Dynasty QB's

We take a look at the Top Keeper/Dynasty Quarterbacks for a 3 year outlook, taking into account skill, scheme fit, organizational consistency, surrounding cast and, yes of course, age. The indicated age of the player is how old the player will be entering next season. Dominate your Fantasy Football leagues but using our Top QB Dynasty and Keeper Rankings. Updated: Jul.28/18

1. Aaron Rodgers, GB - Age 34

Even with Jordy Nelson leaving town, Rodgers remains the top option at the quarterback position. Despite missing nine games last season he still managed 16 touchdown passes, though his 6 picks before his season-ending injury did have him on pace to set a career high. Still, there's nothing to suggest we see a repeat of that and the addition of Jimmy Graham and continued to development of Davante Adams should help Rodgers rebound off his disappointing 2017 season. Beyond those two the Packers are loaded with receiving weapons, as injuries at the running back position forced Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams to play early in their rookie seasons, and combined with Ty Montgomery, the Packers have three backs that are more than capable of catching the football out of backfield. Randall Cobb isn't quite the playmaker he was earlier in his career, but he's still a solid option and Geronimo Allison has stepped up the past two seasons whenever he's been called on. It's also worth noting that Green Bay added three wideouts on the third day of the draft so there's not shortage of receiving talent for Rodgers to take aim at.

2. Russell Wilson, SEA - Age 29

The lack of a running game in Seattle for the past two and a half seasons has taken Wilson from the role of a game manager capable of making plays and occasionally contributing a big performance, to the focal point of the Seahawks offense. Wilson's pass attempts have increased in each of his first six NFL seasons, jumping from 393 as a rookie to a career high 553 last season, the second straight season of more than 545 passing attempts. Prior to 2016 he'd never attempted more than 483 in a single season. Along with a floundering running game, injuries and defections have meant Seattle's defense is no longer the dominant unit it once was, forcing Wilson and the offense to be more aggressive. Behind a bad offensive line, Wilson has also spent plenty of time running for his life and Seattle hasn't done much this offseason to improve that situation. The hope is that the addition of first round rookie running back Rashaad Penny and the return of Chris Carson, who impressed as a rookie but had his season cut short by injury, will bolster the running game and take some of the pressure off Wilson. That said, the running game hasn't materialized to date and the defense continues to deteriorate so Wilson's fantasy value looks to keep trending upward.

3. Carson Wentz, PHI - Age 25

Before suffering a season-ending knee injury, Wentz was lighting up the NFL in just his second pro season, posting the league's best passer rating and on pace to throw for 40 touchdowns. All while leading the Eagles to an 11-2 record and setting the franchise on a course to capture its first Super Bowl. Blessed with a big arm and great mobility for a player of his size, assuming he can return to full health, Wentz's future looks very bright. The Eagles have done a nice job of surrounding him with talent, and the offense has evolved into a more aggressive approach that doesn't shy away from taking shots downfield. In fact, Wentz was second in the league in completed air yards per pass last season when he went down, and he was doing it with impressive efficiency. A healthy Wentz looks like a safe bet to build a dynasty team around.

4. Deshaun Watson, HOU - Age 22

After seeing his rookie season cut short by a torn ACL, by all accounts Watson should be a full go when training camp opens, avoiding the PUP list. He's reportedly been practicing without a brace already and his signature mobility appears intact. Despite being a first round pick, the Texans chose not to give Watson a chance to win the starter's job in camp last offseason, but with Tom Savage predictably imploding, Watson took over under center halfway through Week 1 and never looked back. Through just six and a half NFL games Watson tossed 19 touchdown passes and threw for nearly 1700 yards, adding 269 rushing yards and a pair of scores on the ground as well. In Weeks 2 through 7 (his first six NFL starts) Watson was a top five fantasy performer on average before sustaining his injury so it's easy to see why the offseason buzz has been plentiful for the second year pro. He'll need to cut down on the turnovers going forward, as he threw 8 picks as a rookie and put the ball on the ground 3 times. But the sky really is the limit here, and Watson is being drafted as such in all formats.

5. Cam Newton, CAR - Age 29

After trying to limit Newton's rushing in 2016, Carolina seems to have finally come to grips with the fact that trying to turn him into a pocket passer simply doesn't translate to success. Instead, his ability to keep defenses honest with his legs is a crucial component to his success in the passing game. Newton rebounded off 2016's dismal 52.9% completion rate to 59.1%, which is much more in line with what we've come to expect throughout his career. He also posted career highs in rushing attempts (139) and rushing yards (754) with 6 rushing scores in 2017. All of this suggests that while the Panthers know there are risks in letting their franchise quarterback take an above average number of hits from NFL defenders each week, they also know that without a mobile Cam the Carolina offenses simply isn't as effective, in large part because Newton himself becomes less effective as a passer. Under contract through 2020, we should expect similar efforts to 2017 going forward as long as the 29 year old signal caller can stay healthy.

