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 Sam Bradford, MIN (Bye: 9)
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Height: 6’4”   Weight: 224   DOB: 1987-11-08   Age: 29
College: Oklahoma   Draft: 2010 Round 1 (1) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2015PHI14346 532 3,725 19 14 25 39 0 266.2 19.0
2016MIN15395 552 3,877 20 5 20 53 0 279.2 18.6
2017 (Projected)MIN 356 539 3,879 21 8 18 46 0 282.6  

Outlook: The Vikings 2016 season was an absolute calamity. Still reeling after kicking away a sure post-season win, the Vikings lost their franchise quarterback, Teddy Bridgewater to a devastating knee injury late in training camp. The team was forced to make a trade for Bradford just prior to the season. And while the team got off to a white hot 4-0 start, future HOFer Adrian Peterson was lost for the year with a knee injury in Week 2, while injuries piled up on the offensive line, contributing to the team losing 8 of their final 11 games to finish at 7-9.

Considering the fact he joined the team a few scant weeks before making his debut, Bradford had a fine statistical season. He played in 15 games, racking up a 20-8 touchdown to interception ratio, and career highs in yardage (3,877) and completion percentage (71.6). He helped to make Adam Thielen and Kyle Rudolph fantasy assets, and at the very worst kept the franchise afloat while injuries ravaged the roster around him. Despite the decent numbers, Bradford and the Vikes had serious trouble putting up points consistently, scoring 20 or fewer in half of their games. During a mid-season four game losing streak their offensive coordinator bailed, the run game remained in the witness protection program, and their defense showed cracks.

With the dark cloud of the 2016 season moving on, things do look brighter for Bradford and the offense. They've added three new starters on the offensive line, added explosive talent in the backfield, and should get more production (it's nearly impossible to get less!) from former 1st round receiver Laquon Treadwell. Bradford with have a full offseason to get more comfortable with the system as well. This will probably be the most talented team Bradford has led, but the fact remains he's never surpassed 21 touchdown passes in a season, and this Vikings still have a "run the ball and play defense" mentality. If the line can gel, and Bradford can improving the timing with his receivers, I do think he can hit 25 touchdowns and 4,000 yards which would put him squarely in the QB15-20 territory as a mid-range QB2.


 Trevor Siemian, DEN (Bye: 5)
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Height: 6’3”   Weight: 215   DOB: 1991-12-26   Age: 25
College: Northwestern   Draft: 2015 Round 7 (33) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2015DEN10 0 0 0 0 1 -1 0 -0.1 -0.1
2016DEN14289 486 3,401 18 10 28 57 0 247.8 17.7
2017 (Projected)DEN 280 458 3,255 17 10 11 55 0 236.3  

Outlook: He wasn't spectacular in his first season as a starter, but Trevor Siemian was also rarely the reason that his team lost games. Current reports indicate that 2016 first round NFL Draft pick Paxton Lynch has shown some signs of improvement in OTA's and minicamp and certainly his upside is believed to be higher than that of Siemian, but it's Siemian who has been the more consistent of the two. With an 18-to-10 touchdown-to-interception ratio and 3,401 passing yards in 14 starts, Siemian produced enough numbers in 2016 that will likely make the Broncos signal caller at least to start the season. The presence of Lynch should be a concern for fantasy owners, but the generally mediocre fantasy production from Siemian should be the primary reason that he goes undrafted in most leagues. Not much has changed in the Denver offense that should lead fantasy owners to believe that there will be a substantial improvement in the Denver passing game this season.


 Mike Glennon, CHI (Bye: 9)
27
Height: 6’6”   Weight: 225   DOB: 1989-12-12   Age: 27
College: North Carolina State   Draft: 2013 Round 3 (11) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2014TB6117 203 1,417 10 6 10 49 0 115.8 19.3
2016TB110 11 75 1 0 0 0 0 7.8 7.8
2017 (Projected)CHI 259 432 3,065 15 13 18 70 0 220.3  

Outlook: One of the more confusing off-seasons belongs to the Chicago Bears. Most knew that it was time for the Jay Cutler era to end, but if you pegged the Bears signing Mike Glennon to a huge deal, then giving up a ton of draft stock to move up one spot to select Mitchell Trubisky, I have a palm you can read.

Glennon comes to the Bears on what is essentially a one-year, $18-million dollar deal. That's middle of the road starting QB money, but the problem is that doesn't quite jibe with how this roster is built. At some point after signing Glennon, the Bears either had a change of heart, or fell so deeply in love with Trubisky they couldn't pass him up. So while the rookie from North Carolina waits his turn and the Bears give the keys to Glennon, what can we expect from a fantasy perspective? Frankly, not much. A few factors are going to conspire to make Glennon an extremely fringe fantasy asset.

