Top 7 QB Sleepers in 2013
Keep in mind that the ranking isn’t about who will have the best overall numbers, but how well, we believe, they perform in comparison to preseason rankings. For example, Andy Dalton will have a better year than Alex Smith, but expectations for Smith are lower as he is ranked as the 25th QB (ESPN)/26th QB (FD).
7. Jake Locker (ESPN 26th, FD 22nd Ranked QB)
Locker in his third season has yet to begin and finish a season. We have seen shades of excellence and shades of disappointment. His running and passing ability are among the position’s best. With CJ2K and three solid receivers (Nate Washington, Kenny Britt, and Kendall Wright), Locker has the players to put together the numbers the Titans were expecting when they drafted him eighth overall in 2011.
6. Sam Bradford (ESPN 17th, FD 16th Ranked QB)
The overall No.1 draft pick in 2010 is without safety net Steven Jackson, who went to Atlanta. But, he now finds himself with possibly his best and fastest receiving core with 2013’s eighth overall pick Tavon Austin, Chris Givens, and newly acquired TE Jared Cook.
5. Andy Dalton (ESPN 18th, FD 12th Ranked QB)
If you take the progression from year one to year two and take the same difference in numbers and add that to his third year, then you have FantasyDaddy’s projection of 3,900 passing yards with 30 touchdowns. Those numbers land you near top 10 territory.
4. Josh Freeman (ESPN 20th, FD 10th Ranked QB)
Other than the 54.8 completion percentage, 29th best in the NFL, Freeman put together good numbers eclipsing 4,000 passing yards and 25 touchdowns. If Freeman could complete closer to 60 percent of his passes with two solid wideouts, Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams, and a receiving back, he should put together a top 10 season.
3. Alex Smith (ESPN 25th, FD 26th Ranked QB)
Looking to improve on last years worst passing offense is Alex Smith and New OC Andy Reid who had eight top 10 passing offenses with Philly. Two first-round receivers and 2012’s fifth-best rushing attack gives the 70 percent passer from last year a good foundation to work with in 2013.
2. Jay Cutler (ESPN 19th, FD 24th Ranked QB)
FantasyDaddy is low on Cutler for good reason. He’s never had better than a 2:1 TD-INT ratio and has only thrown for more than 3,700 yards once in his seven-year career. In 2009, with the Broncos, Cutler saw career bests in passing yards (4,526) and attempts (616) with current teammate Brandon Marshall as his No.1 target. New OC Mark Trestman is a pass-happy caller which Cutler hasn’t had since 2009.
1. Phillip Rivers (ESPN 23rd, FD 19th Ranked QB)
The sixth-rated passer in NFL history, is the 23rd best quarterback, according to ESPN. With quality depth at the receiving position and new play callers, Rivers will look to charge up the San Diego offense.