Did you miss out on Patrick Mahomes, and every other quarterback you had near the top of your draft rankings? Well, that’s not good. But it’s not an awful situation if you believe in veterans who have been there, done that, and may be over-looked in many leagues.
The Czar has pin-pointed four quarterbacks who may fall in your draft, and could be produce much better numbers than players drafted much higher. You may not view these gents as #1 QBs, but you could end up being very happy with their results.
MATTHEW STAFFORD – Detroit Lions
In 2011, 23-year-old Matthew Stafford threw for over 5,000 yards and 41 touchdowns. And he hasn’t touched those levels since. In fact, he hasn’t thrown more than 32 touchdowns in a season since. He was well on his way to changing that last season before his season ended because of back issues. In just eight games, Stafford threw 19 TD passes and averaged 312 yards passing per game.
If Stafford had been able to duplicate those numbers in the final eight games, he would have led the NFL in TD passes and been second in passing yardage. In his last three games of the season, he threw 10 TD passes, and averaged 371 yards passing per game. In other words, man was he good. Bad backs are tricky issues, but by all accounts, Stafford should be good to go in 2020.
Before he was shutdown last season, he hadn’t missed a game since 2010 — 8-1/2 years of not missing a start. So you can’t say he’s had injury issues. He has good offensive talent to work with in Detroit, so if the back doesn’t act up, Stafford could easily be one of the five most productive fantasy quarterbacks in 2020.
KIRK COUSINS – Minnesota Vikings
Apparently Kirk Cousins ran over someone’s dog years ago and everyone in fantasy football has been holding it against him ever since. How else can anyone explain the lack of respect for the numbers Cousins has put up on a consistent basis, whether he played in Washington or Minnesota. Over the last three seasons, he’s averaged 28 TD passes, second only to Russell Wilson, and tied with Tom Brady and Philip Rivers. He’s 6th over the last three seasons with an average of 3,998 passing yards.
He tied for 8th with 26 TD passes in 2019, has thrown at least 25 touchdown passes in each of the last five seasons, and has thrown for over 4,000 yards in four of the last five. So unless you’re a dog lover and know for sure that the story is true, don’t avoid Cousins on draft day.
BEN ROETHLISBERGER – Pittsburgh Steelers
We said this about Roethlisberger in our quarterback rankings: Age 38. Elbow surgery to re-attach tendons. Not a good combo. We think we nailed it there — Roethlisberger is an older quarterback and coming back from elbow surgery. Yeh. That’s why he could drop big-time in drafts, and why you can get a quarterback who has always produced at a bargain value.
Roethlisberger played in only two games in 2019. In 2018, he threw a career high 34 touchdown passes, with an NFL best and career high 5,129 passing yards, with 452 completions on 675 passing attempts – bot best in the league and career highs. Those are big numbers, kids! Will Roethlisberger get back to that level in 2020? It’s certainly worth a mid-round draft pick to find out.
CAM NEWTON – New England Patriots
Still doesn’t look right to see Cam Newton’s name, followed by New England Patriots, does it? Same thing with Tom Brady’s name, followed by anything but New England Patriots. But, here we are. Knock Cam all you want, and start with this – CAN’T STAND HIS THROWING MECHANICS!!!! AAAHHHHH!!!! He makes a Joe Kapp or a Billy Kilmer motion almost look pretty (go to You Tube and take a look, then chuckle at the great reference). AAAHHH!!!!!
But there’s no arguing this – Cam can sling it, mechanics be damned!!! He is a former NFL MVP and a 3-time Pro Bowl performer. He’s playing for a coaching staff that served Brady well, and knows how to put players in a position to succeed. Don’t think that Newton won’t be good in New England. If he’s healthy, he will be.