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To further drive home the point that waiting on quarterbacks in fantasy football is paramount, I’m going to use four fantasy leagues that I was in from 2007 to 2010 as examples, in all of these leagues I either came in first or second. Obviously, throughout the seasons waivers, and trades do greatly impact on how leagues are won, but at these drafts are examples of why waiting is the best option. Also, these are IDP leagues, just to note, but the same goes for drafting team defenses as well as one quarterback league.
The first example will be from the 2010 team that was drafted where the first quarterbacks I selected were in rounds seven through 11 where I selected five quarterbacks in row; Chad Henne, David Garrard, Kyle Orton, Jason Campbell, and Sam Bradford. In that draft eight quarterbacks were drafted in the first two rounds, and 20 before I even drafted my first in the eighth round.
The point to stress home is that if you wait on drafting your quarterbacks you are able to fill up on running backs, and receivers that other owners pass on, and then throughout the season trade those additional assets. I was able to draft three top running backs in Steven Jackson, Jamaal Charles, and LeSean McCoy in the top five rounds because the other owners were busy drafting their quarterbacks. Not to mention I did strike gold with Arian Foster in the 12th and Mike Williams of Tampa in the 18th.
Aside from being able to essentially get your pick of the litter of backs and receivers, waiting on quarterbacks also allows you to essentially corner the market on quarterbacks by drafting as many as you can. As is example by this draft, five quarterbacks were drafted by one team thus other teams in the league wind up not having backups. This relates back to trades because while other teams are scurrying during their by-week to make a trade with you, you are cashing in on their desperation.
Is it risky waiting, yes, but by drafting in volume their is a great chance you will be rewarded. Out of the five I drafted that year really only two panned out; Garrard and Orton who both some of their best seasons in 2010. Even though that season I started out having Orton and Garrad as my starting quarterbacks I finished the season, after trades, with both Michael Vick and Philip Rivers en route to a second place finish.
Waiting on quarterbacks just doesn’t mean waiting till the tenth round or later just because, it is more so relative to how the league is drafting. That means if a lot of quarterbacks are being drafted early then you may have to draft one earlier than expected. Using the 2009 draft as an example where I drafted Donovan McNabb and Matt Schaub in the third and fourth rounds. That year so many quarterbacks were being drafted in the first two rounds that I had to prioritize QB a bit earlier, and draft McNabb and Schaub who were my targets all along.
Even though waiting on QB is the overriding message the aspect to keep in mind that it is relative to how your specific league is drafting because as we know no two leagues are the same. If ten are being drafted in the first two rounds it isn’t necessarily the round that determines whether you drafted a QB early or late, being late or early just refers where you are drafting quarterbacks in comparison to your competitors.
Lastly, there is one more aspect in drafting quarterbacks, and that is to have absolutely no shame, and be the jerk in your league that stocks up. Like I said about the previous draft from 2010; I drafted five, heck I even drafted Jamarcus Russell in one draft. So going into this year don’t be ashamed to draft Matt Flynn, Mark Sanchez, or even Blaine Gabbert. Always put yourself in a position where you have more assets than the other owners, and when one of their quarterbacks gets hurt or they can’t fill a bye-week they will surely come calling.
Also, check out the rest of our draft guide here!
- Fourteen Team Fantasy Football Mock Draft (bigfootsports-blog.com)
- PPR Fantasy Football Mock Draft (bigfootsports-blog.com)
- Eric Mack: Elite quarterbacks like Aaron Rodgers are dropping in fantasy football mock drafts (sportsillustrated.cnn.com)