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 Drew Lock, DEN (Bye: 8)
Height: 6’4”   Weight: 228   DOB: 1996-00-00   Age: 24
College: Missouri   Draft: 2019 Round 2 (10) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2019DEN5100 156 1,020 7 3 18 72 0 86.2 17.2
2020 (Projected)DEN 329 522 3,548 22 12 59 225 2 299.9  

 Teddy Bridgewater, CAR (Bye: 13)
Height: 6’2”   Weight: 214   DOB: 1992-11-10   Age: 27
College: Louisville   Draft: 2014 Round 1 (32) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2017MIN10 2 0 0 1 3 -3 0 -0.3 -0.3
2018NO514 23 118 1 1 11 5 0 10.4 2.1
2019NO9133 196 1,384 9 2 28 31 0 108.3 12.0
2020 (Projected)CAR 338 528 3,751 22 15 34 85 1 290.1  

Outlook: Last season Bridgewater got a chance to start a few games for the first time since 2015, when he started for the Vikings. After being drafted by Minnesota to be their quarterback of the future, he suffered a serious knee injury. That injury cost him the entire 2016 season and he continued to sit all through the 2017 season. Some thought he might not play again, but he landed with the Saints as a back-up in 2018, and spent most of the past two seasons sitting behind Drew Brees.

It looks like his time off, and his time under Brees, grew him as a player. In his starts last season when Brees broke his hand, Bridgewater was very efficient. He posted a 68% completion percentage, and threw 9 touchdowns and only 2 interceptions. He looked accurate and confident.

He entered free agency this offseason with a great opportunity to land a starting job, having shown he has what it takes to be a successful starter. The Panthers signed him as they transition to a new era, away from longtime coach Ron Rivera and longtime quarterback Cam Newton. Bridgewater gets the opportunity to take over an exciting new offense which new head coach Matt Rhule and new offensive coordinator Joe Brady plan to implement.

He is not very mobile, so he does not add any upside as a rusher, which can be a key element in fantasy football success for a quarterback. But he gets the opportunity to be a distributor in an offense that should be fast-paced and dynamic, and he is surrounded by one of the better young skill-position groups in the NFL. He will likely be throwing a ton of short and intermediate passes to Christian McCaffrey, D.J. Moore, Curtis Samuel, and Ian Thomas - and that should lead to a lot of passing yardage being racked up. Those players are fantastic in the open field and are very dynamic, which should lead to a lot of "easy" stats for Bridgewater.

He is basically free in fantasy drafts, lasting until the very late rounds. So for those who want to wait on quarterback, or stream the position, Bridgewater is an excellent late-round option.

 Sam Darnold, NYJ (Bye: 11)
Height: 6’3”   Weight: 221   DOB: 1997-06-05   Age: 23
College: Southern California   Draft: 2018 Round 1 (3) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2018NYJ13239 414 2,865 17 15 44 138 1 231.1 17.8
2019NYJ13273 441 3,024 19 13 33 62 2 245.4 18.9
2020 (Projected)NYJ 298 497 3,482 22 14 47 117 1 279.8  

Outlook: Mononucleosis derailed the sophomore season for quarterback Sam Darnold and the entire New York Jets offense. The former first round pick from USC was limited to just 13 contests, and we do not know for sure how long the illness affected him in the games he did manage to play.

Despite missing Weeks 2 through 5, Darnold did improve on his completion percentage from his rookie season, threw two more touchdowns, and two fewer interceptions, leading the team to wins in six of their final eight games.

The Jets used significant draft capital to address deficiencies on the offensive line while adding a big-bodied wide receiver on the outside in rookie Denzel Mims from Baylor. The team also added free agent WR Breshad Perriman to help fill the vacuum left with the departure of Robby Anderson to the Panthers in free agency.

For fantasy purposes, Darnold projects to be no more than a streaming option in standard one-quarterback leagues, as the position is deep, and Darnold has yet to top 20 passing touchdowns in his career. He will have value in Super Flex leagues, but a rough schedule to start the season of games against the Bills and the 49ers should give owners pause on drafting Darnold this year.

