QUARTERBACK DEEP DIVE
Even if you are not a big football fan, chances are you can name a few NFL Quarterbacks. Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Patrick Mahomes, Johnny Utah, Shane Falco…
That’s because Quarterbacks are the backbone of each NFL team. Or, to put it in a way you might better understand… if the team is NSYNC, the quarterback is Justin Timberlake. And without a superstar Quarterback like JT, it’s tough for many teams (or boybands for that matter) to find success. And that level of importance is reflected in fantasy football as well!
As one of the most important players on the field, Quarterback is one of ONLY TWO positions on the NFTdraft platform that is required when filling out your lineup. But, even more interesting, you are allowed to play UP TO TWO Quarterbacks in a lineup. In traditional Fantasy Football, this is called Superflex – and if you are taking the lead of other platforms, playing two QBs might be worth the price!
As I mentioned in the previous article, the vast majority of QB points are going to come from PASSING YARDS (1 pt for 25 yards) and TOUCHDOWNS (4 pts per TD). For a traditional, middle of the pack QB – 200 yards and a touchdown is average – which is a baseline of 12 points. But then, there are 2 ways you can see a QB take it to the next level – Passing and Rushing.
A Few 2020 Passing Leaders: KC, TB, ATL, BUF, LAC, GB
All of these guys threw a TON last year (over 4,000 yards) and will probably do so again. They could easily hit 300 yards in any given week, and 300 is the magic number. A lot of people don’t notice, but as soon as a QB throws over 300 yards, they get an EXTRA 3 points as a bonus. That’s right. That means they get 15 points for yards ALONE if they are throwing for 300. Not bad when you assume they will score a few TDs as well
A Few 2020 Rushing Leaders: BAL, ARI, SEA, NYG, BUF, PHI, KC
Don’t get fooled by the thought that QBs only throw – all of these guys added a ton of points running as well. A lot of these guys rush the ball consistently and will get 1 point for every 10 yards they run. PLUS, if they rush for a TD, that’s 6 points rather than the 4 points for throwing. So again, imagine someone rushes for 60 yards and a TD – that’s 12 points without passing. And for those eagle-eyed readers, you can see that some of those guys appear in BOTH categories. That’s why they are the superstars they are. For example: If your QB throws for 300 yards and 2 passing TDs plus adds 60 yards and a rushing TD – that’s a whopping 35 points!
Now, while gaining points is the fun part, please know these guys can lose points as well. If they throw an INTERCEPTION (throwing the ball and having the other team catch it) or FUMBLE the ball (drop it and have the other team pick it up) then they lose 2 POINTS. Also, if they run backwards and lose yards (it happens) they also lose 1 point for every 10 yards.
The QB2 Conundrum
I wouldn’t be doing my job if I ignored the QB2 position. It is important to note that VERY RARELY does the QB2 come out and play in the NFL. Unlike most positions, the QB1 typically plays the entire game – unless they get injured. So unless you are throwing the position or a QB isn’t 100% healthy and you don’t think they will play the entire game, there are only 2 teams where I can CURRENTLY see this position paying off.
• In New Orleans, there is a QB battle between Taysom Hill and Jameis Winston. As this is the first year without Future Hall of Famer QB Drew Brees, we do not know yet who will be the QB1. BUT while Brees was in NO, Taysom Hill (the QB2) would come in as a runner, passer, receiver, and TD maker. If they continue to use him like that, his 9 POINT cost could be well worth it.
• In New England there is also a battle between the rookie QB Mac Jones and veteran QB Cam Newton. Cam is currently listed as the QB1 – but if Mac makes the jump there is a small chance NE uses Cam on the goal line for sneaky TDs. Last year, Cam led all quarterbacks in rushing TDs with 12. While hard to predict, for only 4 POINTS, that could be a difference maker in tournaments. Keep a close eye on both of those.
So, all that said… how important is QB? Let’s put it this way. At the end of the 2020 season, out of the TOP 10 – POINT SCORING LEADERS, 8 of them were QBs. That’s right. 8 QBs, 1 RB, and 1 WR. So while they are pricey to play in your lineup (15-20 points each), they are some of the most constant fantasy options out there. I, personally, will be trying out the 2QB strategy here and there. While it might be hard to play 2 superstars at 20 each, finding the right weekly matchup where a cheaper QB (like DAL at 16) could hit 300 yards could help win any given week.
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Chase M aka MAXParzival is a Fantasy Football Writer and hopes you didn’t go BYE, BYE, BYE after that first NSYNC reference.
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