Would You Rather: Own Rookie Daniel Jones, Kyler Murray or Gardner Minshew for 2019 Fantasy Football

Zach Brunner
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Many of the storylines at the beginning of this NFL season have been taken over by rookie quarterbacks, with some unexpected performances, and players, being featured in the early part of the season.

But with these first-year players seemingly emerging as solid fantasy options, which rookie quarterback is the best to own for fantasy: Daniel Jones, Kyler Murray or Gardner Minshew?

Daniel Jones Fantasy Outlook

Replacing Eli Manning last week, "Danny Dimes" led the New York Giants back for their first win of the season, scoring four total touchdowns on his way to winning NFC Offensive Player of the Week in his first NFL start.

In an offense that could pass a lot with Saquon Barkley sidelined, Jones proved he can rack up big totals through the air (336 passing yards in Week 1), but his legs can really set him apart. Jones ran for 28 yards and two TDs in Week 1, and mobile QBs are always a valuable asset in fantasy.

Kyler Murray Fantasy Outlook

Murray entered the season as the clear top rookie quarterback. He is throwing a lot, attempting 137 passes through three weeks for 830 yards. However, he's struggled to find the end zone, throwing just four TDs to three INTs.

He's also been running far less frequently than many analysts were projecting entering the season. Murray only has 14 carries through three weeks. For context, Lamar Jackson and Josh Allen are both above 25 carries thus far. If he starts to use his legs more, Murray's fantasy value could sky rocket.

Gardner Minshew Fantasy Outlook

On the other hand, Minshew's emergence is pretty much the polar opposite of how Murray burst onto the scene. Where Murray was the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, Minshew was mainly an afterthought, as the Jacksonville Jaguars selected him with a sixth-round pick.

Minshew was thrown into the fire when Nick Foles went down with a collarbone injury, and the Washington State product has impressed thus far. He's totaled 417 passing yards, 74 rushing yards and has thrown three TDs to no INTs through two starts. His 110.6 passer rating is also the seventh-best mark in the NFL.

He may have come out of nowhere, but Minshew has established himself as a solid streaming option if given the right matchup. Minshew is QB17 in fantasy, despite not getting on the field until midway through Jacksonville's first game.

When looking at these three quarterbacks for the rest of the season, it's easy to rank Minshew third, as Foles is expected return at some point this year.

Jones' debut may have made the decision between he and Murray a little tougher than many expected, but the reigning Heisman Trophy winner still looks like the better fantasy value.

If Murray's rushing attempts and touchdown numbers improve, he has a chance to firmly establish himself as the best rookie QB in fantasy.

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