Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet Reminder: Do Not Overdraft Quarterbacks

By Ian McCafferty
AFC Championship - New England Patriots v Kansas City Chiefs
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Fantasy football season is just around the corner and that means it's time to start getting ready for your fantasy draft. Everybody has a different draft strategy, whether that's prioritizing receivers over running backs, trying to find value in the later rounds or drafting a bunch of rookies.

But there's one thing that no sane fantasy owner should do – draft a quarterback too early.

Based on those numbers, you can get the second-best quarterback, based on projections, around the seventh round of the draft. Name another position where you can do that. You can't, because it doesn't exist. Quarterback may be the most valuable position in the NFL, but it just isn't in fantasy. A quarterback like Patrick Mahomes can boost your team and make it championship worthy, but if you're skipping over a top running back or receiver to grab him early in the draft, all you're going to do is weaken your roster.

There is so much depth at the quarterback position versus other roster spots. You could grab a player like Matt Ryan or Philip Rivers near the end of your draft. There's no other position with quality like that in the 15th round. That's before we even mention the upside of some of the rookie quarterbacks.

Now Mahomes is still the best fantasy quarterback heading into 2019 and he'd still be a great addition to your fantasy team.... at the right price or in the right round. So as we all begin prepping for fantasy drafts in the coming months, remember that grabbing a good quarterback is important, but not that important.


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Ian McCafferty is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Ian McCafferty also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username itmccaff. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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