Drafting A QB in Fantasy Football

Why let all that talent go to waste?

Fantasy football players and analysts alike could argue all day about what the best draft strategy is for each season.

You hear it all the time, “This is the year to grab your RB’s early.”

While the RB position is definitely the most scarce, I would argue it also the most risky. Which is why I actually would rather draft WRs early. But there are a few exceptions.

However, that is a conversation for another day, and if you would like to read more about why I don’t like to draft my RB’s early, you can buy “The Ultimate Fantasy Football Playbook”.

What we are talking about today is why it is important to wait on drafting a QB in fantasy football this season.

This is not breaking news, as many fantasy analysts have been harping on this for a few years now. But for some reason, many fantasy players still aren’t buying into the idea.

Here are a few reasons why you should.

QB position is very deep this year. Once again, not breaking news, but for whatever reason QB’s continue to fly off the draft boards, even as early as Round 1 in some leagues.

In a recent mock draft that I participated on at fantasyfootballcalculator.com, I was curious to see how long I can actually wait to grab my QB, and still get a top 10 QB who even has possible top 5 upside. I ended up landing Ryan Tannehill in the 9th round, and couldn’t have been more satisfied.

If Tannehill isn’t your cup of tea, Eli Manning and Colin Kaepernick were also still available among others. Last season, 4 of the top 10 fantasy QB’s had an ADP of 9.10 or later. Two of which, (Russell Wilson and Ben Roethlisberger) finished in the top 5 in scoring.

Other positions are more important. I can almost guarantee there is somebody reading this right now shaking their head and thinking, “I drafted a QB last year with my first pick and I won my league.” Well, calm yourself Mr. Minkus.

Chances are it was a league full of your buddies. While there is nothing wrong with that, in more competitive leagues, you will not be able to get away with it.

Your QB did not win the title for you alone.

First off, you could have won your league for multiple reasons; not solely because you drafted a quarterback early.

There is so much more that goes into winning your league. So if that is the basis of your argument, then you should at least look into researching the advantages of waiting on a quarterback.

Take advantage of multiple player positions.

Still not buying it?

Answer me this, how many QB’s do you play during any given week? Yep, that’s right, one. (Unless you are playing in a two QB league,  and if you think that is more fun than a normal league, you probably enjoy swimming with a shirt on too.)

So while your buddies are drafting their QB’s early, you need to take advantage by drafting the positions that have more than one starting spot in your lineup.

If you draft a QB early, then you are without a doubt giving up value. The value I am referring to is that you can draft other positions rather than just a QB.

For instance, in the recent mock draft where I landed Tannehill in the 9th; since I waited so long, I was able to land talent that I wouldn’t have if I had drafted a QB early.

I ended up with this team:

Ryan Tannehill

Adrian Peterson

Jonathan Stewart

AJ Green

TY Hilton

Golden Tate

Jordan Cameron

Carolina Panthers

 Steven Hauschka

My bench consisted of: LeGarrette Blount, David Johnson, Trent Richardson, Allen Robinson, Breshad Perriman, and DeVante Parker.

You see, I was able to stockpile so much talent because I waited so long to draft my QB.

On top of that, I drafted Ryan Tannehill who finished in the top 10 last season! Any experienced player could see that this team is loaded with talent and upside.

The takeaway.

If you don’t take my word for it, then see for yourself. In your next mock draft, try waiting longer than you usually do to draft a QB, and I’d be willing to bet you would be surprised with how much talent you were able to acquire on your team.

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Written by Jon Kelly

Jon Kelly is the author of “The Ultimate Fantasy Football Playbook” series, along with being a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.
Currently active-duty USAF.
Happily Married (we do exist).
Die-hard Duke Basketball fan.
Enjoys preying on fantasy football rooks.
Waiver wire hawk.
Aside from football, you can also find me grinding small stakes DFS in NBA and PGA as well.
Favorite Team: Carolina Panthers