Brandon Wimbush
QuarterbackQB
Central Florida Golden Knights
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Wimbush feel out of favor last season with Notre Dame after starting 12 games in 2017, but his move to UCF and Josh Heupel's system should allow him a fresh start with McKenzie Milton (leg) out for the year. He'll have a handful of dangerous wide receivers at his disposal, with three of them coming off 500 yard seasons in 2018, but he'll need to improve on his career completion percentage of only 50.5 percent in order to really turn those weapons into production. Add on his ability to move his feet and keep drives moving with his legs, and he should still be able to overcome his shortfalls to represent one of the best quarterbacks in the AAC. Read Past Outlooks
Works as clear No. 2
QBCentral Florida
September 16, 2019
Wimbush (undisclosed) ran once for a two-yard loss and didn't attempt any passes Saturday in Central Florida's 45-27 loss to Stanford.
ANALYSIS
After missing the Week 2 win over Florida Atlantic with an unspecified injury, Wimbush was cleared to play in Week 3 but surrendered the starting gig to Dillon Gabriel, whom he battled with in camp and in Week 1 for the top job. Gabriel earned the nod after a strong showing versus Florida Atlantic and likely secured his spot atop the depth chart for good with an immaculate showing against the best opponent UCF has faced to date in Stanford. Gabriel completed 22 of 30 attempts for 347 yards and four touchdowns, only ceding work to Wimbush on a goal-line situation in the second quarter. Wimbush was unable to even poach the cheap touchdown, as the Stanford line dropped him for a two-yard loss and forced UCF to settle for a field goal. Expect Wimbush to have a limited role in the Knights' game plans moving forward, assuming Gabriel continues to perform at a passable level.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2018
Wimbush arrived in South Bend as a much-ballyhooed quarterback recruit, but with DeShone Kizer and Malik Zaire already on the roster at that time, he had to wait his turn. Now that Kizer is off to the NFL and Zaire is battling for the starting job at Florida, Wimbush is now ready to take over behind center for the Irish. Notre Dame will be working under the guidance of new offensive coordinator Chip Long, who has an impressive track record from his previous stops at Arizona State and Memphis. Long's philosophy should be beneficial to Wimbush's transition into the starting role as well as his production. Wimbush has a talented supporting cast, highlighted by wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown alongside tight ends Durham Smythe and Alize Mack. What's more, Wimbush's mobility should make him one of the more productive rushing quarterbacks, which bolsters his floor. If everything clicks for Wimbush, he should be one of the best first-year starters in the nation this season.
A rocky end to the season clouds how valuable Wimbush was last year. He ran for 803 yards and 14 scores and added 16 passing TDs. The disappointing part was his passing numbers. Wimbush was a blue-chip recruit partly because of his passing ability, but he posted a 49.5 completion percentage and just 1,870 yards. He'll need to hold off some competitors to retain the starting job, but assuming he does, Wimbush will be valuable again. Wimbush's rushing ability gives him a solid floor, and a natural progression as a passer will make him even more valuable in 2018.
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Expected to play in Week 3
QBCentral Florida
Undisclosed
September 14, 2019
Wimbush was dealing with an injury last week, but he's expected to take part in Saturday's game against Stanford, Brian Murphy of the Orlando Sentinel reports.
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Loses starting job for Week 2
QBCentral Florida
September 7, 2019
Wimbush will not start Saturday's game against Florida Atlantic, Brian Murphy of the Orlando Sentinel reports.
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Granted Week 2 start
QBCentral Florida
September 5, 2019
Wimbush will remain the starter in Week 2 against FAU, but he may cede some first-half snaps to Dillon Gabriel, Matt Murschel of the Orlando Sentinel reports.
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Shows struggles in debut
QBCentral Florida
August 29, 2019
Wimbush completed 12 of 23 passes for 168 yards and two touchdowns in an easy victory Thursday over Florida A&M. He was also able to contribute with eight catches for 20 yards on the ground.
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Wins starting job
QBCentral Florida
August 22, 2019
Wimbush was named the starter for Central Florida on Thursday.
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