Yes, Lock is only twenty-four. Yes, he was a very highly drafted quarterback who many people had high expectations for. Yes, I am suggesting you give up on him.
Since this is a dynasty report I don’t think you have to just go out and drop Lock this week and call it a day, especially if you are in a super-flex league. At the end of this year with a couple of missed games, Lock officially finished as the QB23, throwing for 2,933 yards on 443 attempts with 16 touchdowns and 15 interceptions to go with them.
Lock has flashed multiple times in his Denver career but the majority of the time he has looked irresponsible with the football, consistently panic throwing into double or triple coverage. I don’t have the guts to sit here and tell you that Lock has a zero percent chance of being a franchise quarterback, but that hope is exactly what you should capitalize on this offseason with Lock.
Most of the arguments I have seen about why analysts like Lock center around his surrounding cast, which is a fair case. Having Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy, Noah Fant, KJ Hamler, and Melvin Gordon surrounding you should make success come easy and hopefully next year we get to see all those players on the field at the same time.
With that said, Lock has not been able to produce what the Broncos have been looking for and the GM that took him in the draft, John Elway, has stepped away from the position into a new role. That means the future of Drew Lock’s position in the franchise will be in the hands of whoever takes that job over and I am not confident they will like him as much as Elway did.
If Lock rolls out 2021 as the starter and fails, it very well could be the beginning of the end of his career in the NFL. Take this offseason as the time to move him for a more secure fantasy asset.
A couple of people I would be reaching out to see if you can acquire would be Matthew Stafford and Ryan Tannehill, who tend to both be undervalued in dynasty formats because of their lack of flair and you may be able to get more back because of Lock’s age.
I have been a Teddy fan for a long time, I loved his accuracy coming out of college and just how great of a person he is so this one hurts a little bit to write.
With that said Bridgewater finished his first season as a Panther with 3,733 yards, 15 touchdowns, 11 interceptions, and a QBR of 64.1. Those numbers aren’t horrible but they are exactly what Teddy has been for his entire career; average.
Similarly to Lock I think this offseason is the perfect time to move on from Teddy two gloves, mainly before the 2021 NFL Draft. Right now there are already questions swirling in the Panthers organization if Teddy is the answer for the team’s future, but nothing concrete.
In Teddy’s entire career this has been the best season he has had and it led to being the QB19, if that is his ceiling finish then there is no reason to continue to believe he can amount to being a QB1. I expect the Panthers to take a quarterback in this year’s draft if only to just bring in some competition for Teddy next year.
If the Panthers decide to move on from Bridgewater it could be the last chance he gets at being an NFL starter. I would be comfortable dropping Bridgewater for any quarterback with at least a chance at a ceiling like Jameis Winston, If you’re in a super-flex league go try and trade him for anything you can get whether that’s a third-rounder this year or the next.
Talk about ending the year with a bang, in all likelihood this was Newton’s last game as a Patriot and he finished the game throwing 21-30 for 242 yards and 3 touchdowns. He added eleven carries for 79 yards to go with it.
Of the three people on this list, he is surprisingly the most likely in my mind to find success in 2021 but I’m not sure his career is going to last much longer than that. Throughout the year Newton only threw for eight touchdowns, three of which came in this last week.
Newton has the highest pedigree of the three quarterbacks on this list and finishing the year on a high note may have given him a chance at starting for a different team next year. That could make it hard to move on from him after the offseason hype for wherever he goes. Newton just hasn’t looked right since tearing his rotator cuff in December of 2016–he had to drastically change his throwing mechanics which led to him throwing for under 3000 yards for the first time in his career.
Newton is still a monster of a rusher which always helps keep him afloat as a fantasy option, especially if he gets a chance with a team that has more supporting talent than he had in New England. My suggestion with Newton is to ride out the offseason and wait until he gets the opportunity to sign for another team and wait for the hype to build up around him again, as it did with New England, and trade him at peak value.