First, the Chicago offense is predicated on the run game. Since John Fox became head coach two years ago, the team has never been higher than 22nd in pass attempts, so it's highly unlikely Glennon's stats will be boosted by sheer volume. Next, Glennon himself hasn't seen meaningful snaps in nearly three years. That season he went 1-6 as a starter and threw only ten touchdowns compared to six interceptions. Sure, he had a quietly effective rookie year (which is probably the only reason he got the big contract he did), but that was many moons ago, and clearly Tampa didn't think he was the franchise quarterback because they drafted Jameis Winston. Look, Glennon will probably turn out to be a fine backup quarterback one day. He's terribly limited athletically, and basically someone whose best asset is not screwing things up. He might have some value in a two-quarterback league, but he has such a limited upside, that I don't think he's currently roster material in standard fantasy leagues.


 Brian Hoyer, SF (Bye: 11)
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Height: 6’2”   Weight: 215   DOB: 1985-10-13   Age: 31
College: Michigan State   Draft:
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2014CLE14244 440 3,339 12 13 25 32 0 218.2 15.6
2015HOU11224 369 2,606 19 7 15 44 0 210.7 19.2
2016CHI6134 200 1,445 6 0 8 -7 0 95.6 15.9
2017 (Projected)SF 215 359 2,550 15 7 22 55 0 193.0  

Outlook: The 49ers' starting quarterback job has not yet been completely determined, but most team experts seem to believe that it'll be free agency acquisition Brian Hoyer who takes snaps for the team in Week 1. Hoyer is new to San Francisco but actually has more knowledge of the Kyle Shanahan offense than other players on the roster as he spent a year with Shanahan on the Browns in 2014. Hoyer is coming off of a shortened 2016 season where he threw for 300-plus yards in all four of his starts before breaking his non-throwing arm. Hoyer also avoided throwing an interception despite the team going 1-5 during that span.

While he should be an upgrade from what the 49ers had in 2016, Hoyer is not a draftable asset himself in most formats, especially given that he hasn't locked up the starting role and likely won't make it all the way through the season as the starter if the team has poor results. He'll have some weeks where he does perform well, which does make him a potential bye week replacement-type player, but there's a good chance that he'll struggle to produce fantasy starting-caliber numbers in most weeks.


 Josh McCown, NYJ (Bye: 11)
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Height: 6’4”   Weight: 213   DOB: 1979-07-04   Age: 38
College: Sam Houston State   Draft: 2002 Round 3 (16) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2014TB11184 327 2,206 11 14 25 127 3 185.0 16.8
2015CLE8186 292 2,109 12 4 20 98 1 169.3 21.2
2016CLE590 165 1,100 6 6 7 21 0 81.1 16.2
2017 (Projected)NYJ 221 374 2,430 13 10 35 105 1 190.0  

Outlook: On the plus side, McCown averaged just over one point per game less than Carson Wentz in five games last season, including an impressive 341-yard, two-touchdown game Week 8 against the Jets. McCown is too injury prone, the team will likely give young signal callers Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg chances to play, marginalizing McCown's value even further. A journeyman veteran quarterback tasked with leading a team that is in full-blown lose for a top draft pick mode; Josh McCown should be rostered in only two-QB and large formats, as he does not have the skill position players or offensive scheme to put up top 12 points in standard leagues.


 Jared Goff, LAR (Bye: 8)
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Height: 6’4”   Weight: 215   DOB: 1994-10-14   Age: 22
College: California   Draft: 2016 Round 1 (1) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2016LAR7112 205 1,089 5 7 8 16 1 82.1 11.7
2017 (Projected)LAR 236 415 2,571 11 11 17 35 0 176.1  

Outlook: Jared Goff was historically bad as a rookie, throwing just 5 touchdown passes with 7 interceptions in seven games as a starter. It's true that he faced ridiculous amounts of duress - in fact, 40.4 percent of his passes attempts were pressured - but Goff was also awful when the pocket was calm. There just aren't many positives to pull from the Rams passing game last year, which is a big reason why there were so many changes this off-season.

The Rams did attempt to address their offensive line deficiencies by making the huge acquisition of Andrew Whitworth - one of the top left tackles in the game. They also added center John Sullivan who performed mostly well for the Vikings throughout his career and will certainly be an upgrade from what the team had a season ago. Unfortunately, the team didn't do much to address the disastrous wide receiver situation in free agency, although they did make a few potentially decent moves in the draft.

Goff projects to be one of the worst starting quarterbacks in the league for fantasy purposes, so stay far away on draft day. His lone saving grace for dynasty formats may be that the team is essentially financially handcuffed to him for at least another season or two. The physical talent is certainly here, but it's tough to believe that Goff is going to suddenly ascend to being a viable fantasy option this season.


 Deshaun Watson, HOU (Bye: 7)
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Height: 6’2”   Weight: 221   DOB: 1995-09-14   Age: 21
College: Clemson   Draft: 2017 Round 1 (12) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2017 (Projected)HOU 149 253 1,745 9 7 57 245 2 159.8  

Outlook: Houston fans and fantasy owners alike haven't had a reason to get excited over a Texans quarterback since they were named an expansion franchise back in 2002. Watson oozes potential as a runner and passer but it won't come without some growing pains. He threw 17 interceptions in his final season at Clemson and more than a few talent evaluators have described him as a player that tries to do "too much" on a given play. That might not be a bad thing considering Watson's ability to extend plays, gain yards on the ground and DeAndre Hopkins' freakish ability to turn bad passes into touchdowns. The Texans simply need more from their quarterback, which is why they selected him with the 12th pick in the 2017 draft. Houston isn't expected to use a funky two-quarterback system so fantasy owners shouldn't expect to see the him until the second half of the season.

