New Faces-New Places
Teddy Bridgewater is going to have a BIG year in 2020! I’m very excited about Bridgewater running this offense with playmakers like Christian Mccaffery, DJ Moore, and Curtis Samuel at his disposal. The Carolina Panthers stocked up for the new QB as well. They added WR Roby Anderson to demand some respect in the secondary and LT Russell Okung to cover his blindside. They’ve filled the necessary holes to ensure Bridgewater’s success in 2020.
First-year offensive coordinator Joe Brady has suggested that the team will get the ball out into space consistently this year. He wants to leverage players with skills that offer more output in the short to intermediate passing game. This approach dramatically benefits Bridgewater and his weapons alike. The playbook won’t demand him to push the ball down the field, and he has the most reliable pass-catching running back by his side, there’s a ton of potential here.
Last year, Bridgewater started just six games while Drew Brees was injured. He totaled 1384 passing yards in those six games, along with nine passing touchdowns and only two interceptions. Those numbers spanning a full season would equate to nearly 3700 yards, 25 passing touchdowns, and five interceptions. I expect Bridgwater to exceed those totals in 2020. I can easily see him hitting somewhere from 3700-4000 passing yards with 27-28 touchdowns and 6-9 interceptions. I’ll take those numbers in fantasy any day, especially for where you’re drafting him in the later rounds.
According to Fantasypros, Bridgewaters’ ADP is 176 and QB 26. I had him at the same spot until Cam Newton went to the Patriots, bumping him to my QB 27. I have a lot more faith in him than this ranking; there’s just no need to overdraft him with a consistent lack of interest. Bridgewater’s rarely getting drafted in single quarterback leagues; he’ll be a great backup or free-agent addition in those formats.
He will, however, be a league winner in super-flex formats. In my last super flex mock draft, he went in the 13th round behind Sam Darnold and ahead of Tyrod Taylor. He has reliable talent around him, while the team has filled necessary holes to ensure his efficiency. He’s a patient thrower who offers a great pocket awareness. He has a ton of upside on this roster! He’s going to be a steal for you as your second quarterback in any format – don’t forget about him!