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You always hear us say to wait on a quarterback in your draft. But how long should you wait? And who are some quarterbacks to target?
It’s easy to draft Aaron Rodgers , Cam Newton and Andrew Luck . When healthy, you know they are awesome and should deliver big production. But the problem with drafting a quarterback of that caliber in the first few rounds is you miss out on other talented options at different positions, which could be detrimental.
It really hurts when someone else hits on a late-round quarterback like Blake Bortles in 2015. Or they play the waiver wire and find someone like Kirk Cousins or Ryan Fitzpatrick . With the right running backs, receivers and tight end, that team could be stacked, which is something you’d like to have as well.
And that’s what happened here at No. 9 overall in our pick-by-pick series in a PPR league. I waited as long as possible for a quarterback. I even drafted the Arizona Cardinals DST and Stephen Gostkowski first, just to prove a point.
Now, the key to making this work is knowing your league and when people start to draft backup quarterbacks. Your goal is to target someone you like ranked 10-15, and it’s not a bad idea to take two quarterbacks just to be safe, which happened here with Matthew Stafford and Tyrod Taylor .
In this league, only two owners drafted two quarterbacks — the team with Tom Brady and this one. And I’m thrilled with this roster, including my quarterbacks.
Here’s the rest of my team …
- 1.9 Lamar Miller , RB, Houston Texans
- 2.16 Mike Evans , WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- 3.33 C.J. Anderson , RB, Denver Broncos
- 4.40 Julian Edelman , WR, New England Patriots
- 5.57 Tyler Lockett , WR, Seattle Seahawks
- 6.64 Coby Fleener , TE, New Orleans Saints
- 7.81 Kevin White , WR, Chicago Bears
- 8.88 Derrick Henry , RB, Tennessee Titans
- 9.105 Bilal Powell , RB, New York Jets
- 10.112 Torrey Smith , WR, San Francisco 49ers
- 11.129 Cardinals DST
- 12.136 Stephen Gostkowski, K, Patriots
- 13.153 Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions
- 14.160 Tyrod Taylor, QB, Buffalo Bills
Stafford and Taylor are both ranked in my Top 12, and I have no problem going with either quarterback this year. And by waiting on a quarterback, you can see that my team is loaded with talent.
Miller and Anderson are standout running backs, and I love the reserves in Henry and Powell, who is a sleeper in PPR. I also have quality receivers in Evans, Edelman, Lockett, White and Smith, and Fleener is a breakout candidate at tight end.
Since I was able to lock up my No. 1 DST and kicker as well, I love the way this worked out. But you have to be comfortable waiting on a quarterback to make this happen.
Not everyone feels great about their team when they start a low-end No. 1 quarterback like Stafford, Taylor, Blake Bortles, Jameis Winston or Derek Carr , among others. But it’s a strategy that has worked for me for years, and I love going this route whenever possible.
|TAR: 84||REC: 54||YDS: 491||TD: 3|
|REC: 109||REC YDS: 1,447||TD: 10|
|ATT: 268||YDS: 1,261||TD: 11||YPC: 4.7||REC: 37||REC YDS: 318|
Source: CBS Sports Headlines / 2016 Fantasy Football Draft Prep: Picking at No. 9 overall in a PPR league