6. Jimmy Garoppolo, SF - Age 26

It didn't take long to realize why Bill Belichick was so displeased when Garoppolo was shipped west mid-season, as the fourth year quarterback took over as the starter San Francisco in Week 13 and averaged nearly 310 passing yards per game over five starts, with 8 (7 passing and 1 rushing) total touchdowns to 6 turnovers (5 interceptions and a fumble). Far more importantly, Garoppolo seemed an ideal fit for Kyle Shanahan's offense, directing a 49ers squad that had started the season 1-10 to 5 straight wins from the time he took over as the starter to close out the season. Even more impressive was that he did it with a skeleton crew offense that had already lost number one wideout Pierre Garcon for the season. Garoppolo isn't going to wow anyone with his arm, but he's highly accurate and confident throwing underneath and intermediate routes so expect him to find success in the San Francisco offense as an efficient volume passer.

7. Kirk Cousins, MIN - Age 30

Cousins' move to the Vikings was some of the biggest offseason news and started a domino effect among NFL quarterbacks changing teams. And while Cousins was a top 10 fantasy quarterback and certainly gets an offensive upgrade by moving to Minnesota, we shouldn't overlook how often he was asked to throw the ball in Washington. Jay Gruden's pass heavy offense and the lack of a real bellcow back, often forced Cousins to carry the offense for the Redskins. With Dalvin Cook in the backfield and a much stingier defense, Cousins simply may not have to be as aggressive as a Viking. That said, he also has better weapons around him. In addition to Cook, the duo of Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen are head and shoulders above the receiving crew he was saddled with last season, and it's not like the Vikings gave Cousins $84 million in guaranteed money over the next three seasons just to watch him hand off the football.

8. Matthew Stafford, DET - Age 30

Over the past few seasons fantasy players could arguably characterize Stafford as a boring player to own. Ever since his breakout 2011 campaign of more than 5000 passing yards and 41 touchdowns, it's been difficult not to think of subsequent seasons as anything but a little disappointing. But that's hardly been the case, as Stafford's improvement in recent seasons makes him one of the safest quarterback options available heading into his age 30 season. His steadily improving completion percentage has been north of 65% for three straight seasons now, and he's averaged just over 4300 yards and 28 touchdowns over those campaigns while remaining remarkably consistent. There's probably not a big 2011-type upside left in Stafford, but he's managed a career low 10 interceptions in back to back seasons in 2016 and 2017, and at the same time has been trending up to a career high yards per attempt of 7.8 last year. There's a lot to like here.

9. Jared Goff, LAR - Age 23

With a doubt Goff was one of the most surprising quarterbacks of the 2017 season, as both he and Carson Wentz made it clear they were deserving of the first two picks in the draft just the season before. That said, we shouldn't overrate Goff's 2017 campaign, as both he and the revamped Rams offense were highly efficient under new head coach Sean McVay. It's going to be difficult to replicate that efficiency in 2018, especially now that this team has a target on its back and isn't playing a bottom of the barrel schedule. This offseason saw Los Angeles beef up the defensive side of the ball and swap out Sammy Watkins for Brandin Cooks. In theory, Cooks is probably a better fit for Goff from a skill set perspective so the big contract he got a head of training camp makes some sense. The Rams also locked down Todd Gurley with an extension as well so Goff's weapons are set for the foreseeable future and that should give him some measure of safety.

10. Andrew Luck, IND - Age 28

Finally back to throwing a football after missing all of the 2017 season, Luck has now played in 22 of the Colts last 58 regular season games. Hardly a comforting statistic for both redraft and dynasty owners. Assuming the extended absence allows him to get back to being the player he was before the injury, Luck is a perennial challenger for the top overall quarterback in fantasy. But a hiccup or two, or the inability to make some of the throws he could coming into the league, immediately threaten that status. At this point all we can do is wait to see what he looks like in the preseason. And even if it's positive, you know there's going to be a measure of risk for the rest of his career.

11. Patrick Mahomes, KC - Age 22

Last year's 10th pick overall in the draft, Mahomes showed enough in practices last year and then in his one week audition against the Broncos in Week 17, to make the Chiefs comfortable with sending Alex Smith off to Washington this offseason. While the numbers aren't eye-popping, it's worth noting that with the Chiefs playoff situation locked in, the late season tilt featured the Broncos defensive starters against Mahomes and a Chiefs offense than saw Kareem Hunt rush once, and Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill watch from the sidelines. That's right, Mahomes racked up 284 yards passing throwing to Demetrius Harris, DeMarcus Robinson, and Albert Wilson. Even more impressive, Kansas City won the game. His one year learning behind Smith should ultimately help him in the long run, and he arguably has the highest upside of any quarterback taken in last year's draft, including Deshaun Watson. Blessed with an absolute cannon, Mahomes can make every throw in the book. And he's no slouch as a runner either. If he is truly putting it all together at the NFL level the way the reports out of Kansas City claim, he may have a long tenure as a fantasy darling.

