2014 Fantasy Football: QB Sam Bradford Solid Daily Option in Week 1

By Jack Delaney
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If you are looking for a deal on quarterbacks in daily fantasy football for Week 1, you want to be all over Sam Bradford like a fly on stink.

According to the data from Fantasy Football Calculator, Bradford isn’t even being drafted in most standard 12-man leagues, so this gives you a quick consensus on the young signal caller. He has a history of disappointing his owners, but last season appeared to be the year that he was going to turn things around. The 26-year-old quarterback scored 19 points in Week 1, and followed that performance with 26 points in Week 2. Things went up and down from there, but he was proving that he could be a very serviceable fantasy option. With a juicy matchup in Week 1, Bradford should be locked in for your daily lineup.

As of right now, Bradford is going for only $6,000 on sites like FanDuel, while Peyton Manning will cost you $10,200. The first reason to like Bradford at that price is his matchup. Last season, the Minnesota Vikings allowed the most points to fantasy quarterbacks. You can’t expect certain data to hold up year to year, but the Vikings did rank 31st against the pass last season, and the defense will not turn into an elite force in 2014. The organization selected promising defensive candidates for the future, but the defense still has a long way to go as a group.

The second reason to like Bradford is the weapons he has surrounding him. Now with an established rushing game headed by Zac Stacy, things will open up much more for Bradford. The signal caller will also have Kenny Britt, Tavon Austin, Jared Cook and a cast of several supporting characters to help move the ball. If his weapons can be used correctly and the offensive is firing on all cylinders, the Vikings will be hard pressed to stop the passing attack.

Finally, starting Bradford will help you spend your budget on other key positions. The importance of owning a pass-catching running back, especially in a PPR format, can not be overlooked. One of the pass-catching backs, LeSean McCoy, has a very nice looking matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 1. McCoy is going to cost you, but he will become much more affordable if you start Bradford.

With a nice matchup and a cheap price tag, Bradford is a value that is going to go overlooked by your opponents.

Jack Delaney is a fantasy football writer for RantSports.com. You can follow him on Twitter @jackbmore13, “Like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google

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