Dynasty Football Debate: Sam Howell

by Taylor Michel
Dynasty Football Debate: Sam Howell

Before we get into the Dynasty Football Debate: Sam Howell, let's go one thing out of the way. Joe Flacco is elite. That is all.

This one hurts a bit. I truly thought Sam Howell may get another opportunity to be the starter for the Washington Commanders again in 2024. I believe that ship has sailed now.

In Week 16 Howell went 6/22 for 56 yards and 2 interceptions before being benched for superstar Jacoby Brissett. The Commanders now have sole possession of the third overall draft pick in the 2024 NFL draft.

Their last two regular season games are against the San Francisco 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys.

Dynasty Football Debate: Sam Howell

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Shaky 2023 Season

The decision to bench Sam Howell for Jacoby Brissett for the last two weeks of the NFL Season seems to be a pretty clear indication that the Washington Commanders are planning to use their first-round pick on a quarterback in 2024. They will be in prime position to take one of the top two prospects in Caleb Williams or Drake Maye.

Should this happen, then Sam Howell's dynasty value will plummet quickly.

In his first season as a starter, Howell has thrown for 3,629 yards and 19 TDs with a 63.2% completion rate, 17 interceptions, and has been sacked 60 times. His 80.5 passer rating is the worst among QBs with at least 500 attempts.
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The Uncertainty of 2024

The Washington Commanders have all but confirmed they will be moving on from Head Coach Ron Rivera (and presumably most of his staff except for maybe Eric Bieniemy). Sam Howell will not have an opportunity to impress in the final two weeks of the season. There have not been any reports that his opportunity is done, however.

The silver lining is that this has not happened yet, and as we know nothing is guaranteed in the NFL. While there is still that small shred of uncertainty I believe there is an opportunity to trade Howell from your dynasty rosters, and at least grab a second-round rookie pick. If you can do this I would take advantage and do it now because in another few months you won't be able to get anything at all.
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The 2023 QB Carousel

There have been 59 different starting quarterbacks in the NFL this season. Brissett will make it 60 this week.

If you are struggling to move Howell in your dynasty league I think this fact should help you in your negotiations. Even if he is not the guy to start 2024 there is a reasonably large chance he will get an opportunity at some point for someone. This can be especially valuable in 2QB or Superflex formats.
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Quarterbacks are Valuable

No matter what happens to Howell, he will retain dynasty value because he is a quarterback. You won't be able to get a ton for him right now, and that is fine. There are still options.

Move him now for a late second-round rookie pick. Hold onto him and wait until he gets an opportunity at some point next year. Package him with another piece and send to a team that needs QB depth in a deep league.

Don't just sit still and do nothing because he probably won't be a starting QB in 2024.

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