassed 21 touchdown passes in a season, and this Vikings still have a "run the ball and play defense" mentality. If the line can gel, and Bradford can improving the timing with his receivers, I do think he can hit 25 touchdowns and 4,000 yards which would put him squarely in the QB15-20 territory as a mid-range QB2.


 Tom Brady, NE (Bye: 9)
2
Height: 6’4”   Weight: 225   DOB: 1977-08-03   Age: 40
College: Michigan   Draft: 2000 Round 6 (33) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2014NE16374 583 4,109 33 9 36 57 0 343.2 21.4
2015NE16402 624 4,770 36 7 34 53 3 405.8 25.4
2016NE12291 432 3,554 28 2 28 64 0 296.1 24.7
2017 (Projected)NE 403 610 4,760 36 8 29 50 1 393.0  

Outlook: At league age 40, Tom Brady continues to defy odds and father time by delivering elite fantasy numbers at a time in his life when most quarterbacks are playing golf. In just 12 games in a suspension shortened season, Brady threw 28 touchdowns and only two interceptions, as the Patriots went on to win the Lombardi Trophy in dramatic fashion over the Atlanta Falcons.

Brady is the consensus No.2 quarterback behind only Aaron Rodgers, but could certainly finish the season with the most fantasy points considering the cache of weapons he possesses in both the passing and running game. Often praised for the amount of success he has achieved in his career without elite level receivers, no other quarterback in the NFL boast more surrounding skill position talent than No.12 in 2017.

Although the first ballot Hall of Famer is performing at a level never seen before for an age 40 QB, he will eventually lose his skills and the drop off could be steep like the final years of greats like Peyton Manning and Brett Favre. But the upside of owning a top quarterback that produces consistent top 5 points makes Brady worth the risk.


 Drew Brees, NO (Bye: 5)
3
Height: 6’0”   Weight: 209   DOB: 1979-01-15   Age: 38
College: Purdue   Draft: 2001 Round 2 (1) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2014NO16456 659 4,952 33 17 27 68 1 392.4 24.5
2015NO15429 627 4,878 32 10 24 14 1 379.3 25.3
2016NO16471 673 5,207 37 15 23 20 2 422.4 26.4
2017 (Projected)NO 445 644 4,961 33 14 17 17 1 387.8  

Outlook: The Saints offense is led by one of the game's best quarterbacks. Anyone thinking an old quarterback can't get it done obviously missed out last season on a guy who led the league in passing yards in route to the fourth best fantasy season of his Hall of Fame career. With Brees leading the way, the Saints produced two top ten fantasy wide outs in 2016. That's not as likely with Willie Snead and Ted Ginn, Jr. serving as secondary options opposite Michael Thomas. New Orleans was faced with tough cap decisions and ultimately decided to trade from strength dealing Brandin Cooks to help offset the burden in other areas.

Last year, the Saints passed the ball 674 times compared to 404 rushing attempts. It's hard to fathom Sean Peyton asking his 38-year-old quarterback to toss more than 650 passes this season when you have two quality running backs in the backfield but that won't prevent Brees from being one of the better fantasy signal callers to own. However, It may be just enough to knock him out of the top three so don't overpay based on last year's totals. As long as Brees is upright, the rest of the Saints' fantasy players will be attractive fantasy assets for the upcoming 2017 campaign. Chase Daniel, Garrett Grayson and Ryan Nassib will compete for clipboard duties behind Brees. Daniel started his career in the Bayou and looks like the best fit as the team's primary backup but the team won't be nearly as explosive if he is called into action.


 Derek Carr, OAK (Bye: 10)
14
Height: 6’2”   Weight: 214   DOB: 1991-03-28   Age: 26
College: Fresno State   Draft: 2014 Round 2 (4) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2014OAK16348 599 3,270 21 12 30 87 0 256.2 16.0
2015OAK16350 573 3,987 32 13 33 138 0 341.2 21.3
2016OAK15356 559 3,933 28 6 38 69 0 315.6 21.0
2017 (Projected)OAK 360 580 4,120 28 10 31 74 0 325.4  

Outlook: Progressing in each season of his career so far, the hype continues to grow for 26-year-old Derek Carr. His impressive 2016 season had him firmly in the NFL MVP conversation and his value was extremely noticeable in his team's Week 17 loss against the Broncos and subsequent first round playoff defeat at the hands of the Texans - both games in which Carr was unable to suit up. Now entering his fourth season, Carr will again have the opportunity to throw to arguably the league's best one-two punch at wide receiver, Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper, and he will also add a big-bodied and physically talented tight end in Jared Cook to the mix. The addition of Marshawn Lynch to the running back committee should give fantasy owners some pause as Lynch has been one of the more productive red zone runners in the league throughout his career. That could potentially lead to fewer passing attempts near the goal line for Carr. In addition, Carr's struggles against his divisional competition have to be a big concerning. He threw for an average of just 211 yards per game and just four touchdown passes in the five games he started against AFC West opponents in 2016. None of those teams should take a significant step back defensively in 2017, so Carr is not necessarily a no-brainer every week starter for fantasy purposes at this point in his career. Still, the Oakland offense has tremendous upside overall and there's little reason to be worried that his seasonal numbers will take a dramatic dip down.


