Quarterbacks to Target
Target Practice is a new series chronicling what players we feel should be your targets in redraft this year. We will start with QBs, and work our way through all the position groups in the hopes that we can provide you, the fantasy player, some insight into who to draft. We have a good mix of some upside guys that you can take early, as well as some steady old veterans that can be had with a bargain. It all depends on the flavor of player you are looking for. Let’s take a look at three QBs that I believe should be at the top of your radar this season.
Tom Brady was on a new team in a different system entering 2020, and there were several question marks regarding how much he had left in the tank. He responded with one of the greatest statistical seasons of his career. He threw deep more often than at any other point in his career. He had the greatest stable of pass catchers he’s ever had. He also beat took advantage of his opposition. In six games against top-10 defenses, Brady had nine TDs and 7 INTs. In his remaining ten games, he went for 31 TDs and 5 INTs. He returns his entire team including Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Antonio Brown, and Rob Gronkowski. The Bucs even added RB depth with Giovani Bernard, another quality pass catcher, to go along with Playoff Lenny and Ronald Jones. Brady is in a good situation with an aggressive coach, and you can get him for dirt cheap in fantasy drafts.
Matthew Stafford has been a fantasy points machine while in Detroit. He topped 4,000 yards passing for the eighth time in 12 seasons. The lack of playoff success drove him to leave, landing in LA to join a Rams team that should take advantage of his talents. Jared Goff to Matthew Stafford is like going to a higher plane of existence for NFL pass catchers, and Stafford has a good group highlighted by Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp. Coach Sean McVay hopes Stafford can create another dimension to his offense, and to that end, the Rams signed DeSean Jackson and drafted Tutu Atwell. If Stafford can stay healthy, he has a shot at being a top 5 fantasy QB in that system.
Kyler Murray is the poster boy for the new wave of Konami QBs coming into this season. Murray is one of the best running QBs in the game, providing tremendous fantasy potential. His 11 rushing TDs last year tied for fourth-most all-time by a QB. Nine of those came in the red zone, much to the chagrin of Arizona RB owners. The arrival of DeAndre Hopkins gave Murray a dependable big-play receiver he didn’t have in Year 1, as the two connected on a league-leading six pass plays of 40-plus yards. Hopkins was able to propel Murray into the upper echelon almost single handily. Murray has to work on throwing more deep passes, as that is one of the few areas of his game that still needs to be unlocked. If coach Kliff Kingsbury finally turns his strong arm loose, Murray’s passing numbers could take a leap, which would put him squarely in the conversation for overall fantasy QB1. The Cardinals added talent this offseason to help out Murray even more. James Conner joins a backfield with Chase Edmonds to form a solid tandem of backs that can catch the ball. The WR group also got a makeover as A.J. Green and second-round pick Rondale Moore, join Hopkins, Christian Kirk, and Andy Isabella. Murray’s rushing floor makes him a safe fantasy investment, and with room to grow in the passing game, he has the potential to make a substantial leap this year.