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Fantasy Football: Sleeper quarterbacks for 2023 drafts

2RH6JJ0 Indianapolis Colts quarterback Anthony Richardson (5) warms up before an NFL pre-season football game against the Buffalo Bills, Saturday, Aug. 12, 2023, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Gary McCullough)

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These sleeper quarterbacks are five players that have an ADP outside of 120 on ESPN despite that I ranked them notably higher than their ADP. Some of these players will have an ADP inside of the top 120 at other sources where a higher percentage of users are experts, but a variety of players were picked so at least some players could be considered a sleeper at any site.

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Anthony Richardson, Indianapolis Colts (ADP: 132.2, From ESPN)

Richardson is the clear rookie quarterback to target thanks to his rushing ability.

  • Each of the top-six fantasy quarterbacks last season ran for at least 250 yards.
  • Five of the 10 quarterbacks to average 18.4 fantasy points per game or better gained at least 700 rushing yards.
  • Richardson was clearly the best runner of the class both from his college tape as well as his NFL combine measurables.
  • He will benefit from having Shane Steichen as his head coach.
  • He was most recently the offensive coordinator for the Philadelphia Eagles during Jalen Hurts’ breakout seasons.
  • Hurts led the Eagles in carries within five yards of the goal line over the past two seasons (33). Four separate Philadelphia running backs combined for 53 carries in those situations.
  • Richardson will not only accumulate rushing yards, but he should score several rushing touchdowns.
  • Steichen was also the offensive coordinator for Justin Herbert in his rookie season where he finished at QB9.
  • There is no guarantee Richardson hits the same heights as past rushing quarterbacks, but his upside is much higher than a number of quarterbacks getting picked ahead of him as well as everyone picked after him.


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