A deep sleeper should be a player people haven’t heard about, but that ship has sailed for fantasy football. If a player is on the roster, he probably has a fantasy article written about him. If you don’t have deep benches, these players might go on your personal watchlist, but if you do have room, some of these guys are worth stashing this season.
There truly are no under the radar quarterbacks. There are some that are perceived to be unworthy of drafting in 12-team leagues, but they are all well known. But, there are a few that have higher upside than generally agreed upon. We’ll go through my favorites below.
Gardner Minshew, Jaguars
Minshew has plenty of obstacles this season, as his team isn’t flush with talent, but he showed last season that he can get the job done. Minshew’s ability to run the ball is a big plus for his fantasy upside. Also, the Jaguars defense should be one of the worst in the league this year, which means “The Stache” is going to be throwing and scrambling a lot. That scenario won’t lead to efficiency but volume and Minshew’s knack for getting the most out of a play could add up to fantasy goodness.
Tyrod Taylor, Chargers
Taylor’s best year came under Anthony Lynn in Buffalo and now he’ll get a chance to start again under Lynn this season. There is a chance Justin Herbert takes over the job from Taylor sooner than later, but there’s also a real chance that Taylor does well enough to hold onto the job for the bulk of the season. The Chargers won’t be a team that passes a lot, so Taylor will need to use his legs and efficient passing to get his fantasy numbers up. The good news is that the Chargers schedule is easy, especially early on and Taylor is both efficient and a strong runner.
Teddy Bridgewater, Panthers
Bridgewater has yet to show that he’s anything more than a game manager, but he also hasn’t shown that he can’t take another step forward either. And if he’s going to take a step forward, it will be with Joe Brady and the strong YAC pass catchers on the Panthers. We know that Brady was influenced heavily by the Saints after working as an offensive assistant for two years and turned his time there into a huge statistical windfall at LSU last year.
Tua Tagovailoa, Dolphins
Tagovailoa is an unknown and the Dolphins are very much in rebuilding mode, but he was taken as the No. 5 pick in the draft for a reason. The main question surround Tua is if he’ll start Week 1 or if Ryan Fitzpatrick will get the nod? At this point it is difficult to even make an educated guess, but I do believe the Dolphins are much more inclined to get him out there than the Chargers are to get Herbert on the field. Much will depend on how quickly he can pick up the offense of course. But, I expect the team to get him in there as soon as possible and after that, his upside is good based on his ability.
Drew Lock, Broncos
Lock has an embarrassment of riches to throw the ball to after the Broncos added Melvin Gordon, Jerry Jeudy and KJ Hamler to the up and coming duo of Courtland Sutton and Noah Fant. Will it all come together in there first year together? No, no it will not. But, that kind of talent will have upside, especially in positive matchups. Lock could easily be a streaming candidate this season.