No. 4: Quarterback Baker Mayfield
Baker Mayfield certainly saw his sophomore slump last season. If you’re like me, you signed him as the backup quarterback in your league and didn’t get what you expected. Even though last season was disappointing, expect him to be a borderline starter in some of the deeper leagues. Having a good play-caller, along with another year to create chemistry with his two top targets, Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry, he should be spot on this season.
When you go back and watch the tape, along with reading some of the reports from what happened in the Browns organization last year, you realize that his slump was not on him as much as it seems. His only mistake was trying to make too many plays when they were beaten before the ball was even snapped. That won’t happen nearly as much this season, so he should be well off.
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If you’re not convinced of Kevin Stefanski’s ability to boost Mayfield’s stats, look at what he did with Kirk Cousins. Within two years, Cousins was able to cut the number of interceptions he threw in a season in half. His accuracy also jumped almost six percent, along with having his career-high in the percentage of throws that were caught for touchdowns, which was 5.9 percent.
Basically, Stefanski put Cousins in a position to win and he maximized his abilities while doing so. If Stefanski was able to do so with Cousins, then he should be able to do so with Mayfield. This isn’t to insinuate that Cousins is a bad quarterback, it is just that Mayfield has a much higher ceiling than Cousins, who is a good quarterback.
You’re going to end up seeing Mayfield as a lower-tier starting quarterback in your average 10-man league, so he could be a really good play if you’re into deeper fantasy leagues like me. If you’re rocking a 12-14 man fantasy league, Mayfield is definitely worth the shot as your starting quarterback. Especially when you see this upcoming schedule.