by Andrew Fossett (@heyfossett)
Tom Brady - 10 points, 16-36, 267 yards, 0 TDs, 0 INTs
Matt Ryan - 17 points, 21-30, 321 yards, 1 TD, 0 INTs
Derek Carr - 18 points, 22-32, 262 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs
Russell Wilson - 8 points, 14-27, 158 yards, 0 TDs, 0 INTs, 1 FL
Aaron Rodgers, 16 points, 28-42, 311 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Drew Brees, 15 points, 27-37, 291 yards, 1 TD, 0 INTs
That’s 14 points per player in a list made up of the best quarterbacks in the game. They are also the first six quarterbacks off the board in a fantasy football draft, often taken ridiculously early.
I sometimes think that fantasy experts waste their breath telling people not to take quarterbacks early. After all this time, aren’t we smarter than that?
The answer is no.
Aaron Rodgers led the league in fantasy scoring among quarterbacks last year, so he went first in drafts this year, late in the second or early in the third round. Often times the player who drafted Rodgers would start a run on quarterbacks that would claim every name listed above by the fifth round. This year, that group includes Matt Ryan because he one of his best seasons yet. Two years ago, Ryan had one of his worst seasons and his ADP dropped to the 13th round of 2016 drafts.
The point is that fantasy players are still so trendy that they eagerly draft trendy quarterbacks when each year it is proven that a bargain can be had much later in the process. This week alone, those six elite quarterbacks were outscored by the likes of Alex Smith and Sam Bradford, who could’ve been put on teams right before their respective game times.
This isn’t an indictment of any of the great quarterbacks in the game or an overreaction to the first week of NFL action. I fully expect Tom Brady, Drew Brees and the like to have explosive games that they’re known to accumulate during the course of a full season. But if you want to get better at fantasy football, you have to look past the big names especially at the biggest positions.
Unless you play in a two-quarterback league. I can’t help you there.
If you're a quarterback streamer, look for Carson Palmer this week vs a team with one of the first defenses to make Jared Goff look good.....the Indianapolis Colts.