Fantasy Football Sleepers 2023: QB Targets Include Jordan Love, Brock Purdy, and Sam Howell

As redraft season kicks into full gear, we take a look at a few fantasy football sleepers at the QB position that can give you great value in the late rounds.

Something resonated with me when I was listening to Monday’s episode of the PFN Fantasy Football Podcast. The Kyles were discussing league-winning players you should be looking to draft when Kyle Soppe mentioned Trevor Lawrence.

In their discussion, Soppe mentions that if you miss on the first eight QBs in your fantasy football drafts, you’re better off waiting until the end of your draft and just grabbing two quarterbacks late that have high upside. It’s a sound strategy considering the quarterbacks in the middle tiers do not set themselves apart all that much week to week.

With this in mind, let’s look at some quarterback sleepers that are currently being drafted outside the first 10 rounds of startup drafts.

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Fantasy Football QB Sleepers

Finding a QB sleeper is a major benefit if you are in a 1QB league. Typically, you don’t want to take a chance waiting on quarterbacks late in 2QB and Superflex leagues since the value of the position is much higher in these formats.

But in a 1QB redraft league, being able to stockpile quality running backs, wide receivers, and tight ends in the early rounds is great for a team’s starters and depth. If you’re able to pair that with a couple of sleeper quarterbacks that can keep you competitive with your opponent’s QB slot, you’re in great shape in your matchups.

The QB sleepers we’re looking for tend to be undervalued for a number of reasons. They may be a new starter, have a lingering injury, or haven’t fully proven themselves yet. Until the fantasy community values them higher, they remain on the verge of a breakout. The key is finding these guys at value before that breakout hits.

Jordan Love, Green Bay Packers

For Chicago Bears fans, it’s painful to even think that after 21 years of watching Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay that the Packers may have success with the next quarterback in line. Maybe it’s that fear that is moving Jordan Love up the board, but there are plenty of signs that he can succeed for fantasy teams.

Love’s only career start in his first two seasons was a lackluster 19 completions on 34 attempts for 190 yards with a touchdown and an interception. This came in Love’s rookie year.

But last season, Love was able to step in during the fourth quarter of the Packers’ Week 12 game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Entering the game down 14 points, Love managed to construct two scoring drives to pull Green Bay within seven before they ultimately ran out of time. He finished 6 of 9 for 113 yards and a touchdown in that one quarter of play.

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Love looked poised and more than capable when he stepped in last year, and now he takes over in Green Bay as the full-time starter. Head coach Matt LaFleur has been one of the most successful coaches in the league since taking over in Green Bay, and the Packers offense has always been a threat to opposing defenses.

Love is currently being selected as the QB22 and 162 overall. However, he’s capable of making the throws, has above-average mobility, and his team has one of the best strengths of schedule heading into the season. I expect Love to be a productive quarterback that can very well finish in the low-end QB1 tier.

Brock Purdy, San Francisco 49ers

The sensation in the Bay that had everyone talking a season ago, Brock Purdy returns in his second year as the 49ers’ starting quarterback. Although he suffered a major elbow injury at the end of last season, Purdy has already been practicing and even saw preseason action this past weekend.

Even though San Francisco still has Trey Lance on the roster, it’s Mr. Irrelevant 2022 that leads the charge. And for good reason.

After Purdy took over in Week 13, the Niners failed to score 33 points or more in only one of their final six games. They were 6-0 in the regular season under Purdy and won their first two playoff games. San Francisco eventually fell to the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Championship Game, the contest where Purdy tore his UCL in his throwing arm.

While Purdy’s numbers were not extremely eye-popping, he totaled the ninth-most QB fantasy points from the point he took over in San Francisco. Yet, he’s currently being selected as the QB25 and 173 overall.

In an offense that boasts Christian McCaffrey, Deebo Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk, and George Kittle as weapons and gets its calls from one of the best offensive minds in the world in Kyle Shanahan, why would you bet against Purdy?

All Shanahan has talked about this offseason is how excited he is to have Purdy back and ready to go for the year. Brock is Kyle’s guy. That’s enough affirmation for him to be my guy too.

Sam Howell, Washington Commanders

Historically, quarterbacks selected on Day 3 of the draft are not players I want to invest in. There is, of course, the giant exception of sixth-round pick Tom Brady. But, if a QB goes this late, their chances of fantasy relevance are typically very slim.

Yet, the case of Sam Howell is incredibly intriguing in Washington. Even though Howell was a fifth-round pick in the 2022 draft, the Commanders enter the 2023 season with the former Tar Heel as their starter.

Howell only made one start at the end of his 2022 rookie season, but it was enough of an impression for the team to enter 2023 supporting him as their starter. Howell’s passing line was 11 for 19 for 169 yards, with one touchdown and one interception.

Fantasy Football Sleepers 2023: QB Targets Include Jordan Love, Brock Purdy, and Sam Howell

While certainly not great numbers, Howell also added 35 yards on the ground and a rushing touchdown. His mobility is something the Commanders are excited about, and it gives Howell added value for fantasy teams.

Now, Howell enters Year 2 as the named starter, with Eric Bieniemy as his new offensive coordinator. A two-time Super Bowl champion coordinator with Patrick Mahomes in Kansas City, Bieniemy is an outstanding coach to build and mold a young QB. And with an ADP of 205 and QB27, I’m willing to take a shot on Howell late in drafts.

Desmond Ridder, Atlanta Falcons

Another second-year quarterback makes our list. Desmond Ridder (who some saw as the highest-potential QB in the lowly 2022 class of prospects) is entering Year 2 in Atlanta with the full-time starter label.

After sitting behind Marcus Mariota for most of the 2022 season, Ridder started the final four games for the Falcons last season. His first start was shaky, but Ridder led the Falcons to two wins in their final three games with passer ratings of 85.2, 90.1, and 108.2, respectively.

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Ridder seemed to get more control and comfort with each start in the offense, which has me very intrigued as we enter 2023. Additionally, he has one of the best packages of weapons in the NFL with WR Drake London, TE Kyle Pitts, and rookie RB Bijan Robinson.

With this many weapons and a full offseason working with the starters under his belt, Ridder absolutely has the chance to take a huge step in 2023. On top of his options in the passing game, Ridder himself has very good mobility, which can only help bolster his fantasy totals all season.

If you’re in the middle of the 18th round of a fantasy draft (currently where Ridder is being selected as QB31), you could do worse with your pick than a mobile QB with big upside and weapons galore. There is almost no risk but lots of reward potential.

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