12. Marcus Mariota, TEN - Age 24

After a fantastic second season, many expected another step forward for Mariota in 2017. But instead the Tennessee quarterback failed to account for 20 or more touchdowns for the first time in his career. Even worse, he threw 15 interceptions to just 13 passing scores on the season. But as bad as his season was, it was hardly all his fault, as the Titans lacked at the skill positions for most of the season. Rookie first rounder Corey Davis couldn't stay healthy, Delanie Walker started to show his age, and both DeMarco Murray and Eric Decker proved to have nothing left in the tank. That said, Derrick Henry finally got his shot in the backfield and looked like a potential bellcow back. The receivers group still has some question marks, but Mariota should bounce back under first year head coach Mike Vrabel and new offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur. By all accounts the offense should be more uptempo under the new regime, but it's also worth keeping in mind that Mariota is now on his third coaching regime since coming into the league in 2015.

13. Jameis Winston, TB - Age 24

Still just 24 years old, the first overall pick in the NFL draft once again ran into off-the-field issues this offseason, as a 2016 incident with an Uber driver will cost him the first three games of the regular season as he serves a suspension handed down by the league. And it's not the first time. Winston faced a series of personal issues while at Florida State and it's hard not to start looking at the sum of these events and wondering if the Bucs signal caller has the maturity to be counted on to be the face of the franchise. Even the league in its statement on the suspension noted, "a future violation of the Personal Conduct Policy will result in more substantial discipline, including a potential ban from the NFL." That's the kind of language that will give Tampa Bay's management pause, and should do the same for dynasty owners. That said, there's plenty of bounceback potential here after a down 2017 season. And there's no question that Winston can be a productive NFL starter if he can get his head right.

14. Matt Ryan, ATL - Age 33

After Ryan's career year in 2016, regression last season seemed almost inevitable. Undoubtedly the loss of Kyle Shanahan as his offensive coordinator also played a role. Still, the Falcons showed their faith in Ryan by signing him to a massive extension this spring that will take him through his age 38 season in Atlanta. It's a vote of confidence in Ryan, but also a testament to how difficult it is to find and develop a franchise signal caller. While Julio Jones's best seasons may be behind him, the addition of first round rookie Calvin Ridley should help ensure Ryan's long term production. Though he's spiked and dipped at times, Ryan is basically a 4500 yard, 25 touchdown passer, and there's no reason to believe he can't consistently post numbers in that range for seasons to come.

15. Tom Brady, NE - Age 41

Until we see different Tom Brady is what Tom Brady is-a legit MVP contender every year. The issue here is that he'll turn 41 ahead of the regular season. And while Brady and the Pats are a tough out, Father Time is pretty much undefeated. It's difficult to know what we should expect over the next few seasons as the the rift between Brady and Belichick does appear to be growing, but for the time being he's an elite fantasy option on an offense we know is going to score a ton of points. The problem in dynasty formats is that he could literally hang them up at any point in the next season or two and leave you holding the bag.

16. Derek Carr, OAK - Age 27

Prior to a late season injury in 2016, Carr was tearing the league apart and had the Raiders offense clicking on all cylinders. So by all accounts it made sense to believe he'd pick up where he left off last season, but it simply wasn't to be. In Week 4 Carr suffered a transverse fracture to his lower back, and was expected to miss a month or more. Instead, he missed just one game and tried to play through the injury, a situation that didn't seem to benefit anyone, as Oakland struggled on both sides of the ball and Carr brought down the fantasy fortunes of teammates Amari Cooper, and the now departed Michael Crabtree. In short, it was a season to forget. But no one really knows what to expect out of the new look Raiders either. Jordy Nelson will assume the Crabtree role in the offense, and Oakland also brought in top lifter Martavis Bryant and veteran running back Doug Martin behind Marshawn Lynch. What remains to be seen is how much Nelson and Martin have left, and whether Bryant can stay out of trouble off the field. And that doesn't even touch on the fact that Jon Gruden, 10 years removed from his last NFL coaching gig, is now calling the shots in Oakland. If you're a Carr owner, buckle up.

17. Ben Roethlisberger, PIT - Age 36

Much like Brady, we're getting to the point in Big Ben's career where retirement speculation seems to swirl every offseason. Of course Roethlisberger has made plenty of comments to stoke those fires in the past. Entering his age 36 season, the future Hall of Famer has two years left on his current deal and all indications are that he'll play out that contract. With Le'Veon Bell playing under a tag again this season, and almost certainly headed out of town via free agency this coming offseason, this could very well be Pittsburgh's last realistic run at a title with Roethlisberger under center. He's known for taking a beating and playing through injuries, but it's been clear in recent seasons that those are taking more of a toll than they did in the past. Big Ben probably has another couple seasons of fantasy relevance, and it's worth noting the Steelers traded up in the draft to grab former Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph in the third round.

