Fantasy Football Expert: Wait On Quarterbacks

Andy Holloway explains why waiting on a quarterback in fantasy drafts is a recipe for success

Taz and the Moose
August 08, 2019 - 9:57 am
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If you want to win a Super Bowl, you need a good, if not elite, quarterback. If you want to win your fantasy league, however, just about anyone will do.

“We prescribe to late-round quarterback theory,” The Fantasy Footballers’ Andy Holloway said on Taz & The Moose. “There are so many productive quarterbacks, and fantasy owners only need to start one of them each and every week. You got to start two running backs. You got to start two wide receivers. Over the last three years, on average, there have been about 40 quarterbacks a season that put up a top-12 fantasy finish in any given week. So you can go to the later rounds and pick up a quarterback.”

That includes Carson Wentz, Cam Newton, Lamar Jackson, Josh Allen and Kyler Murray. All of these quarterbacks should be available in the eighth round or later of drafts.

“If you take Pat Mahomes at the top of your draft, he has to throw 50 touchdowns again – and that’s only happened three times in history,” Holloway said. “You are mitigating risk and giving yourself an opportunity to take positions that you have to play more of on a weekly basis if you wait (for) a late-round quarterback. That’s what we tell people to do because you’re just going to have a stronger team overall.”

Another piece of advice? The mid-to-late rounds of your draft matter. A lot.

“You need depth on your team,” Holloway said. “Players get hurt so, so much. That’s one of the reasons I like drafting quarterbacks so late. If you stack up and pile up wide receivers and running backs – you don’t win your league at the draft; you set the table for your league and you have to make adjustments week-to-week. Pay attention to the waiver wire. Pay attention to what’s happening. Things change each and every week.”

Click below to listen to Holloway’s interview in its entirety.