Don’t Sleep on Sam

At this point, it would be fair to consider Sam Bradford a bust. Drafted number-one overall in the 2010 draft, he has never thrown more than 21 TDs in a season and has only played 49 games so far in his first five years (average of 9.8 per year). However, Bradford changed scenery in the offseason and now resides in a much friendlier home. It’s time to forgive, forget and allow him to re-enter your daily fantasy football lineups.

In 2014, aka Chip Kelly’s second season with the Eagles, the team led the NFL with 70.7 plays per game. They averaged over two plays per game more than the second-place New Orleans Saints (68.4) and third-place Indianapolis Colts (68.3). Kelly’s personality and/or scheme hasn’t changed, so there’s no reason to believe the offense is going to slow down any in the third year of his tenure.

Bradford seems to be adjusting very nicely. After going 3-5 for 35 yards in his preseason debut (which was actually the second preseason game), Bradford completed 10-10 passes for 121 yards and three TDs in the third preseason game (generally considered the regular season tune-up game). All of his TDs came on checkdowns, but that just shows the serious potential he could have in this offense. A telling sign was the fact he was “lit up” by tackles twice in his preseason debut, but got up each time and returned to the huddle. If he can stay healthy in this offense, the sky is the limit. It may just be time for him to show his true potential, which he had been unable to portray up to this point in his career.

He’ll open up week one tied for the 13th-most expensive quarterback (QB) on FantasyDraft. In my opinion, this makes him one of the top two-to-three values at the QB position in week number one. The implied Vegas total in the opener in Atlanta’s dome has the Eagles projected to score 29 points… tied with the New England Patriots for the most of any team. The Falcons allowed the ninth-most fantasy points to QBs in the 2014, so I think Vegas is onto something here. While many people latch onto the “sure thing” Aaron Rodgers against the Bears in the first week, Bradford may actually end up racking up a similar amount of fantasy points for cheaper. Make sure you hop on in week number one, because the “contrarian” angle to rostering him may be closing as soon as the public sees him in action with this new regime just one time.

Ricky Sanders

Ricky Sanders

Ricky Sanders is a fantasy sports expert with over 15 years of playing experience. After starting several freelance fantasy sports blogs, Ricky moved up in the fantasy industry when he joined Going9 Baseball. He wrote fantasy baseball content and had a weekly radio spot on the site’s SiriusXM Satellite Radio show. Shortly thereafter, in early 2013, Ricky joined RotoExperts as a three-sport fantasy contributor, eventually becoming one of the site’s lead basketball writers. While writing for RotoExperts, Ricky was introduced to daily fantasy sports and immediately fell in love. With help from some of his mentors, some of the best DFS players in the world, he honed his skills and became the daily fantasy expert he is today. When RotoExperts created a daily-focused website called, Ricky was brought on as one of the main contributors. He still makes frequent appearances on the RotoExperts SiriusXM Radio show and on the FNTSY Sports Television Network, talking daily fantasy sports. He also continues to write for a few DFS content sites: RotoCurve and The Fantasy Fix. Ricky is a proud and active member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. He has agreed to be a writer and representative for the FantasyDraft brand and serves as an ambassador to the site. He has no more access to the site than the typical user. Don’t hesitate to contact Ricky with questions on Twitter @RSandersDFS.

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  1. Cody O'Neill says:

    I think the contrarian angle is probably already out the door. We can’t see %owned here but I am willing to put good money on him being a top 3 highest owned QB this week.

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