This is part two of a four-part series looking at overlooked fantasy assets
Drafting a quarterback is a lot different now than it was 10 or so years ago. Then, your top 5 QBs could be found in the top 50 players on the board. Some even in the top 10. Now? There are only two in the top 50 players list, and the others aren’t being even considered until the middle rounds. Almost forgotten until their names appear in the scrolling remaining players board, these are five QBs who have been forgotten and are going underdrafted.
- Tom Brady, Tampa Bay
It is absolutely shocking that the GOAT, Tom Brady, finds himself on this list and sitting at #83 in ADP. Obviously, Brady’s arm is not the same caliber as when he brought the Patriots to the Super Bowl on countless occasions, but the supporting cast Tampa has is sure to lead to success. The Mike Evans and Chris Godwin combination worked well for Jameis Winston and is sure to see even more success with Brady at the helm. The Bucs added Gronk and drafted another running back in Ke’Shawn Vaughn, who was added to the COVID list on Monday, during the off-season. This offense has everything needed to be extremely volatile under Bruce Arians who was also able to resurrect Carson Palmer’s career while in Arizona.
2. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay
Rodgers is being drafted little after Brady at #94. Rodgers’ only reliable receiver in Davante Adams is a no-brainer top 10 player but who else is he having to throw to this season? Mercedes Lewis at tight end, a longtime dependable pair of hands in Jacksonville. Marquez Valdez-Scantling, a third year man with good speed. Alan Lazard, a second-year man from Iowa State. Basically, no names who will put the league on notice, but should quietly have good years. If Rodgers can connect with these receivers the way he and Adams connect, he may be a middle round diamond found to complete a solid team.
3. Drew Lock, Denver
Drew Lock has been set up for success. He has two well known running backs to utilize in Philip Lindsay and newly acquired Melvin Gordon, a solid wide receiver duo in Courtland Sutton and Jerry Jeudy, and a very productive tight end in Noah Fant. This all equates to points on the field and Lock is slated to rack them up. Lock is being overlooked and has an ADP of 153. Maybe worth a middle round pick, but if he is there in the late rounds, this is an absolute steal.
4. Cam Newton, New England
Cam has taken a hard fall since making it to the Super Bowl. Plagued with injuries and when able to play, he has been incredibly inaccurate. Why is he here? Because of Bill Belichick. The man who just got done coaching the GOAT and was able to make Matt Cassel a winning QB during the 2008 season. Newton sits at #189 on the player board and should not be considered prior to the late rounds, but is not a bad late round option to stash on the bench.
5. Matthew Stafford, Detroit
Stafford sits at #107 on the player board and is an absolute steal in the mid-to-late rounds. This is a good QB with a great supporting cast in Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones Jr., T.J. Hockenson, and D’Andre Swift – you can also throw Kerryon Johnson in there. Golladay and Jones Jr, both WR2 – Golladay may break into WR1 talks. Swift and Johnson make up a great 1-2 punch in the back field with at least one of them being able to act as a pass catcher. T.J. Hockenson is looking to build off a rookie year where he found some success with the QB carousel Detroit went through and some injuries. As long as these guys can stay healthy, Stafford will flourish and put up serious numbers for a QB taken late in the draft.