Sports NFL QB Power Rankings: Where every QB stands entering the season

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With the regular season fast approaching, who took the top spot on our list of the league's best signal callers?

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Tom Brady.

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With the 2017 NFL season nearly upon us, the vast majority of the league's quarterback battles have been decided.

With a few talented rookies waiting in the wings and several significant injuries around the league, there will surely be more signal-caller drama as the season wears on, but as of now, all 32 teams have identified a preferred option.

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In a league that's becoming more pass happy by the week, the quarterback position has become more vital than ever. Below, find out how all 32 starters stack up ahead of the regular season. The players listed have been ranked according to track record, fantasy viability, and projections for this year.

32. Josh McCown, New York Jets

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32. Josh McCown, New York Jets

(Julio Cortez/AP)

Career record as starter: 18-42

2016 stats: 1,100 yards, 54.5 completion %, 72.3 rating

2017 fantasy projection: 139.2 points

One thing to know: The Jets will be McCown's eighth NFL team. In 22 games started over the past three years, he's gone 2-20.



31. Tom Savage, Houston Texans

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31. Tom Savage, Houston Texans

(David J. Phillip)

Career record as starter: 1-1

2016 stats: 461 yards, 63.0 completion %, 80.9 rating

2017 fantasy projection: 85.2 points

One thing to know: Savage started three games for the Texans last season, but with 12th overall pick Deshaun Watson waiting in the wings, it's only a matter of time before he returns to the bench.



30. DeShone Kizer, Cleveland Browns

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30. DeShone Kizer, Cleveland Browns

(Jason Behnken/AP)

Career record as starter: N/A

2016 stats: N/A

2017 fantasy projection: 157.8 points

One thing to know: Kizer, a rookie, was a second-round pick in this year's draft. He won the starting job over Brock Osweiler, who's set to make $16 million this season.



29. Mike Glennon, Chicago Bears

29. Mike Glennon, Chicago Bears play

29. Mike Glennon, Chicago Bears

(Nam Y. Huh/AP)

Career record as starter: 5-13

2016 stats: 75 yards, 90.9 completion %, 125.4 rating (11 attempts)

2017 fantasy projection: 155.8 points

One thing to know: Glennon may not hold on to the starting job for long. Mitchell Trubisky, the second overall pick in this year's draft, has flashed serious potential in the preseason.



28. Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams

28. Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams play

28. Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams

(Jae C. Hong/AP)

Career record as starter: 0-7

2016 stats: 1,089 yards, 54.6 completion %, 63.6 rating

2017 fantasy projection: 178.2 points

One thing to know: Goff, the first overall pick in 2016, has continued to struggle this year, committing two turnovers during the Rams' preseason game against the Raiders.



27. Brian Hoyer, San Francisco 49ers

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27. Brian Hoyer, San Francisco 49ers

(Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Career record as starter: 16-15

2016 stats: 1,445 yards, 67.0 completion %, 98.0 rating

2017 fantasy projection: 173.8 points

One thing to know: Hoyer is coming off a solid season with the Bears, but he should expect heavy scrutiny this season. The 49ers signed him as a free agent to replace the still unemployed Colin Kaepernick under center.



26. Trevor Siemian, Denver Broncos

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5. Denver Broncos

(Jack Dempsey/AP)

Career record as starter: 8-6

2016 stats: 3,401 yards, 59.5 completion %, 84.6 rating

2017 fantasy projection: 177.6 points

One thing to know: Siemian won the Broncos starting job for the second consecutive season, beating out 23-year-old Paxton Lynch, who was handpicked by John Elway in the 2016 draft.



25. Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars

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25. Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars

(John Raoux/AP)

Career record as starter: 11-34

2016 stats: 3,905 yards, 58.9 completion %, 78.8 rating

2017 fantasy projection: 198.1 points

One thing to know: Despite starting every one of Jacksonville's games between 2015 and 2016, Bortles had to earn the starting role over veteran Chad Henne this preseason.



24. Jay Cutler, Miami Dolphins

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24. Jay Cutler, Miami Dolphins

(Lynne Sladky/AP)

Career record as starter: 68-71

2016 stats: 1,059 yards, 59.1 completion %, 78.1 rating

2017 fantasy projection: 205.7 points

One thing to know: Cutler was all set to spend this fall as an on-air analyst for Fox, but an injury to Dolphins incumbent Ryan Tannehill and a $10 million deal were enough to lure him back to the NFL. His chemistry with his new receivers will play a big role in his success this year.



23. Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills

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23. Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills

(Matt Rourke/AP)

Career record as starter: 14-14

2016 stats: 3,023 yards, 61.7 completion %, 89.7 rating

2017 fantasy projection: 259.3 points

One thing to know: Taylor was placed in concussion protocol after being sacked during Saturday's preseason game against the Ravens. It is unclear whether he will return in time for the Bills' season opener.



22. Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles

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22. Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles

(Matt Rourke/AP)

Career record as starter: 7-9

2016 stats: 3,782 yards, 62.4 completion %, 79.3 rating

2017 fantasy projection: 239.6 points

One thing to know: After fading down the stretch in 2016, Wentz did his offseason training in California and delved into the Eagles' playbook in hopes of more consistent results in his sophomore season.



21. Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals

21. Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals play

21. Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals

(Ross D. Franklin/AP)

Career record as starter: 89-84-1

2016 stats: 4,233 yards, 61.0 completion %, 87.2 rating

2017 fantasy projection: 236.1 points

One thing to know: The 37-year-old is coming off a down year, experiencing dips in passing yards, completion percentage, and passer rating. The result was Palmer's first losing record since his days with the Oakland Raiders.



20. Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs

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20. Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs

(Charlie Riedel/AP)

Career record as starter: 79-56-1

2016 stats: 3,502 yards, 67.1 completion %, 91.2 rating

2017 fantasy projection: 223.0 points

One thing to know: Smith has become a poster child for the NFL's recent emphasis on short, strategic passes, posting a 64.5 completion percentage while leading the Chiefs to 11 wins in three of his four seasons in Kansas City.



19. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens

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19. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens

(Gary Landers/AP)

Career record as starter: 83-55

2016 stats: 4,317 yards, 64.9 completion %, 83.5 rating

2017 fantasy projection: 229.6 points

One thing to know: Although he's been sidelined with a back injury for much of the summer, Flacco will be ready in time for the team's season opener against Cincinnati, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh has promised.



18. Sam Bradford, Minnesota Vikings

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18. Sam Bradford, Minnesota Vikings

(Andy Clayton-King/AP)

Career record as starter: 32-45-1

2016 stats: 3,877 yards, 71.6 completion %, 99.3 rating

2017 fantasy projection: 217.6 points

One thing to know: Bradford set an NFL record for single-season completion percentage last year, finding a receiver on over 70% of his attempts.



17. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers

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17. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers

(Mark Humphrey/AP)

Career record as starter: 51-40-1

2016 stats: 3,509 yards, 52.9 completion %, 75.8 rating

2017 fantasy projection: 282.6 points

One thing to know: After a disappointing follow-up to his 2015 MVP-winning campaign, many analysts suggested that Newton should pass more and throw less, but the Auburn product recently reaffirmed his love for the run game.



16. Eli Manning, New York Giants

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16. Eli Manning, New York Giants

(Julio Cortez/AP)

Career record as starter: 108-91

2016 stats: 4,027 yards, 63.0 completion %, 86.0 rating

2017 fantasy projection: 243.0 points

One thing to know: Manning has started 199 consecutive regular-season games for the Giants, the longest active streak in the NFL.



15. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals

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15. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals

(John Minchillo/AP)

Career record as starter: 56-35-2

2016 stats: 4,206 yards, 64.7 completion %, 91.8 rating

2017 fantasy projection: 259.2 points

One thing to know: The Bengals have made five postseason appearances since Dalton took over quarterback duties in 2011, but they haven't won a playoff game since 1990.



14. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts

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14. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts

(Darron Cummings/AP)

Career record as starter: 43-27

2016 stats: 4,240 yards, 63.5 completion %, 96.4 rating

2017 fantasy projection: 2,71.3 points

One thing to know: Luck enjoyed a strong comeback season in 2016, but he's already run into problems this year. Thanks to a slow recovery from offseason shoulder surgery, his status for the Colts' season opener is in doubt.



13. Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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13. Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

(Chris O'Meara/AP)

Career record as starter: 15-17

2016 stats: 4,090 yards, 60.8 completion %, 86.1 rating

2017 fantasy projection: 279.3 points

One thing to know: The Buccaneers made major improvements to their receiving corps during the offseason, which should allow them to make the most of Winston's cannon for an arm.



12. Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers

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12. Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers

(Jae C. Hong/AP)

Career record as starter: 97-79

2016 stats: 4,386 yards, 60.4 completion %, 87.9 rating

2017 fantasy projection: 260.5 points

One thing to know: After finishing last season with his worst passer rating since 2007, Rivers looks ready for a rebound. He led the Chargers to three touchdowns during Sunday's preseason game against the Rams.



11. Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys

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11. Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys

(Michael Owen Baker/AP)

Career record as starter: 13-3

2016 stats: 3,667 yards, 67.8 completion %, 104.9 rating

2017 fantasy projection: 270.5 points

One thing to know: The Cowboys were one of the most run-heavy teams in the NFL last season, so running back Ezekiel Elliott's six-game suspension may force Prescott to take on an ever bigger role in Jason Garrett's offense.



10. Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans

10. Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans play

10. Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans

(Mark Humphrey)

Career record as starter: 11-16

2016 stats: 3,426 yards, 61.2 completion %, 95.6 rating

2017 fantasy projection: 271.5 points

One thing to know: On the verge of what could be a breakout year for the Titans, Mariota flaunted the team's wishes and slimmed down in pursuit of greater mobility.



9. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers

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9. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers

(Keith Srakocic/AP)

Career record as starter: 123-60

2016 stats: 3,819 yards, 64.4 completion %, 95.4 rating

2017 fantasy projection: 262.4 points

One thing to know: This season could be Roethlisberger's last go-round as an NFL quarterback. In July, he expressed uncertainty about his future to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, citing his age, health, and family commitments.



8. Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders

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8. Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders

(Eric Risberg/AP)

Career record as starter: 22-25

2016 stats: 3,937 yards, 63.8 completion %, 96.7 rating

2017 fantasy projection: 262.1 points

One thing to know: Carr has shown steady improvement through his first three NFL seasons, taking the Raiders from a 3-13 record in 2014 to 12-4 and a playoff spot last year.



7. Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins

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7. Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins

(Steve Helber/AP)

Career record as starter: 19-21-1

2016 stats: 4,917 yards, 67.0 completion %, 97.2 rating

2017 fantasy projection: 269.5 points

One thing to know: This will be a contract year for Cousins. The Michigan State product was hit with the franchise tag in February, becoming the only quarterback in history to be tagged in consecutive years.



6. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks

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6. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks

(Ted S. Warren/AP)

Career record as starter: 56-23-1

2016 stats: 4,219 yards, 64.7 completion %, 92.6 rating

2017 fantasy projection: 294.3 points

One thing to know: Wilson will reportedly enter this season with a slimmer physique, which could help him regain some of the mobility he lacked in 2016.



5. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions

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5. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions

(AJ Mast/AP)

Career record as starter: 51-58

2016 stats: 4,327 yards, 65.3 completion %, 93.3 rating

2017 fantasy projection: 265.9 points

One thing to know: Stafford topped 4000 passing yards for the sixth consecutive season in 2016, tied for the second-longest such streak in the league.



4. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons

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4. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons

(John Bazemore/AP)

Career record as starter: 85-57

2016 stats: 4,944 yards, 69.9 completion percentage, 117.1 rating

2017 fantasy projection: 302.7 points

One thing to know: Ryan had a season for the ages in 2016, posting the highest passer rating in the NFL and leading the Falcons to their first Super Bowl appearance in 18 years.



3. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints

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3. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints

(Jonathan Bachman/AP)

Career record as starter: 131-101

2016 stats: 5,208 yards, 70.0 completion %, 101.7 rating

2017 fantasy projection: 305.9 points

One thing to know: Brees threw for over 5,000 yards for the fifth time in his career last season. He's one of just five men in NFL history who have reached that single-season mark, and the only one to do it more than once.



2. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

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2. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

(Morry Gash/AP)

Career record as starter: 90-45

2016 stats: 4,428 yards, 65.7 completion %, 104.2 rating

2017 fantasy projection: 343.4 points

One thing to know: Rodgers led the Packers to six consecutive victories to close out last year's regular season, throwing 15 touchdown passes and zero interceptions over that stretch.



1. Tom Brady, New England Patriots

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1. Tom Brady, New England Patriots

(Michael Dwyer/AP)

Career record as starter: 183-52

2016 stats: 3,554 yards, 67.4 completion %, 112.2 rating

2017 fantasy projection: 321.3 points

One thing to know: Last season saw Brady post his highest passer rating since 2007, the year he won his first MVP award and led the Patriots to a 16-0 record in the regular season.



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