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Regular Season, Updated: 7/20/17


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 Aaron Rodgers, GB (Bye: 8)
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Height: 6’2”   Weight: 225   DOB: 1983-12-02   Age: 33
College: California   Draft: 2005 Round 1 (24) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2014GB16341 520 4,381 38 5 43 269 2 410.0 25.6
2015GB16347 572 3,821 31 8 58 344 1 355.5 22.2
2016GB16401 610 4,428 40 7 67 369 4 442.3 27.6
2017 (Projected)GB 403 610 4,455 36 7 58 325 2 411.3  

 Tom Brady, NE (Bye: 9)
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Height: 6’4”   Weight: 225   DOB: 1977-08-03   Age: 39
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  

 Drew Brees, NO (Bye: 5)
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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.


 Andrew Luck, IND (Bye: 11)
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Height: 6’4”   Weight: 234   DOB: 1989-09-12   Age: 27
College: Stanford   Draft: 2012 Round 1 (1) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2014IND16380 616 4,761 40 16 64 263 3 442.4 27.6
2015IND7162 293 1,881 15 12 33 196 0 173.7 24.8
2016IND15346 545 4,240 31 13 64 341 2 382.1 25.5
2017 (Projected)IND 340 549 4,227 30 14 56 285 2 371.9  

 Jameis Winston, TB (Bye: 11)
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Height: 6’4”   Weight: 231   DOB: 1994-01-06   Age: 23
College: Florida State   Draft: 2015 Round 1 (1) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2015TB16312 535 4,044 22 15 53 210 6 347.2 21.7
2016TB16345 568 4,090 28 18 52 168 1 339.3 21.2
2017 (Projected)TB 351 565 4,240 30 17 53 184 3 368.4  

Outlook: Tampa Bay has finished the last two seasons in the middle of the pack when it comes to passing yards per game. The difference in 2017 will be the depth added to the roster. At the receiver position a very capable and dangerous DeSean Jackson will give Winston a much needed consistent receiver opposite Mike Evans. All of the moving parts in the backfield from a season ago have created a deeper, more confident stable of runners that offer multiple pass-catching options for a quarterback that had to force the ball more than he should have in 2016. The Bucs' commitment was personified by their decision to use a first round draft choice on O.J. Howard. The dynamic tight end from 'Bama is a nightmare match up for defenses that should have a positive impact on Winston's red zone efficiency.

Despite increasing his passing touchdown output by 6 TDs from 2015 to 2016, Winston remained on the border of being a true fantasy starter a year ago. He ranked outside the top twelve on a per game basis but finished tenth in overall fantasy points at the position. Nevertheless, he was able to score at least 20 fantasy points in nine of his sixteen games played and failed to post at least 15 fantasy points just once. Winston may not be a top five quarterback but he is the type of quarterback you should be targeting after the top players at the position are gone because he will rarely lose you a week and comes at a much more affordable price. Mike Glennon left for greener pastures in Chicago so Ryan Fitzpatrick was brought in to hold the clip board. The former Jet has seen his completion percentage decline in each of the past three seasons so anyone owning a Buc this year is hoping Winston stays upright for another 16 games.


 Russell Wilson, SEA (Bye: 6)
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Height: 5’11”   Weight: 206   DOB: 1988-11-29   Age: 28
College: Wisconsin   Draft: 2012 Round 3 (12) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2014SEA16285 452 3,475 20 7 118 849 6 374.7 23.4
2015SEA16329 483 4,022 34 8 103 554 1 398.5 24.9
2016SEA16353 546 4,219 21 11 72 259 1 326.9 20.4
2017 (Projected)SEA 348 535 4,122 27 10 85 367 2 362.8  

 Matt Ryan, ATL (Bye: 5)
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Height: 6’4”   Weight: 220   DOB: 1985-05-17   Age: 32
College: Boston College   Draft: 2008 Round 1 (3) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2014ATL16415 628 4,694 28 14 29 145 0 361.2 22.6
2015ATL16407 614 4,591 21 16 37 63 0 319.9 20.0
2016ATL16373 534 4,944 38 7 35 117 0 410.9 25.7
2017 (Projected)ATL 367 548 4,549 30 11 33 82 0 355.7  

 Philip Rivers, LAC (Bye: 9)
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Height: 6’5”   Weight: 228   DOB: 1981-12-08   Age: 35
College: North Carolina State   Draft: 2004 Round 1 (4) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2014SD16379 570 4,286 31 18 38 104 0 348.7 21.8
2015SD16438 662 4,793 29 13 17 28 0 358.5 22.4
2016SD16349 578 4,390 33 21 14 35 0 355.0 22.2
2017 (Projected)LAC 360 580 4,350 31 15 15 27 0 344.2  

Outlook: One of the league's best leaders, Philip Rivers has never missed a start in the 11 seasons since becoming the Chargers' starting quarterback. Not only that, but he's been a monster fantasy asset, having passed for at least 4,000 yards in eight of his past nine seasons while passing for anywhere between 26 to 33 touchdowns in all nine of those seasons. Rivers has one of the safest jobs in all of football with the Chargers having not spent significant money or draft equity on the quarterback position in quite some time, but there is some concern that his skills are deteriorating. Rivers threw a career-most 21 interceptions in 2016 and his offensive line has allowed him to take some pretty serious licks in recent years. He's also one of the league's least-mobile QB's, having not rushed for a touchdown since 2011. Still, if the team can get back to health remain that way, this may be the deepest group of pass catchers that Rivers has ever played with. Rivers finished sixth at quarterback in 2016 and there's little reason to believe that he won't again finish around that range this season.


