Sam Howell is hard to grade for dynasty purposes. He’s playing well right now, but I’m not sure how long he’ll be starting for Washington.

Ron Rivera says he thinks the Commanders have found their guy. That’s fine. But I think probably some other coach will be calling the shots in 2024, and his opinion will count more than Rivera’s or Eric Bieniemy’s.

The numbers have been good. They’re passing a ton, with Howell completing 67 percent of his passes and averaging 275 passing yards, with 14 TDs and 9 interceptions. He’s taken a ton of sacks, but those numbers have decreased some in his last two games. The Commanders have an impressive fleet of receivers.

But if Washington has a new coach – which looks pretty certain – it will be a rebuild situation. Are we sure Howell is even starting next year? And if so, is he running a completely different offense?

With that in mind, it’s fair to compare guys like Kirk Cousins and Aaron Rodgers. They’ll presumably be healthy and starting in Week 1 next year. They might be coming off draft boards earlier than Howell in 2024 drafts.

And then you’ve got Justin Fields and Kyler Murray. Both have good mobility and have had some success (putting up good numbers, anyway), but I’m not sure where either is playing next year.

In the teens at quarterback, I needed up slotting Howell behind Will Levis. Levis has shown some potential, and I have more confidence that the Titans will be rolling with him for the next few years.

Below is my current top 40 at the quarterback position for dynasty leagues. I’m assuming standard scoring and operating under the assumption that we’ve got about 12 teams, with each rostering about three quarterbacks. (So when you get down to the third quarterback, you’re not necessarily looking for the player who’s putting up the best numbers right now – he might be more of a developmental guy.)

1.KCPatrick Mahomes28.2
2.CINJoe Burrow26.9
3.BUFJosh Allen27.5
4.LACJustin Herbert25.7
5.PHIJalen Hurts25.3
6.JACTrevor Lawrence24.1
7.BALLamar Jackson26.8
8.HOU• C.J. Stroud22.1
9.SFBrock Purdy23.9
10.IND• Anthony Richardson21.5
11.MIATua Tagovailoa25.7
12.DETJared Goff29.1
13.CLEDeshaun Watson28.2
14.DALDak Prescott30.3
15.TEN• Will Levis24.4
16.WASSam Howell23.2
17.MINKirk Cousins35.2
18.CHIJustin Fields24.7
19.ARIKyler Murray26.3
20.NYJAaron Rodgers39.9
21.CAR• Bryce Young22.3
22.PITKenny Pickett25.4
23.TBBaker Mayfield28.6
24.GBJordan Love25.0
25.NODerek Carr32.6
26.SEAGeno Smith33.1
28.LARMatthew Stafford35.8
27.DENRussell Wilson34.9
29.NEMac Jones25.2
30.LV• Aidan O'Connell25.2
28.MINJoshua Dobbs28.8
32.ATLTaylor Heinicke30.7
31.INDGardner Minshew28.5
34.MIAMike White28.6
35.NYJZach Wilson24.3
36.LARCarson Wentz30.9
37.NYGDaniel Jones26.5
36.ATLDesmond Ridder24.2
39.DET• Hendon Hooker25.8
40.CHI• Tyson Bagent23.4

I turn my attention to dynasty leagues each Saturday, rotating between the four notable positions. Rookies are tagged with black dots. To see my most recent rankings for other positions, use the “past issues” navigation both on this page.

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—Ian Allan