With Fantasy Football season just around the corner, it’s time to start looking at the draft. Every year, the quarterback position is a difficult one to tackle. It is extremely tempting to take an Aaron Rodgers or an Andrew Luck in the earlier rounds, as they put up significant points on a week to week basis. However, it is better to wait till the later rounds to draft a signal caller, and better to load up on talent at running back and receiver in the early rounds. Here are five quarterbacks who are worth a shot towards the mid to late rounds.
To say the least, Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater had a very impressive rookie campaign, as he passed for 2919 yards with 14 touchdowns compared to just 12 interceptions. Bridgewater was the 22nd ranked fantasy quarterback in his rookie season; however, that number should improve significantly come 2015. With Adrian Peterson back from suspension, and Mike Wallace added in the offseason, Bridgewater will have more weapons to work with and should see a substantial rise in his production.
Despite starting all 16 games on one of the leagues worst teams, Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr posted fairly impressive numbers, eclipsing the 3000 yard passing mark, while throwing for 21 touchdowns compared to just 12 interceptions. Carr showed that he has the arm strength and durability needed to be a successful NFL quarterback. In 2015, Carr will have fourth overall pick Amari Cooper as his number one target which will be a huge upgrade from the previous year. If Carr can remain healthy, there is no reason why he cannot significantly surpass his rookie totals from 2014.
Heading into the 2015 season, it seems like a lot of people aren’t even considering Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler as a decent fantasy option. In 2014, Cutler threw for just under 4000 yards with 28 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. Despite being surrounded by an abundance of weapons, Cutler under performed. With the loss of Brandon Marshall, and a new offensive system to learn, there aren’t many expectations for Cutler heading into the season. If first round pick Kevin White can find chemistry with Cutler, there is a good chance the Bears offence will surpass expectations. Cutler will slide in most drafts, which will make him a steal in the mid to late rounds.
Another second year quarterback makes the list as a potential sleeper heading into the 2015 season, and that is Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles. In 2014, Bortles was the 24th ranked signal caller, throwing for just shy of 3000 yards, with 11 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. He also added 419 yards on the ground. Bortles struggled mightily at times during his rookie season; however, he showed signs of promise. He also has more weapons heading into 2015, as the team signed former Bronco Julius Thomas via free agency, and added talented back TJ Yeldon in the draft. Bortles will have a much improved second season in the NFL, and could be a gem in the later rounds.
Yes, there is no guarantee that Tyrod Taylor will start for the Buffalo Bills in 2015; however, all indications lead to him being the favorite heading into training camp. Taylor comes over from the Baltimore Ravens where he saw limited action the last four seasons. There is no doubt that Taylor possesses an above average arm and elite speed. If he can win the Bills quarterback competition, he will have an ample amount of weapons surrounding him. With newly added LeSean Mccoy, Percy Harvin and Charles Clay to the offense, the Bills have the potential to be a dangerous team heading into 2015. There is no doubt that Taylor will be a threat with both his arms and legs. If Taylor is named the starter, it is a no brainer to draft him in the later rounds.