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#5 Ryan Tannehill
It’s hard to assume anything good for a 30 year old QB with not one but two knee injuries in their past, but this is all about taking risks. In 2016, Tannehill led the Dolphins to a wildcard birth before missing 2017 to a torn ACL. He’s back and healthy (apparently) and now in his third season with QB whisperer Adam Gase. The loss of Jarvis Landry isn’t a great look but Miami was able to reload with weapons in the draft and this will be an important year for Devante Parker. Gase should be able to utilize Tannehill’s strengths and hide his weaknesses for a successful 2018 campaign for an undervalued Dolphins team. Not to mention the Dolphins have an easy schedule, 11 of their 16 games will be against teams that missed the playoffs last year.
Fantasy pros.com has Tannehill projected to throw for 3,855 yards with 21 Tds to 14 INTs. That puts him at an upside QB2 in 10 team leagues and a streamable option in 12-15 team leagues. He will have many favorable weeks as long as he can stay healthy.
For the most value I would take Tannehill in rounds 14-15 in standard drafts.
#4 Patrick Mahomes
The new face of Andy Reid’s Kansas City Chiefs offense, inherits an array of weapons to ease his transition from the bench to starter. Mahomes has all the skills you need to have a successful breakout season. He stands at 6’3″ and weighs in at 230 lbs with a cannon for an arm. Not to mention weapons all over the field. in Tyreek Hill, new-addition Sammy Watkins, runninback Kareem Hunt and star Tight End Travis Kielce.
According to Fantasypros.com, Patrick Mahomes is projected to throw for 3,840 yards with 24 Tds to 13 INTs. This puts him solidly as a high-upside QB2 option in ten team leagues and a low QB1 in 12 to 15 teams leagues.
For the most value I would look to take Mahomes in rounds 11-12 in standard drafts.
#3 Dak Prescott
It seems silly to put him on a list of Sleeper Qb options for this coming season, but last year wasn’t exactly a success for the Cowboys starter. A lot was working against Dak in terms of Offensive line injuries and his star RB Ezekiel Elliot was suspended from week 10 to the end of the season. That being said he still ended with 3,324 passing yards and 22 TDs. He also added 6 Rushing TDs to 357 rushing yards. He now loses Dez Bryant but will have Ezekiel Elliot for the entirety of the 2018 season. I believe he will be able to get back to his 2016 form where he was closer to a Top 5 QB option in Fantasy Football leagues.
Fantasypros.com projects Dak to throw for 3,479 yards with 22 Tds and 3 Rushing TDs. His ability to extend plays with his legs puts him as a low end QB1 in standard 10-12 team leagues.
For the most Value I would take Dak in rounds 10-11 in standard drafts.
#2 Philip Rivers
It’s sad to see Philip on a list of Sleeper QBS but he just never seems to get the respect he deserves. At age 36 he still seems to have a lot left in the tank and consistently puts up big numbers. Not to mention he has never had better weapons in his entire career than he does this year. Last season saw him lose his big Tight End target Hunter Henry to an ACL tear. with Henry returning and Mike Williams turning into the red-zone threat they drafted him to be, this should be a good year for Rivers. If Keenan Allen and Melvin Gordon stay healthy he could have a Top-5 year. Yet he’ll still be drafted in the double digit rounds of most Fantasy drafts.
Fantasypros.com projects Rivers to throw for 4,305 yards, and 28 TDs to 13 INTs. This puts Philip as a solid every week QB1 in 10-12 team standard leagues.
For the most value I would take Rivers in rounds 10-11 in standard drafts.
#1 Andrew Luck
No sleeper option will be as undervalued as Andrew Luck this year. Nobody can possibly tell you if he will get back to his top form, but the pieces seem to be falling into place. This season he’ll be protected by the best offensive line of his career and should be able to let it fly with talented weapons around him in T.Y. Hilton, Deon Cain, Jack Doyle and new addition Eric Ebron. On top of all this he gets a very favorable schedule as 10 of their 16 games are against teams that missed the 2017 playoffs. He could easily end the year in the Top 3 for Fantasy QBs.
Fantasypros.com predicts that Luck will throw for 3,900 yards with 25 ads to 15 INTs. The site also adds 265 rushing yards and 2 rushing TDs. If healthy he should be an elite QB1.
For the most value I’d take him in rounds 7-8 in standard drafts.
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