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Fantasy Football Quarterback Secrets – Draft Day Do’s and Dont’s

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The NFL Quarterback is undoubtedly the leader of his real world team, but is that true in Fantasy Football? How an owner ranks Fantasy Football QBs differs according to his league’s scoring system. However, the rankings fantasy owners use going into their draft at the QB position might be the single most important deciding factor in the success of their team. It is hard to see a Peyton Manning or Drew Brees up for grabs and still draft a top-flight RB or WR. The number of QBs that can consistently throw 4,000 yards and 30 TDs is few and far between. Only 6 signal callers threw for 4,000 yards in 2008, and only 3 of those went for 30 scoring strikes. But the next 9 QBs averaged 24 TDs, so production does not drop off as rapidly as at RB or WR. In our ongoing article series on Fantasy Football Draft Day Do’s and Dont’s, we take the snap from center next.

Do…

…take a Drew Brees or Peyton Manning with your second pick if you landed a top 5 RB in the first round! Just realize where you are in the draft. If you have a snake draft in a 12 man league, and you pick a QB first in the second round (13th overall), it is going to be picks 36 and 37 before you pick again. The primary RB and WR talent pool will be depleted by then, so just realize if you go QB in the second, it will cost you at RB or WR.

Do…

…pass on a QB until later rounds if you can not get a surefire producer, as mentioned above. No matter how he ranks fantasy football players, a manager will see that if he does not get one of the top 2 or 3 massive statistic producers, he is much better off going with a top flight RB or WR early, and getting a QB later. No need to pick Tom Brady early like I am already seeing in so many mock drafts.Before his 50 TD 4,800 yard season in 2007, Tom Brady had never thrown over 28 TDs, and averaged 3,500 yards a season.

DON’T…

…forget to check the 2009 NFL schedule! Peyton Manning has the 3rd most favorable schedule for QBs in 2009. Yeah, I know, like he needs the help. Tony Romo, on the other hand, has one of the toughest schedules for a QB this year. This by no means guarantees or negates productivity, but when you see that Drew Brees has two home games and one in Atlanta in weeks 14 – 16 (fantasy playoff time), it certainly merits noting. gclub

DON’T…

…freak out if you hit round 6 and all your dream QBs are gone. In a 12 man league, you are fighting over 32 starting QBs. There are plenty of QBs out there other than Manning, Brees and Brady. I picked up Phillip Rivers in the 9th round last year, and all he did was throw for 4,000 yards and tied for the league lead with 34 TDs.

In the QB ranks Fantasy Football managers have a couple of options as to how they want to approach this important position, as mentioned above. Just remember not to draft on hype, or ESPN highlights; stick to your game plane as we are outlining in this Fantasy Football Secrets series, and you will increase your odds of winning dramatically. Get the best stats and information at the official NFL website, and from The Sporting News Fantasy Football Guide to further improve your chances. All the stats in this article series were obtained from these two resources.

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