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DraftHustle 2020 Draft Manifesto: Quarterbacks

Fantasy draft are starting to ramp up as we get closer to the start of the 2020 NFL season. Having done 50+ bestball drafts so far this season, I believe I have a pretty good idea on how I plan on drafting in my season long leagues, as well as what the good and bad values are for all of your favorite players. Over the next few days, I will be giving my overall strategy and other bits of advice on drafting the 4 Primary Fantasy Football positions in 2020. For more tools to help you during your draft, including, rankings, tiers, and Depth charts, be sure to check the Draft Hustle Season-long One Stop Shop here.

General Strategy

As you have heard over the past half-decade, the QB position in fantasy football is super deep. This year, there is a clear top 2 in Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson. Who you prefer is basically personal preference, with Lamar getting the edge in 4-point Pass TD leagues, and Mahomes having an edge in 6-point Pass TD leagues. I will rarely draft these guys unless the fall to the 3rd round.

After the top 2, there is a clear consensus tier 2 which includes Dak Prescott, Russell Wilson, Deshaun Watson, and Kyler Murray. Those guys have all have a solid rushing floor along with elite passing upside, and multiple talented pass catching weapons. If one of these guys falls to the 7th round, I would be willing to take one.

After the top 6, there is a huge group of about a dozen or so QBs who could all finish in the top 10, and this is my favorite group to draft from. Generally, I’m looking to draft a QB in the 8-10 round range. You can refer to my rankings here for a more detailed list. I am perfectly fine having anyone from my #7 QB Josh Allen all the down to my #18 QB Gardner Minshew as my week 1 starting QB in leagues where you can only start 1 QB. If value on other positions happens to fall further than expected, I can see myself going as deep as Ben Roethelisberger, who is my #22 QB, as my week 1 starter. I am generally not in favor of drafting multiple QBS, but given the unusual nature of 2020 (Thanks a lot, Covid-19!), I am not opposed to drafting a bench QB this year.

Superflex Strategy

Superflex leagues have become more popular in recent years, and I honestly prefer them as opposed to 1 QB leagues. If you are unfamiliar, these leagues allow you play a QB in your Flex spot as opposed to just the normal RB/WR/TE trio. As you can probably imagine, due to supply and demand, this greatly increases the value of the QB position, because there is a finite amount of QBs who actually play in a given week combined with the fact that they score the most fantasy points in a given week.

In terms of drafting, QB values increase exponentially. Jackson and Mahomes become top 3 picks. The next group of 4 can go as high as the 3rd round for me. The big group after those guys should start being taken in the 6th round. Drafting at least 2 QBs is a must in the format, If I decide to draft a 3rd QB, I prefer to take a guy who has some decent upside. This year, my favorite QB3s is Dwayne Haskins and the rookie Tua Tagovailoa. They can be stashed and have a break out season al la Dak Prescott in 2016.

Be on the lookout for Draft Manifesto’s on the other primary positions.

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