FF: How to Maximize your Quarterback Drafting

7/20/13 in NFL   |   Andrew_Ericksen   |   230 respect

Jan 6, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) during the AFC Wild Card playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY SportsIt’s no secret that Fantasy Football quarterbacks are just absolutely loaded from top to bottom this year.  There are at least 10 guys out there that you’d feel pretty confident starting every week, and then another 5 or 6 who could potentially be every-week starters as well.
 
So this season, a popular strategy by many drafters is the ‘waiting-for-a-quarterback’ game, drafting other positions first and foremost before selecting their first hurler.  A good strategy?  It is if you’re well-prepared….
 
1 - Recognize the cost difference
 
Right now Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees are consistently being drafted in the first or second round of standard ESPN Fantasy drafts.  And their auction values are projected just over $40 each.  As you start to move down the top 10 quarterbacks, the values decrease immensely.  Let’s take Matthew Stafford for example, currently a fifth-seventh rounder projected at merely $6 for auctions.  He’s ranked 10th in ESPN’s quarterback rankings.  At 13th, you have Eli Manning, an 8th or 9th rounder that’s projected at only a $3 value.
 
Rodgers and Brees are clearly the better fantasy options at this point, no one’s arguing that, but when you consider all you have to give up to get them, a high pick or a good sum of money, your team is more likely to benefit from holding off.
 
2 - Don’t sell the best short
 
It may sound like a contradiction to section #1, but if guys like Rodgers, Brees, Peyton Manning or Tom Brady start really slipping, don’t just let them continue to slip.  The same goes for auctions if too much money is being spent on the top 15-20 running backs.  It’s well-known by all serious Fantasy Football drafters that this year’s quarterback class is loaded, and you may be able to use that accurate preconception to your advantage.
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