18. Dak Prescott, DAL - Age 25

After bursting onto the scene as a rookie, Prescott struggled mightily in year number two. Part of that may have been the absence of Ezekiel Elliott for a long stretch, but Prescott also didn't make good decisions with the football. As a rookie he was asked to manage games for the most part, while last season the Cowboys needed him to win them, and without much around him on offense. Gone are Dez Bryant and Jason Witten, as newly added Allen Hurns and rookie Michael Gallup figure to play a big role in the receiving game. Tavon Austin was also signed this offseason and Dallas hasn't been shy about their plans to target him plenty coming out of the backfield. The key going forward for Prescott is pretty clearly the running game, but Austin could add an interesting element if the Cowboys can figure out how to use him correctly-something the Rams never did. Still, based on what we've seen the past couple seasons, Prescott would appear to be at his best averaging pass attempts in the mid-20s per game and utilizing his rushing ability to keep defenses honest and convert in the red zone.

19. Drew Brees, NWO - Age 39

Brees is entering his age 39 season, and the Saints just re-upped him for another two years. That would take through his age 40 season and it's fair to start wondering how much the future Hall of Famer has left in the tank. Additionally, New Orleans has clearly shifted its focus on offense, opting for a more run heavy attack. It was an adjustment that saw Brees fail to pass for at least 4800 yards for the first time since 2010, and attempt just 536 passes, his lowest total since 2009's 514 attempts in 15 games that season. His 23 touchdown passes were also his lowest total since he came to New Orleans in 2006. Still, Brees led the league in both completions (386) and completion percentage (his 72% was a career high), directing a highly efficient offense that found the end zone 23 times on the ground-5 more than any other team in the NFL. All of this suggests that not only is time running out for Brees from an age perspective, but Sean Payton and company seem to be adjusting the offense in the hopes of prolonging his career. And playing behind one of the best offensive lines in the league, there's no reason the Saints won't be contenders for the next few seasons. But for now we may have seen the last of the gawdy fantasy passing stats we've come expect of Brees.

20. Mitchell Trubisky, CHI - Age 24

There's a lot to like about Trubisky's rookie year, as he managed to survive a season of John Fox coaching without becoming a total disaster. The Bears played a run-heavy offense that rarely saw him throwing the football downfield so its unsurprising that he excelled at taking care of the football. With former Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy now at the helm, one has to assume Trubisky's role is about to change. He should see the ball in his hands more and he'll be counted on to ramp up what was often a stagnant offense last year. Chicago also went out and signed Allen Robinson, Trey Burton, and Taylor Gabriel this offseason, and then added wide receiver Anthony Miller in the second round of the draft, significantly upgrading one of the worst receiving groups in the league. All of this is good news for the future fantasy fortunes of the second year quarterback.

21. Baker Mayfield, CLE

The first overall pick in the draft, one has to assume it's only a matter of time before Mayfield is taking first team reps. That said, Tyrod Taylor is a capable NFL quarterback and Mayfield does have some adjustments to make coming into the NFL. Though undersized, Mayfield has an above average arm and the kind of escapability that gives NFL defensive coordinators nightmares. But it's the gunslinger mentality that is likely to get him into trouble early in his NFL career. Skillset-wise he compares favorably to a guy like Russell Wilson, but ultimately it will come down to his decision making early on. There are also questions along the offensive line, though the Browns have stockpiled an impressive array of talent at the skill positions, adding Jarvis Landry, Carlos Hyde and Nick Chubb to a group that already includes Josh Gordon, David Njoku, and Duke Johnson. Slowly but surely, Cleveland is getting better on both sides of the ball, and Mayfield is the guy they've tapped to be the face of the franchise.

22. Lamar Jackson, BAL

When the Ravens traded back up into the first round to take Jackson, it was clear that Baltimore thinks he can be their quarterback of the future. Joe Flacco is heading into his age 33 season and his play has been declining over the past few seasons, not to mention the bloated salary he's collecting these days. Jackson was a far better pocket passer in college than he ever got credit for, but it's obviously his running ability that could make him a fantasy stud down the line. A true dual threat, he'll need to make some adjustments to succeed in the NFL, but with Flacco entrenched as the starter for now, the Ravens can take their time in developing what they hope is their future franchise quarterback.