 Matt Cassel, TEN (Bye: 8)
49
Height: 6’4”   Weight: 230   DOB: 1982-05-17   Age: 35
College: -   Draft: 2005 Round 7 (16) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2014MIN341 71 425 3 4 7 19 0 35.2 11.7
2015DAL8119 205 1,275 5 7 15 78 0 91.6 11.4
2016TEN430 51 284 2 2 4 3 0 22.5 5.6
2017 (Projected)TEN 24 43 286 1 1 3 6 0 18.9  

 Kirk Cousins, WAS (Bye: 5)
15
Height: 6’3”   Weight: 214   DOB: 1988-08-19   Age: 29
College: Michigan State   Draft: 2012 Round 4 (7) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2014WAS6126 204 1,710 10 9 7 20 0 127.5 21.3
2015WAS16379 543 4,166 29 11 26 48 5 359.1 22.4
2016WAS16406 606 4,917 25 12 34 100 4 379.9 23.7
2017 (Projected)WAS 365 570 4,217 24 13 33 88 2 327.7  

Outlook: Cousins posted a second consecutive top-10 season in 2016 with 379.9 fantasy points (23.7 per game), yet his long-term future in Washington is still up in the air as the Redskins front office used the franchise tag on him as trade rumors swirled all off-season. The primary knock on Cousins is his poor decision making in playoff games, especially in the red zone, which has cost his team points in critical situations.

Neither issue should keep fantasy owners from drafting Cousins as a top-10 option in 2017, as he has proven to be a top-tier performer in an offense that reloaded after the departure of free agents Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson. The signing of Terrelle Pryor from Cleveland will give Cousins a viable deep threat and a big body in the red zone, and the emergence of former first-round pick Josh Doctson should help fill the void left by Garcon.

The Cousins-led offense finished as the No. 8 ranked passing attack in both 2015 and 2016, and another top-10 finish is likely as the Redskins' poor defense (fifth-most points allowed in 2016) will force the offense to put up a large number on the scoreboard to keep pace. The loss of former offensive coordinator Sean McVay to the Rams could be a cause of concern for Cousins owners, but the fact that former quarterbacks coach and Cousins confidant Matt Cavanaugh was promoted to offensive coordinator should ease most worries.


 Jay Cutler, MIA (Bye: 1)
23
Height: 6’3”   Weight: 220   DOB: 1983-04-29   Age: 34
College: Vanderbilt   Draft: 2006 Round 1 (11) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2014CHI15370 561 3,812 28 18 38 198 2 334.4 22.3
2015CHI15311 483 3,659 21 11 38 201 1 293.1 19.5
2016CHI581 137 1,059 4 5 5 24 0 71.4 14.3
2017 (Projected)MIA 286 440 3,256 21 14 32 135 1 266.3  

 Andy Dalton, CIN (Bye: 6)
13
Height: 6’2”   Weight: 220   DOB: 1987-10-29   Age: 30
College: -   Draft: 2011 Round 2 (3) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2014CIN16310 483 3,398 19 17 60 169 4 286.8 17.9
2015CIN13255 386 3,250 25 7 58 141 3 294.6 22.7
2016CIN16364 563 4,206 18 8 46 184 4 324.7 20.3
2017 (Projected)CIN 349 537 4,083 25 11 46 155 2 331.7  

Outlook: A few things stuck out to me as I prepared this write-up about Dalton. The first tidbit was that he actually finished in the top 12 of overall quarterback scoring despite not having a game with more than 2 touchdowns and only 18 total passing scores. This is probably more of an indictment of injuries hitting some major young stars, but I digress. The second was that his finish came with top targets, A.J. Green, and Tyler Eifert missing a combined 14 games last season. Dalton was white hot out of the gates with two straight 360-plus yard games, and eventually piled up a near career high 4,206 yards passing.

Even if his touchdown numbers don't pop off the page, Dalton has underrated arm strength and athleticism. He should have Green and Eifert healthy and ready to go starting in Week 1, and the Bengals added a dynamic back in Joe Mixon and blazing receiver in John Ross. Dalton is going to possibly have the finest set of skill position players he's had since he's been in the NFL which should translate into better overall numbers.

Despite the improvement in final stats, I think Dalton is due for a regression in overall finish. He was able to get into the top-12 due to injuries to young guns like David Carr, Cam Newton, and Marcus Mariota. He was also harassed and sacked 41 times last season (7th worst in the league) behind an offensive line that seems to have gotten worse on paper. If I'm waiting to draft a quarterback late, I'm simply going to go with players with a higher ceiling than Dalton. Cinci is going to lean on the running game and a young aggressive defense to stay in games and that leads to a much lower attempt total. Other than elite top tier quarterbacks, fantasy signal callers need volume for production, and I just don't know that Dalton is going to get it. Consider The Red Rifle a fine fantasy back-up that won't kill you if you're forced to start him but won't give you a match-up advantage either.


 Chase Daniel, NO (Bye: 5)
56
Height: 6’0”   Weight: 225   DOB: 1986-10-07   Age: 31
College: Missouri   Draft:
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2014KC216 28 157 0 0 4 15 0 9.4 4.7
2015KC22 2 4 0 0 2 -2 0 0.0 0.0
2016PHI11 1 16 0 0 0 0 0 0.8 0.8
2017 (Projected)NO 7 12 82 0 0 1 3 0 4.4