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Will Kirk Cousins stay in Washington? Will Cleveland draft another quarterback high? Will any team trade for a quarterback? There are plenty of quarterback questions heading into the rest of this season and into the offseason, as well as who will be starting where in 2018. Why is this important to talk about now? Let’s dive in!

Is this article really needed? No. Was it fun to write and imagine what could be in 2018? Yes! Are all of these predictions truly realistic? Maybe not, but hopefully this article stimulates some thought process about the future.

We are halfway through the 2017 season and questions loom about quarterback situations for multiple teams:

  • Is your team’s starting quarterback staying for 2018?
  • Is your team looking to move on from this year and start fresh at quarterback next year?
  • Will your team draft its franchise quarterback or give a veteran another shot?

How does this affect fantasy football?

  • Should I trade a certain quarterback now for one that will have a better situation next year?
  • What if one of these quarterbacks is just in a bad scheme fit, and, if moved to a different one would change their production?

These questions will be answered below as I predict and examine each team’s current quarterback situation and the possible changes heading into next season.

If you are looking ahead to next season and want to capitalize on buy low quarterbacks to possibly help you succeed next season, this article may help you get the leg up on your competition.


NFL Team Starting Quarterback Backup Quarterback(s)
Arizona Cardinals Carson Palmer Blake Bortles/Rookie
Atlanta Falcons Matt Ryan Matt Schaub
Baltimore Ravens Joe Flacco Mike Glennon/Rookie
Buffalo Bills Tyrod Taylor Nathan Peterman
Carolina Panthers Cam Newton Derek Anderson
Chicago Bears Mitchell Trubisky Austin Davis
Cincinnati Bengals **Rookie** Teddy Bridgewater
Cleveland Browns **Rookie** DeShone Kizer/Cody Kessler
Dallas Cowboys Dak Prescott Cooper Rush
Denver Broncos Trevor Siemian Paxton Lynch/Chad Kelly
Detroit Lions Matthew Stafford Tom Savage
Green Bay Packers Aaron Rodgers Brett Hundley
Houston Texans Deshaun Watson Ryan Mallett
Indianapolis Colts Andrew Luck Matt Moore/Tyler Bray
Jacksonville Jaguars Eli Manning Chad Henne/Rookie
Kansas City Chiefs Patrick Mahomes Chase Daniel/Christian Hackenberg
Los Angeles Rams Jared Goff Sean Mannion
Miami Dolphins Ryan Tannehill Brock Osweiler
Minnesota Vikings Alex Smith Case Keenum
New England Patriots Tom Brady Baker Mayfield* (Rookie)
New Orleans Saints Drew Brees Jacoby Brissett
New York Giants **Rookie** A.J. McCarron/Davis Webb
New York Jets Josh McCown (re-signs) **Rookie**/Bryce Petty
Oakland Raiders Derek Carr E.J. Manuel
Philadelphia Eagles Carson Wentz Nick Foles
Pittsburgh Steelers Kirk Cousins Josh Dobbs/Landry Jones
San Diego Chargers Philip Rivers Kellen Clemens/Cardale Jones
San Francisco 49ers Jimmy Garoppolo C.J. Beathard
Seattle Seahawks Russell Wilson Blaine Gabbert/Rookie
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jameis Winston Ryan Fitzpatrick/Ryan Griffin
Tennessee Titans Marcus Mariota Jake Rudock/Kevin Hogan
Washington Redskins Andy Dalton Colt McCoy

About Dan Collins

I have always been an avid football enthusiast. The NFL Draft and Fantasy Football is my passion in the realm of football. I write Mock Drafts and inform readers of what is happening during the critical stages of the NFL Draft. I spend way too much time working through Fantasy Football analysis, situations, and thoughts; it is an issue. Follow on Twitter @Dan_R_Collins for Football info and the occasional joke or wisecrack.