Dynasty Fantasy Football: 2023 NFL Rookie Quarterback Rankings
Published: May 04, 2023
Updated: May 05, 2023
There’s a reason that quarterbacks almost always win the MVP - we all agree that it’s the “most important position in football”. Well, with the advent of Superflex leagues, it now might also be the most important position in fantasy football. In fact, even in single quarterback leagues, the mobile quarterbacks dominate the quarterback rankings and can change your fortune in any given season. The once forgotten position in fantasy football now commands our respect, just like it did in the 2023 NFL Draft when three of the first four picks were quarterbacks.
So far we’ve hit on the Dynasty Wide Receiver Rankings and Dynasty Running Back Rankings so it’s time to tackle the all-important quarterback position. Who has the most upside? Who is most likely to be a franchise QB? Who from the late rounds could actually get a shot. Let’s dive in and dissect the 2023 rookie class and rank these guys for your dynasty rookie drafts.
Without further ado, here are the top rookie wide receivers from the 2023 NFL Draft!
Rookie Quarterback Ranks Top-6:
1. Anthony Richardson, Indianapolis Colts
There are two schools of thought. The first is that the hit rate on QBs, even in the first round, is so shaky that you just want the guy who is most likely to actually start long term in the NFL. The second is that, given the fluctuation and difficulty analyzing these guys, you might as well go for the most upside possible. I tend to fall into the second category - especially in single QB leagues. Think about Zach Wilson, Trey Lance, and Mac Jones. Even the pick that proved to be “safest” in Mac Jones doesn’t feel that great right now. Give me the rushing upside of Anthony Richardson any day.
2. Bryce Young, Carolina Panthers
If you fall into the first camp, this is your pick. Everyone has had the same exact take on this guy for seemingly his whole life. “The only knock on him is that he’s not that big”. Well, guess what? On every stage so far he’s knocked it out of the park. And that includes playing at the most prestigious school in college football. Now he’s the first overall pick in the NFL and deserves our attention.
3. C.J. Stroud, Houston Texans
We’re never going to know for sure what CJ Stroud’s S2 cognitive test actually was. Based on his reaction to the reported leaks, we can assume that it wasn’t good. But we also don’t even know if that’s a metric that truly matters at the end of the day. What we do know is that three QBs were drafted in the top four picks and the next one wasn’t even drafted in the first round. So Stroud needs to be at least third in the rankings and in a different tier from the rest of these guys.
4. Will Levis, Tennessee Titans
Will Levis reportedly has two issues - character concerns and mechanical issues. But he also has a cannon arm. Quite frankly, the whole situation reminds me of Jay Cutler. The thing is, Jay Cutler really didn’t fix his mechanical issues and he was STILL a fantasy-relevant QB just chucking it off his back foot for his whole career. Lord knows that Philip Rivers didn’t care much for “proper mechanics”. So I’m willing to give this guy a shot. But not before the first three guys are gone.
5. Hendon Hooker, Detroit Lions
Hooker is a bit of the opposite of Will Levis. Everyone I talked to who was actually at the combine loved talking to this guy. But there is also a lot to be scared of. He’s an older prospect that just tore his ACL in November. And he comes from a gimmicky offense where you only have to read half the field. With high end weapons that we also drafted. He’s being drafted with the knowledge that Jared Goff is the starter in 2023 but Patrick Mahomes and Jalen Hurts were also drafted knowing that Alex Smith and Carson Wentz were the starters too so that’s not the end of the world.
6. Clayton Tune, Arizona Cardinals
The hit rate for QBs after the first two rounds is pretty atrocious. Over the last 25 years, the best QB drafted in the third round is Russell Wilson. The next best? Matt Schaub. So we really are just looking for anyone who can get an opportunity to play at all at some point. Reports are that Kyler Murray could miss half the season recovering from his knee injury. And this brand new regime selected Clayton Tune. If he can somehow win that backup gig, he could START for the Cardinals Week One this year. To me, there is value in that possibility that trumps any of the odds for the rest of these guys.
Rookie Quarterback Ranks 7-14:
7. Aiden O’Connell, Las Vegas Raiders
8. Stetson Bennett, Los Angeles Rams
9. Jake Haener, New Orleans Saints
10. Dorian Thompson-Robinson, Cleveland Browns
11. Jaren Hall, Minnesota Vikings
12. Tanner McKee, Philadelphia Eagles
13. Sean Clifford, Green Bay Packers
14. Max Duggan, Los Angeles Chargers