 Derek Carr, LV (Bye: 6)
Height: 6’2”   Weight: 214   DOB: 1991-03-28   Age: 29
College: Fresno State   Draft: 2014 Round 2 (4) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2017LV15323 515 3,496 22 13 23 66 0 269.4 18.0
2018LV16381 553 4,049 19 10 24 47 1 289.2 18.1
2019LV16361 513 4,054 21 8 27 82 2 306.9 19.2
2020 (Projected)LV 308 481 3,559 20 10 26 65 1 270.5  

Outlook: There was some belief that the Raiders would move on from long-time quarterback Derek Carr this offseason, but the team seems to be prepared to give him at least one more chance to prove himself as the team itself makes the move to Las Vegas.

He may not be the most exciting option, but it's worth noting that Carr did actually have the second-best season of his professional career in 2019, as he used a dink-and-dunk approach to exceed a 70-percent completion percentage for the first time, along with exceeding 4,000 passing yards for the second straight season. He did this despite having what had to be considered one of the least-talented wide receiver groups in the league, a rookie running back who was not known for being a great pass catcher, and a starting tight end who had never caught more than 10 passes in an NFL season. All things considered, Carr's 2019 season was actually fairly impressive despite him throwing just 21 touchdowns.

One of the most risk-averse quarterbacks in the league, Carr is in an odd spot for fantasy purposes heading into 2020. Only Teddy Bridgewater has a lower average target distance than Carr over the past two seasons. This gives Carr a higher weekly floor than some of his more careless competitors at the quarterback position, but it doesn't often lead to many high ceiling performances. The Raiders did add two playmaking wide receivers in the first and third rounds with Henry Ruggs III and Bryan Edwards, but it seems like this type of personnel is tipping the team's hand a bit, as they may be ready to move on from Carr if he doesn't have a breakout season here in 2020.

Carr finished as the QB17 in 2019 and that's probably about where he'll finish in 2020. He's being drafted in the low-20s among QBs so he'll almost certainly outproduce that, but the chances of him breaking into the top 12 at the position are rather low.

 Tyrod Taylor, LAC (Bye: 10)
Height: 6’1”   Weight: 217   DOB: 1989-08-03   Age: 31
College: Virginia Tech   Draft: 2011 Round 6 (15) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2017BUF15263 420 2,799 14 4 84 427 4 262.7 17.5
2018CLE442 85 473 2 2 16 125 1 50.2 12.5
2019LAC84 6 33 1 0 10 7 0 6.4 0.8
2020 (Projected)LAC 218 346 2,425 14 7 56 245 2 213.8  

Outlook: The last time a quarterback other than Philip Rivers started a regular season game for the Chargers was all the way back in 2005, so there's no question that it's going to look a little weird when Tyrod Taylor leads the team out onto the field in Week 1. Or so we assume, anyway. There's always a possibility that the Chargers choose to roll with rookie Justin Herbert, which is certainly one of the very valid concerns about Taylor's fantasy outlook for 2020.

The upside of Taylor, however, lies primarily in his legs. In Taylor's three seasons as a primary starter in the NFL, he's averaged 525 rushing yards per season. To put that into perspective, only two quarterbacks - Lamar Jackson and Kyler Murray - finished with more rushing yards than that in 2020, and only four total quarterbacks (Jackson, Murray, Josh Allen and Deshaun Watson) finished with even 400 rushing yards. Finding a quarterback who can give you an additional three to five points per week with his legs has long been a strategy for late-round quarterback drafters and there's an outside possibility that Taylor is the next in the line of deep options who ends up surprising almost everyone by finishing as a QB1.

