NFL Fantasy Preview: Quarterbacks

Cam Newton is part of the new breed of read-option quarterbacks who are maybe making the position...

Cam Newton is part of the new breed of read-option quarterbacks who are maybe making the position the deepest it has ever been. (Getty Images)

DAN BILICKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:59 PM ET

It was hard notice to notice a trend sweeping the NFL last season that produced an interesting increase in value for quarterbacks who could run the ball effectively.

Its name: The read-option.

I won’t bore you with the Xs and Os of the latest gimmick offence that most teams are trying to incorporate — remember the Wildcat? —but the basics of it is that the QB has the option to hand off the ball to the running back or possibly an in-motion receiver ,or he can simply tuck it himself and run.

If you’ve played fantasy football before, you know that rushing yards are more valuable than passing yards, so seeing a glut of young, athletic QBs racking up some nice yardage and scores on the ground is something to take notice of. Just ask Cam Newton owners how welcome those eight TD runs last season were.


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