Your March QB Rankings – March 2016
Throughout March, we’re running a series of Twitter polls (through our site account @TwoQBs), asking you to rank every starting quarterback for the 2016 season. … Each poll lasts one day and features a head-to-head matchup between two QBs. We start with our TwoQBs redraft QB rankings, but each poll dictates where we go next. At that link, you can see the results of these polls in the form of Reader Rankings, to give you an idea of where our rankers differ from the consensus.
Although you can see the pure rankings on that page, we thought you might benefit from seeing the specific results of each poll, including the percentage of votes cast for each side. Additionally, if you click on the poll images, you will be taken directly to the poll on Twitter, where you can see more information and reader responses to the polls.
We will keep updating this page throughout March, so that you can check back and keep up with the voting. Without further ado, here are your March QB rankings:
QB1: Cam Newton v Andrew Luck
There is a tight race at the top of the QB rankings, and voters were nearly split between Cam Newton and Andrew Luck.
The vote was equally split 50-50 for a long time, with Cam pulling ahead at the very end. This closeness at the top may account for a slightly later ADP for QB1 this year, if owners feel there is not a clear best option standing out above all the rest.
QB2: Andrew Luck v Russell Wilson
QB3: Russell Wilson v Aaron Rodgers
The combination of these two polls showed us that voters see a clear gap between the top three QBs and Russell Wilson. Although some of our rankers had Russell Wilson at QB3, you, the readers, disagreed.
Here we see one limitation of our Twitter poll format: our predetermined rankings define the limits. In other words, it looks like Aaron Rodgers might have beaten out Andrew Luck for the QB2 spot, but we have already set Luck at QB2 and won’t have a poll to test this theory.
QB4: Russell Wilson v Tom Brady
At this point, Russell Wilson found himself in a close poll, suggesting we have found the sweet spot for his perceived value. Voters seem to see Wilson, Tom Brady, and — potentially — Ben Roethlisberger in a tier to themselves.
QB5: Tom Brady v Drew Brees
QB6: Drew Brees v Ben Roethlisberger
This poll astounded us. Roethlisberger getting more votes than Brees wasn’t terribly surprising, but the margin of victory blew us away. Voters are expecting massive production from Roethlisberger this season, and this vote leaves us curious just how highly he could have gone if our polls were ascending, rather than descending. As it is, Roethlisberger slots into the QB6 position.
QB7: Drew Brees v Carson Palmer
Drew Brees losing to Carson Palmer, wow. Brees has a decade of elite fantasy performances, and Palmer has one elite year. Palmer was a QB2/QB3 draft pick in 2015, and now he’s perceived as a better option than Drew Brees. We can’t say we agree with this one. (Except for Sal Stefanile, who has Palmer one spot ahead of Brees in his own rankings.)
QB8: Drew Brees v Tyrod Taylor
Here begins the Tyrod Taylor freefall. Our rankers love them some Tyrod Taylor. As of our latest rankings update on March 7th, Taylor has a composite rank of QB11. (Joshua Lake is the only ranker to put Tyrod outside his top-10 and has him at QB17.) But you, the voters, rate Taylor much less highly. Here he loses in spectacular fashion to Drew Brees, but as you see he continues to lose many of the next polls as well.
QB9: Tyrod Taylor v Tony Romo
The fact that Tony Romo only barely edged out Tyrod Taylor suggests our rankers are much higher than voters are on both Romo and Taylor.
QB10: Tyrod Taylor v Philip Rivers
QB11: Tyrod Taylor v Eli Manning
QB12: Tyrod Taylor v Blake Bortles
This 82% vote shows the enormous support Blake Bortles has in the fantasy football community. Had our polls allowed Bortles to compete against higher-ranked QBs, there is a strong chance he would have finished higher than QB12.
QB13: Tyrod Taylor v Andy Dalton
QB14: Tyrod Taylor v Marcus Mariota
QB15: Tyrod Taylor v Jameis Winston
When will the fall end? Tyrod is now easily losing the QB15 matchup to a sophomore quarterback who came off a good, if low-upside, first season.
QB16: Tyrod Taylor v Derek Carr
QB17: Tyrod Taylor v Matt Ryan
We finally found the breaking point for our readers. You do not feel strongly about Tyrod Taylor, but you will at least trust him over Matt Ryan this season. Sad, because Josh just called Matt Ryan your 2016 draft value.
QB18: Matt Ryan v Matthew Stafford
QB19: Matthew Stafford v Kirk Cousins
QB20: Kirk Cousins v Joe Flacco
This was as close a vote as we have seen all month. Joe Flacco edged out Kirk Cousins by single-digit votes. Sal has you covered with a recent article in support of Flacco.
QB21: Kirk Cousins v Alex Smith
QB22: Alex Smith v Ryan Fitzpatrick
As Sal put it, this poll is basically the defining poll of 2QB leagues. Smith and Fitzpatrick have been favorites of the late-round crowd in two-quarterback leagues for a couple years now — Smith for even longer than that. 63% of you would prefer Fitzpatrick to Smith, even though we still do not know if Fitzpatrick will be back with the Jets.
QB23: Alex Smith v Ryan Tannehill
QB24: Alex Smith v Jay Cutler
QB25: Alex Smith v Teddy Bridgewater
To recap, here’s how the Reader Rankings shape up as of now:
QB1: Cam Newton
QB2: Andrew Luck
QB3: Aaron Rodgers
QB4: Russell Wilson
QB5: Tom Brady
QB6: Ben Roethlisberger
QB7: Carson Palmer
QB8: Drew Brees
QB9: Tony Romo
QB10: Philip Rivers
QB11: Eli Manning
QB12: Blake Bortles
QB13: Andy Dalton
QB14: Marcus Mariota
QB15: Jameis Winston
QB16: Derek Carr
QB17: Tyrod Taylor
QB18: Matt Ryan
QB19: Matthew Stafford
QB20: Joe Flacco
QB21: Kirk Cousins
QB23: Ryan Tannehill
QB24: Jay Cutler
QB25: Alex Smith