Frank says: ‘Stick With Gabbert‘
Let’s be honest. Blaine Gabbert’s first couple of seasons have left all dynasty fantasy football owners wanting more. Heading into 2013 the biggest concern for Blaine Gabbert isn’t his injury history or lack of production but his third offensive system in 3 years. Mike Mularkey’s one year stint in Jacksonville didn’t provide the remedy for the Jags ailing offense or turn Gabbert into a promising young QB of the future.
Gus Bradley will be the head coach of Jaguars in 2013 and likely he will bring in another option to compete with Gabbert. But take heart fantasy football owners, the third season could be the charm for the 23 year old Gabbert. Looking at the stats below won’t allow you to confuse Gabbert with a top notch fantasy QB but look at a couple of key stats. Notice Gabberts completion percentage went up 8% in 2012 to 58.3%. His YPA is only a paltry 6 but keep in mind MJD missed xx games and Justin Blackmon was just learning the WR position in 2012. So his YPA should increase dramatically in 2013.
Blaine Gabbert's 2011-2012 Season StatsGabbert is still only 23 years old going into his 3rd season.
Below is a table Eli Mannings first 2 years at QB. This a good comparison because both QBs appeared in 25 games in their first two seasons. Manning has more tds but their td to int ratios are similar as are their completion percentages.
Eli Manning Stats (2004, 2005)Eli Manning struggled during his first 2 NFL Seasons.
Am I saying Blaine Gabbert is going to turn into Eli Manning in 2013? Not at all, I’m just pointing out that despite a rocky start he is young and has decent weapons around him. Bottom line dynasty owners Gabbert is still a decent #2 fantasy option in 2013 with room to grow if he can find continuity on the offensive side of the ball.
Evan says: ‘Cut Blaine Now’
The NFL is a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately kind of business. Just look at the long list of players who have been key parts of their teams for many years who have been cut since the Ravens beat the 49ers in the Superdome a few weeks ago. This tumultuous nature of the league eats players like Blaine Gabbert alive which makes the thought of holding on to the young signal caller a bad move when building your dynasty league fantasy football (keeper) team. Now, do not get me wrong, I do not think Blaine Gabbert is a bad guy or even an awful football player.
He is only 23 years old, came out of college a little too raw to play at a high level immediately and was handed the keys to an inept Jacksonville Jaguars offense (apologies to MJD) before he was ready for the bright lights. As this NFL.com story points out, Gabbert might be down to his last chance at impressing the lowly Jaguars in 2013. Now granted, Gabbert looked better in 2012 prior to getting hurt, although 9 TD throws in 10 games is not going to get many fantasy owners excited.
The problem lies in the fact that over the past 5 years or so guys like Matt Ryan, Andrew Luck, Cam Newton, Joe Flacco, Robert Griffin III, Russell Wilson, and Andy Dalton, have looked to exterminate the idea that quarterbacks need time to grow into the role of franchise quarterback. If Gabbert does not wow the Jags this year, he might never get an opportunity to be a starter again. I do not know about you, but keeping a guy who seems destined to hold a clipboard does not classify as I guy I want wasting a roster spot.