Blake Bortles led the Jacksonville Jaguars to the AFC championship game this past season. Still, many doubted the Jaguars would be content trotting Bortles out on the field to open next season as their starting quarterback. Many were wrong. Saturday the Jaguars agreed to an extension with Bortles. Bortles received a three year $54 million dollar deal, with $26.5 million guaranteed. While this deal does not pay Bortles among the elite quarterbacks in the league (nor should it), it does solidify Bortle’s spot as Jacksonville’s starting quarterback for at least the next season.
While Bortles has gotten a reputation for being a below average quarterback, he has been surprisingly useable for fantasy.
According to Fantasypros, Blake Bortles finished 2014 (his rookie season) as quarterback 24. This puts Bortles just inside the line for a QB 2 in a 12 team league and would have been a low end starting option in superflex or 2 quarterback leagues. In 2015 Bortles had his best fantasy season to date, finishing as quarterback 4. This outlier season placed him as a mid to high tier quarterback 1 for the year. In 2016 Bortles regressed, finishing as fantasy quarterback 9. This finish saw Bortles finish as a low-end quarterback 1 and while not as productive as his 2015 campaign, still left him as a usable fantasy asset and a strong hold in superflex or 2 quarterback leagues.
Last season Bortles finished as quarterback 13. This put Bortles just outside of being a quarterback 1, but a very high-end quarterback 2 for fantasy. Keep in mind when looking at Bortles stats in 2017 that he was without his top pass catcher in Allen Robinson for the season and didn’t get to work with promising young wideout DeDe Westbrook until mid-season due to injury as well.
Many will try to tell you how poor of a quarterback Blake Bortles is. You’ll hear people refer to him as inaccurate or criticize him for throwing too many interceptions. Fade the noise. All you need to care about is this: Does this player get me enough fantasy points relative to his cost? The answer to this is a resounding yes. Bortles is severely undervalued in the fantasy community. Considering Bortles has not missed a start in 3 years, he is incredibly durable. Availability is an underrated trait in a fantasy asset and shouldn’t be ignored.
Not only has Bortles proven he can be a fantasy quarterback 1, but he is valued as a mid-tier quarterback 2 in many leagues. Now might be the time to feel out that Bortles owner and see if you can get an undervalued asset for a low price especially in superflex or 2 quarterback leagues.