23. Josh Rosen, MIA

Not a player who lacks confidence, Rosen is coming into the league with a chip on his shoulder after seeing both Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold taken ahead of him in the draft. By most accounts he's the most pro-ready of the five quarterbacks selected in the first round of this year's draft, and early reports from rookie camp and OTAs suggest he'll challenge Sam Bradford for the starters job in Week 1. The Cardinals enter the season with just Bradford and Mike Glennon competing for snaps with Rosen, and Glennon couldn't hold off Mitchell Trubisky in Chicago last season, a player who was much farther behind developmentally coming into the league. A true pocket passer, Rosen isn't going to beat teams with his legs, but he doesn't need to. His outspokenness has caused many to question his coachability and commitment to football, but Arizona seems to think they've got their quarterback of the future. Rosen's big early career challenge will be to not let the perfect be the enemy of the good. Despite average arm strength he wasn't always willing to take what was there in the passing game or to throw the ball away. Those mistakes get compounded quickly in the NFL and Rosen will need show a willingness to adapt if he's going to make it as a pro.

24. Sam Darnold, NYJ

Of the first round quarterbacks taken in the 2018 NFL draft, Darnold probably brings the least to the table out of the gate, but despite that he was atop the draft board for many experts who believed he should be the first overall pick. He's a big, strong quarterback that can move in the pocket and make all the throws, but he did have some issues with turnovers last season and will need to work at reading coverage and perhaps tweaking his mechanics a bit. That said, the ceiling is uber-high for the Jets new signal caller of the future, and he'll get to learn how to be a pro from Josh McCown and former first round pick Teddy Bridgewater, who is looking to resurrect his career after a devastating knee injury. In short, it's a pretty ideal situation for Darnold and big things should be on the horizon with an improving young defense and a franchise quarterback to build around. Look for the Jets to start surrounding Darold with offensive talent next offseason.

25. Philip Rivers, LAC - Age 36

For some reason Philip Rivers seems older than 36, but the longtime Chargers quarterback won't turn 37 years old until December and the team's offense is loaded with young skill position players and has a much improved offensive line. Rivers has tossed at least 26 touchdown passes in every season since 2008, but last year marked his second lowest interception total in a season over that span, with just 10. With the team's improvement overall, Rivers didn't have to be quite the gunslinger of days past, and that trend could likely continue for the next few seasons. Still a solid fantasy QB1 for at least a couple more years, Rivers is going to turn the ball over trying to make plays so be aware of that tendency if your league penalizes for interceptions. He's historically gone underdrafted and has top ten upside for those who like to wait on quarterbacks.

26. Alex Smith, WAS - Age 34

With the Chiefs opting to move on to last year's first round pick and their quarterback of the future, Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City dealt Smith to the Redskins this offseason. The former number one pick overall, Smith inked a new five year deal with Washington this offseason, which will keep him under center for the Skins through his age 39 season. With Mahomes waiting in the wings last season, Smith had easily his most productive season as a pro, passing for career highs in yardage and touchdowns, while posting his second highest completion percentage as a pro and just five interceptions-his lowest total across any of his five seasons with the Chiefs. Given the personnel around him in Washington, Smith is an interesting fantasy prospect for the next few seasons. As we saw with Kirk Cousins the past few years, Jay Gruden is going to run a pass heavy offense, and Washington has the type of offensive skill players that excel getting the ball in space, rather than trying to win downfield. All of this plays nicely into Smith's skill set. Although he is heading into his age 34 season, Smith's inconsistent usage as a starter through his first six years with the 49ers could help prolong his career.

27. Blake Bortles, JAX - Age 26

The Blake Bortles as a game manager strategy almost landed the Jaguars a Super Bowl berth last season so it's hard to envision we won't see more of the same going forward. Last year's first round pick, Leonard Fournette, rushed for more than 1000 yards in just 13 games last season and Jacksonville's above average offensive line and run-heavy offense are going to be the primary means of moving the football. The Jags already field an elite defense chalked full of young talent, which means there's no need to get overly aggressive in the passing game most weeks, as was evident last season when Bortles attempted 100 fewer passes than in 2016 and topped 60% in completions for the first time in his career. Jacksonville also let Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns walk via free agency, opting to go with Dede Westbrook, Marqise Lee, Keelan Cole, and new additions Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Donte Moncrief. Jacksonville's defense is arguably the best in the league, and still relatively young, which means we aren't likely to return to the days of Blake Bortles posting big garbage time stats. Instead, his running ability helps boost his value, and the hope is that he can continue to evolve as a passer, something we saw a bit of in the 2017 playoffs.

28. Josh Allen, BUF

Allen looks the part of an NFL quarterback and has all the physical tools that make NFL GMs drool. Still, coming out of the University of Wyoming he wasn't exactly shredding inferior competition at the collegiate level. Not unlike Deshone Kizer last year, Allen's draft status had more to do with raw talent than actual success. Though the ability is there, he lands in about as bad a spot as possible given the concerns. Neither Nathan Peterman or A.J. McCarron have a bonafide NFL track record or would appear to be the starter of the future, which means the Bills may be tempted to roll with Allen from the jump. That would put him under center behind a bad offensive line and see him throwing to arguably the league's worst receiving corps. It's another instance of an NFL team trying to rebuild by starting with the quarterback position rather than assembling the talent to help put a young signal caller in a position to succeed.

