In my last DYNASTY IMPACT segment, I wrote about rookie running backs. Now, we will look at the quarterback position and how they will impact your team in a dynasty league. Lots of hype surrounds this year’s crop of talent. Is there another Russell Wilson in this draft? How will the success of recent rookies like Dak Prescott and Carson Wentz affect the immediate impact of the 2017 rookie quarterback group? Let’s take a look and find out.
Mitchell Trubisky – Chicago Bears – Round 1, Pick 2 – The Bears pulled out a shocker when they moved up to get Trubisky even after they signed Mike Glennon with starting caliber money during free agency. Glennon is still a work in progress and has shown flashes of starting quarterback talent. Trubisky will have to earn the starting job. If Glennon doesn’t perform well early on, expect Trubisky to get his chance this season. The Bears put themselves in a win-win situation by drafting Trubisky. If Glennon does well, they will have time to fully develop Trubisky. If Glennon fails, Trubisky has a strong chance to be their next franchise quarterback.
Outlook: Draft in the early going but probably not the first quarterback off most boards
Patrick Mahomes – Kansas City Chiefs – Round 1, Pick 10 – It appears the Chiefs are taking lessons from the Green Bay Packers by drafting the successor to Alex Smith while he is still performing well. Can you say Aaron Rodgers 2.0? Many will disagree with that statement about Smith playing well but his numbers speak for themselves. Mahomes will get to learn from one of the league’s best game managers. Even though they drafted him high, don’t expect him to push Smith to the sidelines just yet. Don’t get me wrong, Smith will have to play well to keep his job. What quarterback doesn’t?
Outlook: Won’t provide much this year but looks like a solid pick for the future – take later in the early rounds
Deshaun Watson – Houston Texans – Round 1, Pick 12 – Being the third quarterback taken in the draft will be a blessing for Watson. He landed in the best opportunity of all the quarterbacks taken in this year’s draft. Watson should easily become the starter by the end of the preseason. How hard is it going to be to beat out unproven Tom Savage and journey man Brandon Weeden (I didn’t realize he was even on a roster!)? Bill O’Brien and the Texans have their next franchise quarterback to pair with their top rated defense.
Outlook: Should be the first quarterback taken – point blank
DeShone Kizer – Cleveland Browns – Round 2, Pick 20 – The Browns didn’t take a quarterback in the first round even with a glaring need at the position. The team traded for Brock Osweiler in a strange trade where most expected Osweiler to be dropped from the roster. The Browns didn’t release him and drafted Kizer in the second round. The team also has Cody Kessler who performed well for them last season when he was healthy. No one knows who is going to end up being the starter in Cleveland when the season starts. Kizer has a chance to win the job but the team isn’t built to help him out too much this season. Look for him to have a much better value in the year’s to come than the 2017 season.
Outlook: Draft in the mid-rounds and stash on your taxi squad until the starter is figured out (just remember, it is Cleveland)
Davis Webb – New York Giants – Round 3, Pick 23 – Eli Manning is entering his 15th season and may be slowing down just a little. Webb is going to have to compete for the backup spot with Josh Johnson and Geno Smith. While this might sound easy enough, he may have a tough time cracking the 53 man roster. Expect him to make the roster but don’t expect a big impact on your fantasy team any time soon. Don’t be surprised if he is stashed on the practice squad.
Outlook: Not worthy of a roster spot unless Manning gets hurt and the season looks lost
C.J. Beathard – San Francisco 49ers – Round 3, Pick 40 – Kyle Shanahan is chomping at the bit for 2018 and the possible reunion with soon to be free agent Kirk (not Kurt) Cousins of the Washington Redskins. That being said, he is going to have to have someone hold the fort until he can entertain such fantasies. I personally think Cousins is going to stay in Washington. Brian Hoyer was brought in as the starter and Matt Barkley has never cut it as a starter in the league. For Beathard to come in and win the starting gig right away is just not realistic. The reality is that he will sit on the bench, if he makes the 53, or the practice squad.
Outlook: If you are drafting him, you must have a really deep league that hands out participation trophies
For the next Dynasty Impact, I will discuss this year’s wide receiver group.