Dec 29, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) reacts during a game against the New York Jets at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Fantasy: Five Sleeper Quarterbacks


Quarterbacks are among the most important pieces in an NFL fantasy league, especially ones that can be found later in drafts.  Who are some sleepers?

E.J. Manuel – Buffalo Bills

Injuries hampered him in 2013, as did poor pass protection but E.J. Manuel flashed plenty of promise for the Buffalo Bills.  Tweaks to the offensive line should help keep him healthy this year but it is the upgrades to his arsenal, specifically the addition of rookie receiver Sammy Watkins that could really bump his NFL fantasy standing.

Jay Cutler – Chicago Bears

Despite his obvious talent, Jay Cutler has never really been a consistent or reliable fantasy option throughout most of his career.  That is in line to change.  He has an ideal situation with the Chicago Bears from an experienced coaching staff to a solid offensive line and an array of dangerous weapons including Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery and Matt Forte.  All he needs to do is stay healthy.

Ryan Tannehill – Miami Dolphins

Being the most sacked quarterback in the league typically makes it hard to have any sort of success.  Still, Ryan Tannehill managed to make his share of plays for the Miami Dolphins.  With a completely revamped offensive line and a bolster wide receiving corps, Tannehill could emerge in his all-important third season to become the second NFL fantasy go-to guy in the AFC East behind Tom Brady.

Geno Smith – New York Jets

Speaking of the AFC, it would seem the New York Jets have high hopes for their own signal caller.  Geno Smith was a poster boy for inconsistency in 2013, looking brilliant in some games and lost in others.  He is a legitimate dual-threat player and now has an improved cast around him including Eric Decker at receiver and Chris Johnson at running back.  He needs to improve his discipline, but the pieces are there for a spike in NFL fantasy relevance.

Josh McCown – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

There are a lot of variables going on with Josh McCown of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  He had tremendous success last season in Chicago with 13 touchdowns and just one interception in just eight games and five starts.  However that was primarily as a backup in a different offensive system.  He will have a good situation with the Bucs too what with Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans as his new targets, but it’s remains to be seen if the 35-year old was more a product of his head coach than his own prowess.

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  • unclejesse40

    Cutler is the only guy on this list that I would draft in a fantasy league.

    • Erik Lambert

      He is the safest bet for sure.

    • Johnny

      Tannehill could be a nice bye-week fill in guy you get off waivers.. For that 1 week.. Wouldn’t draft him and I’m a Phin Fan… But I like to win my Fantasy League…. lol

      • Erik Lambert

        I understand the trepidation but I’d like to see how he does with better protection. Throwing 24 touchdowns despite getting sacked 50 times is pretty impressive.

  • joe

    I don’t see mccown doing too well in his new offense.

  • John Huey

    All the things Cutler has been through ( multiple cord. Horrible line, spotty Wr, a head coach that played offense with defense) no longer matter, he’s in charge of one of the best offensive units in the NFL, paired with one of the best offensive minds as a head coach. If he can stay healthy and last year was any indication of the type of success he can have in this offense then the sky is the limit. He was top 6 in the league in most major QB stats paired with two 4th quarter comebacks in the first 3 weeks If,and I know its a big IF , He can stay healthy in year two of Trestman’s system I think he’s in for a career or even a pro bowl year