Last season, Dak Prescott emerged as a surprising fantasy option at the quarterback position, while Carson Wentz and Jared Goff both flashed potential for the future. As the 2017 NFL Draft has ended, let’s take a look at the 2017 rookie class of signal-callers and evaluate their potential fantasy contributions.
While some of these quarterbacks may not start this season, they are worth keeping an eye on this fall, particularly if you play in dynasty or keeper leagues.
Deshaun Watson (Houston): I’m still reeling from this trade and subsequent pick by the Texans. Watson had 4,593 yards, 41 touchdowns, and 17 interceptions last season, along with a national championship win over Alabama. He has a history of winning, a skill that he can hopefully translate at the next level.
That being said, Tom Savage is still the projected starter for 2017. When Watson does take over for the Texans (maybe this year, maybe next year), he will have a bevy of weapons at his disposal. Receivers DeAndre Hopkins, Will Fuller and Braxton Miller, along with running backs Lamar Miller and D’Onta Foreman, should make Watson a viable fantasy option as soon as he takes over.
DeShone Kizer (Cleveland): Kizer managed 2,925 yards, 26 touchdowns, and nine interceptions in his final college season. He has a strong arm and the potential to create big touchdowns. He also finds himself in a Cleveland quarterback room full of questions. Will he be competing for the starting job with Cody Kessler and ex-Texan Brock Osweiler? Will he even see the field in 2016?
The Browns have been stockpiling offensive weapons, adding Kenny Britt, Corey Coleman, Rashard Higgins, David Njoku and others over the last few seasons. While Kizer has the potential to become a fantasy option, and the Browns are certainly trying to surround him with talent, he’s more of a wait and see option in fantasy football, at least until Cleveland finds some clarity at the QB position.
Mitchell Trubisky (Chicago): The result of a monster trade that moved Chicago up one spot this season, Trubisky was the first quarterback off the board this year. He had 3,748 yards, 30 touchdowns, and six interceptions in 2016, his first season as the starting quarterback at North Carolina.
Trubisky will have Markus Wheaton, Kevin White and Eddie Royal among his offensive weapons when he takes control of the offense. The question is, when will this happen? Mike Glennon (ex-Tampa Bay QB) just signed a 3-year, $45 million deal with the Bears. If Trubisky earns the starting job over Glennon, he will have fantasy potential. If he waits a year to see the field, he could be a solid stash option in keeper leagues. Keep an eye on how the preseason plays out and which Bears QB is at the helm in September.
Patrick Mahomes (Kansas City): Mahomes was selected by Kansas City in the first round of the draft thanks to yet another big trade. He had 5,052 yards, 41 touchdowns, and ten interceptions in his final season at Texas Tech. His deep ball is one of his greatest assets, along with a dangerous run game that amounted to 12 rushing TDs in 2016.
Mahomes is likely going to spend at least a season sitting behind veteran Alex Smith. Should Smith get injured or struggle for some reason, Mahomes could get thrown in as a starter sooner than expected. He will have plenty of talented receiving options in Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce and Jeremy Maclin once he earns the starting role. It’s worth watching Mahomes, especially in keeper and dynasty leagues, as he will likely emerge as a fantasy asset sometime soon.
Joshua Dobbs (Pittsburg): Dobbs was selected by the Steelers in this year’s draft. He racked up 2,946 yards, 27 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions through the air in 2016, along with 831 yards and 12 touchdowns on the ground.
In a similar situation to Mahomes, Dobbs is likely going to sit at least a season behind veteran Ben Roethlisberger. If injury forces Dobbs into a starting role sooner, he could become a fantasy option quickly, as he is surrounded by top tier receiving talent (Antonio Brown, Le’Veon Bell and JuJu Smith-Schuster, to name a few). Perhaps more of a sleeper for fantasy purposes than the other QBs on this list, Dobbs could still prove an asset to your roster in deeper or keeper leagues.
What are your thoughts, fantasy owners? Are there any other rookie quarterbacks that you think could have an immediate impact? Is there a team that you think gives a rookie QB the best chance to succeed? The comments section is yours to discuss below.