Fantasy Football Draft 2014: Quarterback Sleepers
Taking a Look at the Top Sleepers at the QB Position in This Year's Draft
August 12, 2014
With the fantasy football draft season in full swing, we’ve been analyzing the ins and outs of the upcoming campaign. Today it’s time for another installment of draft sleepers, and this time we’re focusing on the quarterback position.
There are several top options in the draft at QB who should be able to carry the load for your team. That said, if you’re playing in a deeper league or need a potent backup things can get dicey pretty quick. Let’s take a look at some of the later-round options you should consider taking a chance on if you want to snag that lottery ticket.
Geno Smith, QB, New York Jets: A lot of people like Smith as a sleeper option this season, and we can see why. He had some major ups and downs last year, but should be able to take a significant step forward in 2014.
Smith has some new weapons at his disposal in an improved Jets offense as well. He’ll be getting support from No. 1 WR Eric Decker, rookie TE Jace Amaro and new No. 1 RB Chris Johnson. The biggest draw for Smith is his legs; He’ll come up with a good bit of rush yards each week from scrambling or designed runs.
Josh McCown, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Like Smith, McCown is getting lots of praise as a potential sleeper this season. After a successful run filling in for Jay Cutler in Chicago, he’ll be taking the helm with former Bears coach Lovie Smith’s new regime in Tampa Bay.
McCown’s weapons are highlighted by No. 1 WR Vincent Jackson, who is one of those throw-it-up-and-he’ll-get-it type players. If he can adjust to the system quickly (and as a veteran, he should be able to), McCown will show some nice upside in Tampa Bay.
E.J. Manuel, QB, Buffalo Bills: Let’s head back to the AFC East and visit with Manuel, who is gaining a bit of traction as a fantasy option himself. Sure, he had plenty of difficulties last season--and the injury bug got him too--but he showed enough spark while healthy to prompt a long look in this fantasy draft.
Weapon-wise, Manuel has a strong running game behind him (C.J. Spiller, Fred Jackson, Bryce Brown) and one of the hottest young wide receivers in the game with Sammy Watkins. He may end up taking a lot of people by surprise in 2014.
Sam Bradford, QB, St. Louis Rams: 2014 will be a make-or-break year for Bradford. He hasn’t quite lived up to his top-pick status, and has had all sorts of problems with injury during his career so far. That said, the stars may be aligning for him this season.
Bradford played well last season before he got hurt, and he seems to be at home in the system the Rams are running. With a couple of dynamic weapons on his side and a revamped offensive line, he’s got all the tools to succeed.
Carson Palmer, QB, Arizona Cardinals: If you’re looking for that bench guy who can fill in for your starting fantasy QB in the event of an emergency, look no further than Palmer. He’s got a big-time arm, which means lots of yardage and scoring. Sure, he’ll turn the ball over, too, but if he can keep the INTs under 20 he should be fine.
Palmer will benefit from an increased role for the dynamic RB Andre Ellington and will make a nice band-aid or bye-week filler for any fantasy team.
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