Best 2019 Fantasy Football Quarterback Sleepers
The most important player on a football team is the quarterback. In fantasy football, that’s hardly the case. Sure, they put up the most points, but the difference in output between any quarterbacks isn’t as wide as those in other positions.
That being said, the Patrick Mahomes, Andrew Lucks, and Aaron Rodgers of the fantasy football world are all certainly going to be the first quarterbacks to be taken off the draft board.
If you’re the type who would rather wait a little longer to get a starting signal-callers, then here are three fantasy football quarterback sleepers whom Nitrogen Sports Blog believes will outperform their Average Draft Position.
Jameis Winston (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
2018 Stats: 2,992 passing yards, 19 passing touchdowns, 14 interceptions
Last season, Winston threw for 2,992 yards and 19 touchdowns against 14 interceptions across just 11 games. Turnovers have always been an issue for Winston, but he always delivers in terms of yardage when he’s healthy and playing.
It’s a good sign that Winston’s 272.0 yards per game in 2018 is the highest thus far in his career. Winston’s talents are undeniable, and we can expect him to showcase them this year, especially with a stud wide receiver in Mike Evans being his first option downfield.
Winston has topped the 4,000-yard mark two times in his career, and with a new offensive-minded head coach coming to Tampa in Bruce Arians, Winston could be in line to have a huge year ahead of him. Winston isn’t elite, but in our book, he’s one of the fantasy football quarterback sleepers.
Dak Prescott (Dallas Cowboys)
2018 Stats: 3,885 passing yards, 22 passing touchdowns, 8 interceptions
If you hate them Cowboys, save your dislike for the team for real football. In fantasy, don’t let this hatred for the Cowboys blind you from the potential of Dak Prescott to boom rather than bust in 2019.
Prescott is being severely overlooked right now, hence his inclusion on this list of fantasy football quarterback sleepers. He is ranked just 18th among all quarterbacks in terms of (ADP, per Fantasy Football Calculator.
We get that Prescott is not a prolific passer. He has yet to clear 3,900 passing yards in a season before, but he’s finding use for his legs. Since 2016, there have been only three quarterbacks who have rushed for at least 10 touchdowns; only one has 15 more: Dak Prescott.
If Ezekiel Elliott misses at least a chunk of the 2019 season, expect Prescott to run the ball more, though, and that should also open a reason for him to be more active in the passing game. After all, this will be the first full season of Amari Cooper in Dallas.
Cooper is a gift that will continue to give for the Cowboys. From the moment Cooper joined the Cowboys to the conclusion of the 2018 NFL regular season, Prescott managed to rank eighth overall in passing yards during that stretch.
Sam Darnold (New York Jets)
2018 Stats: 2,865 passing yards, 17 passing touchdowns, 15 interceptions
The Jets’ offense was a mess last season. They were 23rd in scoring offense and 29th in total offense. In the middle of it was then-rookie quarterback Sam Darnold, who’s understandably being avoided in fantasy mock drafts. Unless it’s Baker Mayfield, it’s going to take some effort to sell the idea of getting a second-year quarterback Darnold, especially for owners looking to stock up on other skill positions before drafting a signal-caller in the later rounds.
But Darnold is now in a healthier offensive environment. While it’s still far from elite, his supporting cast now has running back Le’Veon Bell, who’s going to help Darnold keep drives alive unlike last year, when the Jets were 29th in third-down conversions and 31st in pass completion percentage.
Bell is one of the best pass-catching tailbacks in the NFL, and will take away some of the defensive focus away from the likes of Robbie Anderson and newcomer Jamison Crowder.
Darnold’s rookie season was a stinker in general, but come draft day, don’t say we didn’t remind you that he closed out the 2018 season strong, putting up 6 passing touchdowns and only one interception across three games. Put Darnold on your list of fantasy football quarterback sleepers.
It’s still too early to do your league’s 2019 fantasy football drafts, but it’s never too soon to prepare for a new season. Depending on your strategy, there are always fantasy football quarterback sleepers available on the draft board. Nitrogen offers more than just fantasy football tips.