With such a deep pool, Fantasy Football players love to save a pick in the early rounds and find quarterback sleepers in the back part of their draft.
When you’re trying to find quarterback sleepers, however, you have to narrow down your definition of what that really means. If you’re looking for a quarterback available in Round 10 who can score more points than Andrew Luck or Aaron Rodgers, you will have a long season ahead of you. If you’re looking for a player who can far exceed his ADP, then there is a larger likelihood that your quarterback sleepers can live up to your expectations.
Of course, saying you want to find a sleeper in Fantasy Football is the easy part. The hard part is identifying the players who will surprise everyone by the end of year with their season totals. You have to do some digging to find a player who can exceed his projected value, but we all know that it’s worth it.
Find quarterback sleepers also depends on your risk tolerance. It may take until the middle of the season for your sleeper quarterback to offer value, so make sure you have the patience to see things out.
Let’s take a look at a few quarterback sleepers for the 2015 Fantasy Football season.
1. Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins
— Fantasy Sports Radio (@SiriusXMFantasy) July 19, 2015
Just start with the weapons: DeVante Parker, Jarvis Landry, Jordan Cameron, Kenny Stills and Greg Jennings. Tannehill has a mixed bag of big targets, speedsters, slot options and a veteran. Tannehill finished as a Top 10 quarterback in standard scoring leagues with the help of offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, and I can’t wait to see what this duo can do in Lazor’s second season.
The biggest knock on Tannehill is his arm, but the 26-year old quarterback was one of the most sacked quarterbacks in the NFL the past two seasons. He had to scamper for his life during his 2013 season, but as a side note, Tannehill also offers his Fantasy owners sneaky rushing points. If his line can stay healthy, I think Tannehill can make an even bigger push inside the Top 10 than he did last season. He’s a steal as a pick in Round 9 on FantasyFootballCalculator.com.
2. Sam Bradford, Philadelphia Eagles
Was asked about Sam Bradford’s contract on @NFLTotalAccess: I’m told he plans to play it out this year on the final year of his deal.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 20, 2015
I buy into what Chip Kelly can do with quarterbacks who follow his system. I know most people are afraid that Bradford is still injured, but you can back him up with Mark Sanchez if anything goes wrong.
Outside of the great supporting cast of Jordan Matthews, Zach Ertz, and Nelson Agholar, Bradford also has the benefit of working with some of the best pass-catching backs in the league. It may be a headache for Fantasy players to decide what Eagles’ running back to roll out each week, but Bradford will love having DeMarco Murray, Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles at his disposal.
Let’s not forget Nick Foles’ 2013 season of 27 touchdowns and two interceptions. Bradford is much more athletic, and he is a true bargain with an ADP in Round 11.
3. Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals
— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) July 13, 2015
Palmer may have only appeared in six games in 2014, but he finished five of those games with 16 or more Fantasy points in standard scoring leagues. The cagey veteran believes his knee is a non-issue, and the time for the Cardinals to make a Super Bowl run is now or never. The 35-year old quarterback enters 2014 with Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd, John Brown and shifty, pass-catching back Andre Ellington as his main weapons in a tough NFC West.
Palmer’s schedule may not be easy, but that may offer a ton of passing opportunities if the Cardinals trail in contests against the Seattle Seahawks, St. Louis Rams and San Francisco 49ers. You have to draft a backup if you plan on starting Palmer, but he’s worth the risk if he can make it through a 16-game season.
4. Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
— 120 Sports (@120Sports) July 20, 2015
According to Scout’s 2015 Fantasy Strength of Schedule, Winston has one of the easiest schedules among his fellow NFL quarterbacks. While the personnel and mentality of a defense can change from year to year, the NFC South is still going to be a soft spot on quarterback’s schedules. Winston has the benefit of playing six games in this division, and he has an excellent set of targets to help him grow.
The Buccaneers are not short on giant weapons, and Winston will love looking for Vincent Jackson, Mike Evans and Austin Seferian-Jenkins. He also has two strong pass-catching backs in Charles Sims and Doug Martin. Winston didn’t impress anyone with his 40-yard dash time at the 2015 NFL Combine, but he is going to be able to stand in the pocket and let a play develop. He will take his bruises and lumps like any rookie, but if he offers tremendous value if his line can hold long enough to let him make plays.
It’s smart to draft him as a backup, but he could work his way into your lineup as a starting quarterback.
Check back with the So-Called Fantasy Experts to see all of our sleepers and busts for the 2015 Fantasy Football season.
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