Many people overdraft their quarterbacks in fantasy football drafts, only to see them bite them in the behind. Instead of doing so, you can load up on running backs and wide receivers and select one of these five options who project as good values for their average draft position (ADP) via FantasyPros.
5. Nick Foles – Jacksonville Jaguars
Nick Foles has his skeptics. He’s playing with a new team, he doesn’t have a particularly impressive pass-catching group, he and hasn’t been a great quarterback outside of his tenure with Philadelphia. But, let’s not forget the last time we saw Foles, he led the Eagles out of the grave to nearly reach the NFC Championship.
Though the Jaguars’ receiving corps is scary (not in the good way), the team built around him isn’t anything to scoff at. A historically great play-action passer, Foles should benefit from Leonard Fournette pulling boxes in. The receivers bring speed to the table, the defense is excellent, and Foles is reunited with former Eagles quarterbacks coach now Jags offensive coordinator John DeFilippo.
4. Jacoby Brissett – Indianapolis Colts
Following Andrew Luck’s sudden retirement, Jacoby Brissett will be the Colts’ starting quarterback. Luckily, he’s competent, and it’s not his first rodeo filling in as the starter. In 2017, he played most of the season, after a trade from New England, as QB1.
As the Colts starter in 2017, Brissett won four games and posted an 81.7 passer rating. But he’s under entirely different circumstances in 2019. The Colts are built to win now; as a pocket quarterback, he’s going to enjoy playing behind one of the NFL’s best offensive lines and a talented crop of skill position players.
3. Kirk Cousins – Minnesota Vikings
It’s year two of the Kirk Cousins era in Minnesota, and he is expect him to rebound nicely. DeFilippo spent last season with the Vikings, scheming a screen-heavy, deep-ball loving, run-loathing, system that padded Cousins’ stats in 2018, he’ll be more comfortable in a Gary Kubiak–inspired offense.
Not only is the Vikings’ scheme different, but they also gave him so offensive line help. Garrett Bradbury and Josh Kline should help Cousins play in the pocket more, which is where he does best. Dalvin Cook’s potential breakout season will help defenses respect the play-action and run more. And, he still has Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs to throw to.
2. Sam Darnold – New York Jets
Sam Darnold’s stock is going way up. First off, last year’s No. 3 overall pick finished his rookie year looking like he deserved to be drafted there. Second off, his running back is Le’Veon Bell—enough said. Third off, Adam Gase will bring a West Coast–inspired scheme that should help him find open reads and throw efficiently.
The Jets also bolstered Darnold’s offensive line, giving him Kelechi Osemele and Ryan Kalil, who will be his bodyguards in the interior. New York has clearly gone all-in in Darnold, and I wouldn’t blame him. Realistically, he could be the next Philip Rivers, and we’ll see that next year.
1. Josh Allen – Buffalo Bills
Josh Allen’s rookie year was off and on. He led the Bills in rushing, showed off generational arm strength, got pressured a lot, and demonstrated accuracy was still a problem. But, so far in training camp and preseason, he has made strides as a passer like being decisive and working on his ability to read the field and pass accurately quickly.
The Bills gifted Allen weapons to succeed in 2019. They possess one of the NFL’s most improved blocking unit, gave him a whole bunch of speed to use that booming arm, and competent running backs. If he takes advantage of it, Allen could be an unstoppable, glitchy, quarterback for quite some time.