Feel Free To Wait Before Selecting Your QB
In my recent two-round fantasy football mock draft, I discussed the seismic shift in philosophy regarding how quickly you should target a quarterback in your upcoming fantasy drafts, when compared to 2012. One year ago, this column consistently recommended that you draft Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady or Drew Brees in the latter half of Round 1, and supplied a massive amount of statistical evidence to support that advice.
But the emergence of A. Luck, R. Wilson, Colin Kaepernick and RG3 (if healthy), combine with the resurgence of P. Manning to provide a larger number of highly productive options at the position this year. That makes it more sensible than ever for fantasy owners to exercise patience, and delay the selection of a signal caller until both the running back and wide receiver positions have been addressed on their rosters.
Because an abundant number of QBs will be launching the ball with great regularity, as their head coaches and offensive coordinators continue to rely heavily upon their collective teams’ passing attacks. From 2000 through 2006, no more than nine QBs attempted 500 passes in any one season, and in 2005 and 2006, just three attained that number. Last season? A grand total of 18 signal callers launched 500 throws, with six QBs attempting at least 600. That has created a lengthy list of signal callers who will have opportunities to accumulate favorable passing stats, while delivering highly coveted fantasy points in the process.
Blend in the growing assembly of QBs who can adeptly gain yardage on the ground, and you are presented with a plethora of options at the position. Making it plausible to refrain from drafting your QB with the degree of haste that has existed in years past. Read more fantasy football rankings here.