So you’re in a dynasty league…
Recently held the 2018 Rookie Draft in my big boy league. The scoring format is unlike any other, so I can’t apply the principles to your league.
However, as an aside, if you ever want details on the league I run you can hit me up on @Tito971TheFan on twitter and ask me for the rundown.
Anyway, prepping for that rookie draft meant I had to study the new guys coming into the league and that gave me some insight on the top rookie quarterbacks in the class of 2018:
Josh Rosen, Arizona Cardinals
Seems like he and Sam Darnold are the quarterbacks most ready to start early this year.
The Cardinals have the always-brittle Sam Bradford and the never-that-good Mike Glennon on the roster ahead of Rosen – but that can and will change.
Rosen has all the measurables, and a stud running back (David Johnson) back from a nearly season-long injury and a Hall of Fame receiver in Larry Fitzgerald.
Among all the rookie QBs, I think Rosen is the one who will get to play the soonest and the one that will lead the class in scoring.
Sam Darnold, New York Jets
The issue with Darnold isn’t talent, it’s the logjam in front of him.
Josh McCown is obviously just a bridge quarterback, but he played well the last couple of years and could lead the Jets to some early wins.
Teddy Bridgewater is behind him and coming off that ugly, career-threatening injury.
The plan should be to ease Darnold in, let McCown take the snaps for at least the first half of the season. If he struggles, see what Bridgewater can do.
I believe Darnold will start at some point this season, but it should come closer to December than September.
The kid from Wyoming, Buffalo Bills
The Bills desperately wanted to secure a potential long-term answer at quarterback, and they maneuvered around quite a bit to secure the services of Josh Allen.
I do not believe in Allen. I think the Bills made a big mistake in drafting him – hell, I think the quarterback of the future should be AJ McCarron.
Allen impressed with his size and arm strength. Those attributes didn’t lead him to produce eye-popping numbers in college and I have no reason to think that will change at the pro level.
I have him here because I believe the Bills will rush him into the lineup and he will take enough snaps that he will have a decent scoring season among rookie quarterbacks.
He just won’t do it on any of my teams. That’s a promise.
Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns
I don’t know if the Browns made the right choice. Heck, I don’t know who the Browns should have taken. I wasn’t in love with any of the available signal-callers.
As I stated about the Bills, it’s possible the franchise quarterback was already on the roster before the draft. Tyrod Taylor is getting a chance to work with the best set of weapons he has ever had.
I personally think Taylor could have a big year, a career year.
But the Browns didn’t draft Mayfield to watch all year.
I think he will get some starts, unless Taylor can reel off some wins early in the season and get the Browns into (gasp) playoff contention.
However, once the postseason is out of reach, Mayfield will likely get his chance to shine.
Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens
As I have stated many times before, I am NOT a fan of Joe Flacco.
The Ravens should give Jackson a shot at winning this job from Day One.
Jackson won the Heisman in 2016 and then improved in 2017. Flacco’s ceiling is nowhere near the ceiling of Jackson.
I think Jackson sees the field as soon as the Ravens are eliminated from postseason contention.