5. Trevor Siemian / Paxton Lynch, Denver Broncos
Whoever ends up being the quarterback for the Denver Broncos in 2017 will be in a great position to put up some quality numbers. General Manager John Elway realized that many of Denver’s offensive problems last year came up front, so he made it a priority to rebuild the line over the offseason.
The talent surrounding either quarterback is very strong at both the running back and wide receiver positions. Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas create one of the best receiving tandems and for the past three years they have both ended up with over 1,000-yard seasons. CJ Anderson, Jamaal Charles, Devontae Booker, and rookie De’Angelo Henderson make up a versatile and helpful backfield.
Neither quarterback will end up being a leader on the offense, but that is why they are perhaps two of the most underrated options in fantasy this year. Just make sure to know who is the starter week one before heading into your draft.
4. Sam Bradford, Minnesota Vikings
Sam Bradford is possibly one of the more underrated quarterbacks over his entire career. After Minnesota traded for him at the beginning of last season, many thought he would just be a one year stop gap that would not have much production. It was safe to say they were wrong after Bradford led the league in completion percentage at over 71% after replacing Teddy Bridgewater.
Next season is the start of a new era for the Vikings after letting possibly the greatest Viking ever head south to New Orleans, Adrian Peterson. This will create many more opportunities in the passing game especially with the talent catching the ball. If Laquon Treadwell makes the leap that many are expecting Braford will get another quality starter, along with Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen, and Kyle Rudolph.
Sam Bradford might not put up elite numbers that make him an every week starter, but he will be consistent for your team.
3. Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals
It feels strange to put one of the best quarterbacks of the last decade on a list of underrated players, but after a tough season for the team, the doubt is starting to pile up. Carson Palmer has constantly had injury problems throughout his career including in 2016 when he missed one week of the season due to a concussion. Other than that one week, he has fully participated the last two seasons while putting up nearly MVP type numbers. This leads me to believe he is fully recovered from his torn ACL and ready to perform yet again.
Bruce Arians offense loves the deep ball. When watching the Cardinals play, it is easy to see that the game plan for the offense is to push the ball down the field as quickly as possible. This type of offense would not be possible without the best pass catching back in the league in David Johnson, and a future Hall of Fame wide receiver in Larry Fitzgerald; add in all of the speedy receivers on the depth chart below Fitzgerald and that creates the most explosive offense in the league. Sounds like a pretty good place to be for a fantasy quarterback.
2. Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles
If it wasn’t for the incredible seasons that Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliot had in 2016, then Carson Wentz would have been the unanimous Offensive Rookie of the Year. After getting drafted 2nd overall in by the Eagles, Wentz threw for 3,700 yards with 16 TDs and 14 INTs.
This year we can expect more out of Wentz, as he now has one year of experience in the league and will get off to a quicker start. The Eagles also made a huge splash in free agency this year by acquiring rushing TD leader of 2016, Legarrette Blount, and Pro Bowl wide receiver Alshon Jeffery. The talent around Wentz last year was middle of the pack at best, so get ready for a leap in fantasy production for the 2nd year pro out of North Dakota State.
1. Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans
Marcus Mariota won’t be on this list for long because the hype surrounding the third-year quarterback out of Oregon is growing rapidly. Mike Mularkey and the Titans have made sure to develop the team to take as much pressure off of their franchise quarterback as possible, while also giving him the tools to succeed.
Tennessee added a ton of weapons since Mariota was drafted 2nd overall in 2014. Demarco Murray and Derek Henry make up one of the best running back tandems in the league, taking a lot of the pressure off Mariota. Blocking for him is one of the best offensive lines in the league with Taylor Lewan and Jack Conklin at the bookends. Tennessee also has a super deep receiving core featuring rookie Corey Davis, Eric Decker, Rishard Matthews and Delanie Walker.
This might not only be a great season for Marcus Mariota, but the start of an offensive dynamo in Tennessee.