It’s that time of year again, folks. Well yes, it is almost football season but more importantly (to some) it is already fantasy football season. With some fantasy drafts already having come and gone, many others have yet to officially get underway while the 2019-20 regular season continues to draw nearer and nearer.
Because of the amount of talented running backs and wide receivers out there, many employ the strategy of waiting to select a quarterback in the later rounds. If that is the case, it will be a quarterback that not everyone is talking about that will ultimately come through for an eventual winner. However, the quarterback position is a bit different from others as even sleeper signal caller can be household names.
1. Kirk Cousins (Minnesota Vikings)
Cousins consistently puts up impressive numbers, no matter the talent level around him. However, Cousins has obviously inherited a ton of talent since moving to Minnesota by way of the Washington Redskins with the Vikings currently housing the likes of Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen, Kyle Rudolph and Dalvin Cook at the moment.
Because Cousins will no doubt be allowed to sling it en route to targeting the aforementioned duo of Diggs and Thielen a ton in 2019-20, the seasoned signal-caller could be a nice pick up toward the end of the draft if he is still hanging around.
2. Matthew Stafford (Detroit Lions)
Despite the fact that he has been the anchor of the Detroit Lions offense for years, Stafford rarely receives any credit for his work on the field. With the Lions sporting Marvin Jones Jr. and Kenny Golladay along the outside this season, Stafford should receive the opportunity to put up some serious numbers in 2019-20.
Not only that, but the longtime Lions quarterback will likely be forced to play from behind more often than not this season, which will allow him to pass the football pretty frequently en route to potentially scoring some serious fantasy points in the process.
3. Marcus Mariota (Tennessee Titans)
Mariota is gearing up for the final year of his rookie contract, and the former No. 2 overall pick will be playing for his future in Nashville this season. Because there is a ton expected of both Mariota and the Titans in 2019-20 after going 9-7 in each of the last three seasons, it is now or never for the Hawaiian signal-caller.
Due to the fact that the oft-injured quarterback is seemingly on the ropes, Mariota will have no choice but to perform and exceed expectations this time around. With that in mind, the main issue surrounding Mariota is his health while remaining healthy and on the field is unfortunately the only way to score fantasy points.
4. Sam Darnold (New York Jets)
The New York Jets seem to be on the rise, thanks in part to the presence of soon-to-be second-year quarterback Sam Darold, who has become the talk of the town in East Rutherford this offseason. If Darnold can pair his impressive offseason with the new talent that surrounds him — most importantly former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell — the Jets could be in store for a big year.
If the Jets are even remotely successful, it will surely be due to some major production from Darnold, which could help fantasy owners that stash him on their respective benches to start the season.
5. Tom Brady (New England Patriots)
This might come as a bit of a surprise that a future first-ballot Hall of Fame quarterback can hardly be referred to as a sleeper. Even so, Tom Brady isn’t getting any younger while this may very well be the season in which his production begins to decline in a major way — though probably not if we’re being honest.
Now 42 years old, Brady will be leading a Patriots team that is fresh off of yet another Super Bowl title as New England has notably won two of the last three and three of the last five Super Bowls. Not only that, but Brady currently has a litany of weapons at his disposal — as if he needs any additional help.
For starters, the Patriots will provide Brady with the services of running backs James White and Sony Michel in addition to wide receivers Julian Edelman, Josh Gordon and N’Keal Harry — among others.
It is also worth noting that despite the absence of favorite target Rob Gronkowski, who retired after last season, New England has seemingly recovered in the best way possible upon giving Brady a slew of new toys to play with.