The Jaguars took Blake Bortles third overall in the 2014 NFL Draft.
The Jaguars took Blake Bortles third overall in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Blake Bortles is not on a lot of people’s radar when it comes to drafting in fantasy.  The rookie quarterback is not even starting on his own team, therefore rendering him useless on your fantasy team.  So why on Earth am I considering drafting him on my own fantasy team this year? Simple answer.  He can be very good.  I was not as sold as most on Bortles coming into the NFL Draft, but watching him so far in minicamps, training camp, and two preseason games I am enjoying what I am seeing.  Bortles is as advertised, and looks a lot more polished than I thought he would be coming into his first professional setting. 

So far the Jaguars coaching staff and front office have stayed firm on their belief that Chad Henne will be the starter for the entire 2014 season.  I originally thought this was a great idea, don’t rush the rookie quarterback who is not ready for the NFL.  Then, I saw Bortles play and take command of the Jaguars offense, which began to show me that he could be ready this season.  No, the Jaguars aren’t making the playoffs this season but they can start to build for the future if Bortles starts and builds a rapport with their young receivers and backs, while in this new offensive system.

Eventually, I think we will see Bortles this year, whether it be due to a Henne injury, or just due to the coaching staff finally realizing what everyone else has seen in preseason that Bortles is a better quarterback than Henne.  If you are in a keeper league and your draft is winding down, take a flier on Bortles he can be a great quarterback of the future for many years to come.  And if it doesn’t work out, you only lost a very late round pick that might not have worked out anyway.

Dan SchalkFF AnalysisFootballBlake Bortles is not on a lot of people's radar when it comes to drafting in fantasy.  The rookie quarterback is not even starting on his own team, therefore rendering him useless on your fantasy team.  So why on Earth am I considering drafting him on my own fantasy...Why go anywhere else for sports and entertainment?