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2019 Fantasy Football: Late Round Quarterbacks to Target

Read why YOU should take a late round QB in 2019!

A strategy that is starting to become much more popular, especially in expert leagues is taking a quarterback later in your draft.

Stop me if you’ve seen this before. In your home league someone takes a quarterback in the first round. Maybe they take one in second, third, or fourth. The point is in a majority of home leagues one, two, three and maybe more quarterbacks are taken early on. Why does this continue to happen?

Fantasy owners see the big name guys Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, and this year especially, Patrick Mahomes and just cannot help themselves from pulling the trigger on these players. More times than not these owners are left at the end of the fantasy football season without a championship.

Last season we saw plenty of guys who where drafted late in drafts finish inside the top 10.

2018 Fantasy FinishPlayerAugust 2018 ADP
1Patrick Mahomes10.11
2Matt Ryan10.05
3Ben Roethsliberger10.07
4Deshaun Watson5.02
5Andrew Luck8.04
6Aaron Rodgers3.10
7Jared Goff11.08
8Drew Brees6.11
9Russell Wilson6.02
10Dak Prescott13.10
11Philip Rivers9.12
12Cam Newton6.08

As you can see above the top 3 quarterbacks from 2018 where all drafted outside the 10th round. 5 out of the top 12 where drafted in the 10th round or later.

It is very important if you want to win a fantasy football championship to stockpile players at other positions such as, running back and wide receiver.

The need to draft an early round quarterback is just not there and it will hurt your team in the long run.

With all that said, let’s take a look at three later round quarterbacks I believe you cannot ignore and could give you a massive advantage in your league.

Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (ADP 10.05)

When you draft Jameis Winston your fellow league mates will probably scoff at you and tell you how bad of a pick that was, and that he throws way to many interceptions.

This year is the prime year for a Jameis Winston breakout. There are a couple of reasons why.

  1. Winston is in a contract year. He has to put up or shut up this year. If Winston is bad this year the likelihood he plays in the NFL in 2020 or beyond is slim to none.
  2. Winston is growing as a QB. Winston is entering his 5th year into the league and with that it means even more development. This is the best team Winston has played around and he is the best self he can be right now.
  3. Bruce Arians. This is exactly what Winston needed a coach who can play to his strengths and has an excellent past with developing quarterbacks. Let’s not forget that Arians turned Carson Palmer into a very good fantasy option for a few years.

I encourage you to watch the above video it shows some reads that Winston struggled with in prior seasons and how so far in the preseason Winston has cut back on the mistakes and looks like a much better quarterback.

The key to Winston having success is turnovers. If he can limit his turnovers he will have a top 10 season no doubt. With Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and O.J. Howard all projected to be great plays in their respective positions, Winston has to throw them the ball and sustain them. Which is exactily what I think he will do.

Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys (ADP 12.06)

Dak Prescott every single year is slept on and every single year he ends up being a top 12 quarterback. This trend will continue this season as long as he stays healthy and has all his weapons at his disposal.

In 2018 Dak finished as the number 10 QB completing 356 of 526 passes for a career high in yards with 3,884 yards and had 22 touchdowns.

In 2018 once Amari Cooper joined the team in week 9 we saw an immediate jump in Dak’s yards and touchdowns. For example Dak through more than half of his touchdowns during that span and had three games in which he threw more than 1 touchdown.

A big factor in Dak’s success is having running back Ezekiel Elliot on the team and playing. When Zeke plays it allows Dak to run the RPO and also at the goal line he can decide to keep the ball himself and run in a 2 yard touchdown. Zeke opens the field and allows Dak to find his receivers easier, and he can also throw it to Zeke which was a great pass catching threat in 2018.

The final thing on Dak is that he is a rushing quarterback. This is something that is very valuable in late round quarterbacks and in general. In 2018 he rushed the ball 75 times for 305 yards and 6 touchdowns. That added 48.5 points to his fantasy production through out the year and added on average 3 points on a weekly basis.

Dak might not be the most flashy player, but he will win you some weeks and could be the key to you wining a championship.

Kirk Cousins – Minnesota Vikings (ADP 13.08)

Kirk Cousins in 2018 switched teams from the Washington Redskins to the Minnesota Vikings and this switch game with some growing pains. Switching teams is difficult for any player to do we normally see the growing pains in wide receivers but quarterbacks have these pains also.

When a quarterback changes teams they are changing playbooks, wide receivers, o-line and so much more. It takes more than one year to build that chemistry and those relationships with these players along with learning the playbook.

In 2018 Cousins completed 425 of 606 attempts for 4,298 yards and 30 touchdowns. This was the most touchdowns he threw in a season and the second highest amount of yards he has thrown in a season.

Last season Cousins was drafted as the 9th QB off the board at the 8.05, in 2019 you are getting a 5 round discount on Cousins. If you get the same production as 2018 you are getting a steal on Cousins.

A lot of fantasy owners are worried that the offensive coordinator change will mean the team will run the ball all game long. I don’t think we can take a three game sample size when the Vikings played the Dolphins, Lions and Bears.

They were also 3 of Cousin’s best games in 2018.

Against the Dolphins Cousins went 14 of 21 for 215 yards and 2 touchdowns. Against the Lions Cousins went 21 of 28 for 253 yards and 3 touchdowns. Finally against the Bears he went 20 for 33 for 132 yards and 1 touchdown.

This is a positive trend for Cousins and I think he will continue to excel in 2019. Another season with Thielen and Diggs (both of which are in my top 10) means the chemistry will continue to grow and they have all looked great this preseason. I am buying Cousins all day at his ADP.

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