We took a peek at some of the quarterbacks who found themselves in new uniforms this offseason and broke down what to expect from them. The class of QBs who changed teams isn’t too deep, but many QBs around the league will be affected by moves in free agency, which could greatly impact their QB fantasy football value.
Josh McCown – Buccaneers to Browns: After an impressive stint in 2013 with the Bears, McCown had a lackluster campaign down in Tampa, failing to meet expectations. In his ten starts, he never tallied more than 20 points, barely qualifying as worthy for holding onto in deep two QB leagues. He simply looked useless on the field. For some reason, the desperate Browns decided to take a chance on him to compete alongside the failed experiment, Johnny Manziel, and it looks like McCown will win the job. Don’t make the same mistake that Cleveland did, McCown is not worth rostering, even in deep leagues.
Nick Foles – Eagles to Rams: It’s certainly hard to forget what Foles did as a member of the Eagles when he had a statistical gem of a season in 2013. He threw only two interceptions while putting up consistent numbers as a fantasy starter. Last year, however, Foles was underwhelming, derailed by injury and poor performance. Expect more of the same from Foles after the trade to St. Louis. The reality is that he was a product of the Chip Kelly system, and couldn’t even be helped by it towards the end of his time in Philly. Foles has an average skillset, a bad offensive line, and a “high upside” receiving corps, which has never preformed consistently. Look for Foles to put up okay QB2 numbers, but you can do better in most leagues.
Sam Bradford – Rams to Eagles: Might as well talk about both sides of the same trade. Bradford and Foles swapped places, and Bradford ended up in the better situation. If he can stay out of the QB news for injury, Bradford could turn into a high-end backup QB, especially if he’s only expected to fill in for a bye week. Avoiding injury has not been easy for Bradford throughout his career, but the Chip Kelly system fits him relatively well, and he’ll have a much-improved supporting cast in both his backfield and pass catchers. Remember the hype surrounding Bradford last year? Well finally that hype may be warranted. Keep Bradford on your radar heading into the late rounds of your draft.
Ryan Tannehill – Dolphins: In addition to handing Tannehill a massive deal this offseason, Miami made a flurry of moves to ensure that the young QB will have a better group around him than he ever has before. Greg Jennings, Kenny Stills, and Jordan Cameron all joined the team for the upcoming season, providing a versatile assembly for Tannehill to look to. Jennings, with his experience and polished skills as a receiver, will provide a veteran presence in the huddle, while Stills’ raw athleticism and speed will give Tannehill a fresh deep threat to target. Cameron is one of the few true pass-catching tight ends in the league and will add a vertical, physical, red-zone oriented threat to the mix. As he continues to adjust to the NFL, Tannehill should greatly benefit from his new teammates. Draft him confidently as your fantasy QB alongside another late-round, veteran thrower and play the two off each other week-to-week.
Russell Wilson – Seahawks: I’ll keep this short and sweet because the benefits of the Seahawks’ biggest offseason move are obvious. Wilson didn’t change teams, but Jimmy Graham did. The former Saints’ all-pro tight end brought his talents to Seattle in a trade that caught most by surprise, and will provide an elite receiving threat that Wilson has never had before. Look for the Seahawks to pass a bit more in 2015 and for Wilson’s touchdown numbers to go significantly up. If he’s available when the 45th pick comes around, take the young slinger as your high upside, nearly elite quarterback.
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