Justin Herbert on the moon

In real life, quarterbacking is everything. It’s not just the most important job in football, it’s the most important job in team sports. In fantasy football? Quarterback is just another position. This is the third or fourth most important point of the four main points, depending on your point of view.

I think this is the least important field position for fantasy managers to solve (defense and kicker don’t count here).

That doesn’t mean we don’t want to do it right, of course. But you can make just about any ADP point well with quarterbacks, and in a salary cap draft, there are plenty of reasonable ways to attack the position. If you’re playing in a league that only needs one starting quarterback, you’ll probably never feel harassed or anxious in that position. There are so many acceptable options.

Mind you, my favorite leagues are those that require more than one starter; my league of the day is going for a Superflex spot, where a manager can select a quarterback, running back, wide receiver, or tight end. This makes the league a de facto two-quarter league, but doesn’t completely cripple a team if they don’t have a second option every once in a while.

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The dollar values ​​below are not scientific in nature, but reflect how I view the talent clusters at quarterback. My number is on the left; the number on the right is what the player ordered in the recent Vegas Flex salary cap league, which released its draft earlier this week.

Do you have any disagreements? Good, that’s why we have a game. I welcome your reasoned disagreement on Twitter: @scott_pianowski.

More Shuffles will come next week – after signal callers, we’ll have running backs.

The big bills

$35 Josh Allen ($35)

$32 Justin Herbert ($29)

$31Joe Burrow ($31)

$31 Lamar Jackson ($29)

$30Patrick Mahomes ($32)

$29 Kyler Murray ($28)

Although Allen is an outlier in my suggested offer, I’ll probably play the waiting/value game and go a different route with my quarterback builds, as I don’t want to give up running back or the receiver available in the Allen pocket. I also think it’s possible he’ll give up the running juice a bit this year, and heck, his YPA last season was a modest 6.8. He’s an excellent player. But others have a chance to beat it. . . Herbert is tied to a Chargers roster that, at 1-53, could be the best in the AFC, although a little more team speed would be nice. . . I guess the appendectomy won’t hold Burrow back, and it looks like the Bengals have finally secured the offensive line. . . Jackson’s rushing chops and his connection to Mark Andrews are adorable, but he desperately needs Rashod Bateman to appear as a sophomore, as the rest of the Baltimore reception hall is suspect. . . It may seem strange to see Mahomes a little lower than usual, although he belongs at this level and I wouldn’t have a major disagreement if someone took him second overall at this position. Andy Reid must find a major contributor among the many new candidates added by Kansas City. . . Murray was reluctant to run after injuries hit him last year, and I don’t like the receiving squad either, and I don’t trust Kliff Kingsbury either. When Murray gets to the top of my draft board, I’ll probably just shrug my shoulders and wait for the other tier to kick in.

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Legit Building Blocks

$27Tom Brady ($21)

$27 Russell Wilson ($30)

$25 Dak Prescott ($30)

$24 Jalen Hurts ($25)

$23 * Matthew Stafford ($32)

$22Kirk Cousins ​​($26)

$22Derek Carr ($25)

$21 Trey Lance ($25)

$21Aaron Rodgers ($19)

There are some concerns inside Tampa Bay’s offensive line, but Brady, as usual, is isolated with talented wides, and he’s also a good bet to play a full season. His probable last dance should be harmonious. . . Wilson did what Brady did in 2020, he escaped to a better place just in time. Even without Tim Patrick — which surely would have been on many of my lists, prior to his injury — Wilson has an above-average set of plays, not to mention more agency on offense than he had in Seattle. . . Prescott badly needs a second option to advance on the outside to accompany Lamb CeeDee (I like Dalton Schultz, but someone else is needed). Whether Will Fuller is in good health, he looks like an ideal candidate. . . Hurts has the juice pressed and a fantastic offensive line in front of him, and A.J. Brown was a great addition, but I still don’t fully trust Hurts as a passer. Too much of its production last year ended up in the trash; it’s nice when it happens, but it’s not a sustainable business model. . .

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Stafford would be in his twenties if not for the uncertainty surrounding his elbow. I’ll probably bypass it until we have some clarification. . . Cousins ​​finally gets an offensive head coach to work with, and while the Vikings’ skill chart isn’t particularly deep, there are stars at the top. This is a good choice if you prefer a frugal approach to this position. . . Carr is essentially the AFC version of Cousins, an underrated veteran who pitches to a strong receiving group. Las Vegas has problems on the offensive line, but it’s easier to hide in pass blocking than run blocking. . . It’s hard to know what Lance is ready to do as a passer, considering he’s basically been redshirted for two straight years. But his dashing chops provide a nice floor. . . Initially, we were led to believe that Rodgers knew Davante Adams was headed out of town; it now appears that Rodgers was blindsided like everyone else. Rodgers still has plenty in the tank, but the Green Bay Pedestrian Reception Hall severely limits his benefits. I will not be proactively writing in Rodgers for 2022.

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Talk to them, talk to them

$14 Trevor Lawrence ($17)

$12 Tua Tagovailoa ($15)

$11 Justin Fields ($14)

$10 Matt Ryan ($12)

$8 Daniel Jones ($13)

$7 Carson Wentz ($10)

$7 Jared Goff ($8)

$7Ryan Tannehill ($7)

Like so many second-year QBs, Lawrence gets a mulligan. I can’t accept that every professional scout got him wrong, and it’s possible that Urban Meyer was the worst modern coach in NFL history. . . Nobody knows for sure if Tagovailoa can be a positive quarterback, but with Tyreek Hill here and Jaylen Waddle ascendant, we are about to find out. . . Fields was set up to fail by the Bears front office, but his rush and athleticism provide a reasonable fantasy floor. . . Ryan looks like a world beater compared to the exiled Wentz, who has played much worse than his stats indicate. Ryan also needs Michael Pitman to have a small group year, but most of us are fine with that. . . Jones is like Lawrence, entering a pivotal year but perhaps ultimately linked to positive coaching. . . Goff is in the league average, but Detroit’s talent makes him interesting in the deeper leagues. . . Tannehill is in the second half of his career and no longer has Brown to drag him around the QB1 cut line. Tennessee was the No. 1 seed last year but likely won’t make the playoffs this year.

good deal bin

$6MacJones ($9)

$5 James Winston ($8)

$4 Zach Wilson ($7)

$3 Baker Mayfield ($7)

$2 Marcus Mariota ($6)

$2 Davis Mills ($5)

$2 *Deshaun Watson ($4)

$1 Mitch Trubisky ($5)

$1 Geno Smith ($1)

$0Jacoby Brissett ($2)

Jones is a vanilla one-position pick with plenty of tempting upside options, but I could still live with him as a deep QB if the others on my roster were driven from the ceiling. . . Winston was a fire-haired player in Tampa, and great fun in 2019, but the schedule is less ambitious in New Orleans, and I don’t know how the reception hall will be unless Chris Olave is an instant star. No, I do not write proactively in Michael Thomas (Where Alvin Kamara, Besides) . . . I wanna see Mayfield click just so I can draft DJ Moore with confidence. . . Mills is much better than most people think. He will have a 12-year run in this league. Maybe Houston is looking to replace him next year, and that’s reasonable — you need a QB who could theoretically be the stepping stone to a championship. But that doesn’t mean Mills can’t play. If nothing else, it supports the fantasy value of brandin cooksforever underestimated.

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