In part three of my bargain bin series we will be looking at bargain quarterbacks. My colleague Jonathan Stone did a great piece a couple of weeks ago called ‘Drafting QBs: Early or Late’, which you can find on this site, discussing when is best to draft a quarterback and I recommend you go have a read. I’ve always been a fan of drafting a quarterback late and you won’t be seeing Aaron Rogers, Tom Brady or Drew Brees in any of my fantasy teams. If Aaron Rodgers slides far enough of course I will take him, but usually someone gets excited and pulls the trigger too early. I love Jameis Winston (QB 11) and Philip Rivers (QB 14) this year and I’m expecting big things from them but these guys can sometimes be drafted before I’m ready to take a quarterback.
I have two quarterbacks who are extremely undervalued this year who at worse could be your back-up but I’m expecting these guys to have great seasons and be QB1s by the end of the year.
Tygod, as I like to call him has always been a favourite of mine. Criminally undervalued in fantasy and with his ability to run and throw an accurate deep ball he is a main target for me when drafting a late quarterback.
Taylor had a below average year in 2016 but with Sammy Watkins missing for most of the year and the rest of his receiving core being certainly one of the worst units in the league last year. Despite this Taylor still managed to average 19.9 fantasy points a game, much of this down to his running ability. Over the past two seasons with the Bills he has rushed for 1,148 yards (the most of any quarterback) and ran in 10 touchdowns.
This year they drafted the talented wide receiver Zay Jones in the 2nd round and teamed with Sammy Watkins, who will be going all out to play well in a contract year, it will be a significant upgrade in the passing game for Taylor.
Not many quarterbacks this late have a safer floor than Taylor and with better options in the Bills receiving core I’m expecting him to be easily in the top 15 if he can stay healthy. Even if drafted as a back-up you could do a hell of a lot worse than Taylor
The red rifle has always been at the butt of jokes but this year I’m planning on taking him as my fantasy quarterback. With the Bengals using their 1st round pick on a John Ross, the fastest player in the NFL, to stretch the field for Dalton this year the Bengals have one of the strongest receiving corps in the league and Dalton should prosper.
This year Dalton still has A.J. Green who missed six games on the roster and if he can stay healthy, that alone will make Daltons numbers go up. Tyler Eifert missed a lot of time last year through injury and still won’t be 100% at training camp but if he can get back to full health for the start of the regular season he will be a great red zone threat and hopefully replicate his 13 touchdowns back in 2015. Dalton also has 2nd round draft pick Joe Mixon to lean on who is widely expected to take over most of the running back work. At college he showed great catching ability in the back field and can make plays anywhere on the field. Tyler Boyd is the favourite to man the slot for the Bengals and Brandon LaFell is the biggest loser from the Bengals drafting John Ross and will see considerably less snaps unless injuries occur. With all the options at Dalton’s disposal he has no excuse not to have a good year. Their offensive line has lost some of its star players this year and won’t be as good as previous years but this should push his passing percentage up. He has definite top 10 upside and I’m backing him to have a good year.
It won’t be a popular pick but Dalton is ridiculously cheap this year and on paper he has no excuse not to have a better year stats wise, so use one of your later round picks and cross your fingers we get a good year from Andy Dalton.
In my opinion drafting your quarterback late will give you more depth at the running back and wide receiver positions. When the season starts and injuries start occurring you could trade some of your depth to a desperate owner for a higher calibre quarterback.
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