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2014 Fantasy Football: The Top 5 QB Deep Sleepers After Preseason Week 3

Top 5 QB Deep Sleepers After Week 3 Of The Preseason

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As we head into the 2014 NFL season, we reach one of the busiest fantasy football draft weekends of the year with a bit of a clearer picture of what most team's rosters will look like. There's undoubtedly some value to be had in the late rounds if you're paying adequate attention.

Here's a look at the top five QB deep sleepers after preseason Week 3.

5. Matt Cassel, Minnesota Vikings

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5. Matt Cassel, Minnesota Vikings

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Cassel has been named Minnesota's starter and could easily fend off the clamoring for Teddy Bridgewater from Vikings fans and media alike with a strong showing in the season's first month. Cassel only started six games in 2013 but threw for 1,807 yards and 11 TDs. Those statistics, when prorated, give him a solid season with over 4,000 yards passing and 24 TDs. Cassel will go undrafted in most leagues, making him a stellar QB2 option on waivers.

4. Chad Henne, Jacksonville Jaguars

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4. Chad Henne, Jacksonville Jaguars

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Jacksonville stuck to its guns and named Chad Henne the starting QB rather than Blake Bortles, which was a bit of a surprise. However, Henne can be productive when given help from his running game, and the addition of Toby Gerhart should lead to loosened coverage for the WRs in the secondary. Cecil Shorts III, Marqise Lee and TE Marcedes Lewis are a solid pass catching corps, and on the waiver wire, Henne provides great value.

3. Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs

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3. Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs

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Smith will never overwhelm statistically, but he also does not make a ton of mistakes and is very consistent with the numbers he does put up, which cannot be said for that many NFL quarterbacks. He threw for 3,313 yards and 23 TDs to just seven INTs in 2013 and will eclipse those statistics during the 2014 campaign as the team takes some of Jamaal Charles' workload away to keep him healthy. Smith's a great QB2 and bargain option in DFS in 2014.

2. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Houston Texans

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2. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Houston Texans

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Fitzpatrick has not racked up many wins thus far into his career, but statistically, he's a better quarterback than many realize. In just nine 2013 starts he threw for 2,454 yards and 14 TDs for a floundering Tennessee Titans franchise. If he can get on the same page with Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins, Fitzpatrick could easily push 4,000 yards and 24 TDs. Keep an eye on his price in DFS and where he is being chosen in re-draft leagues.

1. Josh McCown, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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1. Josh McCown, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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McCown's flying under the radar heading into the regular season and will catch many off-guard with his play in 2014. He proved he could produce with weapons in Chicago and has a ton of talent at WR in Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans with Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers just fortified their offensive line by trading for Logan Mankins, and rookie TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins is a breakout candidate. McCown's 14th round ADP is a steal.

Timothy Downs is a St. Louis Rams/NFL writer for RantSports.com. You can add him on Google or follow on Twitter @Tidow1212.