Oh how we’ve missed you, Fantasy Football. Now that the preseason is officially here, Fantasy players can rejoice and begin dreaming about the glorious season their team will have this year (maybe).
With those dreams in mind, let’s not forget that you still must draft your team, which is always a lot more stressful than it sounds.
But stress out no longer: choosing one of these 5 QB’s should propel your team to a possible playoff appearance this season.
5. Cam Newton
After a pitiful drop off last season, the Panthers are all in to turning the organization back in the right direction, and that starts with their franchise quarterback.
Newton has proved he is a top 10 QB in the NFL, but arguably more importantly, he has proved that he is a top 5 Fantasy QB. Over the past 3 seasons, Newton has averaged nearly 3,500 passing yards a year, 24 touchdowns and 12 picks. So bascially, he’s as consistent as they come.
Projected 2017 Fantasy Stats: 3,300 passing yards. 25 passing TDs. 17 INTs. 400 rushing yards. 7 rushing TDs.
4. Russell Wilson
Wilson was limited last season after suffering from leg injuries early on. This factored in heavily to his ability to run the ball and rack up rushing yards, something him and the Seahawks have relied on in the past.
With that being said, Wilson looks to come into this season healthier, and with a more versatile outlook about moving the ball. As he gets older, we can only expect him to scramble less, but for the next few seasons barring any sort of injury, he should be alright.
Russ capped off the end of last season with a nice stretch of games, throwing 8 TD’s with only 1 INT in his final 3 games. You can expect more of that to kick off this season.
Projected 2017 Fantasy Stats: 3,700 passing yards. 28 passing TDs. 12 INTs. 400 rushing yards. 4 rushing TDs.
3. Tom Brady
The Patriots are the NFL’s current favorite to take home the Lombardi Trophy in 2017…shocker. With this being said, it is hard to exclude who many argue to be as the best of all time out of your top fantasy QB options.
Yes, he did just turn 40. But in just 12 games last year, Brady racked up 3,554 yards, 28 touchdowns and only two interceptions, so he should be good for 4,000-plus yards in a full slate, especially with Rob Gronkowski returning to action and Brandin Cooks now on the roster.
Projected 2017 Fantasy Stats: 4,100 passing yards. 35 passing TDs. 9 INTs. 70 rushing yards. 2 rushing TD.
2. Matt Ryan
A spectacular Fantasy and reality football season last year puts Matt Ryan back in the Top 5. Last season Ryan threw for 4,944 yards, 38 touchdowns and only seven interceptions…good stuff for a player that was once extremely overrated.
Yes, you can argue it will be tough for Ryan to continue producing those types of numbers, but a quick glance at Atlanta’s offensive line will make you see the possibility. Expect a strong season for Matty Ice and the Falcons barring any major setbacks.
Projected 2017 Fantasy Stats: 4,800 passing yards. 35 passing TDs. 12 INTs. 80 rushing yards. 1 rushing TD.
1. Aaron Rodgers
After a slow start to last season, Rodgers picked things up pretty quickly with the return of his star receiver Jordy Nelson. Everything seemed to be going right for the Packers until a tough playoff game ended their season.
However, when considering Fantasy lineups, the regular season is what matters, and Aaron Rodgers had a career year. He threw for 40 TDs, including 19 in his last seven games without a pick.
Rodgers hopes to continue his offensive barrage this year, with a now healthy and powerful line up. If he isn’t the first QB off your Fantasy board, something’s not right.
Projected 2017 Fantasy Stats: 4,300 passing yards. 34 passing TDs. 13 INTs. 200 rushing yards. 2 rushing TDs.
Kyle Hirshkind is the managing editor for Full Press Coverage's New York Jets channel. Originally from Long Island, New York, Kyle has been an avid Jets fan for 20+ years.