This offseason the Miami Dolphins brought in former Chicago Bears and Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase to be their head coach in 2016. Accurate or not Gase has been considered an up-
and-coming offensive mind in football circles for a few years now. During his first draft, at the helm of an NFL team, Gase selected Western Kentucky quarterback Brandon Doughty in the 7th Round. Granted, that isn’t high draft capital at all, but over the course of the offseason the Dolphins cut incumbent 3rd string QB Logan Thomas, essentially handing the #3 quarterback job to Doughty before he ever played a snap in the NFL or practiced with the team.
So, who is Brandon Doughty and why should fantasy football owners, especially dynasty owners in particular, pay any attention? Over the last two seasons Doughty put up NCAA record breaking numbers for the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers.
In 2014, Doughty led all FBS schools with a staggering 4,830 yards and 49 touchdowns. Those 49 touchdowns are a Conference-USA record and that total currently stands as the 6th highest total passing touchdown mark in FBS History. Doughty only had 10 10 interceptions that year on 552 attempts, leading to an awe inspiring 167.1 QB rating that season.
Those numbers are hard to duplicate, let alone top, so how did Doughty fare the following season? He threw for another 5,055 yards and 48 touchdowns with only 9 interceptions and an amazing QB rating of 176.5 which is just 10-points shy of the all-time record. Those 97 touchdowns over the 2014 and 205 seasons are the most in the history of NCAA football over a 2-year period. Doughty left college football, statistically speaking, as one of the all-time greats. He is Top 25 all time in yards, touchdowns and completion percentage, completing an incredible 72% of his passes over the course of his NCAA Career.
However, Doughty rightfully so has been hit with the label of being a system quarterback, meaning that the only reason for his level of success was due to the offensive scheme he played under at Western Kentucky. Typically, “system QBs” do not do well at the NFL level. Those numbers were put up against lesser collegiate competition in what is considered to be a lesser conference in Conference USA and Doughty struggled on the few occasions he faced better competition.
Doughty the Dolphin
That being said, you can’t put up those kinds of gaudy numbers without having some talent. Now, will that talent ever translate onto the NFL field? Only time will tell, but he probably couldn’t have landed in a better situation to give him the best chance to succeed.
Ultimately, having Adam Gase at the helm, Doughty should be able to learn quite a bit and should get in the coaching needed to fix his shortcomings. Although he is probably more suited to be a decent career backup, the potential upside is there. Totally unusable in any redraft or keeper league format, Doughty could be targeted in very deep leagues with huge rosters. Even if he isn’t rostered or drafted, he’s a player you might want to keep on your radar especially if you have aging quarterbacks on your Dynasty roster.
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