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This is the most often issued advice by fantasy writers for readers and the most often ignored one. Every fantasy analyst mock draft shows how late you can get productive quarterbacks, but novices always eschew the common sense of waiting on their quarterback and reach for one too early.
Cue the broken record: Productive fantasy quarterbacks can be had in the late rounds. Wait on the position.
We get the temptation to pick your quarterback early. Peyton Manning is coming off an incredible season, Drew Brees seems like he will pass for 5,000 yards every year until he's 50, and Aaron Rodgers is due to rebound into an NFL MVP candidate this year. Heck, quarterback is the highest-scoring position in fantasy. You don't want to screw that spot up.
But, we have to remind you Andy Dalton—yes, that guy—was the third-highest scoring quarterback last year with his 33 passing touchdowns. He is ranked 17th in FantasyPros.com's consensus among analysts. Dalton should just now be entering his prime at age 26 and his fourth season—a contract year, no less.
OK, so you don't like Dalton. We don't necessarily this year either, especially with Hue Jackson potentially limiting his passes, according to Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official website.
Philip Rivers was sixth last year among quarterbacks. He is 15th in the above consensus. You can assume his offense will only get better in his second year in the system and further maturation from rookie surprise Keenan Allen.
Throw in Matthew Stafford, Andrew Luck, Nick Foles, Robert Griffin III, Cam Newton (maybe not with those wide receivers), Matt Ryan, Tom Brady, Colin Kaepernick, Tony Romo, Jay Cutler, Russell Wilson and even Ben Roethlisberger. Big Ben is rarely drafted as anything more than a fantasy backup. He was eighth in fantasy scoring last year.
After Peyton Manning, Brees and Rodgers, there are a dozen quarterbacks or more who can average 20-23 fantasy points per game. There is not much to choose among them.
Wait until Rounds 8 and 9, and double-barrel the important quarterback position with a pair from the top 15. Don't ignore this advice this year.