Sneaky Dynasty Trade Targets: Quarterbacks

Dynasty quarterbacks

One of the thrills about dynasty fantasy football leagues is that there is rarely a dull moment. Even in the depths of the NFL offseason, fantasy managers have the opportunity to make strategic roster moves that could vault them to championship contention.

Here, we explore four sneaky quarterbacks that you should consider acquiring in dynasty leagues.

Trevor Lawrence

Although Lawrence may seem like a clear top dynasty quarterback, he is still being undervalued, even at his current ranking as QB8 in the latest FantasyPros ECR. In 2022, Lawrence threw for a bit over 4,000 yards, 25 touchdowns, and only eight interceptions. He more than doubled his touchdowns and more than halved his interceptions from the year prior. Along with having a full season under his belt, Lawrence’s new head coach, Doug Pederson, played a huge role in his development, along with new offensive weapons like wide receiver Christian Kirk.

This upcoming season, Lawrence should only get better. He will have another offseason in Pederson’s system along with a great supporting cast. Kirk and Zay Jones will be back, along with new Jaguar Calvin Ridley, who the team acquired in November. Now reinstated from a yearlong suspension, Ridley is already turning heads at OTAs and looks to be an integral part of the offense. The

Jacksonville hopes to have tight end Evan Engram back once he signs his franchise tender, but the team also added Penn State’s Brenton Strange to that unit in Round 2 of the 2023 NFL Draft. Travis Etienne and rookie Tank Bigsby form a young running back tandem to help take pressure off Lawrence and serve as pass-catching outlets.

Although lackluster and in a bit of a transition period, the Jaguars’ offensive line should hold up just fine with new additions in Brandon Scherff and first-round pick Anton Harrison. Lawrence is still overshadowed by bigger names like Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen, and Jalen Hurts in the fantasy world, but at only 23 years old, he easily has the potential to be a top-five dynasty quarterback. Pairing an older QB with a first-round pick for T-Law could be a great move.

Kenny Pickett

Pickett was the first quarterback off the board in what was viewed as a much weaker 2022 rookie quarterback class. The Steelers still liked him enough to snag him at 20th overall, and they hope to develop him into their quarterback of the future. Pickett had a mediocre rookie season with 2,404 yards, seven touchdowns, and nine interceptions, but again, he was only a rookie in a revamped Steelers offense with poor offensive line play.

The Steelers addressed that void this offseason, spending their 2023 first-round draft selection on Broderick Jones out of Georgia. They also signed former Philadelphia Eagles guard Isaac Seumalo, who is projected to start alongside Jones.

Pickett also has young weapons around him. Najee Harris could be a workhorse back and is a good pass-catcher. Diontae Johnson leads the wide receiver group alongside George Pickens, who showcased his big-play ability as a rookie. Pittsburgh also traded for veteran Allen Robinson and likes what it has in Calvin Austin, a small but speedy receiver entering his second season after spending his rookie campaign on IR. A reliable pass-catching tight end is often a young quarterback’s best friend and Pat Freiermuth has become just that. Rookie Darnell Washington is a beast of a human, too, and it will be interesting to see how he fits into the Steelers’ plans.

Not a lot is expected from Pickett, but this also has his value relatively low. He is worth a shot in dynasty leagues.

Daniel Jones

Jones just had his best season yet with new head coach Brian Daboll, earning him a four-year, $160 million contract and locking him in as the New York Giants’ starter for the foreseeable future. Jones quietly finished as the QB9 in fantasy last season, yet he is currently being drafted as the QB15 in dynasty leagues. Jones did all of that with a very lackluster, injury-riddled wide receiver corps as Wan’Dale Robinson and Sterling Shepard both missed extended time.

New York’s offense looks much stronger now. Parris Campbell was signed and is expected to start in the slot while Tennessee speedster Jalin Hyatt was drafted in the third round. However, the biggest addition was former Raiders tight end Darren Waller. When healthy, Waller is a premier pass-catching option who will provide Jones with a big target over the middle and could very well be his go-to guy.

“Danny Dimes” is being overlooked and can be acquired for less than bigger names with more hype. One could argue that his best football is still ahead of him.

Jordan Love

Love is a riskier option in dynasty because of the unknown, but this also makes him a cheaper buy in most leagues. Although Love has had very little playing time thus far in his NFL career, he has shown some progression, and the Green Bay Packers organization believes in him. As a reminder, Love was a first-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft and was able to sit and learn behind one of the greatest and most talented quarterbacks of all time, Aaron Rodgers. He was put in a very good situation to develop and has a decent supporting cast.

When healthy, the Packers have a very talented offensive line and one of the league’s best running back tandems in Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon. The receiving core is young but has a lot of potential and will continue to grow alongside Love, who has already drawn praise from Romeo Doubs. The second-year wide receiver said, “I think Jordan is a really good quarterback. When you go from Aaron Rodgers to Jordan, Aaron was a really great quarterback, but I believe Jordan can do the same exact thing.”

With uncertainty on Love’s future, dynasty managers can take advantage to get Love for cheaper than most young QBs. Even amidst some mystery, Love is still primed for success.

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