Fantasy Football Keepers 2016: Best Value Quarterbacks Heading Into Next Season [VIDEO]
Missing football and thinking about how your fantasy season will go better next season? You’re not alone. So if you are in a keeper league, or better yet just completed Year 1 of a new keeper league, here are five quarterbacks that should have the most value.
Blake Bortles, Jaguars, Preseason ADP: N/A
Bortles was written off as a bust after a horrible rookie year with Jacksonville, but the Jaguars’ efforts to surround Bortles with talent paid off. Wide receivers Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns, tight end Julius Thomas, and rookie rusher T.J. Yeldon combined to be a dangerous offense.
He’s still a little reckless – 18 interceptions could stand some reducing – but Bortles tossed 35 touchdown passes and piled up 4,428 yards. This offensive core is so young that the sky is really the limit.
Brock Osweiler, Broncos, Preaseason ADP: N/A
Your starting quarterback is more often than not the highest scorer on your fantasy team. That’s why Osweiler could become such a bargain. No one was drafting him outside of MAYBE dynasty leagues, but after this Super Bowl Peyton Manning may up and retire from football.
Osweiler threw 10 touchdowns and six picks in limited action, but flirted with or exceeded 300 yards on a few occasions. A full training camp with weapons like Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders could transform Osweiler into a potential Top 10 QB.
Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins, Preseason ADP: 88
Tannehill is going to be devalued after a disappointing season, but don’t lose hope. His final numbers – 4,208 yards, 24 TDs, 12 INTs -- aren’t that terrible, and he’s got Adam Gase running the show now. He had Jay Cutler humming through a slew of injuries to Bears skill players, and there’s more talent around Tannehill in Miami.
Jameis Winston, Buccaneers, Preseason ADP: 139
Winston’s numbers are not amazing, 4,042, 22 TD passes, 15 INTs, but he barely got anything from WR Vincent Jackson or TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins thanks to nagging injuries. Winston translated as a leader in 2015, and will have his offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter running the whole show now. If his receiving corps can stay healthy, and if Mike Evans finds some leftover stick’ um to put on his gloves, Winston could have an explosive sophomore year.
Tyrod Taylor, Bills Preseason ADP: 258
Maybe my favorite keeper in football. Taylor was underrated entering the season, frequently under-priced (to my advantage) in daily fantasy football, and just generally ignored as a high-end fantasy performer. Don’t make that mistake if you can keep him.
He finished 2015 with 20 touchdowns and six interceptions, threw three touchdowns in a game four times, and also rushed for 568 yards and four touchdowns. Maybe he doesn’t pass the eye test for you, but fantasy football isn’t about how well QBs can read defenses, or how equipped they are to lead their teams to the playoffs. Tyrod Taylor fills up the stat sheet.