3 Quarterbacks Who Should See a Boost In Fantasy Value in 2014
Fantasy football mock drafting is already in full swing since the NFL Draft has already taken place. And, soon enough, real fantasy drafts will take place. Quarterbacks are a critical part of our lineups and it’s always a challenge to select a viable quarterback who will hold up in value during the NFL season.
These three veteran quarterbacks could see a bump in fantasy points in 2014.
1. Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers
I know, the Panthers emptied their closets of wide receivers in the offseason, but did add Jerricho Cotchery and Jason Avant to the starting lineup. Also, an excellent first pick in NFL Draft was Kelvin Benjamin out of Florida State. At 6′-5″, he’ll make an awesome pairing with the 6′-6″ Newton. After Benjamin, who had over 1,000 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns last year, gets into his groove, watch out.
Newton’s mobility combined with his crew of receivers and dual threat tailback, Mike Tolbert for pass catching, should improve his fantasy value even more in 2014.
— TheOriginalChamp (@Original_Champ) May 23, 2014
2. Josh McCown of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
How many of you had McCown last season for the stint of time he filled in for Jay Cutler? And, how any of you were bummed when Cutler came back from his injury, landing McCown back on the bench? That’s a double-yes answer for me. Now McCown is playing with Tampa Bay, and it doesn’t appear that he’ll have to do much to land in the starting quarterback role with Mike Glennon taking a backseat.
Thanks to some smart drafting by Coach Lovie Smith, by choosing a hulky wide receiver in Mike Evans, this should do small wonders for McCown’s fantasy value. The Texas A&M product produced 12 touchdowns and nearly 1,400 receiving yards in 2013. McCown also has another tall threat in wide receiver, Vincent Jackson. If you owned McCown, just remember how many fantasy points McCown scored with Bears’ receivers, Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery last year.
Also drafted by the Buccaneers are pass-catchers Austin Seferian-Jenkins, tight end and a Charles Sims, tailback.
McCown makes a sneaky quarterback choice, capable of QB1 numbers from time to time, and he’ll probably will be available to pick up in the late draft rounds.
3. Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons
Poor Ryan and fantasy owners who drafted him last year. The injury of wide receiver Julio Jones early in the season and a dumptruck full of other reasons led to the fantasy demise of Ryan last year. Thankfully, the Falcons added as their first draft pick, tackle, Jake Matthews. This addition should keep Ryan much better protected and hopefully reduce the 44 sacks he endured last season. Additionally, Jones, the team’s star wide receiver should return healthy from his season-ending foot injury from 2013.
Also added in the draft was running back, Devonta Freeman out of Florida State University to provide depth behind the aging and injury-plagued, Steven Jackson. With all this said, Ryan is probably a quarterback you can obtain pretty late in fantasy drafting, due to the fact that many are still going to be leery of selecting him. He could once again reach high QB2 or maybe even QB1 value in 2014.
— Pat James FantasyFB (@TFC_PatJames) May 22, 2014
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