Post-Hype Sleepers: Quarterbacks
By Alex French
It’s here! Draft season is upon us and I can't contain my excitement. The NFL season is right around the corner, and we are here to help you bring home a championship. To begin your run at glory, here is the next in my post-hype sleepers series. Today we’re talking Quarterbacks. As a reminder, I define post-hype sleeper as a player who received large amounts of hype and excitement, but failed to live up to expectations. Let’s jump in!
Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles
If you follow me on Twitter (@TheBlindGuyFF), you may recognize this statistic. However, it makes a solid stance for the stability of Wentz. Wentz is the only quarterback to finish top 12 at the position, who had at least 1 touchdown pass in every game. That presents a very solid floor.
This off-season the Eagles drafted 3 receivers (Jalen Reagor-1st RD, John Hightower-5th RD, Quez Watkins-6th RD) in this year’s draft to help add depth to what was a depleted receiving corps last year. Dallas Goeddert continues to improve each year in the league, and Zach Ertz continues to be a top target for Wentz. Carson Wentz is also the first quarterback to ever throw for over 4,000 yards without a single Wide Receiver topping 500 yards. Imagine what he could do with healthy receiving weapons. Oh yeah...he almost won the MVP award before he had his own injury. Wentz is in line for another top-12 finish and provides great value in all formats.
Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns
As a rookie, Mayfield set the rookie record for touchdown passes with 27. That is more than Deshaun Watson has ever thrown in a single season. Mayfield also did that in just 14 games. This off-season the Browns heavily addressed the offensive line issues of last season. Pro Football Focus ranked them as the most improved line and third best in the league.
Kevin Stefanski takes over as the new Head Coach, which should help this offense take a step in the right direction. Look for the Browns offense as a whole to improve efficiency, allowing Baker Mayfield to show what helped him become a number one overall pick and a Heisman Trophy winner.
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
2019 was a year the Steelers would probably like to forget. Injuries plagued their roster at all phases. From the offensive line, to RBs, and of course the receiving corps It seemed like no one could stay on the field. It all starts with the signal caller, who left in week 2.
When we last saw Big Ben in a full season in 2018, he put together a finish behind only Patrick Mahomes. After his surgery, Roethlisberger stated that it’s the first time in years he has had no pain in his elbow. Recent reports from Pittsburgh indicate he hasn’t lost any velocity and has even lost some extra weight. He has been hard at work and says he feels better than ever. I understand these are all things every player says coming off a major injury, but let's look at other factors.
The Steelers offensive line is healthy, James Conner is healthy and even added muscle to reduce the injury risk, and perhaps most importantly, his top target in JuJu Smith-Schuster is healthy. With the addition of Chase Claypool, JuJu should be able to slide back into the slot. Roethlisberger will also get to step onto the field for the first time with second-year wideout Diontae Johnson. The Steelers appear to be poised for a run at another Super Bowl with all hands on deck. With an improved team all around him, and his weapons and himself healthy, I think Roethlisberger will make fantasy owners happy in 2020.