2022 Fantasy Football Draft Prep: Quarterback Ranking Tiers, plus Dave Richards Positional Draft Strategy

Savvy fantasy drafters know that quarterbacks aren’t about reaching for one of the first guys off the board or intentionally waiting into double-digit rounds. It’s about maximizing value by designing a great fantasy quarterback in a superb, hard-to-believe place.

Did you draft Tom Brady or Justin Herbert last year? Both were Round 6 picks. Both were full of incredible potential (one with a much better track record than the other). Both went a full three laps behind Josh Allen. While Allen was the top fantasy quarterback of 2021, he was better than Brady and Herbert by less than a full point per game. You tell me who had the better value.

Your goal isn’t to steal a quarterback, and you obviously don’t want to take one too soon. It’s that V-word – value – that you should strive for. It’s the foundation of almost every selection you make, but it’s easiest with quarterbacks because there are a lot of good ones out there and almost all of them are underrated compared to rushers and passcatchers.

So when is it too early to pick up a signal caller? You would give up value if you took a Tier 1 quarterback before Round 3. This speaks specifically to Herbert, who had the quietest 5,000-yard season ever. In some of our drafts he dropped as far as round 6 – just ridiculous stats for a guy who could lead all of Fantasy in points per game. I’d rather wait for him than take Allen.

Ditto for Brady, who is my favorite Tier 2 quarterback but could drop past 80th overall. He might be the only quarterback I am Not Take value, but that’s based on what his ADP is right now. I expect him to step up in round 6 and be a value.

Expect all quarterbacks through Tier 3 to be carried over into one-QB leagues by the end of Round 11. This means that even if you never get comfortable with a quarterback draft value in your first eight picks, you should still be able to find someone with good value for money.

DAVE’S FAVORITE STRATEGY WHEN STARTING WITH A QB: Wait until the quarterback has a really good stat and try, even if it’s in round 5. Don’t hesitate to bring in a second quarterback if it’s a reasonably ranked sophomore or third-year player and you have seven or more bench spots.

DAVE’S TREY LANCE STRATEGY: Because of his quick talent, big arm, and improved passing prospects for the 49ers, I believe Lance has more potential to be a league winner than anyone after 100th overall. If I get to that point without a quarterback, I’ll take him. And then I’ll be on the lookout for a second quarterback immediately to pair as a cover for my roster. A combo 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).

DAVES 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 draft both fledgling dual threats, plan them out for the first month of the season, and by week 5 have a good idea of ​​who to trust going forward. If one hits, you do great. If both are hit, you have trade items. If none is hit, there are always waivers.

DAVE’S FAVORITE STRATEGY WHEN LAUNCHING TWO QBS: Position depth disappears quickly in Superflex and two-QB formats and everything you just read basically flies out the window. I don’t like messing around in those formats and will use two of my first three picks on quarterbacks just so I have two quality starters (and hopefully upside down studs).

Quarterback Levels (updated 8/5)

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