29. Andy Dalton, CIN - Age 30

An improved offensive line should help Andy Dalton's fortunes for the foreseeable future, but he's also a player whose ceiling is pretty much a known quantity at this stage. While he's done a much better job of taking care of the football in recent seasons, it's pretty clear that the Bengals are at their best when Dalton doesn't need to win them football games. Injuries and poor offensive line play led to a poor 2017 campaign, and owners should expect a bit of a bounceback. Still, a bounceback for Dalton would only make him borderline fantasy viable as depth in everything but very deep or 2-QB leagues.

30. Case Keenum, WAS - Age 30

Keenum takes over as the starter in Denver after leading Minnesota to the NFC title game last season. Despite his success with the Vikings, the team opted to pursue Kirk Cousins instead, and the fact that Keenum only landed a two year deal after such a successful season says a lot about the 30-year old quarterback. He's an upgrade over the trio of Brock Osweiler, Trevor Siemian, and Paxton Lynch that the Broncos rolled with last year, but he's not the long-term answer. Much like in Minnesota, he'll be counted on to manage games as the team takes a defense first approach. That said, he once again has a talented set of wideouts to throw to in Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas, as well as rookie Courtland Sutton. He's a solid option for a team that is looking to contend now and desperately needed a capable and consistent presence at the position.

31. Ryan Tannehill, TEN - Age 30

Tannehill's 2016 season was cut short due to a knee injury and his failure to recover last offseason led to a lost 2017. Since then, Jay Ajayi was sent to Philadelphia and Kenyan Drake has become the starting running back, Jarvis Landry was shipped off to Cleveland, and the Dolphins used a second round pick on athletic tight end Mike Gesicki. Kenny Stills and DeVante Parker are all that remain of the old guard, and only Parker was relevant the last time Tannehill started under center. With Brock Osweiler and not much else behind him on the depth chart his job is pretty safe for the foreseeable future, though his upside has proven to be limited.

32. Eli Manning, NYG - Age 37

2017 was a rough campaign for Manning, who by mid-season found himself throwing to guys the Giants were dragging in off the street after season-ending injuries to Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall, while Sterling Shepard missed time as well. The bright spot was the accelerated development of 2017 first round tight end Evan Engram and the number two pick in the draft that netted New York supremely talented rookie running back Saquon Barkley. At 37 years old the clock is ticking on the two-time Super Bowl champ, but there's a new regime in town that seems intent on trying to squeeze the best out of Manning's final two years under contract. Of course that assumes he improves over last season, as there's are some youngsters (Davis Webb-2017 3rd rounder and Kyle Lauletta-2018 4th rounder) who one assumes start pushing the veteran down the line. Manning always comes with built in turnovers, but the hope is that the addition of Barkley and a more balanced offense can help prolong his career and help limit some of those mistakes.

33. Tyrod Taylor, LAC - Age 28

Taylor is placeholder at quarterback until this year's top overall pick, Baker Mayfield, is ready to assume the job. But at every juncture in his career, Taylor has played better than expected, and it wouldn't be surprising to see the same thing occur here. Believe it or not, there's enough talent on the Browns that capable quarterbacking from Taylor could keep them in the playoff hunt longer than anyone expects. Eventually the Browns will need to make the move to Mayfield due to the draft capital they invested, but it's not unreasonable to believe it will take a good portion of this season. Still just 29 years old at the start of the season, Taylor is going to get a shot somewhere else next season when he becomes a free agent. While not a dynamic passer, Taylor can make plays with his legs and most notably, takes care of the football.

34. Sam Bradford, ARZ - Age 30

Bradford had truly become a dink and dunk quarterback in his hyper-efficient 2016 season, though he did look good in the limited sample size we saw in 2017 as well. Of course that was essentially just the opening Monday night game against the Saints as Case Keenum took over and Bradford never returned. Since the 2013 preseason, Bradford has torn his left ACL twice, and missed nearly all of last season with complications and bruising to the same knee. With that in mind it's hard to think the issues with his knee will ever go away. He has a solid group of talent around him in Arizona, much as he did in Minnesota, but entering his age 31 season Bradford has managed to start just 49 games since coming into the league, and continues to suffer from chronic knee pain. It's part of the reason that the Cardinals never figured him for a long term answer and selected former UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen in the first round.

