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Post-Draft Winners and Losers – Rookie Quarterbacks

With the NFL draft over, @Darthdbacks looks at some winners & losers among the rookie quarterbacks in the dynasty sphere!

Unfortunately, the NFL Draft is over, but it’s time to analyze all the players who got drafted and their dynasty future! In this article, I’ll be going over the winners and losers of the rookie quarterbacks. Many quarterbacks were taken, but some saw their dynasty stock rise while others experienced a steep drop. Quarterbacks are the backbone of many dynasty rosters, especially in superflex leagues, so a good landing spot is necessary if you hope they succeed. These rookie quarterbacks are filled with hope, and so are their new NFL teams. So will you be when you draft them in your rookie draft?


Bryce Young, CAR

Young won the NFL Draft sweepstakes thanks to his being selected number one overall by Carolina. He’s entering a terrific system with an excellent coaching staff led by Frank Reich. Young is a more mobile quarterback with some rushing ability than people give him credit for. He has a big arm and is very accurate. The Panthers have a good supporting cast around him with Thielen, Chark, Sanders, Hurst, and new wide receiver Jonathan Mingo.

Young may not have the height or body, but he looks eerily similar to another Drew Brees. Ignoring the size comparison, Young plays a similar style to Brees. He’s got a high-floor and an elite ceiling. Take him 1.02 or 1.03. He will be a QB2 this year with the ability to reach the upper echelon of fantasy quarterbacks next year. Overall, Young landed in a perfect spot with a staff that will maximize his potential, a great offensive line, and an excellent overall team. Carolina and your dynasty team now have a franchise quarterback.

Anthony Richardson, IND

It turns out that the NFL does think that insane athleticism and speed can make up for a horrible throwing motion and decision-making. Richardson was selected fourth overall by the Colts. That’s the perfect landing spot for him. Head Coach Shane Steichen has been known to develop quarterbacks, especially mobile ones. His last two success stories have been Justin Herbert and Jalen Hurts. AR has a massive arm that makes teams drool. However, he must take a Josh Allen-type leap in accuracy to be good at it.

Regardless, thanks to his exceptional rushing ability, he’s likely a dynasty QB1 in the future. He can carry your fantasy team solely off of his rushing talent. If he does take that Allen-like leap, he could quickly become a top-five quarterback in dynasty and the NFL. For now, he’s a big risk, but one you should take at 1.02-03. The upside is legit, and the floor is higher than two-thirds of the rest of the starting NFL quarterbacks.

CJ Stroud, HOU

Stroud goes to a great spot in Houston where he can learn and grow into the 49ers’-esque Houston offense. While that happens, expectations will be low, and Stroud can develop. There won’t be an insane amount of pressure to win right now due to the lack of talent on Houston’s offense. Plus his dynasty stock was confirmed to be the price it is, 1.04-06, thanks to his being selected No. Two overall. That proves that the NFL does believe in Stroud. It helps lessen concerns over his horrible S2 score. Stroud needs a ton of help on that Houston offense, but he has a clean year of growing without pressure which will help him and his dynasty stock in the long-run.

Jake Haener, NOS

Haener is a winner because he now has some dynasty value as the backup to Derek Carr. The Saints could get out of that contract in two years or so. Haener has a big arm and a ton of enticing potential. He can learn from Carr and potentially start eventually for the Saints. Regardless, he’s in a solid landing spot with a bit of roster value as a taxi stash. That’s better than being unrosterable a week or so ago.

Hendon Hooker, DET

Hooker won because he landed in a favorable spot. While he’s still likely to miss the majority of his rookie year due to recovering from a torn ACL, he can take advantage of that time and learn how to guide an NFL offense. It’s no secret that Tennessee’s offense is the complete opposite of the NFL’s. Hooker can sit behind Goff for at least a year and develop. The downside is he’s already almost 25 and will be 26 or older by the time he truly competes to start. If he does win the job in the future, he has elite weapons to throw to, like Jahmyr Gibbs, Amon-Ra St. Brown, and Sam LaPorta. Plus, the Lions are run-heavy which helps protect many of Hooker’s issues.

Honorable Mention: Stetson Bennett, Clayton Tune, Tanner McKee


Will Levis, TEN

Poor Levis. Seeing him fall out of the first round was shocking, especially with him being there. Luckily, he rebounded by going with the second pick of the second round to the Titans, a favorable landing spot. Levis might not play much or at all during his rookie year, but perhaps that’s a good thing. His turf toe apparently still needs to heal. He needs to develop a bit more in his passing game. He plays like Ryan Tannehill, with a better arm and rushing ability. It’s a good thing he will now be mentored by Tannehill. This could become quite a solid spot, but Levis still lost a ton of value from being an early first-round rookie pick to falling to the end of the first or going in the early second round.

Max Duggan, LAC

Duggan was a darling of the college football season as he led the underdog TCU Horned Frogs to the College Football Championship. Then, we realized that Duggan wasn’t a very good quarterback. The NFL later confirmed this as he fell to the seventh round, far behind many other quarterbacks that didn’t have near Duggan’s college career. Perhaps it’s good he fell to the Chargers, but his dynasty and former devy value are at zero. He’s unrosterable.

That’s it for the rookie quarterbacks. Be sure to check the winners and losers of the other positions on the Dynasty Nerds website for both the veterans and rookies!

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