2013 Top Five Rookie Fantasy Football Quarterbacks

May 1, 2013

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Now that the NFL draft is behind us it is time for fantasy football nuts to start breaking down the rookies. Here’s the LestersLegends’ look at the 2013 NFL rookie quarterback class.
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1. Geno Smith, New York Jets
Geno slid to the second round, which ultimately led to Tim Tebow’s dismissal from the Jets. They say it’s an open competition, but it’s more likely Smith’s job to lose. Mark Sanchez will likely join Tebow on the unemployment line. Although the Jets did not surround him with talent, Smith has the athleticism to be productive.
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Smith topped 4,000 yards in each of his past two seasons at West Virginia. He threw for 73 touchdown in those years, while throwing just 13 interceptions. He ran for just 336 yards and four touchdowns combined over the past three seasons. Don’t expect to get a ton of fantasy points from Smith with his feet.He should be on the radar in dynasty leagues. He doesn’t hold a lot of value in re-draft leagues.
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2. E.J. Manuel, Buffalo Bills
I like Manuel’s long-term potential. He has tremendous athletic ability and a strong arm. Manuel hasn’t been as productive as some of the other rookie quarterbacks. He averaged just 3,029 passing yards over the past two seasons, throwing 41 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. He has averaged four rushing touchdowns and 230.5 rushing yards over the past two seasons. The ability to add fantasy points on the ground is invaluable for young quarterbacks as they adjust to the NFL game.
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He will get to learn the system as Kevin Kolb will likely be the initial starter.Manuel could possibly get a shot towards the end of the year as the Bills play their way out of contention. He’ll eventually team with C.J. Spiller to give the Bills a dynamic offense. I like his long-term potential more than any other quarterback in this class.
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3. Matt Barkley, Philadelphia Eagles
Barkley will likely enter the season as the third quarterback. Given Michael Vick’s style of play, it’s likely more than one quarterback takes snaps for the Eagles this year.
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Barkley likely hurt his chances by returning for his senior year, but he was still fairly productive. Granted the 3,273 yards, 36 touchdowns and 15 interceptions last year weren’t nearly on par with the 3,528 yards, 39 touchdowns and seven interceptions he produced as a junior. The way Barkley has been groomed, he should be able to perform at the next level.
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If Nick Foles struggles and Dennis Dixon is cut loose, it could be Barkley’s job for the taking. Realistically, Barkley will learn this year. With a creative coach and solid weapons, he is a decent option for dynasty leagues.
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4. Mike Glennon, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Glennon threw 31 touchdowns in each of his past two seasons. He threw for nearly 1,000 more yards as a senior, but also threw five more interceptions.
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Glennon won’t likely make an impact this year unless Josh Freeman struggles or gets injured. Freeman is in a contract year. If things don’t work out, Glennon could be in play for the 2014 starting gig.
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5. Tyler Wilson, Oakland Raiders
Matt Flynn had to cringe when he found out that he has to look over his shoulder at a Wilson again. I don’t expect this Wilson to overtake Flynn, but there is a chance that he sees the field this year. Both Flynn and Terrelle Pryor are unproven. Wilson averaged 3512.5 yards, 22.5 touchdowns and 9.5 interceptions over the past two seasons.
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