35. AJ McCarron, HOU - Age 28

At this stage McCarron's value is largely linked to the fact that we don't know what he is as an NFL quarterback and the Bills job is wide open. Despite having some late season success as a rookie when Andy Dalton went down, the body of work for McCarron is thin. Even back then, the Bengals did their best to hide the rookie and relied heavily on the running game and a solid defense for their playoff run. Since his time under center late in his 2015 rookie season McCarron has attempted just 14 regular season passes. But given how much Andy Dalton has struggled at times over the past two seasons, the Bengals unwillingness to give McCarron a shot is probably telling.

36. Joe Flacco, DEN - Age 33

The writing was on the wall when the Raven traded back up into the end of the first round to select Lamar Jackson on the opening night of the draft, and the rookie has drawn rave reviews since his arrival in Baltimore. While the Ravens aren't likely to bench the quarterback that once led them to a Super Bowl win, there's no denying that Flacco's play has fallen off considerably over the past few seasons. Never a top tier fantasy option, Flacco's production fell to less than 200 yards per game passing in 2017, as he totaled just 20 touchdown passes to 13 interceptions. At 33 years old it's hard to imagine he holds any future fantasy relevance outside of 2-QB leagues, and even then he'll need to hold off Jackson.

37. Nick Foles, JAX - Age 29

Foles is in the unique position of entering the season as the reigning Super Bowl MVP, but still knowing that not only is he not the quarterback of the future for the Philadelphia Eagles, but he's not even the presumptive starter once Carson Wentz is healthy and a full go. And it's entirely possible that's the case by Week 1. At his current contract price he's far too valuable for Philadelphia not to hang onto, especially with Wentz recovering from a significant knee injury. That said, he's likely to command some serious interest next offseason, and would have been the top choice of the Browns had Philly been willing to part with him. As it is he's entering his age 29 season with tons of momentum and enough believers to make him a hot future commodity for a franchise that has most of the other pieces in places. Whether he can live up to that billing remains to be seen.

38. Jacoby Brissett, IND - Age 25

A second year quarterback acquired from New England in the preseason, Brissett started from Week 2 on for the Colts last season with Andrew Luck on the shelf. He wasn't good per se, but there's enough there to at least make him intriguing. Always projected as more of a developmental prospect who would need time, Brissett has now played in 19 games (17 starts) since being drafted in the third round of the 2016 draft. And while he hasn't exactly lit the world on fire, he has taken care of the football and posted some relevant fantasy performances. Additionally, the Colts have been vocal in their desire to hang onto Brissett, especially given the uncertainty surrounding Luck.

39. Teddy Bridgewater, NWO - Age 25

The Jets signed Bridgewater as a potential trade chip ahead of the draft, but with the aging Josh McCown slated to mentor heir apparent Sam Darnold at the quarterback position, Bridgewater's future in New York seems very fluid. Now nearly two years removed from the horrific preseason knee injury that threatened to end his career, Bridgewater is still just 25 years old, and if he can bounce back he could be the answer for someone down the line, perhaps even the Jets if Darnold fails to develop. It remains to be seen whether Todd Bowles implying that the quarterback competition is open in camp is a real thing or not, but if Bridgewater is in fact healthy, it wouldn't be all that surprising to see him force his way into playing time. Regardless, his future is likely not in New York, and any health setbacks could be the end of what was once a promising career.

40. Mason Rudolph, PIT

The Steelers moved up in the third round to take Rudolph and believe the kid has a shot to develop into and NFL caliber quarterback. Despite prototypical NFL size for a quarterback, Rudolph doesn't have a huge arm. He's a pocket passer that improved every season at Oklahoma State, and has shown a penchant for taking shots down field. Of course that was in a spread Big 12 offense so he's got some learning to do. Ben Roethlisberger doesn't have that many years left and no one in Pittsburgh thinks Landry Jones is the long-term answer. Moving up to take Rudolph probably ends the Josh Dobbs experiment in Pittsburgh and Rudolph should get a chance to learn and develop in one of the best offensive systems in the league.

41. Chad Kelly, IND - Age 24

Kelly redshirted 2017, recovering from a torn ACL suffered in his final college season and surgery to repair a wrist injury. He's a gunslinger with top-shelf arm talent, but surrounded by question marks both on and off the field coming out of college. By all accounts he'll have a chance to unseat Paxton Lynch as the backup, and Broncos insiders have gushed about how he's kept his head down and worked his butt off since getting to Denver. While Case Keenum is the starter, Kelly could easily outplay Paxton Lynch for the backup role and it's worth noting that Keenum's deal is only for two seasons.

42. DeShone Kizer, GB - Age 22

Kizer looked as lost as a rookie in Cleveland as many had expected. So much so that the Browns were willing to deal him for cornerback Damarious Randall (widely considered a first round bust) this offseason. It's as good a spot as any for Kizer, as he'll get time to develop behind Aaron Rodgers. Brett Hundley certainly didn't look like the answer when the Packers starter missed time last season so it's not surprising that Green Bay decided to roll the dice on Kizer. A big, mobile prospect, the knocks on Kizer are accuracy and a tendency to hold onto the football for way too long. We'll have to see if the Green Bay coaching staff (an obvious step up from the Cleveland trainwreck last year), can help him fix those issues.

