Foster: fantasy football quarterback draft prep rankings

BY foxsports • May 9, 2016

With the 2016 NFL Draft in the rearview mirror and most NFL free agents with their new squads, here are the FOX Fantasy department's way-too-early 2016 fantasy football draft strategy rankings.

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Player Bye Week
1. Cam Newton (Car - QB) 7
2. Ben Roethlisberger (Pit - QB) 8
3. Russell Wilson (Sea - QB) 5
4. Aaron Rodgers (GB - QB) 4
5. Andrew Luck (Ind - QB) 10
6. Drew Brees (NO - QB) 5
7. Carson Palmer (Ari - QB) 9
8. Blake Bortles (Jac - QB) 5
9. Eli Manning (NYG - QB) 8
10. Derek Carr (Oak - QB) 10
11. Tony Romo (Dal - QB) 7
12. Tom Brady (NE - QB) 9
13. Andy Dalton (Cin - QB) 9
14. Philip Rivers (SD - QB) 11
15. Jameis Winston (TB - QB) 6
16. Kirk Cousins (Was - QB) 9
17. Marcus Mariota (Ten - QB) 13
18. Tyrod Taylor (Buf - QB) 10
19. Matthew Stafford (Det - QB) 10
20. Jay Cutler (Chi - QB) 9
21. Matt Ryan (Atl - QB) 11
22. Ryan Tannehill (Mia - QB) 8
23. Brock Osweiler (Hou - QB) 9
24. Colin Kaepernick (SF - QB) 8
25. Ryan Fitzpatrick (FA) N/A
26. Joe Flacco (Bal - QB) 8
27. Robert Griffin III (Cle - QB) 13
28. Alex Smith (KC - QB) 5
29. Teddy Bridgewater (Min - QB) 6
30. Jared Goff (StL - QB) 8
31. Sam Bradford (Phi - QB) 4
32. Mark Sanchez (Den - QB) 11
33. Paxton Lynch (Den - QB) 11
34. Carson Wentz (Phi - QB) 4
35. Geno Smith (NYJ - QB) 11

I'm a little more bullish on Ben Roethlisberger than most in the industry. Extrapolate his stats to 16 games, and he would have led the league in passing yards (4,922). It's tough to rank Aaron Rodgers fourth, especially with Jordy Nelson coming back. But considering how Russell Wilson finished the last seven games (24 touchdowns, 1 interception) and Seattle's changing philosophy, Wilson gets a slight nod for me. 

Blake Bortles is a top-10 QB in my mind. He threw 35 touchdowns in just his second year, and he has great targets in Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns and Julius Thomas. Jacksonville should be involved in a lot of shootouts. Tom Brady is really tough to rank. Four weeks is a substantial chunk of the fantasy season, but he's obviously a QB1 once he's back. Drew Brees just keeps getting it done, even without big time receivers. With Sean Payton locked in, he's a solid mid first tier choice yet again.  


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