Top 16 Fantasy Football Rookies: Zach Sudfeld, Cierre Wood impressive

by Nicholas Minnix on August 28, 2013 @ 08:15:00 PDT

 

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Quarterbacks

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  1. EJ Manuel, Buffalo Bills
    Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel
    The first QB drafted faces high expectations as well as concerns about his decision-making and inconsistent accuracy. The O's design should mitigate those worries, and Manuel will improve because of it. Kevin Kolb (concussion) is no longer a challenge. If everything goes as planned, then Manuel will command a mean attack, eventually.
  2. Geno Smith, New York Jets
    Smith fell to the second round because of questions about his maturity. He's competing with Mark Sanchez for the opportunity to run one of the league's worst offenses. Does that say enough? The mistake-prone Smith is more so keeper-league material. But he can make plays with his legs, so don't count him out in deep redrafters.

DEEP SLEEPERS

  • Mike Glennon, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    In dynasty leagues, Glennon is a pretty safe pick, relatively speaking. He has all the tools, and the Bucs aren't committed to Josh Freeman beyond 2013. Greg Schiano hesitated before he declared the incumbent his starter. Don't rule out a Glennon appearance this season. He might be QB2 material from the wire, if he does.
  • NEW - Tyler Bray, Kansas City Chiefs
    The Tennessee product beat out Ricky Stanzi for KC's No. 3 QB position. The organization is high on Bray (6-foot-5, 215 pounds). The doubts about his commitment to preparation haven't been a concern thus far, reportedly. He has a lot of long-term upside in Andy Reid's offense.
  • Tyler Wilson, Oakland Raiders
    It'll likely take injuries to expected starter Terrelle Pryor and disappointing backup Matt Flynn for Wilson to play this season. The Arkansas product can make all the throws and could end up being a nice find. His short-term fantasy prospects are dim, though.
  • Matt Barkley, Philadelphia Eagles
    Chip Kelly is familiar with this mentally sharper passer from their days as foes in the Pac-12. The new coach may not want to bring Michael Vick back in 2014. Perhaps Barkley can be Kelly's long-term architect, despite the USC product's somewhat underwhelming physical tools. The job should yield fantasy production, if it happens.

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About Nicholas Minnix

Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.

The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.

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