Taylor's never finished with more than 20 touchdown passes in a season, but he does typically take care of the football from a turnover standpoint. This gives him a relatively high floor each week and could make him one of the better values in fantasy this season, provided that he remains the starter. He's never had better pass catching options than he does this season in Los Angeles and there's little reason to believe that he won't easily outperform his current ADP in two-QB and SuperFlex leagues.

 Dwayne Haskins, WAS (Bye: 8)
Height: 6’3”   Weight: 231   DOB: 1997-05-03   Age: 23
College: Ohio State   Draft: 2019 Round 1 (15) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2019WAS9119 203 1,365 7 7 20 101 0 106.4 11.8
2020 (Projected)WAS 265 449 3,050 16 12 43 189 1 241.4  

Outlook: The Redskins turned to Haskins as the full-time starter Week 8 of the 2019 regular season. The former first-round pick from Ohio State went on to deliver what you would expect of a rookie quarterback thrust into the starting role on a bad offense, with a completion percentage of under 60% and as many interceptions as touchdown passes.

Haskins led the Redskins to a pair of wins in his eight starts, including an impressive 29-21 win on the road over the Carolina Panthers.

The jury is out on whether or not Haskins will be the long-term solution at quarterback for Washington. The team has a new coaching staff with head coach Ron Rivera and offensive coordinator Scott Turner.

From a fantasy perspective, Haskins should not be considered an option in anything other than deep superflex leagues, as there are far better options at the position.

 Nick Foles, CHI (Bye: 11)
Height: 6’6”   Weight: 243   DOB: 1989-01-20   Age: 31
College: Arizona   Draft: 2012 Round 3 (25) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2017PHI757 101 537 5 2 11 3 0 47.2 6.7
2018PHI5141 195 1,413 7 4 9 17 0 100.4 20.1
2019JAC477 117 736 3 2 4 23 0 51.1 12.8
2020 (Projected)CHI 229 358 2,612 17 9 18 42 0 202.8  

Outlook: The Bears become the latest team trying to put the Foles lightning back in the bottle. To be fair, Foles never had a fair shot in Jacksonville, as a busted collarbone followed by the emergence of Gardner Minshew made a long-term stay in northeast Florida unlikely. Off to the much cooler environs of the Windy City, Foles engages in a wholly uninteresting quarterback competition with Trubisky. I think we all know who Foles is as an NFL quarterback by now. He's a guy who has played well in short bursts (2013, and the Eagles SB run) and has been a high level back-up at other times. Chicago, desperate for an alternative to Trubisky, is going to give Foles every chance to unseat the incumbent. The problem is, I don't think it's going to matter much. Yes, Foles is back in an Andy Reid style offense that fits him, but in a league that values quarterbacks above all else, four teams (the Eagles twice!) sent him packing. I do think he'll be a boost to the Chicago receivers as he delivers a much more catchable ball, but with limited athleticism (39 rushing yards in the last four seasons COMBINED), there is a low fantasy ceiling. My best guess is that both Foles and Trubisky make many more starts for the Bears in 2020 than they do for fantasy teams.

 Ryan Fitzpatrick, MIA (Bye: 11)
Height: 6’2”   Weight: 225   DOB: 1982-11-24   Age: 37
College: Harvard   Draft: 2005 Round 7 (36) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2017TB696 163 1,103 7 3 16 76 0 90.8 15.1
2018TB8164 246 2,366 17 12 36 152 2 213.5 26.7
2019MIA15311 502 3,529 20 13 54 243 4 304.8 20.3
2020 (Projected)MIA 219 348 2,436 15 11 35 141 1 201.9  

Outlook: Fitzmagic lived up to his name at times last season, with seven games of at least 25 fantasy points, including a fantasy super bowl-winning performance against the Bengals in Week 16, with 419 passing yards and four touchdowns.

From a fantasy perspective, Fitzpatrick proved to be a decent streaming option, yet his lack of consistency made him too much of a risk to be an every-week starter. Perhaps his most important contribution from a fantasy perspective was his assistance in helping DeVante Parker breakout.

