1. Alex Smith
2. Chase Daniel
3. Tyler Bray
Smith gives you the best overall option at quarterback. What makes Smith unique is his athleticism on bootlegs and rollouts. His timing with the receivers has improved over the past 10 practices. Daniel gives you an accurate veteran that can command an NFL offense. He has some athletic ability to carry out the same plays.
This offense isn’t too big for Daniel.
Bray gives you a quarterback with upside. He has the best deep ball of the bunch and hits receivers in stride. Right now Bray is thinking a great deal and needs time to grow into this offense.
There seems to be a groundswell of support for Jamaal Charles as an early round fantasy pick this season. Charles has averaged an exceptional 5.8 yards per carry through his five seasons, and he’s supported by a running back-friendly offense and play-caller this season. New head coach Andy Reid not only features his backs in a run game that gets speedy backs into space, but he also throws to them frequently via screens and utilizes them as third-down receivers.
Reid turned Bryant Westbrook and LeSean McCoy into fantasy stars, and he can do the same with a talent like Charles. A breakaway back in a near-ideal system sounds like a fantasy utopia, right? Not so fast. Before everyone jumps on the bandwagon, consider some of his drawbacks.
Of Charles’ 65 career games in five seasons, he has started just 34 of them, which means he isn’t accustomed to a full season of wear and tear. Although he started 15 games last season — coming off a major knee reconstruction, no less — he hasn’t done it in back-to-back seasons yet.
Also, keep in mind that Charles is more of a “managed” running back as opposed to a workhorse. Charles is not going to be a true candidate for 10-plus touchdowns. Even Charles himself admits he loses his effectiveness after 15 touches in a game; he surpassed 25 touches just three times a year ago. He’s barely 200 pounds, and he’s generally not favored along the goal line like the Bucs’ Doug Martin was as a rookie.
The Kansas City Chiefs significantly shored up their offense when they acquired quarterback Alex Smith. According to the Kansas City Star, head coach Andy Reid has “long coveted” Smith going back to his days in Philadelphia with the Eagles. The Chiefs’ offense coordinator, Doug Pederson, who called Smith the NFL’s best quarterback, made some comments that seem to support the paper’s claim.
“There are some great quarterbacks in the National Football League,’’ said Pederson, in his first season with the Chiefs after being the quarterbacks coach for the Philadelphia Eagles. “Don’t get me wrong. We just felt like Alex Smith is best for our team and can lead us this season and into the future.”