 Matthew Stafford, DET (Bye: 7)
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Height: 6’2”   Weight: 232   DOB: 1988-02-07   Age: 29
College: Georgia   Draft: 2009 Round 1 (1) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2014DET16363 602 4,247 22 12 43 93 2 321.7 20.1
2015DET16398 592 4,262 32 13 44 159 1 363.0 22.7
2016DET16388 594 4,327 24 10 37 207 2 345.1 21.6
2017 (Projected)DET 393 595 4,285 26 12 40 174 1 341.7  

Outlook: The big hubub with the Lions at this time last off-season was how the offense was going to deal with the loss of stud receiver Calvin Johnson. For years Stafford made his living throwing the ball up to one of the most physically dominant receivers in the game, and Lions fans and Stafford owners waited with bated breath to see if the 8th year signal caller could adjust. By most measures, Stafford adjusted rather well as he led the Lions to a wildcard berth, had the second-best completion percentage of his career and tossed a career low 10 interceptions.

While it was encouraging to see Stafford spread the ball around the field and continue to make better decisions with the football, the Detroit offense couldn't make up for the loss of Megatron in the redzone. After scoring a touchdown on nearly 70 percent of their trips to the redzone in 2015, the Lions dipped to a woeful 54 percent last season. Stafford's low touchdown total (24) stifled what could have been an easy top-5 overall finish.

So what's in store for the leader of the Lions who has thrown for at least 4,200 yards in six-straight seasons? More of the same that's what. The Lions held pat with their offensive skill positions, not adding much to the depth chart, as they are hoping another year in the system and improved health will help with offensive consistency. Speaking of health, the entire offense was dealt a serious blow when blind-side protector Tyler Decker went under the knife for a torn labrum. It looks as if he could miss at least half the season and after watching Stafford get constantly harassed the last few years, this could have a huge early season effect. I'm also very leary of Detroit's schedule. Among their always tricky in-division games, the Lions face off against the rising NFC south this year, which could be, from top to bottom, the best division in football. Despite a rocket arm and improving game management, I'm down on Stafford this year. The schedule, loss of Decker, and lack of an elite No.1 receiver means he could end up in the low end QB1 tier.


 Marcus Mariota, TEN (Bye: 8)
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Height: 6’4”   Weight: 222   DOB: 1993-10-30   Age: 23
College: Oregon   Draft: 2015 Round 1 (2) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2015TEN12230 371 2,818 19 10 34 252 2 254.1 21.2
2016TEN15276 451 3,426 26 9 59 357 2 323.0 21.5
2017 (Projected)TEN 326 518 3,884 26 11 51 322 2 342.4  

Outlook: The Titans' vastly improved offense in 2016 won't sneak up on fantasy owners this season. Tennessee's remade offense ranked them in the top half of the league in scoring and yards per game last year after placing in the bottom five in both categories following the 2015 season. One of the biggest factor's to the newfound success is Marcus Mariota's development as a quarterback. Playing off a superior ground game, Mariota has become an efficient sniper by picking apart defenses and being effective when forced to scramble. Whether or not fantasy owners want to put faith in a guy who has passed for over 300 yards just three times in two years is the real issue. The Titans are going to be a run first team again in 2017 so any increase in passing attempts will be the result of more snaps on offense rather than a decision to throw more often. Similarly, the addition of Eric Decker adds more floor than ceiling to Mariota's projections. Tennessee's franchise quarterback is progressing well from a broken leg suffered at the end of last season and has taken part in drills during OTAs and mini camp. He should be taking reps with the first team when training camp opens so health shouldn't be an issue. Consider him a favorable backup fantasy quarterback that could become quality trade bait during the year.


 Ben Roethlisberger, PIT (Bye: 9)
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Height: 6’5”   Weight: 241   DOB: 1982-03-02   Age: 35
College: -   Draft: 2004 Round 1 (11) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2014PIT16408 608 4,952 32 9 32 27 0 378.3 23.6
2015PIT12319 469 3,933 21 16 15 29 0 283.6 23.6
2016PIT14328 509 3,819 29 13 16 14 1 314.4 22.5
2017 (Projected)PIT 351 532 4,205 28 14 19 26 1 330.9  

 Cam Newton, CAR (Bye: 11)
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Height: 6’5”   Weight: 244   DOB: 1989-05-11   Age: 28
College: Auburn   Draft: 2011 Round 1 (1) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2014CAR14262 448 3,127 18 12 103 539 5 312.3 22.3
2015CAR16296 496 3,837 35 10 132 636 10 455.5 28.5
2016CAR15270 509 3,509 19 14 90 359 5 317.4 21.2
2017 (Projected)CAR 306 518 3,626 23 12 67 316 4 328.9  

Outlook: Cam Newton's 270 completions in 2017 were only nine more than Ryan Tannehill had in two fewer games and tied Tyrod Taylor for the fewest in the NFL amongst quarterbacks who played at least fifteen games. Newton has never relied on volume to buoy his strongest fantasy seasons but his dip in completion percentage and running stats made him one of the most disappointing fantasy players of the 2016 fantasy season. Many owners will likely project Newton's 2017 to land in the middle ground between last year's lackluster campaign and 2015's banner year. The common denominator in Newton's fantasy successes and failures are linked to his work on the ground. Simply put, his best years have come when the added value of rushing yards and touchdowns pushed him ahead of his peers.

Likewise, his worst seasons offer substantial declines in fantasy points produced from the running game. Consequently, Newton's steady five year decline in YPC may foreshadow another down year. Newton had shoulder surgery in March so he might not be at full speed when training camp opens but the team still expects him to be ready by Week 1. Due to his ongoing concussion potential and the league's protocol on quarterbacks taking hits to the head, anyone drafting Newton will also need to invest in a reliable QB2. Ultimately, the below average floor and health risks associated with Carolina's Superman should drop him into fringe starter territory despite his immense upside.