The 2023 Season is in the books. While there’s still some playoff football to help us see how players do in the clutch, for dynasty players, it’s a time to sit back, take stock, and see how players fared. Over the next couple of months, I’ll be looking back at the 2023, 2022, and 2021 classes by position. I’ll be evaluating if their stock rose, remained the same, or dropped during the course of the season. Now could be the time to sell high, buy low, or hold on to a winning hand. Today, I begin with the 2021 Quarterbacks, a group that has shifted dramatically in year three.
Stock Up: Justin Fields, Chicago Bears
About: You might be thinking to yourself, did his stock really go up? I’d argue it did. At this time last year, there were a lot of questions. This off-season, we can be confident he’ll be the guy for a team—it just might not be the Bears. Chicago finished 7-10 and holds the first overall pick. They could trade it, or they could trade Fields for capital. Given the state of the quarterback position, he’ll be a hot commodity.
In year three, despite a bumpy start, he finished with a career-high in completion percentage and yardage despite playing in only 13 games. He also had a better touchdown to interception percentage. He finished as QB18, largely owing to missed games, but averaged 18.4 points per game. Fields could be a sneaky buy-low for those who’ve lost faith, too.
Stock Neutral: Trevor Lawrence, Jacksonville Jaguars
About: We didn’t get a year-three bump for Lawrence, and that could certainly create a bit of a buy-low opportunity. But I’d take that within reason. Lawrence looks like a solid player and likely a solid QB2, but he doesn’t look like the generational talent some thought we might see coming out of college. He finished as QB13, while his completion percentage, yardage, and touchdowns dropped in 2023, and his interceptions went up. There’s time to turn around some, but it seems like Lawrence is locked into a role between QB12 and QB18 moving forward.
Stock Down: Mac Jones, New England Patriots
About: No quarterback in this group took more of a hit than Jones. After his rookie year, he looked like a potential franchise player as a QB2. Now, he heads into this off-season as a player with a very uncertain future. The Patriots are in the midst of a turnaround, but Jones doesn’t figure to be a part of it. He got the hook several times during the season for Bailey Zappe before being replaced altogether to end the season. Jones looked lost and turnover-prone during his third year. His best hope might be going somewhere as a backup to try and rehab his potential. But if you’re holding him in dynasty, you likely can’t play him and can’t get anything back for him.
Stock Down: Zach Wilson, New York Jets
About: Wilson wasn’t in a good position at this time last season as the Jets were looking to bring in a veteran starter. They moved to acquire Aaron Rodgers, and he lasted four snaps. Wilson got to start a majority of the season for the Jets, who endured another uneven and losing season. Wilson didn’t look like the guy, and heading into this off-season, it’s rumored the Jets are looking to dump him. Like Jones, the only real hope is he finds a soft-landing spot as a backup for a while to work into another shot. I like his dynasty potential nominally better than Jones, but he’d just be a bench prospect for now.
Stock Down: Trey Lance, Dallas Cowboys
About: Lance was once the third overall pick for which the San Francisco 49ers gave up a lot. He never really got to prove himself on the field in San Francisco, and at this point, he might not get a chance anywhere. Lance was dealt before the season to the Dallas Cowboys, and we didn’t hear anything else from him during the 2023 season. The Cowboys still have Dak Prescott, but it’s possible Lance can work his way into a strong QB2 role in Dallas and get a shot next season. For now, he’s little more than a deep league stash or a speculative add.
Stock Down: Kyle Trask, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
About: It looked like Trask might get a shot with the Buccaneers heading into the 2023 season. While the team waited a long time to name a starting quarterback, veteran Baker Mayfield got the nod. Mayfield proceeded to put up career-best numbers in guiding the Buccaneers to the Divisional Round of the playoffs. He’s a free agent, but the Buccaneers are predicted to pursue him hard for a return. Either way, it looks like Trask will be little more than a backup for his NFL career. I wouldn’t even roster him.
Stock Down: Davis Mills, Houston Texans
About: Mills got a long run as the Texans’ starter and didn’t fair poorly, but the team didn’t win. They snagged C.J. Stroud with the second overall pick, and Stroud looks like a potential Rookie of the Year winner. Mills didn’t even get the call when Stroud was injured, as veteran Case Keenum started two games. Mills appears to be settling into a role as a backup, and at this point, I don’t even think he’s worth a roster spot.
Matthew Fox is a die-hard NFL fan and Broncos’ homer. He’s a member of the FSWA. You can find more from him on Twitter @knighthawk7734 or as co-host of the Fantasy Football Roundtable Podcast, a part of the Campus2Canton Network.