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Fantasy Football Draft 2016: Quarterback (QB) Sleeper Picks

QB Draft Day Sleepers in Fantasy Football Leagues 2016

August 16, 2016

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This week we’ve been kicking off our 2016 fantasy football draft coverage with a position-by-position look at some of the noteworthy sleeper options out there. Today it’s time to check out quarterback, and this is a valuable position to have some depth in. Let’s visit with a few of the lower-tier QB options out there and see who you might want to snag as a backup or lottery ticket pick. 

Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills: Taylor is a pretty trendy sleeper pickup at the QB position this year, and some owners are even tagging him to start for their teams in 2016. The key here is Taylor’s rushing ability, which will help buoy his scoring when he’s up against some of the tougher defenses out there—like those in his own division. 

Fantasy Football Draft 2016: Quarterback (QB) Sleeper Picks


Taylor had a nice tail end to the 2015 campaign, and there’s a good chance he’ll post some more strong numbers once he gets past the rough start to his schedule this year. He’s a very nice backup or low-end starter. 

Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans: With the Titans tweaking their offense in the off-season, a lot of people are talking about Mariota being a strong breakout candidate for 2016. Last year, we saw him as more of a gamble play, with either strong or horrible numbers coming up and nothing in between. 

Marietta comes in this year behind a run-first offense, and should be able to take that next step in game management as a pro. He’s not a No. 1 fantasy guy obviously, but as a matchup-based play he makes a lot of sense. 

Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders: Lots of people liked what they saw from Carr last year, and that included some of his fantasy owners. He logged eight very strong performances from a fantasy perspective, and with additional chemistry within his receiving corps this year he should be able to repeat that number. 

Carr should be able to take another step forward with names like Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree on the receiving end of his passes. He should be within the top tier of your backup quarterback selections. 

Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins: It seems like Tannehill makes this list every year, and every year he continues to disappoint from that true-breakout perspective. There’s still reason to believe here, however, as Tannehill does have a solid supporting cast in 2016—on paper at least. 

With DaVante Parker and Jordan Cameron on the roster, and Adam Gase at the helm, Tannehill has all the tools necessary to get the most out of his play. Even better, he’ll be there at the end of your draft, because not too many owners are picking him up these days. 

Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions: It’s a little weird seeing Stafford go undrafted in many leagues, given his high value over the past several years. Calvin Johnson is gone, however, and that’s taking the shine off a previously-trendy top QB pick. 

Still, Stafford has plenty of weapons left at his disposal (Golden Tate, Eric Ebron, etc.) and a cannon for an arm. If you can get him as a backup—or even a low-end start—call yourself a smart owner. 

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