Two beer stories in the same news shift? This has to be an RDC record. If Trevor Bauer’s Budweiser-inspired celebration (at Miller Park, of all places) didn’t get you in the mood for a cold one, this ought to. Per Action Network’s Darren Rovell, Bud Light is offering $20-gift cards (presumably to spend on adult beverages) to anyone who selects Jaguars quarterback/cultural phenomenon Gardner Minshew in the first round of fantasy drafts this summer.
An overnight sensation who ascended to QB1 status only after anticipated starter Nick Foles bowed out with a collarbone injury, the sixth-round Washington State alum (following earlier stints at Troy University, East Carolina and Northwest Mississippi Community College) enjoyed a surprisingly effective debut season in Jacksonville, leading all first-year signal-callers in passer rating (91.2) while finishing second to only Rookie of the Year Kyler Murray in both passing yards (3,271) and completions (285). Minshew’s inspired play and “unique” aesthetic made him an instant fan favorite, facilitating Foles’ eventual trade to Chicago.
While the former Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year acclimated himself nicely to Doug Marrone’s scheme in year one of his Jags tenure, choosing him—or any quarterback—in the first round of fantasy drafts would be a significant, bordering on unsalvageable reach. The self-proclaimed “Jock Strap King” is practically free in ESPN formats—he’s being drafted as the QB26 behind Teddy Bridgewater and ahead of Philip Rivers, which equates to 196th overall.
Some fantasy experts have pegged the mustachioed 24-year-old as a deep sleeper, pointing to his rushing prowess and an underrated receiving outfit highlighted by downfield ace D.J. Chark and promising second-rounder Laviska Shenault. I agree there’s a case to be made for the lovable everyman in super-flex leagues and perhaps as a cost-saving DFS asset, but this Bud Light gimmick doesn’t figure to get much traction outside the tightknit community of Minshew diehards and particularly reckless home-league players.
Maybe Bud Light will find a few takers, but personally, I’m going to need a lot more than $20 worth of light beer to take the first-round plunge on Minshew.