When Should You Draft a Quarterback?
Each year at draft time, one of the biggest questions for Fantasy Football owners will be, “When should I select a quarterback?” The answer varies according to the type of league you play in and how your draft is progressing. In a majority of leagues, four points are awarded for a touchdown pass and you’re only starting a single quarterback, so we’ll discuss those leagues first. We will also talk about leagues that award six points for a TD pass and the ones where you are able to start two quarterbacks (Superflex and 2QB leagues).
If you’re in a league in which you start only one quarterback, it doesn’t matter if it’s a Points Per Reception (PPR) league or standard (STD), you should wait on a quarterback. Yes, we would all like to have Aaron Rodgers or Russell Wilson on our team, but in most leagues, that will require you to spend a third-round pick for the player. That is a valuable pick given up for a deep position. You’re giving up either your second running back or second wide receiver in most cases, positions that will run dry much quicker than quarterback will. Will Rodgers score more points than any other quarterback? Assuming health, yeah, he probably will, but you can still get a Phillip Rivers type quarterback in the double-digit rounds and that top running back or receiver in the third round. Isn’t that better bang for your buck than Rodgers and a hope and prayer in the later rounds? That’s not to say that I would never draft a top quarterback. If you’re playing in a league where all of the owners are of alike mind, then those players may start to slip a round or two. If Rodgers is available in the fifth round, well than the value is just too good to pass up. It is at this point where you’ve already gotten some kind of mixture at running back and receiver that you can afford to take a quarterback.