Fantasy Football Draft Strategy: Quarterbacks

George Seliga
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When it comes to fantasy football draft strategy, no position is more important than quarterback.

The QB position is extremely important and has become a vital position in fantasy football draft strategy. With the way the position is being played, you can have quarterbacks simply take over and win you your fantasy football matchup on a weekly basis.

Here are my Top 10 QB targets as you plan your fantasy football draft strategy for this season.

Patrick Mahomes – Kansas City Chiefs

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Having Patrick Mahomes as your top QB target as part of your fantasy football strategy is an absolute no-brainer. Mahomes is one of the elite QBs from an arm talent perspective and a fantasy football draft strategy perspective. The Chiefs QB has thrown for over 4,000 yards in each of his first three seasons and benefits by having some of the best-receiving targets to throw to like speedster Tyreek Hill and tight end Travis Kelce. The biggest change to this Chiefs offense has been the fact that they went out and got a newly revamped and much improved offensive line, which means Mahomes should be able to have plenty of time to pick apart defenses and deliver big-time results in 2021.

Josh Allen – Buffalo Bills

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This pick might be a little surprising but the upside that Allen gives you is tough to match on a weekly basis. Allen took a huge step forward in his third year in the league as he threw for 37 touchdowns and rushed for eight touchdowns in 2020 while also managing to eclipse the 4,500 passing yard mark. While he might have hit his ceiling from a passing standpoint, the rushing upside is just too good to pass up on for most leagues.

Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks

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One of the safest and most reliable QB options year in and year out is Russell Wilson. He is coming off of his best season as he threw for 40 touchdowns and 4,212 passing yards while also managing to rush for two touchdowns and over 500 yards. Seattle beefed up their offensive line which was one of Wilson’s frustrations throughout the years so, with an improved offensive line and a dominant receiving tandem in DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett, Wilson should be one of the top fantasy options for this year.

Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers

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Now that the off-season drama is over, Rodgers looks to be ready to go in what could be his final season as a Packer. He has thrown for over 4,000 yards in each of his last three seasons and managed to put up his best statistical season in 2020 as he threw for 48 passing touchdowns and only had five interceptions. As long as he has Davanta Adams to throw to, Rodgers is a top-tier QB for fantasy purposes.

Kyler Murray – Arizona Cardinals

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Murray had a very solid 2020 season and is only looking to build off of it which means he could be flirting with top 5 QB status from a fantasy standpoint. He fell 29 yards short of 4,000 passing yards but managed to throw 26 passing touchdowns while also accruing 11 rushing touchdowns as well. The Cardinals upgraded their offensive line during the offseason and bolstered their wide receiver group by adding a veteran receiver like A.J. Green, so with all of the additions, this offense should push to be one of the more explosive offenses in 2021.

Lamar Jackson – Baltimore Ravens

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Lamar Jackson isn’t the greatest passing QB in the league but the Ravens did a great job adding to his receiving group through the draft and in free agency which can only aid in his development as a thrower of the football. When it comes to QB and your fantasy football draft strategy, Jackson regressed in 2020 from a passing standpoint as he threw close to 400 fewer passing yards and 10 fewer passing touchdowns but managed to eclipse the 1,000-yard rushing mark and seven rushing touchdowns and this is where the true upside lies. If Lamar can stay the course and continue to work on his accuracy, he could easily finish as a top-3 QB by the end of the year.

Justin Herbert – Los Angeles Chargers

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The young Chargers QB showed plenty of upside and flashed his true potential as he set the rookie QB mark by throwing for 31 passing touchdowns during his rookie campaign. The Chargers made a big-time change by getting a new head coach in Brandon Staley but another addition that could truly help Herbert was the addition of the offensive coordinator, Joe Lombardi. Lombardi spent the last five seasons working with Drew Brees and Sean Payton in New Orleans and should bring that explosive offensive scheme to LA. The Chargers added to their offensive line and replaced tight end, Hunter Henry, with NFL veteran Jared Cook so they look to be taking this offense to the next level in 2021 which means more fantasy upside for Herbert.

Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys

Dak’s 2020 season came to a screeching halt after he suffered a devastating leg injury in mid-October which sidelined him for the remainder of the season. Dak looks fully healthy and he also benefits by having one of the most explosive offensive units to work with. CeeDee Lamb and Amari Cooper form a very strong 1-2 punch and Michael Gallup is a tough matchup down in the red zone. In just five games played last year, Dak was averaging 371.2 passing yards per game and had nine passing touchdowns and three rushing touchdowns. The upside that a healthy Dak can bring to your fantasy team is unmatched and if he remains healthy, he could have a monster season.

Matthew Stafford – Los Angeles Rams

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Jul 29, 2021; Irvine, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) passes the ball in front of Aaron Donald (99) during training camp at University of California, Irvine. Mandatory Credit: John McCoy-USA TODAY Sports

Stafford has always been known to have a talented arm but was always hindered by the team and the supporting cast that surrounded him (Outside of Calvin Johnson). He now benefits by having a great offensive-minded Head Coach in Sean McVay and looks to be an upgrade from Jared Goff for this Rams offense. He gets a dominant receiving tandem to work within Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp while also benefiting from speedy receivers like DeSean Jackson and Van Jefferson so the upside is high for Stafford in 2021.

Tom Brady – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Old man Brady continues to produce and while he lacks any rushing upside, Brady is one of the more consistent producers that you could ask for. All of his weapons are returning for another run at the Lombardi trophy and his rapport with Head Coach Bruce Arians, seemed to strengthen as the season progressed so they should only be able to make another leap in year 2. With the plethora of weapons on offense, Brady should be able to deliver with another great statistical season and is a safe QB to target in your season-long fantasy drafts.