How the NFL Quarterback Market Has Played Out From a Fantasy Football Perspective

By Vincent Frank on Wednesday, March 15th 2017
How the NFL Quarterback Market Has Played Out From a Fantasy Football Perspective

The quarterback market has not necessarily completely played out yet around the NFL. Tony Romo, Jay Cutler and Colin Kaepernick are all starter-caliber quarterbacks looking for jobs. Meanwhile, there continues to be buzz about both Jimmy Garoppolo and Kirk Cousins being traded. 

With that said, the likes of the Chicago Bears, Buffalo Bills and San Francisco 49ers have all addressed their short-term quarterback situations. Chicago signed former Tampa Bay Buccaneers signal caller Mike Glennon to a three-year, $45 million contract. Buffalo retained Tyrod Taylor on a contact restucture. And San Francisco brought in Brian Hoyer as a cheap stopgap.

Let's look at where these three quarterbacks tands from a fantasy perspective right now. After that, we will touch on teams in need of a starter and quarterbacks that remain on the market in an article later in the day. 

Mike Glennon has attempted a total of 11 passes over the past two seasons. He was relegated to backup duty in favor of current free agent Josh McCown back in 2014 before Jameis Winston took over as Tampa's starter after being selected No. 1 overall in 2015. 

In 18 starts during his first two NFL seasons, Glennon put up over 4,000 yards with 29 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. Not bad fantasy numbers for barley over a full slate of regular season action. The issue here is recent sample size and what has to be considered an unproven offense in Chicago. 

Alshon Jeffery left for Philadelphia in free agency. He was replaced by talented under-performers Markus Wheaton and Kendall Wright, both of him signed short-term deals with Chicago. Add in the injuries we've seen from former first-round pick Kevin White in his first two seasons (four games in two seasons) and there's some real concern here. 

What Glennon's addition does is pretty much etch in stone that Jordan Howard will continue to be Chicago's most prominent fantasy weapon. Likely to continue with a ground-based attack, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Howard surpass the 1,611 total yards he put up as a rookie last season. 

When it comes to Taylor and the Bills, fantasy relevance really isn't in question. Due to his ability to make plays both through the air and on the ground, Taylor finished last season as the eighth-best fantasy quarterback. He did so despite being benched for the final game. This came on the heels of Taylor finishing as a top end QB2 in his first season as a full-time starter back in 2015. 

With 47 total touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 29 career starts, Taylor will continue to remain a viable top-end backup. Add in the presence of LeSean McCoy and Sammy Watkins in Buffalo, and this is magnified even further. 

Fantasy relevance is a question we have not had to really mention when it comes to the San Francisco 49ers' offense in recent years. Their quarterbacks have been downright disastrous over the past three seasons. Carlos Hyde has been unable to remain healthy. And the 49ers have not had a true 1,000-yard receiver since Anquan Boldin back in 2013. 

This could very well change with Kyle Shanahan running things in San Francisco. Not only is he a quarterback whisperer, the former Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator led the No. 1 scoring unit in the NFL last season. 

Shanahan surely doesn't have the same talent in San Francisco as he had in Atlanta, but there's now something to work with following a free-agent frenzy from the team. Hoyer joins an offense that includes Hyde, Pierre Garcon, Marquise Goodwin and Aldrick Robinson. Not the most-talente unit in the league, but something he can surely work off of. 

Remember, Hoyer has tallied over 4,000 passing yards with 25 touchdowns and seven interceptions in his past 14 NFL starts. There's no real reason to believe he can't be a surprise mid-tier QB2 option under Shanahan in 2017. Of course, that's dependent on the 49ers not acquiring Kirk Cousins, which will be the topic of an article later in the day. 

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