The 2023 rookie quarterback class was expected to be one of the best in recent years with three of the first four picks being quarterbacks (Bryce Young, C.J. Stroud, and Anthony Richardson). The early returns were positive for C.J. Stroud and Anthony Richardson (prior to his injury) however the first overall pick, Bryce Young, has really struggled this season.
It certainly raised concerns for anyone who drafted the former Alabama quarterback with an early pick in dynasty football leagues. Through his first 13 games, Young had less than 200 yards in 10 of them and had only one game with more than one passing touchdown.
However in Week 16 against the Green Bay Packers, Young showed exactly why he was so highly regarded entering the 2023 NFL Draft as he would complete 23 of 36 passes for 312 yards and two touchdowns.
Should fantasy football managers buy/hold/sell Bryce Young heading into 2024?
While Bryce Young is not going to factor into fantasy football this year, for dynasty managers who are looking ahead to 2024, it should give them hope that Bryce Young can turn the corner. The Panthers offense has been a mess for most of the year and it seems like the rookie quarterback is not entirely at fault.
The Panthers' offense didn't have really many playmakers around him, although Adam Thelein was good this season. The Panthers also brought in Frank Reich to be head coach during the offseason but he couldn't get the offense on track and Carolina will be looking for a new head coach.
It would make sense for Carolina to look for an offensive minded coach, like Lions' offensive coordinator Ben Johnson, and if they get it right, it will be a big boost for Bryce Young.
For managers who drafted Bryce Young in their rookie draft last offseason, I am holding for now and hopefully the rookie quarterback can build off the game against the Green Bay Packers. For anyone who wants to trade for Bryce Young, I would wait until the Panthers name their head coach and build out the coaching staff.
While the value likely goes up, the Panthers have had an awful track record of head coaches and I would make sure I felt good about who they hire as this will be a key factor in Bryce Young's second season in the league.