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Fantasy football: Strategies leading up to your draft

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CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 04: Joe Mixon #28 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs with the ball against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first half at Paul Brown Stadium on December 4, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 04: Joe Mixon #28 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs with the ball against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first half at Paul Brown Stadium on December 4, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images) /
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Avoid taking a quarterback too early

It’s interesting how the most important player on an NFL team, the quarterback, should be drafted as one of your last starters in fantasy football. I’ve had numerous people argue this method, but let’s explain why this is crucial. Every season I have drafted a quarterback later in the draft and have done well. In fact, sometimes waiting longer is better.

Quarterback is a position that even if you draft someone that is just above average play, you are getting plenty of points from the position. The difference from the top players to the only above mediocre quarterbacks is not that crucial. The difference between top receivers and running backs and above average talent is much more significant.

Even if you wait till really late in the draft, someone like Eli Manning will still be there. Maybe not the best guy to name after last season losing all three of his starting receivers but you get the point. When you wait till the end of the draft and still get a quarterback that throws for over 4,000 yards almost every season, you now have a high point quarterback, and you have solid starters at running backs, wide receivers, and likely tight ends.

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While Eli Manning will likely not perform as well as Tom Brady or Drew Brees, he will still perform well. Finding receivers and running backs that will be consistent production is much harder to grab and should be focused on in the early part of the draft.

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