Waiting to Draft Your Fantasy Football QB? Here’s Who to Take


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Sep 01, 2019, 11:30 AM EDT
  • Thanks to rule changes and the evolution of NFL offenses, quarterbacks are throwing for more yards than ever.
  • With passing numbers skyrocketing, fantasy football owners should consider waiting until the final rounds of drafts to take quarterbacks.
  • For those willing to wait, we offer two quarterbacks being drafted outside of the top 15 at the position with insatiable early-season schedules.

There are three things I refuse to pay a premium for: fancy brunches, craft beer and fantasy football quarterbacks.

Sure, let’s spend $25 on eggs when I can buy a dozen for $1, or have to stalk packies (liquor stores for us in New England) to spend insane amounts on beer that tastes like old toilet water.

The same goes for fantasy football quarterbacks in typical 10- and 12-team leagues that start only one QB. Of course the $25 restaurant-quality eggs made by a professional chef are preferable to what I can whip up at home, but are they that much better to justify the hefty price increase?

Absolutely not.

And therein lies the issue with drafting fantasy football quarterbacks early, or even at all.

Thanks to offense-friendly rule changes and the evolution of schemes and play-calling, NFL teams are throwing the ball all over the field these days, allowing quarterbacks to rack up yardage in record numbers.

Last season, 12 signal-callers threw for more than 4,000 yards — that’s double the number from 2008.

In 2003, Peyton Manning and Trent Green (!) were the only quarterbacks to manage the feat.

So what does this mean from a fantasy football perspective? When Patrick Mahomes goes off the board and starts the inevitable quarterback run during your draft, make like William Wallace in “Braveheart.”

That’s right, when the flood is coming and eventually turns to, “I’m going to be starting Andy Dalton” panic, just hold.

Allow the early quarterback run to wash over you and instead spend that time hoarding more volatile positions like RB and WR.

As I mentioned above, I’ve passed on drafting quarterbacks altogether a handful of times in 10-teamers over the past few seasons, diving head-first into streaming.

I’m not necessarily advocating for that here, though.

Being a dedicated streamer, I target QBs with startable matchups in Weeks 1-2, then will decide from there whether to continue with my passer if he’s showing the ability to be an every-week starter, or simply hit the waiver wire and snag one of a handful of capable fantasy performers.

With this in mind, here are two quarterbacks being drafted outside of the top 15 at the position — according to FantasyFootballCalculator.com’s average draft position (ADP) — who should hit the ground running to start the 2019 regular season.