• Teddy Bridgewater

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  • , Carolina Panthers
  • 28
  • 214 lbs
  • 6' 2"
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Scouting report

by Brandon Niles

CAR QB Teddy Bridgewater - Week 3 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 3 at Los Angeles Chargers

Teddy Bridgewater threw for 367 yards last week against the Buccaneers, but he also threw a pair of interceptions and no touchdowns, as Christian McCaffrey punched in both scores for the Panthers. Bridgewater actually completed 78.6% of his passes last week and he seems like he could produce if the Panthers let him throw. He has 76 pass attempts through two games, and the Carolina defense has given up 65 points so far. If that continues, Bridgewater could see some decent stat lines.

This week, he’s not much more than a QB2 option in very deep leagues against the Chargers. Los Angeles held Patrick Mahomes for much of the game until a late, 54-yard touchdown to Tyreek Hill had him back at his usual numbers. And they really held Joe Burrow down in Week 1. Burrow had just 193 yards and an interception. Sit him if you can.

by Brandon Niles

CAR QB Teddy Bridgewater - Week 2 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 2 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Teddy Bridgewater had 270 yards and a touchdown against the Raiders last week in a close loss. Bridgewater also added four carries for 26 yards and seemed perfectly willing to scramble toward first downs when the play broke around him. That’s a new wrinkle for Teddy, and fantasy owners could benefit if it becomes a regular thing in this offense. He also took only one sack and connected with free agent acquisition Robby Anderson consistently. Time will tell if that’s going to be a regular connection.

This week, Bridgewater faces a Tampa Bay defense that largely held the Saints passing game in check, limiting Brees to a 60% completion rate, 160 yards and a pair of touchdowns. While there’s upside with Bridgewater, especially if they fall behind early on, it’s risky to assume he’s going to put up a lot more than Brees did a week ago. He’s a low-end QB2 option this week at best.

by Brandon Niles

CAR QB Teddy Bridgewater - Week 1 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 1 vs. Las Vegas Raiders

For the first time since his injury in the 2016 offseason, Teddy Bridgewater will enter the season as the starter for an NFL franchise. We can talk about his lack of fantasy prowess in the past or his career 38-25 touchdown to interception ratio, but the truth is we have no idea what Teddy Bridgewater in Carolina under first-time NFL head coach Matt Rhule is going to look like. We know he has a great supporting cast though, with D.J. Moore and Christian McCaffrey both high-level players at their respective positions.

Fantasy owners should largely stash Bridgewater on their benches until we see what kind of passing attempts he’s going to have on a regular basis. That being said, he’s worth a flyer in 2QB leagues against the Raiders this week, who ranked 29th in aFPA to opposing quarterbacks last year. In most leagues, however, take a wait-and-see approach.

by Brandon Niles

CAR QB Teddy Bridgewater - 2020 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside

For the first time since his injury in the 2016 offseason, Teddy Bridgewater enters training camp as the unquestioned starter. After a successful two-year stint backing up Drew Brees in New Orleans, the Panthers signed Bridgewater to a three-year deal to replace long-time face of the franchise Cam Newton. Bridgewater enters a pretty good situation for a new starting quarterback, with excellent weapons in Christian McCaffrey, D.J. Moore, Robby Anderson and Curtis Samuel.

Fantasy Downside

Unfortunately for fantasy owners, Bridgewater has never been a prolific passer. As a starter for two years with the Vikings, he averaged just 212 yards, 0.97 touchdowns and 0.72 interceptions per game. Even under Sean Payton filling in for Brees last season, he averaged only 228 yards per game. He was more efficient at 1.5 touchdowns to 0.33 interceptions, but those still project out to 3,648 yards and 24 touchdowns over the course of a season, or Kirk Cousins numbers from last year. Additionally, while Bridgewater has excellent weapons to work with, Justin Edwards ranks their offensive line 26th going into the season.

2020 Bottom Line

We don’t know how well new Head Coach Matt Rhule’s offensive system will translate from college to the NFL, and Bridgewater has the talent and weapons to thrive if the offense clicks. However, the more likely scenario is Bridgewater continues to be an efficient player with limited fantasy success, landing in the QB2 range more often than the QB1 range in any given week. He should be considered a viable depth option in most leagues, or perhaps a low-end gap-starter in 2QB formats.

by Bill Riccette

NO QB Teddy Bridgewater - Week 8 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 8 vs. Cardinals

Bridgewater has been about as steady as they come and has done an excellent job of holding down the fort until Drew Brees is ready to come back. That time may be coming very soon. Brees has returned to practice and looks close to returning. Even if Brees doesn't play this Sunday, he'll almost certainly be ready for the next game, as the Saints have their bye in Week 9.

If it is Bridgewater, he'll face the 28th-ranked schedule-adjusted fantasy defense against quarterbacks and is on a run of seven touchdown passes in three games, a run that should continue Sunday in what will likely be his final start of the season if he plays.

by Bill Riccette

NO QB Teddy Bridgewater - Week 7 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 7 at Bears

Bridgewater came back down to earth in Week 6 in a defensive slugfest against the Jaguars, throwing for 240 yards and just one touchdown. This week, he faces a Bears defense that is among the top ten in fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks. Chicago also has a chip on their shoulder after falling in a 17-0 hole against the Raiders two weeks ago, only to rally and then lose the lead late. Chicago has had two weeks two prepare for Bridgewater and has the personnel to attack him, even with the loss fo Akiem Hicks. Bridgewater looks like a QB2 this week.

by Bill Riccette

NO QB Teddy Bridgewater - Week 6 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 6 at Jaguars

Teddy Bridgewater finally had his long overdue coming-out party in Week 5, throwing four touchdown passes against the Buccaneers. Now that Bridgewater has broken through the glass ceiling, so to speak, he now faces a Jaguars team that is in the middle of the pack in fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks. Jacksonville is getting a boost in that Jalen Ramsey could be returning to game action this week. But Bridgewater has now shown he can spread the ball around and makes for a good streaming option in Week 6.

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