43. Davis Webb, NYJ - Age 23

For now the Giants seem content to keep rolling with Eli Manning, but a 2017 third round pick, Davis is firmly in the seat for the backup gig, and continues to draw praise for his improvement. Coming into the league he was always considered one of the more raw prospects, having sat behind Jared Goff until his final season at Cal and playing in a spread college offense the consensus was that he needed time to develop. The fact that the Giants grabbed Saquon Barkley with the second overall pick showed a vote of confidence in Manning and was at least an acknowledgement that the new Giants brass might think Webb a serviceable quarterback should he miss any time. Still, the Giants did draft quarterback Kyle Lauletta in the fourth round this spring and it's possible they envision him pushing Webb for the backup gig.

44. Paxton Lynch, SEA - Age 24

Lynch has had two shots at the starter's job in Denver-one in each of his first two seasons in the league. And the fact that Denver signed Case Keenum as a free agent and made him the starter before even taking a snap as a Bronco tells you all you need to know about where they think Lynch is at. Gone are Trevor Siemian, who seemed to perennially outplay Lynch in camp, as well as retread Brock Osweiler. But Lynch has showed very little to date and has been plagued by injuries and inconsistency since being taken in the first round of the 2016 draft. Even worse, he's now looking over his shoulder at the 2017 NFL Draft's Mr. Irrelevant, Chad Kelly, who keeps drawing glowing reports from Denver beat writers. All the physical tools are there, but Lynch is running out of time to put it together.

45. Cody Kessler, PHI - Age 25

Kessler isn't an NFL starter, but the Jags were willing to give up a seventh round pick to acquire him because they have zero depth at the position. Kessler is the type of quarterback that can step in and manage the team's run heavy offense should Bortles miss time, but as long as Jacksonville's defense continues to play at an elite level the ceiling is going to be low for anyone taking snaps for the Jags.

46. C.J. Beathard, SF - Age 24

There was some buzz around Beathard last offseason, as at the time it was only a matter of weeks until everyone assumed he'd get a shot at the starter's job. A third round pick out of Iowa, he looked like he'd have a chance to develop as part of the 49ers rebuild, but that was before Jimmy Garoppolo came to town via trade in mid-season. Beathard isn't overly athletic and doesn't have a big arm, but he could wind up being a solid backup in the league and has the upside to post some relevant fantasy stat lines if he finds himself starting somewhere down the line for an extended period of time. Shanahan's offense is quarterback friendly and if Beathard can develop into an efficient volume passer he can be a capable backup.

47. Josh McCown, NYJ - Age 39

Odds are that McCown starts under center for the Jets in Week 1, where he performed better than expected before getting injured last season. Teddy Bridgewater's presence and the addition of first round pick, Sam Darnold mean his days are clearly numbered in New York. But you'd also be hard pressed to find a better mentor for Darnold than the veteran McCown so maybe he winds up earning himself an extra season in 2019 if he's helpful in bringing the rookie along.

48. Nathan Peterman, OAK - Age 24

Last season Sean McDermott benched Tyrod Taylor and handed Peterman the keys to the offense ahead of the Bills Week 11 game against the Chargers in San Diego. At the time the move was a head scratcher, but by the end of the first half Peterman had thrown five picks, which made it mind boggling. And it almost cost Buffalo a playoff berth. He was less erratic when he saw action after that, but still nothing to write home about. We can't completely write him off due to the nature of the Bills quarterback situation. While Josh Allen is the guy Buffalo tapped for the future due to his natural talent, there's plenty of concern about his readiness. Peterman and A.J. McCarron could very well wind up competing for opening week snaps, and if Peterman shows something he could see playing time while Allen develops.

49. Taysom Hill, NWO

Heading into training camp, the athletic Hill seems like he could be in line to assume backup duties to Drew Brees. And as durable as Brees has been to date, he's still on the verge of turning 40 years old. Previous attempts to find an heir to the quarterback position in New Orleans have been fruitless-most recently Garrett Grayson comes to mind. Hill has drawn rave reviews from the coaching staff and would be a dual threat option if he gets a chance down the line. All of this assumes that he can hold off Tom Savage and J.T. Barrett in camp.

50. Brock Osweiler, MIA - Age 27

This is Osweiler's fourth stop since Houston signed him to a bonkers contract ahead of the 2016 season. He was a disaster there, couldn't make the Browns, and then crashed and burned in his second go-around with the Broncos. Miami is in desperate need of a backup after letting Matt Moore go, but this is probably a downgrade. He'd need to beat out David Fales and Bryce Petty for the backup job in Miami.

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