Fantasy Football 2022 Draft Prep: Quarterback seeding tiers, plus Dave Richard’s positional draft strategy

The writers at Savvy Fantasy know that when it comes to quarterbacks, it’s not about getting to one of the first guys on the board or deliberately waiting until the double-digit rounds. It’s all about maximizing value by drafting a great Fantasy quarterback in an excellent spot that’s virtually impossible to believe.

Did you draft Tom Brady or Justin Herbert last year? Both were Round 6 picks. Both were loaded with impressive potential (one with a lot more track record than the other). The two went three full laps past Josh Allen. While Allen was Fantasy’s best quarterback in 2021, he was less than a full point per game better than Brady and Herbert. You will tell me which had the best value for money.

Your goal isn’t to try to steal a quarterback, and you obviously don’t want to take one too soon. It’s that v-word — value — that you should be aiming for. It’s the basis of almost every pick you’ll make, but it’s easier to do with quarterbacks because there are plenty of good ones out there and almost all of them are undervalued compared to rushers and pass-catchers.

So when is it too early to take a caller-signal? You’d be giving up value if you took a Tier 1 quarterback before Round 3. This specifically pertains to Herbert, who had the quietest 5,000-yard season ever. He’s fallen all the way to Round 6 in some of our drafts – just ridiculous value for a guy who could lead the entire Fantasy in points per game. I’d rather wait for him than take Allen.

The same can be said for Brady, who is my favorite Tier 2 quarterback but could top 80 overall. He could be the only quarterback that I am not take at value, but that’s based on what his ADP is right now. I expect it to go up and be a value in Round 6.

Expect all Tier 3 quarterbacks to be taken by the end of Round 11 in the one-QB leagues. This means that even if you never feel comfortable with draft value for a quarterback in your top eight picks, you should still find someone with good value.

DAVE’S FAVORITE STRATEGY IF YOU’RE STARTING A QB: Wait until there’s really good value at quarterback and go for it, even if it’s round 5. Feel free to pick up a second quarterback if it’s a properly graded second or third year and you have seven or more benches. tasks.

DAVE’S TREY LANCE STRATEGY: Because of his rushing talent, his big arm and the improved outlook for the 49ers passing game, I think Lance has more upside to be a league winner than anyone beyond 100th. in total. If I get to that point without a quarterback, I take it. And then I’ll immediately be looking for a second quarterback to pair with him as a backup for my team. A combo I particularly like: Lance (who faces the Bears and Seahawks in Weeks 1 and 2 before a tough schedule kicks in) and Kirk Cousins ​​(who faces the Lions in Week 3 ).

DAVE’S ALL-IN STRATEGY ON THE YOUNG QB: Lance has great matchups in Weeks 1 and 2, and Justin Fields has great matchups in Weeks 3 and 4 (Texans, Giants). You could possibly draft the two young double threats, map them out for the first month of the season, and by week 5 have a good idea of ​​who you can trust going forward. If one hits, you’re doing just fine. If both hit, you have coins to trade. If neither is hit, there are still waivers.

DAVE’S FAVORITE STRATEGY IF YOU START TWO QB: Positional depth quickly disappears in the Superflex and two-QB formats and everything you just read flies out the window. I don’t like playing with these formats and will spend two of my first three picks on quarterbacks just to get two quality starters (and hopefully some upside-down loaded posts).

Quarterback Levels (updated 8/5)

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