From Boys to Men – The QB Rookie Report

Matt Hall October 29, 2011 0

 

Cam Newton | Top Rookie | rushing touchdowns

Cam Newton is the premiere fantasy rookie. (Photo by Parker Anderson)


Cam Newton

YDS

CMP%

TD

INT

RAT

2,103 60.3 8 9 82.8

 

Statistically he is putting up the best fantasy numbers with 8 touchdowns and 2,103 yards through the air. Newton is also lethal with this legs, 266 yards and 7 touchdowns. In the red zone he is their best weapon. His 9 interceptions are a part of being young and taking chances.

He has excited the NFL and the Panthers fan base which is important, but he is also producing on the field. Being the number 1 pick comes with pressure and he is handling that extremely well.

 

Blaine Gabbert 

YDS

CMP%

TD

INT

RAT

810 48.3 4 2 69.4

His numbers are a bit underwhelming, especially the completion percentage. He is more of a pocket passer and that requires excellent timing and cohesiveness with the rest of the offense. Those things take time. The jury is still out on Gabbert, but Jacksonville is giving him the keys and letting him learn on the job.


Andy Dalton

YDS

CMP%

TD

INT

RAT

1,311 62.4 7 5 84.3

He is the surprise of this quarterback class. He was the lowest pick of these four players, but he is winning the most games. That is usually because you got drafted by the best team, yet he is on the Bengals. Dalton played at TCU and was a winner there. His stats are solid but not great, he was better known for winning big games. As a fantasy quarterback, he has a great receiver prospect in AJ Green, who he can build a relationship with. He might end up being the best QB of this draft class, while not being its best fantasy quarterback (see Cam Newton).

 

Christian Ponder

YDS

CMP%

TD

INT

RAT

318 44.9 2 2 63.1

Everybody knows how smart he is. He got his MBA and undergrad degrees in 3 years in Florida State. What people are seeing is his ability to move out of the pocket, extend the play, and move the chains. This is a skill that can lead to big plays and big fantasy points. The one thing you can’t really see or measure is what is between the ears, and that might be something that will take more time to develop, as even geniuses struggle to find their roles in the NFL at first (see Ryan Fitzpatrick).  He is on a team with some weapons, so he has the opportunity to put up some solid spot totals in 2011, but I think that is a year or two away from being mentioned as a consistent fantasy start.

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