A list of the top quarterbacks to draft for the 2017 fantasy football season.
1. Tom Brady (NE)
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Brady was suspended the first four games last year and played with Rob Gronkowski for only six games and yet still had one of his best seasons ever. He posted his highest YPA since 2011 and his highest completion percentage since 2007, also setting NFL records for lowest interception rate at 0.5 percent (min. 250 attempts) and highest TD:INT ratio (14.0). And he won his fifth Super Bowl. A four-year high 10.0 percent of his attempts came on passes of 21-plus yards, where he ranked fifth the league in passer rating (117.0). He also dominated in the red zone (even without Gronk), posting a league-leading 69.4 completion rate with 20 TDs. He will be 40 when this season starts, but why would that slow him? He gets rid of the ball so fast in the Patriots' quickstrike passing game that he doesn't get hit much -- third-fewest sacks per dropback last season and just three non-sack knockdowns per game -- though his wife let it slip in May that he had a concussion last year. But the veracity of that is uncertain. This season he has his best downfield threat since Randy Moss with the trade for speedster Brandin Cooks, who should also ensure more single coverage for Gronkowski.The Patriots signed Dwayne Allen as Gronk insurance and built a backfield full of capable receivers. Brady looks prepped for an even bigger year. Though key target Julian Edelman will miss the season due to a torn ACL, which stings, the likes of Chris Hogan and Danny Amendola are capable of stepping in to help fill the void.
2. Aaron Rodgers (GB)
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The first half of last season looked like Rodgers had carried over his struggles from 2015 when he posted career lows for completion percentage and yards per attempt. Through the first nine games, Rodgers had a 63.1 percent completion rate (18th) and 6.53 YPA (26th), and while he had 22 touchdowns, he also had seven interceptions. Then in Week 11, vintage Rodgers emerged and for the next seven games he completed 69.7 percent of his passes (4th) with 8.37 YPA (4th) and, perhaps most impressive, 18 TDs and no picks. Opinions vary on cause and effect, but there's no denying Rodgers' accuracy on deep balls improved markedly. During his slide, he completed 20 percent (8 of 40) of passes of more than 20 yards for 6.7 YPA. During his rebound, he bumped those numbers to 42.8 percent (15 of 35) with 15.1 YPA. The addition of 6-6 TE Martellus Bennett gives Rodgers another weapon, creating mismatches up the seam and in the red zone. And another year removed from ACL surgery will only help Jordy Nelson, who leads perhaps the league's best receiving corps. Eddie Lacy left, but the Packers are deeper at running back, and it only helps Rodgers' case that the projected starter, Ty Montgomery, is a converted wide receiver who excels in the passing game.
3. Drew Brees (NO)
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Whispers of decline a couple years ago seem downright laughable now, after Brees topped 5,000 yards and 35 touchdowns last season for the fourth time in his career. It's a truly impressive feat considering outside of Brees, 5,000 yards has been accomplished only four times in NFL history. Brees just did it for the fifth time. He did it with volume and accuracy, attempting a career-high 673 passes and finishing with a completion percentage that ranks eighth all-time (he owns three spots in the all-time top 10). And even if his arm strength isn't what it once was, he was still effective downfield last season, completing 45.5 percent of his attempts over 20 yards (6th) with 18.1 YPA, second only to Matt Ryan's 18.5. Brees' two aberrations came at a bad time for fantasy owners -- Weeks 13 and 14 -- when he threw three interceptions and no touchdowns in back-to-back games. But that's about the only negative to take away from his season. He's 38 this year, entering his 17th season, and shows no signs of slowing. Since joining the Saints in 2006, he's only missed two games. The team added Adrian Peterson to the backfield and Ted Ginn to a wideout corps that lost playmaker Brandin Cooks. Michael Thomas and Willie Snead return, giving Brees plenty of weapons in an offense that will again be throwing all day thanks to a bad defense.
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2017 Positional Rankings
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