Dynasty League Advice: These two young QBs could provide long-term dividends

Young quarterbacks for the Chicago Bears and Las Vegas Raiders, who just had their teams play against each other, could have long-term appeal in deeper dynasty leagues.

Oct 22, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA;  Chicago Bears quarterback Tyson Bagent (17) is interviewed
Oct 22, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Tyson Bagent (17) is interviewed / Jamie Sabau-USA TODAY Sports
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If you play in a deep dynasty league, there are two quarterbacks that you should have your eye on in the event that one or both are available in your league or, if you need help at the QB position, perhaps you could work a trade.

In deep formats, having a reliable quarterback is great, but having more than one, particularly one you can count on in a pinch, is sometimes quite difficult. That's why owners need to be on their game when the draft rolls around and either get really lucky or find a guy that they believe in while they are in college.


Two quarterbacks that were likely taken quite late in your rookie draft or not at all have started to show that they belong in the NFL and in my opinion, could be a great addition to your roster for the long-term. Both of these guys could one day be a viable backup QB for you or great potential trade bait.


And if you don't think this can happen, look no further than what Brock Purdy was able to accomplish last season as Mr. Irrelevant. He went from a late-round pick or undrafted player in many dynasty leagues to one you could get a high draft pick for in trade compensation this year.


So, don't sell these two guys short either.

Tyson Bagent, Chicago Bears
Oct 22, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Tyson Bagent (17) drops back to pass / Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

Tyson Bagent, Chicago Bears


What a story this has a chance to be. It has only been one start, but Tyson Bagent was a cool customer in his debut against the Raiders in Week 7.


Bagent didn't only come to the NFL as an undrafted free agent, he came from Division II Shepherd in West Virginia. Most saw him as nothing more than a "camp arm" who would be lucky to catch on with a practice squad, but he did enough in the preseason to beat out P.J. Walker for the team's backup job.


That was a big enough hurdle, but when Justin Fields went down with a dislocated thumb, he got his chance. He played well against the Raiders, completing 31 of 43 passes for 245 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He also ran for 28 yards and another score while leading the Bears to a win.

While no one is calling for Bagent to take Fields' job right now (well, some might be), it's something that could certainly happen at some point. Remember, no one thought Purdy would chase Trey Lance out of San Francisco but the former No. 3 overall pick became expendable when Purdy played as well as he did.


Things change quickly in the NFL. Just go back to this past spring and imagine yourself saying that Tyson Bagent would start a game in the NFL before Will Levis. But that has happened.


Bagent has a long way to go and a lot more to prove, but you could get him for next to nothing right now and have a potential star on your hands.

Aidan O'Connell, Las Vegas Raiders
Oct 22, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Aidan O'Connell (4) throws an / Jamie Sabau-USA TODAY Sports

Aidan O'Connell, Las Vegas Raiders


Aidan O'Connell won't be in the recent news the same way that Bagent is, but he should absolutely still be on your radar. If I am to make a bold prediction, it's that O'Connell will be the Raiders' starting QB by season's end.


The Raiders chose to start veteran Brian Hoyer this past Sunday with Jimmy Garoppolo on the mend, and he gave the team no chance to win. O'Connell was inserted later, but the game was out of hand by that point.


However, the Raiders need to see that O'Connell might be their best future option and though a high draft pick would almost ensure the team takes another QB, O'Connell has the kind of arm to stick around the league and make spot starts here and there, at the very least.


Those guys are valuable in dynasty formats too.


A fourth-round pick out of Purdue, O'Connell threw for over 9,000 yards and had 65 touchdown passes in college. He has the tools to get it done and he looked good during the preseason for the Raiders.


The move to start Hoyer made no sense but the Raiders will likely think better of that in the future. O'Connell is young and has a lot to prove but he is well worth a flier in a deep league or if you can obtain him in a trade for very little, take the shot.

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