Potential Quarterback Sleepers for the 2019 Fantasy Football Season
The 2019 fantasy football season is nearly a month away. As draft season ramps up, it's time to consider some sleepers to target in the later rounds.
No position is deeper than quarterback this year, as there are potentially 20+ starting options for your typical 10- to 12-team league. Still, this doesn't mean all of these guys will succeed on a week-to-week basis, so it's important to target the best value quarterbacks based on current average draft position (ADP).
Here are four QB sleepers for fantasy football, all being taken outside the top 10 for the position according to ADP.
4. Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers (ADP: QB21)
The San Francisco 49ers enter the season with a lot of hype, as they added several key reinforcements to their defense, namely Dee Ford via trade and Nick Bosa via the draft. The offense is also expected to see a major improvement this year, as Jimmy Garoppolo will return after suffering a torn ACL in Week 3 of the 2018 season. Jimmy G was hyped plenty last year, and will now double down on those expectations with a better supporting cast, as the 49ers added WR Deebo Samuel in the draft while also signing RB Tevin Coleman. Garoppolo has thrived whenever given the opportunity so far in his career, and could be in store for a breakout first full season as a starter in 2019.
3. Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens (ADP: QB19)
It was quite the adventurous rookie season for Lamar Jackson, who played sparingly off the bench through the first nine games before taking over as starter for the final seven weeks. Jackson led the Ravens to a 6-1 finish and division title, and did so almost entirely with his legs, as he broke the NFL single-season record for rush attempts with 147. Considering he started for less than half the season, it's crazy to think what Jackson can do over a 16-game schedule, as 1,000 rushing yards is clearly in play. If he improves at all as a passer, and develops some downfield chemistry with rookie Marquise Brown, Jackson can be in store for a truly historic season in year two.
2. Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago Bears (ADP: QB18)
To understand the fantasy upside of Mitchell Trubisky, one only has to look at the first half of his sophomore NFL season. In his first eight games, Trubisky put up 1,949 passing yards, 302 rushing yards and 18 total touchdowns. Had he kept that pace, he would have easily finished as a top 10 fantasy QB. Instead, Trubisky saw his production drop off across the board as the season dwindled down. Nonetheless, the eight-game sample size was a glimpse into Trubisky's potential as one of the league's best dual threat quarterbacks. With a strong supporting cast in Chicago, he has a chance to post those first half numbers again in 2019, only this time, for an entire season.
1. Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams (ADP: QB11)
For some reason, Jared Goff gets pegged as a system quarterback, or even a game manager playing alongside an elite running back in Todd Gurley. That simply wasn't the case last season, as Goff finished fourth in the NFL in passing yards (4,688) and tied for sixth in passing touchdowns (32). Goff was the QB8 in 2018, and would have probably finished higher had he not lost one of his favorite targets, Cooper Kupp, to a torn ACL in Week 10. Kupp is expected to be ready by Week 1, but despite all of this, Goff is not being drafted as a top 10 fantasy QB this season. He is a great value in the middle rounds, with upside to finish higher than most are expecting in 2019.
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