Numbers Suggest Mobile Quarterbacks Will Have High Upside in 2019 Fantasy Football

FOXBOROUGH, MA - DECEMBER 23:  Josh Allen #17 of the Buffalo Bills looks to pass during the first half against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on December 23, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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Rushing quarterbacks are a rare and valuable commodity in fantasy football. On a week-to-week basis, quarterbacks that can run have a much higher floor, as they can always fall back on their legs when the passing game isn't working.

However, one stat suggests that running quarterbacks actually have a surprisingly high ceiling as well.

Since 2000, only eight QBs have rushed for at least 700 yards in a single season, and seven of those have finished as a top-5 fantasy QB. This bodes well for players like Josh Allen, Kyler Murray and Lamar Jackson, especially given their current average draft positions (ADP).

Of these three, Murray (QB12) is currently being drafted the highest. Following Murray is Jackson (QB19) and Allen is bringing up the rear at QB23. While this stat suggests that all three could be values given their current ADP, Allen is a particularly interesting target.

From Weeks 12-17, Allen finished as QB1, averaging 24.2 fantasy points per game during that span. Though his legs aren't nearly as coveted as his rocket arm, Allen racked up 631 yards on 7.1 yards per carry in 2018.

Interestingly, Jackson finished as QB6 during that span, averaging 19.1 points per game.

Even if all three QBs struggle as passers next season, their legs should make them fantasy relevant, and perhaps, even top-5 QBs by the end of the season.

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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. 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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