My strategy in fantasy football has always been to wait until roughly the tenth round to grab a QB. There will be no changes to that philosophy this year with some of the value that’s still available late in mock drafts. Here are three late round QB’s to target:
1. The San Diego Chargers made no attempt to improve their putrid running game (ranked 31st last season), which is why Phillip Rivers may be my favorite QB to target this season. To help sure up some of the blocking inconsistencies from last season, the Chargers added Center Matt Slausen. This should give Rivers a little more time to throw the ball this year. We know that Rivers is a high volume QB, which gives us fantasy owners a lot of safety in selecting him as our QB. The Chargers also went out and spent money on free agent Travis Benjamin. By doing this, the field will now be stretched and space will be opened up for guys like Keenan Allen, Stevie Johnson, Danny Woodhead, and Antonio Gates. Rivers being taken at QB 12 is ridiculously low. Take advantage of the market being down on the Charger’s QB in your fantasy drafts this season.
2. In the last ten games of the 2015 NFL season, Kirk Cousins had a 23:3 Touchdown to Interception ratio. We know that Washington made no attempt to get better in the running game by allowing Alfred Morris to walk away in free agency. We know that the Redskins selected, arguably, the best receiver in the draft this season in Josh Doctson. Remembering that the Redskins have one of the easier strength of schedules in the NFL this season, this leads me to say that Kirk Cousins has the potential to be a top 8 fantasy QB this season. With the 12th best offensive line (per PFF) and an elite group of weapons to work with (Jordan Reed, Desean Jackson, Pierre Garcon), there is no reason to expect mediocrity out of Kirk this season. You like that?
3. Personally, I think people enjoy hating on Ryan Tannehill too much. By doing this his ADP continues to drop, however, he now can be drafted safely at QB 21. With such little invested in Tannehill at his draft price, we’ve now put ourselves in a really good situation. Head Coach Adam Gase has always molded his offenses to suit his roster (pass heavy with Manning in 2013). I think his upside is well worth the price because of three reasons: weapons, draft strategy, and question marks with the running game. Miami’s weapons include Jarvis Landry, Davante Parker, Kenny Stills, and Jordan Cameron. The Dolphins spent draft picks on Leonte Caroo and Jakeem Grant, which makes me think they’ll move towards a more pass heavy approach in 2016. Lastly, with the Loss of Lamar Miller and no real replacement in Jay Ajayi and the injured Arian Foster, I don’t feel comfortable in projecting Miami’s running game until I’ve seen it. Tannehill’s upside is too much for me to pass up at his current ADP of QB 21.
With that being said, I’d love to see what you guys have to say by commenting with your favorite QB’s to target late in fantasy drafts. Also, be looking out for my draft strategy post that should be coming out this week.