As most NFL fantasy experts will tell you, waiting on a quarterback is one of the best ways to go about drafting your team. The reasoning behind it lies in the fact that the quarterback position is the deepest one by far. While the top tier QBs such as Patrick Mahomes, Aaron Rodgers, Lamar Jackson, etc. are all amazing players, there are plenty of guys after them that put up numbers only slightly less than their averages. Let’s call them sleeper QBs!
When comparing that position to running backs and wide receivers, it is a completely different story. Top tier backs such as Christian McCaffery, Dalvin Cook, Alvin Kamara, etc. are irreplaceable. Same goes for Davante Adams, Stefon Diggs, DeAndre Hopkins, etc on the outside.
With that being said, here are a few sleeper QBs that you should target in your later rounds:
Baker Mayfield is a guy that often gets forgotten due to Cleveland’s great running attack led by Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt.
Because of their ability to run the ball so effectively, the play action game called by Kevin Stefanski gave Baker great success last season as he threw for 26 touchdowns and only eight interceptions.
Going into this year, the game plan should remain the same. Even though Baker does not get as many pass attempts as fantasy managers would like, he does provide some great value in the later rounds especially with Odell Becham Jr. coming back and Baker’s ability to use his legs.
Similarly to Mayfield, Ryan Tannehill is a productive quarterback that gets overshadowed by the Titans running game. After all, who could blame people for focusing their attention on Derrick Henry who ran for over 2,000 yards last year.
With that being said, Tannehill also put up numbers by throwing for 3,819 yards, 33 touchdowns, and only seven interceptions which ranked seventh in total fantasy points amongst quarterbacks.
This year, his numbers will only go up especially with the addition of Julio Jones who should attract plenty of attention alongside AJ Brown. Look for Tannehill to have another great season.
Tray Lance/Justin Fields
Here are a few guys that have the ability to be absolute stars once they take over as starting quarterbacks for their respective teams. Despite both the Bears and Niners electing to start their veterans Week 1, I do not believe it will be long at all before they both get their chance.
Once they are officially named the starters, both quarterbacks will be extremely hot commodities off the waiver wire. Instead of waiting to get the inevitable news and take a risk of not getting them, why not draft these signal callers as your second QB after filling out your entire roster.
Especially with their ability to run the ball which is huge in fantasy, I expect them to rank in the top 10 in fantasy points in the second half of the year. If I had to pick one out of these two, I would prefer Trey Lance simply because of Kyle Shanahan’s play calling and better offensive line play but you cannot go wrong with either rookie.