Dynasty Sleepers: Quarterbacks
Smitty discusses dynasty league quarterback sleepers.
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Below you will find a list of 2016 dynasty sleeper QBs heading into the 2016 fantasy football season. If you haven’t drafted yet in your upcoming startup dynasty league, target these quarterbacks below if the price is right. If you are in an existing dynasty league, try acquiring these players on the cheap. Enjoy.
Kirk Cousins (QB – WAS)
He is by no means a deep sleeper, but relatively big name players can be sleepers as it all boils down to value. By default, Cousins should be undervalued in almost every format, as there are just way too many quarterbacks that almost have to get ranked above him. Aaron Rodgers, Andrew Luck, Blake Bortles, Russell Wilson, Cam Newton, Tom Brady and Drew Brees will all likely get drafted/valued ahead of Cousins entering 2016.
Even Ben Roethlisberger and Tony Romo might often get ranked ahead of Cousins in dynasty. And, that leaves prospective Cousins owners in a great spot. Plain and simple, he is low risk/high reward in that 8-12 range for fantasy passers.
If he falters, the loss is minimal, just as long as you pair him with a relatively similar option, and there are plenty of them in the 10-20 range heading into 2016 (from Stafford, to Winston, from Ryan to Carr). Cousins is one of the few fantasy quarterbacks that has top five QB upside despite often ranking outside of the consensus top 10 QBs.
Marcus Mariota (QB – TEN)
As stated with Cousins above, some passers, like Mariota, will be ranked relatively low merely because the fantasy football quarterback pool is just so deep this year. This makes passers like Mariota and Cousins low risk heading into 2016 and beyond. Mariota played well last year despite it being his first NFL season, as he threw for 2,818 yards, 19 TDs and 10 INTs, while running for 252 yards two TDs.
Despite struggling with the deep ball at times in 2015, the upside is big with this kid, especially with the additions of DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry, two runners that will help keep defenses honest, which will in turn help Mariota connect with Kendall Wright, Dorial Green-Beckham and Delanie Walker downfield. This team is young and exciting, and I think it will surprise a lot of people in 2016; this offense will crank out more fantasy production than most expect.
Don’t be shocked one bit if Mariota totals over 30 TDs (passing and rushing) this upcoming season. He is a big playmaker and Tennessee will be very much improved in 2016.