As is always the case for the journeyman QB, Fitzpatrick is a placeholder yet again, keeping the seat warm until Tua Tagovailoa is healthy and ready to take over the starting role. Tua will most likely take over the starting job at some point in the season, making Fitzpatrick someone to avoid in drafts.

A brutal schedule to start the season is another reason to consider passing on Fitzpatrick as a streamer. The Dolphins take on the Patriots, Bills, and 49ers, three of the top defenses in the league, in their first five weeks of the year.

 Tua Tagovailoa, MIA (Bye: 11)
Height: 6’0”   Weight: 217   DOB: 1998-03-02   Age: 22
College: Alabama   Draft: 2020 Round 1 (5) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2020 (Projected)MIA 148 247 1,756 9 6 35 126 1 142.4  

Outlook: The Dolphins used the fifth pick of the 2020 NFL Draft to select quarterback Tua Tagovailoa from Alabama. Tua will be given every opportunity to be the team's franchise quarterback for years to come, and he has the pedigree and skills to be a star in the NFL.

With that said, Tua will likely start the season on the bench as he continues to recover from a serious hip injury that he suffered last season with the Crimson Tide. If the team is smart, they will not rush him back too early, especially considering the difficult schedule the team faces to start the year, with matchups against the Patriots, Bills, and 49ers in the first five weeks.

Fantasy owners will likely pass on Tua to start the season, yet he could have some value as a streamer down the stretch.

 Mitchell Trubisky, CHI (Bye: 11)
Height: 6’2”   Weight: 222   DOB: 1994-08-20   Age: 26
College: North Carolina   Draft: 2017 Round 1 (2) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2017CHI12196 330 2,193 7 7 41 248 2 174.5 14.5
2018CHI14289 434 3,223 24 12 68 421 3 317.3 22.7
2019CHI15326 516 3,138 17 10 48 193 2 256.2 17.1
2020 (Projected)CHI 131 205 1,453 8 6 24 105 1 121.2  

Outlook: Is it just me, or does Chicago have one of the most frantic personnel departments in the NFL? Between their over-the-top pursuit of kickers last offseason and tight ends this offseason, to the desperate attempt to move on from Trubisky, this team still hasn't found a solid footing under third-year head coach Matt Nagy. Toss in a global pandemic and this is the backdrop for the coming quarterback competition between the young gun trying to salvage his career, and the journeyman Super Bowl MVP trying to do the same.

To say Trubisky regressed in his 3rd season is an understatement. I get that he played with a damaged labrum in his non-throwing shoulder for much of the season, but he was extremely erratic during the first few weeks prior to injury; especially the season opener against Green Bay at home where the Bears looked befuddled on offense, scoring only 3 points. I think that game set a tone for the confidence the team and fans had in him, and the confidence he had in himself. Plagued by continued inaccuracy (18th in the NFL in completion percentage), Trubisky only managed to convert 4 of his 15 attempts past 30 yards last year, and that was with Pro Bowl caliber Allen Robinson. Combine his physical issues with continued questionable decision making, and it's clear that the Bears are ready to go in a different direction. But Trubisky did show in 2018 that he has the athletic gifts to be fantasy relevant, and should he win this battle, offers the most upside. I still will likely be looking elsewhere come draft day.

 Justin Herbert, LAC (Bye: 10)
Height: 6’6”   Weight: 236   DOB: 1998-03-10   Age: 22
College: Oregon   Draft: 2020 Round 1 (6) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2020 (Projected)LAC 116 197 1,356 7 6 30 116 1 113.4  

 Alex Smith, WAS (Bye: 8)
Height: 6’4”   Weight: 217   DOB: 1984-05-07   Age: 36
College: Utah   Draft: 2005 Round 1 (1) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2017KC15341 505 4,042 26 5 60 355 1 347.6 23.2
2018WAS10205 328 2,180 10 5 41 168 1 171.8 17.2
2020 (Projected)WAS 22 35 245 2 0 2 8 0 21.1