The more picks there are in a fantasy draft, the greater the opportunity to separate yourself from the rest of the pack. This can go in one of two directions, a positive outcome or a negative one. We want to focus on a positive outcome. You can do this by drafting players who will make an impact that you can potentially insert into your weekly lineup. Finding the right players to draft makes all the difference. Let's take a look at late-round quarterbacks to target.
Teddy Bridgewater, Carolina
What makes Teddy Bridgewater an attractive late-round fantasy quarterback isn't necessarily his past performances or what we perceive Bridgewater to be. It's the combination of having an opportunity to prove he belongs in the league, plus the fact that he has one of the brightest offensive minds in the game orchestrating plays for the Carolina offense in Joe Brady. Looking back, Bridgewater played only one full season in the league, in 2015, for Minnesota, in a conservative offense where Stefon Diggs led the team with only 52 receptions. Bridgewater finished with 14 touchdown passes and 9 interceptions while throwing for 3,231 yards. He added 192 yards on the ground with three rushing touchdowns. All told, he finished with a ranking of 24th. That was the last time we saw him in charge of an offense in a full-time role. The following offseason he suffered a devastating knee injury that caused him to miss the next two seasons. He found his way back into an NFL huddle as a backup with the Jets and then the same role with the Saints. His performance in an undefeated 5-0 stretch with the Saints in 2019 earned him an opportunity with Carolina who needed a quarterback, after deciding to move on from Cam Newton. Carolina's newly-hired offensive coordinator, Joe Brady, has experience with Bridgewater from his time spent with the Saints in 2018. It was enough for Carolina to move forward with Bridgewater as their starting quarterback.
How can Joe Brady help Teddy Bridgewater reach new heights? This answer is simple, the same way he elevated the LSU offense and quarterback Joe Burrow. Brady guided the same LSU team that finished as the 38th best offense in FBS in 2018 and turned them into the #1 offense in 2019 while setting NCAA offensive records in the process. He made Joe Burrow, a relatively unknown transfer from Ohio State, a household name. His ingenuity of calling the right plays and utilizing the talents around him resulted in the success that LSU endured in 2019 that ultimately ended in a Championship. In one year Brady came in and transformed that team into winners. He can do the same with Teddy Bridgewater and the young, talented supporting cast that Carolina has built.
Bridgewater hasn't proven anything yet, which is why you don't want to rely on him as your starting fantasy quarterback. However, adding him to your bench as your second quarterback could pay big dividends if he does take off to new heights. He's the ultimate stash quarterback this season. The potential for greatness is there. If and when it happens, you'll be glad you invested in him.
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