That doesn't mean he can't be valuable in redraft leagues. In the six games between Week 9 and Week 14, the Texans have four favorable matchups for fantasy quarterbacks (IND, @BAL, @TEN, SF). Consequently, Watson may be worth the gamble for those owners needing more from their quarterback position as they push for the playoffs.


 Tom Savage, HOU (Bye: 7)
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Height: 6’4”   Weight: 228   DOB: 1990-04-26   Age: 27
College: Pittsburgh   Draft: 2014 Round 4 (35) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2014HOU210 19 127 0 1 6 -6 0 5.8 2.9
2016HOU346 73 461 0 0 6 12 0 24.3 8.1
2017 (Projected)HOU 171 290 1,882 10 6 10 11 0 135.2  

Outlook: The Texans believed they had solved their quarterback issues when they traded for Brock Osweiler and gave him a big pile of money after the 2015 season. Unfortunately, Osweiler wasn't up to the task as the Texans became one of four teams to finish last season averaging less than 200 yards of passing offense despite averaging over 36 passing attempts per game. Houston jettisoned Osweiler and now enter the year with Tom Savage leading the charge. A former fourth round draft choice by the Texans in 2014, Savage has played in a total of five games during his brief career. He hasn't done anything to make fantasy owners believe he will magically transform the offense into a high scoring unit but there are enough weapons around him to allow fantasy managers to use him as a matchup dependent fill in throughout the bye weeks. Houston is hoping Savage will do enough to keep the job but his leash won't be too long with highly touted rookie Deshaun Watson waiting to take over as the quarterback of the future.


 Cody Kessler, CLE (Bye: 9)
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Height: 6’1”   Weight: 220   DOB: 1993-05-11   Age: 24
College: Southern California   Draft: 2016 Round 3 (31) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2016CLE9128 195 1,380 6 2 11 18 0 94.8 10.5
2017 (Projected)CLE 180 301 2,015 10 8 32 77 1 154.5  

Outlook: I'm not sure how long Cleveland will carry this many quarterbacks, but for the time being, I'm going to lump these three guys into one writhing mass of quarterback mediocrity. Kessler, the second year holdover from 2016 had a strange rookie season. He started the year off as the 3rd-string developmental quarterback, but was thrust into the lineup Week 3 after both RGIII and Josh McCown went down with injuries. The former Trojan ended up going winless in his starts and got battered around a bunch, but ended up not embarrassing himself in the games he was able to play in. He completed 65% of his passes and had a strong 6-2 touchdown to interception ratio. His limited work in 2016 earned him the starting role to begin 2017. If he can stay healthy, I think his experience, intelligence, and moxie will be able to hold off Kizer for the near future.

Speaking of Kizer, he's the long-term future of this franchise. He's likely to see snaps at some point this year, later than sooner if Cleveland has its way. He's got some work to do to be ready to lead an NFL team into battle, and I don't see the benefit of having him playing before he is ready. He had a bitter end to his college career, but has the physical gifts to be a starter in this league. If he's starting for this team things have either gone incredibly wrong (again), or he's accelerated far quicker than anyone imagined.

The Browns are playing the long game here at quarterback and I don't think Osweiler realistically fits into their plans. One of the bigger busts in recent free agent history, Osweiler is an NFL backup and nothing more. If the young guns show well, I wouldn't be surprised if he's cut toward the end of camp. That being said, no quarterback on this roster is worth re-draft consideration. There may be some very sneaky DFS league value on a week against a terrible defense, but that's as far as I'd go.


 Matt Barkley, SF (Bye: 11)
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Height: 6’2”   Weight: 230   DOB: 1990-09-08   Age: 26
College: Southern California   Draft: 2013 Round 4 (1) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2014PHI10 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 0.0 0.0
2016CHI7129 216 1,611 8 14 7 2 0 112.8 16.1
2017 (Projected)SF 88 146 1,052 8 7 4 7 0 85.3  

 Sean Mannion, LAR (Bye: 8)
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Height: 6’6”   Weight: 229   DOB: 1992-04-23   Age: 25
College: Oregon State   Draft: 2015 Round 3 (25) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2015STL16 7 31 0 0 0 0 0 1.6 1.6
2016LAR13 6 19 0 1 1 -1 0 0.9 0.9
2017 (Projected)LAR 102 173 1,156 8 4 11 25 0 92.3  

 DeShone Kizer, CLE (Bye: 9)
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Height: 6’4”   Weight: 233   DOB: 1996-01-03   Age: 21
College: Notre Dame   Draft: 2017 Round 2 (20) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2017 (Projected)CLE 60 104 760 5 4 25 86 1 72.6