Week 17 Fantasy Football: What to make of Terrelle Pryor

By Corey March
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The eyes of football fans get wide when they see a quarterback play this style of football. Robert Griffin III, Cam Newton and Russell Wilson are young, exciting and have redefined the quarterback position. They have rewarded fantasy football owners with consistent production along with big plays and flashy highlights as an added bonus.

Terrelle Pryor will get the start for the Oakland Raiders on Sunday in Week 17 and is an unknown to many fantasy owners. Owners hear about his style of play and immediately wonder if it’s worth taking a risk on championship day. Not so fast…

Let’s first compare Pryor’s top collegiate season to those of Newton and Griffin III.

In Newton’s 2010 Heisman season at Auburn, he piled up 4369 total yards and 41 total touchdowns with just seven interceptions.

Griffin III’s Heisman campaign the following year at Baylor saw him accumulate an even more impressive 5007 total yards and 47 total touchdowns with six interceptions.

Meanwhile in Pryor’s best season with the Ohio State Buckeyes, he managed 3545 total yards and 32 total touchdowns with 11 interceptions.

Pryor has impressive 4.38 speed which makes him a threat to rack up points on the ground. The knock on Pryor has always been his arm, more specifically his accuracy. The concerns about his throwing ability were reflected by his selection in the 3rd round of the supplemental draft. Oakland and most scouts believe that Pryor’s skills translate better as a receiver than a quarterback.

With all things considered, Oakland felt that they would give Pryor a shot at quarterback this week with Carson Palmer injured and Matt Leinart doubtful to be back next season.

It should be an adventurous day for the young hybrid quarterback. He may see some success on Sunday if Oakland devises some trick plays to emphasize the skills that their offense will feature. Unfortunately, it’s been a long time since they have played inspired football.

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