Fantasy Football Poll: Which 2nd-Year QB Will Have Most Fantasy Points in 2013?
Last year was an unprecedented year of success for rookie quarterbacks. Five different rookies were their respective team's opening day starter. Three of those rookies finished in the top 11 in fantasy points this season.
Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III led all rookie quarterbacks and he was the most consistent from beginning to end. Tied for fifth in fantasy points with Denver's Peyton Manning, Griffin was third in the NFL in passer rating (102.4) and posted a remarkable 20-to-5 touchdown-to-interception ratio as a rookie. In fact, he never threw more than one interception in any game.
RG3 finished with a QB-most 815 rushing yards and seven rushing touchdowns. In fact, he finished in the top 20 among all players in rushing. Along with Michael Vick and Randall Cunningham, he is only the third quarterback since the 1970s to rush for at least 800 yards in a season.
Although RG3 suffered a torn LCL and ACL in the Wild Card Round of the playoffs, early indications look good that he will be ready for the season opener in September.
Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, the top overall pick in 2012, led the Colts to a nine-win improvement year over year. Considering the team lost their head coach for much of the year to leukemia treatments, what Luck and interim head coach Bruce Arians, now the Arizona Cardinals head coach, did was simply amazing.
While his efficiency statistics weren't great in Arians' vertical passing attack, Luck and the Colts played from behind often and no quarterback, rookie or veteran, led his team on more game-winning drives than Luck (seven). In the process, he threw for a rookie-record 4,374 yards, which ranked seventh in the NFL among all quarterbacks this season.
Seattle's Russell Wilson was good in the first half of the season, but he was great in the second half. In his first eight games, Wilson threw 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions and he averaged 6.98 yards per pass attempt and 3.6 yards per rush attempt. In his final eight regular-season games, however, Wilson had a 16-to-2 touchdown-to-interception ratio, averaged 9.03 yards per pass attempt and 6.2 yards per rush attempt. In fact, all four of his rushing touchdowns this season came in the second half of the year.
Wilson finished the year with a rookie-record 26 passing touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Along with Aaron Rodgers, RG3 and Denver's Peyton Manning, Wilson was one of four quarterbacks to finish with a passer rating of at least 100.0 this year. Helping Wilson's cause in 2013, the Seahawks have acquired Percy Harvin in a trade with the Vikings. As one of the league's most dynamic players, Harvin averaged 8.9 yards after catch.
Meanwhile, Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman had recently said that it will be Ryan Tannehill that will be the most improved second-year quarterback. “This young man will be the most improved quarterback in the National Football League from year one to year two this year – I promise you that,” Sherman said. It certainly does not hurt that the team added receiver Mike Wallace and tight end Dustin Keller via free agency this offseason.
Of all second-year quarterbacks, which one will have the most productive fantasy season in 2013?
To view my 2013 fantasy football quarterback rankings, click here.