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Best Fantasy Football Draft Fits For 2023 Rookie Quarterbacks

Quarterback is the most important position in sports, and it’s also taken on an increase of importance in fantasy football with players like Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes putting up dominant numbers. Looking ahead to the 2023 draft class, these are the best fantasy fits for some of the top quarterbacks that’ll find their professional homes this month.


Bryce Young: Texans

The Texans must add more on offense and to the roster overall, but Bryce Young feels like a fit with the new Texans coaching staff that includes offensive coordinator Bobby Slowik, who comes over from the 49ers. Young would immediately have chemistry with receiver John Metchie III—a player basically now in his rookie season after unfortunately missing last year due to cancer—given their time together at Alabama, and free-agent acquisition Dalton Schultz at tight end and Robert Woods at receiver profile as steady security blanket types that the magician-like Young can find and hit when he gets out of trouble.


C.J. Stroud: Panthers

It remains a mystery at this point as to what the Panthers will do after trading up to the top spot in this year’s draft, but C.J. Stroud should be ecstatic if he lands in Carolina. Stroud showed more flashes of mobility in the CFP loss to Georgia, but he’s at his best as a pocket passer distributing the ball. The Panthers have a promising offensive line that should keep him upright, and the weaponry is solid after reloading with D.J. Chark, Adam Thielen, Hayden Hurst, and Miles Sanders despite trading away D.J. Moore. And Stroud should get plus quarterback coaching from Frank Reich, Josh McCown, and company.


Anthony Richardson: Colts

This is probably the easiest connection to make in terms of fantasy upside, as Anthony Richardson would be joining a new Colts coaching staff led by head coach Shane Steichen who helped build a high-octane offense with Jalen Hurts and the Eagles the past couple of years. A very similar attack—including Richardson doing plenty of damage with his legs—would certainly be utilized in Indy if the Colts land the Florida product. As a rookie in Steichen’s offense, Richardson would have immediate double-digit rushing touchdown upside if he starts from Day 1, which we know can be a cheat code for NFL fantasy quarterbacks.


Will Levis: Vikings

It’s difficult to find a fit for Will Levis, but behind Kirk Cousins and the Vikings could give him time to develop for a season or two before getting inserted into an offense that includes all-world wide receiver Justin Jefferson getting open with ease—and Levis can excel on firing in-breaking routes to the All-Pro. Kevin O’Connell did a nice job in Year 1 with Minnesota, and he’d probably do a great job of developing Levis while not being forced to insert him into the lineup too early with Cousins playing well.


Hendon Hooker: Commanders

The Seahawks and Raiders could also be intriguing fits for Hendon Hooker, but the Commanders might give a better path for playing time when he’s healthy enough to hit the field. Washington has Terry McLaurin and Jahan Dotson to win on the outside, with Hooker able to deal the ball accurately to them and other weapons including Curtis Samuel and Dyami Brown paired with what should be a productive backfield led by Brian Robinson Jr. and Antonio Gibson. The Commanders can also potentially add a high-upside rookie tight end along with Hooker later this month and suddenly have a dangerous attack.