Sophomore QBs Not Named Baker Mayfield Who Are Set Up For Fantasy Football Success

By Leo Abbe-Schneider
Wild Card Round - San Diego Chargers v Baltimore Ravens
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Baker Mayfield had an extremely impressive rookie campaign in 2018. He threw for 3,725 yards and 27 touchdowns in just 14 games for the Browns. Thus, it was no surprise that he was one of the breakout fantasy players as well as a finalist for the Offensive Rookie of the Year Award in 2018.

With all of the attention surrounding Mayfield, it was at times easy to forget about the other rookie quarterbacks who were having very impressive first seasons in their own right.

Keeping that in mind, here are three sophomore QBs other than Mayfield that could have big seasons for fantasy owners in 2019.

3. Sam Darnold, New York Jets

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Despite only completing 57.7% of his passes, Darnold showed lots of promise for the Jets in his rookie season. He threw for nearly 3,000 yards and 17 touchdowns in just 13 games, and appeared to be the answer the Jets were looking for under center. While he still needs to work on his accuracy, Darnold should be better in year two, especially with the addition of Le'Veon Bell helping to balance the offense and catch passes out of the backfield.

2. Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills

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Allen still has a lot to work on as a thrower, but that didn't stop the young Bills' quarterback from providing fantasy value for owners last year. While he only threw for 2,074 yards in 11 starts, Allen's 631 rushing yards and eight rushing touchdowns helped him stay fantasy-relevant. His rushing ability gives him a high-floor for fantasy owners in his second season, as he continues to work on being a better passer.

1. Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens

Wild Card Round - San Diego Chargers v Baltimore Ravens
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Similarly to Allen, much of Jackson's fantasy value in 2018 came from his ability to run the football. Jackson was great for the Ravens in his seven starts, leading them to a 6-1 record. However, he only averaged 24.3 pass attempts per game, and threw for just 1201 yards. He did amass 695 rush yards with five touchdowns though, which makes him a viable fantasy-option and a must-own in all leagues heading into the 2019 fantasy football season.

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