The quarterback position is without a doubt is the most prestigious position in football. The spotlight, the leadership, everyone looks to them to lead their team to victory. While that sounds great, but it is the most dire position need on your fantasy football team? Some may make the argument that it is, and some will say that it is not. Needless to say, the quarterback position is one that fantasy owners want to make sure they take very seriously. But, owners do not need to go spending their first few rounds on getting a quarterback. Let’s take a look at why fantasy might want to hold off on drafting a quarterback right away:
Skill Positions Trump The Quarterback Position
The amount of skill players that are available to draft is insurmountable. These players include running backs, wide receivers, and tight ends. Players such as Davante Adams, Derrick Henry, and Darren Waller are almost locks to score big points each and every week. These types of players are a good arsenal to have if your quarterback struggles one week or if your quarterback does not have many skill players to depend on. Additionally, these kinds of players make up 75% of starting lineups, so it is pretty critical that fantasy owners hit on a majority of those positions right away.
Fantasy Points Don’t Always Favor A Quarterback
With how valuable the quarterback position is, one would think that fantasy football scoring systems would cater to them, right? Well, that is not always the case. When looking at a standard scoring system, the point distribution actually favors skill position players a little bit more. One example is that a running back gets one point for every 10 yards rushed. On the flip side, a quarterback get one point for every 25 yards thrown. Additionally, running backs and wide receivers gain six points for every touchdown scored. Looking at this analogy, it plays back into the need to make sure fantasy owners have a good base of skill players before tapping into the quarterback portal in their drafts.
While looking at the two situations above, there is no exact round where quarterbacks should start falling off draft boards. It all depends on the draftee and those around them. The best of advice that can be given to any new or experienced fantasy football team owner is to start drafting around skill players. As much as people want to draft the likes of Aaron Rodgers, Patrick Mahomes, and Russell Wilson right away, it does not hurt to pump the brake and build a foundation to get to those players. With that being said, drafting a quarterback should be a priority, but not one to gamble on taking right off the bat.
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