Fantasy Football Draft just around the corner?
It’s time for me to put on the “guru” hat and begin my fantasy football ranking series, starting with the quarterback position.
Josh Allen, Justin Herbert, Patrick Mahomes
Recommended target range: Rounds 4-5
These are the only three quarterbacks I’m willing to give out one of my top five picks for single-quarterback formats. Allen offers the best mix of passing and rushing out of any quarterback, and Herbert and Mahomes have established themselves as elite passers, capable of throwing for over 5,000 yards. They should be within the first three picks in Superflex formats.
Joe Burrow, Lamar Jackson, Kyler Murray, Jalen Hurts
Recommended target range: Rounds 6-8
This next level consists of guys who are capable of reaching top level status but are not quite as secure. Burrow is an elite passer who doesn’t have much to offer with his legs, while Jackson, Murray and Hurts offer elite rushing skills to make up for their deficiencies in throwing the ball. All four are capable of taking the next step and offering value in the middle rounds.
Dak Prescott, Russell Wilson, Tom Brady, Matthew Stafford, Aaron Rodgers
Recommended target range: Rounds 7-10
All of these guys are seasoned veterans and have established themselves as trusted quarterback options for fantasy managers. However, they don’t offer as much upside potential as the guys above and are aging. Prescott and Wilson appear to be the safest options of the group, but Brady is still at a high level despite turning 45 this year. Stafford and Rodgers are the riskiest since Stafford’s elbow tendinitis, and Rodgers lost his top gun in Davante Adams.
Trey Lance, Derek Carr, Kirk Cousins, Trevor Lawrence, and Tua Tagovailoa
Recommended target range: Rounds 10-12
Lance finds himself as the ideal sleeper quarterback for fantasy managers, and he offers serious advantages in double-digit rounds as someone who could be the elite’s next mobile QB. Carr and Cousins are also quality options as Carr now has Adams and Cousins has a pass-first head coach in Kevin O’Connell. Lawrence and Tagovaioa are in better situations too, so it might be worth waiting for one of these guys rather than using an early pick on a high-ranking QB.
Jameis Winston, Justin Fields, Matt Ryan, Mac Jones, Zach Wilson, Ryan Tannehill
Recommended target range: Round 12 or later
These are the quarterbacks that could be league winners in Superflex formats as they tend to slip into the later rounds and have enough potential to potentially outperform some of the elite quarterbacks. Winston and Fields are the most intriguing and could also be of value in individual quarterback leagues, but they probably won’t be worth drafting in those leagues because there are so many options at the position.
The best of the rest: Daniel Jones, Carson Wentz, Davis Mills, Jared Goff, Baker Mayfield, Mitch Trubisky, Marcus Mariota, Deshaun Watson (value may change depending on suspension length)
Spencer ‘the Guru’ Urquhart (@spencertheguru) has been a fantasy football analyst since 2014 and has built a community on Instagram with over 6,000 followers
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