2022 Fantasy Football Draft Prep: Quarterback Rankings, Plus Dave Richard’s Positional Draft Strategy

Smart fantasy drafters know that when it comes to quarterbacks, it’s not about reaching for one of the first guys off the board or intentionally waiting until the round in double figures. It’s about maximizing value by drafting a great Fantasy quarterback at a great spot that’s practically impossible to believe.

Did you draft Tom Brady or Justin Herbert last year? Both were selected in the 6th round. Both were full of incredible potential (one with much more experience than the other). Both went the full three rounds after Josh Allen. Although Allen was the best fantasy quarterback in 2021, he was less than a point per game better than Brady and Herbert. Tell me who had better value.

Your goal isn’t to try to steal the quarterback, and you obviously don’t want to take him too early. That’s the v-word — value — you should be aiming for. It’s the basis of almost every pick you’ll make, but it’s easiest to do with quarterbacks because there are so many good ones and almost all of them are undervalued compared to rushers and pass catchers.

So when is it too early to accept a caller? You would be giving up value if you took a Tier 1 quarterback before the 3rd round. This is especially true of Herbert, who had the quietest 5,000-yard season ever. He fell as low as the 6th round in some of our drafts – just ridiculous value for a guy who could lead all of Fantasy in points per game. I’d rather wait for him than take Allen.

The same can be said for Brady, who is my favorite Tier 2 quarterback, but could fall past 80th overall. He might be the only quarterback that I am no taking it at face value, but that’s based on what his ADP is right now. I expect him to rise and be a value in the 6th round.

Expect all quarterbacks through Tier 3 to be taken by the end of the 11th round in single-QB leagues. That means even if you’re never comfortable with the draft value of a quarterback in the top eight picks, you should still find someone with good value.

DAVE’S FAVORITE STRATEGY IF YOU START ONE QB: Wait until there’s really good value at quarterback and move on, even if it’s in the 5th round. Don’t hesitate to take another guard if it’s a second- or third-year player at the right level and you have seven or more bench spots.

DAVE’S TREY LANCE STRATEGY: Because of his rushing talent, big arm, and improved prospects for the 49ers’ passing game, I believe Lance has more upside to be a league winner than anyone after the 100th overall pick. If I get to that point without a quarterback, I run it. And then I’ll immediately look for another quarterback to pair up with as protection for my team. One combination I particularly like: Lance (who plays the Bears and Seahawks in Weeks 1 and 2 before a tough schedule begins) and Kirk Cousins ​​(who plays the Lions in Week 3).

DAVE’S ALL-IN ON YOUNG QB STRATEGY: Lance has great matchups in Weeks 1 and 2 and Justin Fields has great matchups in Weeks 3 and 4 (Texans, Giants). You could feasibly draft both young dual threats, map them out for the first month of the season, and by Week 5 have a good idea of ​​who you can trust moving forward. If one hits, you’re doing great. If both hit, you have trading pieces. If neither hits, there’s always waivers.

DAVE’S FAVORITE STRATEGY IF YOU START TWO QBs: Depth at the position quickly disappears in Superflex and two-QB formats and everything you just read basically flies out the window. I don’t like messing around in these formats and will spend two of my first three selections on quarterbacks just to have two quality starters (and hopefully upside loaded studs).

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