Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor almost came away with a victory in his Week 1 contest against the Indianapolis Colts. It may not have been the cleanest game for Pryor, but he was able to show fantasy players that he is a viable quarterback option.
Yes, you did read that right, Pryor is an option for your fantasy starting quarterback. The man who is most known for his time at Ohio State University, where he dominated opposing defenses and carried his team to become one of the top NCAA teams at the time, could also carry your fantasy team.
In his second ever career NFL start, Pryor threw for 217 yards with one touchdown, two interceptions and 112 yards rushing. In standard scoring leagues, that added up to 19 points fir his fantasy owners. Just to put that number into perspective, Pryor’s fantasy total was tied with Matt Ryan and Robert Griffin III, and ended up ahead of Tom Brady. Those three are looked upon as top fantasy quarterbacking options and are started in nearly every league in existence. No one expected Pryor to beat out any of those three quarterbacks entering Week 1.
Mobile quarterbacks are able to bring your fantasy team big time points, as they accumulate points for rushing quicker than points for passing. In his first game of the season, Pryor actually finished with a franchise record in rushing yards by a quarterback, topping former league MVP Rich Gannon, which was established in 2000.
The unique stats that go along with Pryor’s remarkable game, is that his plays in which he took the ball downfield himself weren’t by design. Many of the quarterbacks who accumulate large rushing totals, RGIII, Cam Newton and Colin Kaepernick, gain their yardage on designated quarterback keeper plays. Pryor scrambled seven times for 53 yards and kept the ball on all five of the Raiders’ zone-read options. Now that the Raiders have seen what Pryor can do on his feet, they may start to call more quarterback keeper plays, and his rushing total could skyrocket and include multiple touchdowns.
Sure, his decision making skills weren’t the greatest at times, but give the guy a break, it was only his second ever NFL start. Pryor even acknowledged some of his poor decisions after the game, where he stated, “This loss is on me. At the end of the day, I threw the ball away.” He knows his mistakes, has learned from them, and will learn more as the season goes on, gaining confidence in the pocket.
In the Raiders’ next four games, Pryor faces off against the Jacksonville Jaguars (25th OPP Rushing Yards), Denver Broncos (27th OPP Passing Yards), Washington Redskins (32nd OPP Rushing Yards) and the San Diego Chargers (26th in both OPP Passing Yards and OPP Rushing Yards). The potential for Pryor to continually succeed is there, making him a solid starting quarterback option who could give your team tons of points.