Late night discussion: When to take a quarterback in fantasy

July 22, 2019 - 3:27 am

Louie DiBiase
Twitter: @DiBiaseLOE

In the real world, quarterback is seen by many as the most important position not only in football, but in all of sports. Finding one could create a decade of success regardless of surrounding talent on the roster.

The same can't always be said about the position when it comes to fantasy football.

While running backs aren't seen as necessities for winning a Super Bowl, they are the quarterbacks of fantasy football. Without at least two good ones, your team probably won't be hoisting a fantasy championship.

So if quarterback is the running back of fantasy football and vice versa, does that mean owners can wait until the late rounds of their draft to pick one up? What is the right strategy? How many quarterbacks in the league are an exception?

Fans took to Twitter for Sunday's "Late Night Discussion" to give their two-cents.

The middle man:

Fans appeared to be split on when to target a quarterback in fantasy drafts. A popular opinion throughout the discussion was not to be the first person to take one, but don't be the last either.

This strategy is for someone looking to prioritize other positions, but still maintain some guarantees when it comes to production at quarterback. According to consensus ADP (average draft position) of the position, the likes of Drew Brees, Russell Wilson, Cam Newton, and Matt Ryan are all being selected in Rounds 5-7.

The early birds:

It appears Patrick Mahomes is convincing a lot of people to change their approach at quarterback.

The reigning league MVP was a late round pick in most drafts last year, but his 50 passing touchdowns won a lot of owners a fantasy championship. That has many wanting to run it back.

Wait, wait, and wait some more:

While some want more of the Mahomes experience, others see his success as a reason to wait with the variety of options at the bottom of drafts.

Looks like the belief is there are plenty of gems to go around.

Author's choice:

There are just too many good options to reach early. While Mahomes or Aaron Rodgers will erase the disappointing spot-starts throughout the season, the point differential between them and the other quarterbacks is not big enough to take one potentially eight rounds higher.

The potential gap of the opponent's top running back compared to an owner who selects a quarterback early is big enough to avoid this strategy. The likes of Carson Wentz, Kyler Murray, Tom Brady, Lamar Jackson, and Josh Allen are all going later than the ninth round.

Waiting until the final rounds and selecting two players in this tier will provide a much deeper roster at the other positions. Grabbing a duo of strong rushing quarterbacks in Jackson and Allen could be the better bet.

Most leagues have 10-12 teams. One could find at least 15 solid options in the second half of a draft.

Notable quarterbacks with an ADP of Round 9 or lower:

  • Carson Wentz - Philadelphia Eagles
  • Kyler Murray - Arizona Cardinals
  • Jared Goff - Los Angeles Rams
  • Tom Brady - New England Patriots
  • Philip Rivers - Los Angeles Chargers
  • Ben Roethlisberger - Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Jameis Winston - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Dak Prescott - Dallas Cowboys
  • Mitchell Trubisky - Chicago Bears
  • Lamar Jackson - Baltimore Ravens
  • Josh Allen - Buffalo Bills
  • Kirk Cousins - Minnesota Vikings
  • Matthew Stafford - Detroit Lions

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