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Potential Rookie QB Sleepers

Matthew J. Stein March 20, 2013 6:40PM EDT
Rookie quarterbacks have seen an increase in value in Fantasy Football over the past few seasons. It started with Cam Newton in 2011 and continued in 2012 with players like Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson.

It seems that college quarterbacks are making the transition from producing in college to contributing in the NFL much quicker than ever before.  Unfortunately, the 2013 NFL draft doesn’t have a Newton, Luck or Griffin.

What it does have, however, is a handful of sleeper prospects that have the skills to step in and produce from day one.  Let’s take a look at some potential rookie quarterback sleepers for the 2013 Fantasy Football Season.


Tyler Bray, Tennessee

Bray might have the strongest arm in the entire draft.  There simply isn’t a throw in the NFL he won’t be able to make.

However, Bray was extremely erratic throughout his entire time at the University of Tennessee.  While he has the arm strength to excel in the NFL, his decision making needs to improve for him to be a starting quarterback.

The other issue with Bray is his overall attitude for the game of football.  When watching him, you can’t tell that he truly loves playing.

If Bray can prove his passion for his game and improve on his decision making, he has the physical tools and natural ability to be a very good NFL quarterback.  If he gets drafted to a quarterback-needy team, he could even win the starting job and can be a late-round sleeper in Fantasy Football.


E.J. Manuel, Florida State

As far as physical abilities go, Manuel might be the most polarizing quarterback in the 2013 NFL draft.  He’s got the ideal body size for a quarterback, and he combines that with great speed and athleticism.

Manuel also excels with his accuracy in short and intermediate throws.  However, where Manuel struggles and needs to improve, is his ability to go through his progressions.  Too often he’ll lock onto one receiver, which simply won’t work in the NFL.

As far as Fantasy Football goes, Manuel has the potential to put up some major points in the right offense.  His ability to make plays with his legs along with his arm makes him a possibly high-scoring quarterback in Fantasy Football.


Matt Scott, Arizona

If you’re looking for the next Colin Kaepernick, look no further than Matt Scott from the University of Arizona.  He’s a quarterback who is quietly moving up draft boards as the 2013 NFL draft nears.

Scott has a cannon for an arm, as well as the confidence needed to make every throw that’d be asked of him.  While his throwing ability is certainly a plus, it’s his running ability that makes him such an intriguing prospect as a quarterback.

He is comfortable outside of the pocket and display great vision when asked to run.  The only concern with Scott is that he might still be a little raw to produce as a rookie.

However, if a team like the Buffalo Bills ends up drafting Scott, he could fight for the starting job from the outset.  Even if Scott doesn’t start as a rookie, he has exceptional value in dynasty leagues.


Zac Dysert, Miami (OH)

Dysert is this year’s small-school prospect who could end up being an early-round pick in the 2013 NFL draft.  He’s got an arm that is plenty strong, and showed great accuracy during his collegiate career.

Dysert also has the ability to make throws when on the move.  He’s extremely comfortable outside of the pocket and maintains his accuracy when moving to either his left or right.

However, there are still some concerns about how Dysert will perform in the NFL.  For starters, Dysert isn’t used to playing against the highest levels of competition.  There are always concerns about a small-school prospect being able to handle the tougher competition in the NFL.

On top of that, Dysert also shows some inconsistencies in his footwork when he is under pressure in the pocket.  This causes his accuracy to take a major hit, as he’ll overthrow or underthrow his receivers when he doesn’t have time or a clean pocket.

Overall, Dysert’s issues are fixable, and he could end up having a Fantasy rookie season much like Andy Dalton from two years ago.  He might never be an elite quarterback in terms of Fantasy Football, but has great upside as a QB2 in deeper leagues.

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