When preparing for your fantasy football draft, choosing when to invest in a quarterback should be a huge part of the strategy.
Do you want an Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady? If you do, be prepared to spend an early round (somewhere around the third- or fourth-round selection) on one. If you’re like me, you prefer to invest those first five picks on running backs and wide receivers.
The good news is there are plenty of quarterbacks who can still lead you to a fantasy football championship. Here are some to consider around the ninth round of your fantasy football draft.
Value-pick fantasy football quarterbacks
Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins – Cousins is in a contract year yet again and flirted with 5,000 yards passing last year. With low interceptions, a knack to score a handful of rushing touchdowns and no proven ground game to rely on, expect Cousins to have another rock-solid season. He’s a QB1 being drafted as a QB2.
Eli Manning, New York Giants – The running game for the G-Men will probably be pathetic again this year, which will lead to Manning airing it out often again. Manning now has WR Brandon Marshall and rookie TE Evan Engram in town. The Giants have the deepest and most talented group of pass catchers on roster that Manning has ever had at his disposal. The best thing is people are ignoring that fact and still selecting him as a mid-range QB2. Value, value, value!
Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers – Rivers threw too many interceptions (21) a year ago but still threw for over 4,200 yards for the fourth consecutive season. He also threw more than 30 touchdowns for the third time in the last four years. With a healthy – at least for now – Keenan Allen back and a more mature group of receivers, Rivers is poised to keep padding his stats regularly this year. Don’t be afraid of him on draft day, he is low-end QB1 production.
Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills – Entering his third year as the team’s starting QB, Taylor has quietly posted solid fantasy production in each of his past two seasons. He won’t throw for 4,000-plus yards or 35 touchdowns any time soon, but he will give you 3,000-plus yards passing and is a lock to rush for over 500 yards and a handful of touchdowns. He is a great match-up play and doesn’t have much, if any, competition to push him from the starting job.
Jay Cutler, Miami Dolphins – Retirement didn’t last long, as Cutler now inherits a very talented Miami offense. Familiar with the system from his time with Adam Gase in Chicago, Smokin’ Jay will come out firing. Staying healthy will be a concern, but as a player you can draft as a QB2 late in your draft will cover the risk. There is too much upside to ignore here.
See where each of these players line up against the field in our 2017 fantasy football quarterback rankings. Don’t forget to also check out our fantasy football sleepers at running back, wide receiver and tight end.