The last few years we have been spoiled by the rookie quarterback. The new norm for fantasy as well as the NFL, is for a rookie quarterback to walk into a starting job and be productive. This isn’t always the case and I don’t think the same can be said for too many of the quarterbacks that were in this year’s draft class. That said, there could be a few situations for fantasy opportunity and a few others that could pay off down the road as great targets for deep dynasty leagues. Here are my thoughts on this year’s class, and how it’s impact on fantasy football.
E.J. Manuel: Buffalo wanted to make a statement and man did they ever! Manuel is a pure upside play, and is the key to the new style that the Bills want to play on their offense, and that is SPEED! Although E.J. is far from a perfect prospect, but he will have a chance to compete for the starting job. Manuel could be a solid QB with upside in both redraft leagues and dynasty leagues.
Geno Smith: It was a free fall for Geno, and it doesn’t help that he landed in the media circus that is the New York Jets. I think this is clearly a statement against Mark Sanchez. With Sanchez’s inconsistencies, and the volatile New York fan base, Geno may end up seeing the field sooner rather than later. He could have the upside of a QB2, but may become a bit more valuable in dynasty leagues.
Mike Glennon: I’m not that impressed with Glennon or as I like to call him, The Napoleon Dynamite Clone. His presence will force Josh Freeman to step it up, which is good. He has a fairly strong arm but that’s about it. I find it hard pressed to believe that he is anything more than a backup, and should only be considered in the deepest of dynasty leagues.
Matt Barkley: Barkley, like Geno Smith, may come into the league with a chip on his shoulder and ready to prove the naysayers wrong. I feel like he could compete for the starting job for the Eagles, believe it or not. The Chip Kelly offense may require him to be quick with decisions and release, but not necessarily throw the deep ball as much. This would fit his skill-set perfectly. We know Mike Vick’s history, and I don’t think Nick Foles, G.J Kinne or Dennis Dixon really offer much. Don’t be surprised if Barkley gets some playing time this year. A QB2 thats possibly worth more in dynasty leagues.
Ryan Nassib: Nassib landed in a great spot for development, but not so much for fantasy. Having the opportunity to learn behind Eli Manning for a few years, and not having to take over a starting job immediately, can only help his career. That said I don’t see him having any fantasy value at this moment. Let’s not forget, Eli Manning has never missed a game in his NFL career, either.
Tyler Wilson: Coming into the draft, I had Tyler Wilson ranked as my number three quarterback behind Geno Smith and E.J. Manuel. The Raiders have Matt Flynn and Terrelle Pryor already on the roster. In my opinion Wilson is the best quarterback on the roster. Wilson should make the team, but owners targeting him should take him as a QB2 or 3 and hope he pulls a Russell Wilson, and beats out Matt Flynn for the starting job.
Landry Jones: Most people weren’t very high on Jones going into the draft and I doubt opinions have changed. Landry’s fantasy value is basically nothing. The Steelers also have veteran Bruce Gradkowski, so some injuries would surely have to happen for Landry Jones to see any playing time.
Brad Sorenson: Late round insurance for the Chargers. Sorenson isn’t terrible, but he reminds me of another Charlie Whitehurst, which is just a backup that can play in a pinch but you wouldn’t want to count on as a starter. No fantasy value here.
[denZac Dysert: This is the super sleeper of the group. I know, I know Peyton Manning runs the show in Denver, but he isn’t getting any younger and his surgically repaired neck will remain a concern. I honestly think Dysert can beat out Brock Osweiler for the backup spot, with the potential of being the starter down the road when Manning retires. Should be a target for deep dynasty leagues.
B.J Daniels: I’m not sure if anyone knows why the 49ers drafted this guy. He can run the read option, which the 49ers may be going in that direction full bore, but I wouldn’t want to count on him as my backup. As of now he is nothing more than a training camp body, but you have to think he is either cut, or remains on the practice squad. No fantasy value as of now.
Sean Renfree: A much talked about player pre-draft. Injuries have plagued him, but he is a good leader and a very smart player. I think Renfree is the perfect backup candidate for the Falcons. There would most likely have to be a major injury to Matt Ryan, or a trade, for Renfree to see playing time, so no fantasy value here.