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Top 2023 NFL Fantasy Football Quarterback Sleeper Picks

By Jeff Stinger

In the realm of fantasy football, the quarterback position isn’t often considered the most important position to be filled out in your fantasy team. Most leagues only need to start one QB in a given week, and the production gap between the best quarterback in fantasy and an average one isn’t as wide compared to the other skill positions. That said, there are great QB options found in the later rounds to give you even more room to draft RBs, WRs, and TEs in the earlier rounds.

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Top 5 Fantasy Football QB Sleeper Picks this 2023 NFL Season

Kirk Cousins (Minnesota Vikings)

Nearly cracking the top 12 of most fantasy quarterback preseason rankings is Minnesota fan-favorite Kirk Cousins, who gets a rap in fantasy for not having the rushing production upside of modern mobile NFL QBs. However, Cousins has been the epitome of a fantasy-worthy starting QB since his breakout campaign in 2015, racking up at least 4,000 passing yards in six of the last seven seasons and finishing with no fewer than 25 passing touchdowns in each of those campaigns. To answer Captain Kirk’s infamous question: yes, we like that fantasy value from the Vikings standout, especially with arguably the league’s best wide receiver Justin Jefferson being his main target.

Geno Smith (Seattle Seahawks)

Whoever the lucky sap was that was able to pick up Geno Smith off of waivers last season won’t be as lucky this time around in hopes of picking up the 32-year-old veteran on the fantasy free-agency market anymore. Smith won the 2022 NFL Comeback Player of the Year award after leading the Seahawks to a surprise playoff berth and throwing for over 4,200 yards and 30 TDs. Smith also averaged 5.4 rushing yards on 68 carries last season, giving him minor upside for run production in fantasy, as he currently could be picked up around the ninth or 10th round of 10 to 12-man fantasy re-draft leagues.

Anthony Richardson (Indianapolis Colts)

There were three rookie quarterbacks taken in the first four rounds of the 2023 NFL Draft to make the upcoming fantasy season all the more intriguing. Out of the three rookie QBs, Indianapolis’ Anthony Richardson is seen by most fantasy experts to be the first debuting gunslinger to be taken off of the fantasy boards. Richardson, a +640 co-favorite to win the Offensive Rookie of the Year award, plays for a more equipped Colts team compared to his rookie peers Bryce Young (Panthers) and C.J. Stroud (Texans). Richardson also impressed the pundits with his blazing speed at the NFL combine and will likely produce more fantasy value with his strong running game.

Russell Wilson (Denver Broncos)

It was a terrible season to remember for Russell Wilson in his maiden campaign as Denver’s franchise QB. Save for last season’s miserable performance, Wilson has been a stable fantasy QB option who’s always available in the later rounds, finishing with a QB rating of at least 103.1 since 2018. The league’s local cornball is seen as a big joke nowadays, which certainly hurts his fantasy stock outside of the stats. That being said, fantasy managers in deeper re-draft leagues can easily take a late flyer on Russ as there’s still immense potential that the former Super Bowl MVP can bounce back tremendously this season under the guidance of new Broncos head coach Sean Payton.

Kyler Murray (Arizona Cardinals)

With Arizona being tied for having the longest odds to win Super Bowl LVII this season alongside Houston and Indianapolis (+10,000), many have already written off Kyler Murray as a flash in the fantasy pan. Murray missed six games last season as well to further weaken the 2019 Offensive Rookie of the Year’s case. Then again, Murray was on pace to generate over 4,400 all-purpose yards and over 25 offensive TDs before tearing his ACL. Murray will likely miss a good chunk of the first half of the 2023 NFL campaign, which means he could even be picked up from the waiver wire midseason or be stashed until his return for fantasy managers willing to wait out on their low investment at a startable fantasy QB in the draft.

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