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League Winning Moves: Draft Jared Goff

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I’m sure by now you’ve been told to wait on drafting a quarterback. You would have to be walking around with “earmuffs” on like Vince Vaughn’s son in ‘Old School’ to avoid hearing that piece of advise. However, once you’ve drafted a full pin of target-hog receivers and stocked your stable with bell-cow ‘backs, which late-round passer should you target? To me that answer is pretty simple. It’s Jared Goff.

After suffering from the Jeff Fisher affect as a rookie, Goff bounced back strong last season under first-year Head Coach, Sean McVay. The offense did a complete 180, skyrocketing from the league’s lowest scoring team (14 PPG) in 2016 to the top of the list (29.9 PPG) last year. Goff’s development was a major reason for this offensive enlightenment. The 2016 first-overall pick threw for 3,804 yards, 28 touchdowns and just seven interceptions, while adding another 51 yards and a score on the ground. Those numbers were good enough to make Goff the 12th highest scoring quarterback in fantasy last year.

So if Goff was a low-end QB1 last season, what can he accomplish in year two with McVay’s scheme? At just 23 years of age, you’d be a fool to think Goff won’t improve in his third NFL season. He has now had another year to further develop chemistry with a loaded cabinet of pass-catchers that includes Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp, Tyler Higbee, Gerald Everett and Todd Gurley. Not to mention the acquisition of Brandin Cooks, who presents a significant upgrade over Sammy Watkins — who joined the Rams just weeks before their first regular season game last year.

If all that wasn’t enough to pique your interest, maybe Goff’s economic asking price will persuade you. According to Fantasy Pros, Goff is currently being drafted at pick 114 overall on average as the 16th quarterback off the board. He is cheap. He has a high floor as the quarterback of a high scoring team. He has a high ceiling as a young players who’s trajectory is pointing straight up. What more do you want?

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