Fantasy Football Draft 2015: Quarterback (QB) Value Picks
Taking a Look at the Undervalued QBs in the 2015 Fantasy Draft
September 1, 2015
Over the past few weeks, we’ve examined the 2015 fantasy football draft from several different angles. This week, it’s time to start checking out some undervalued players, starting with quarterbacks.
QB is a relatively deep position this year, so there’s plenty of proverbial bang for your fantasy buck out there. Let’s visit with a few guys who can give you big values for comparatively little costs.
Eli Manning, New York Giants: Ol’ Eli is a popular sleeper pick at QB this season, given that he’s never ranked too high on the pre-draft charts. He’s got a great cast of weapons around him, including Victor Cruz, Odell Beckham, Jr., Larry Donnell and Rashad Jennings.
Manning put up some great stats in 2014, and could very well approach those numbers this year as well. That makes him a perfect undervalued fantasy starter.
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Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals: Remember what Palmer was doing before injury derailed his season last year? We’ll refresh your memory: he had 1,626 yards and 11 touchdowns in just six games, along with a 95.6 passer rating.
Palmer is healthy once again and could very well break the 4,000-yard mark. He’ll probably bag 25-plus touchdowns along the way as well.
Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears: Cutler doesn’t get much love these days, especially in the Windy City. He should still outperform his fantasy draft stock, however, considering he’s got some great weapons like Matt Forte, Alshon Jeffery and Martellus Bennett around him.
Cutler should be able to put up starting fantasy QB numbers; pencil him in for 4,000 yards with around 30 touchdowns.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, New York Jets: Thanks to Geno Smith’s broken jaw, Fitzpatrick will be starting the season as the No. 1 QB in New York. That should make a lot of fans happy, and a lot of fantasy owners as well.
Fitzpatrick won’t light it up every single week, but with a couple of big-name receivers and a healthy running game surrounding him, he should be a competent backup. He’d be the perfect guy to fill in while you wait out Tom Brady’s suspension.
Teddy Bridgewater, Minnesota Vikings: Speaking of healthy running games, the Vikings should certainly have that in 2015 with the return of Adrian Peterson. He’s also got a big-time target in Mike Wallace--not to mention the arm strength to get him the ball.
Bridgewater showed some promise last season and should take another step in the right direction this year. That makes him a nice matchup-based play in fantasy, with possibly more coming.
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