There are always plenty of fantasy football owners who get frustrated with how their team performs on a yearly basis. But finding NFL players that can create the most upside in the coming season is important. Which fantasy quarterbacks have the biggest upside as we head into the 2017 season? Who can improve the most following a disappointing season last year? Take a look at Salute Magazine’s first glance at players at every position that can help you win your league.
Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Buccaneers as a whole should perform at a high level in 2017, but Winston has the best potential to have a monster season at the quarterback position. An offseason that saw the Bucs add wide receiver DeSean Jackson to an offense that was able to put up points already, will help Winston have a breakout season in 2017. Look for the deep balll to be a favorite play as Winston goes over 30 touchdown passes for the first time in his career.
Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers
Roethlisberger will have Le’Veon Bell, Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant on the field in 2017, and that is a group that is as explosive as they come. Assuming Bryant can stay out of trouble, he allows Big Ben to spread the field even more so, and that will lead to plenty of opportunities for the quarterback to increase his value in 2017. Fantasy Pros has his ADP as 94th in 2017, so he is a player that can be taken in later rounds once owners have stocked up on a deep receiving class.
Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks
Wilson struggled in 2016, thanks to multiple injuries and running for his life in the Seahawks’ backfield. With the addition of running back Eddie Lacy — hold your fat jokes here — Wilson will have some help easing the pressure from himself. He has only thrown for double-digit interceptions twice in his career (2012 and 2016), and Seattle always seems to have a potent offense as of late. Wilson also has the ninth easiest schedule for quarterbacks in 2017, according to Fantasy Pros.
Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers
Newton and the Panthers had an underwhelming 2016 campaign, to say the least. But 2017 is a year that will see Newton bounce back with all of his weapons healthy, and tight end Greg Olsen in a contract year. Last season, Newton had career-lows in completion percentage and rushing yards and the Panthers finished with a 6-10 record. Carolina also had a dismal 1-5 record within the NFC South, but that will change in 2017. Newton has an easier schedule this season and will help fantasy owners forget all about his 2016 campaign.