Patience gets tested often times in life. Fantasy football is no different and waiting for the quarterback with the perfect value is not always easy. It can be tough to project when a run of the top signal-callers will occur. However, if you know the league you are in it should never be impossible to select the perfect quarterback to help your team out compete for fantasy championships. This season one could argue the depth is as good as it ever has been. Here are my top five values at quarterback based on their current average draft position and my fantasy football rankings.
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Fantasy Football Rankings: Top Five Fantasy Football Values at Quarterback
5. Kirk Cousins, Minnesota (QB24)
The Vikings have the sixth highest paid signal-caller in the NFL and he finally garnered his first playoff victory this past postseason.
Perhaps more confidence and experience for Cousins is going to turn him into more of a consistent fantasy threat in 2020. He is going undrafted in some leagues, which should not be happening.
Losing Stefon Diggs won’t be a devastating loss as he still has Adam Thielen to thread the needle to. Thielen was never healthy last season, missing six-plus games. Rookie Justin Jefferson should be a nice complement alongside two other solid targets in Irv Smith Jr. and Kyle Rudolph. The weapons are good enough at this current price range of QB24 for Cousins.
Cousins is likely going to get into many more shootouts with a defense that seems to be on the decline from what it has been the last three seasons. The Vikings last season were third to dead last in passing attempts per game (29.2).
That number should get closer to the middle of the pack as opposed to nearly dead last. Yes, they will still pound the rock with Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison. However, this team will look to be more balanced and cannot afford to just let Cousins be a game manager. Cousins should be airing it out more and likely will be an excellent QB2 this season.
4. Drew Lock, Denver (QB22)
Drew Lock is primed to be an excellent value pick in 2020 thanks to a bevy of weapons surrounding him. This team is loaded with future studs and it may not take all that long for them to develop.
The AFC West has solid defensive talent, but luckily there are just six squads on their schedule this season that appeared in the 2020 postseason. The opportunities will be there to become a great second QB in leagues that start two. For those that don’t, Lock should at worst be a solid back and or bye week flier.
The arm strength is there to expose opposing defensive backfields and the key here is the value of where Lock is being selected. Nobody should be starting him every Sunday, but he will have some favorable matchups to garner some starting attention and will have the opportunities to finish ahead of QB22.
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3. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh (QB16)
Big Ben has taken enough criticism this season to last a lifetime, but such is life. The future Hall of Famer is the odds on favorite to win the NFL Comeback Player of the Year for a reason.
He is playing for one of the greatest franchises in NFL history that is ready to get back to winning. The health status is certainly a bit of a risk if you were to take him over the likes of Tom Brady, Drew Brees or Matt Ryan. However, this is not where the Steeler passer is going in any drafts.
Roethlisberger could be a steal for those that grab him in the later rounds. He should be owned in every league and could throw for nearly 30 touchdowns.
The young core of weapons for the Steelers should be improving by miles with a capable QB. Last year was a disaster due to ineffective practice squad players that were playing under center.
Roethlisberger just needs to be average for the Steelers offense to make major strides. An improved ground game and a healthy James Conner could do wonders as well. To be only at QB16 suggests nobody will select him as a starter in a one QB league.
While it was two seasons ago, Roethlisberger was second in the NFL in passing yards in 2018. Throw in the fact that Pittsburgh has the 31st toughest schedule and you have to be a little excited if you get this Steeler QB as your backup.
Most are worried about his body completely breaking down and while that is worrisome, the upside this offense has is too good to pass up as QB16.
2. Matthew Stafford, Detroit (QB13)
Another stud passer with an injury history was on an absolute torrid pace last season before missing the final eight games due to a back injury.
He threw for nearly 2,500 with 19 passing touchdowns and only five picks while also completing 64.3% of his passes in just eight games. Had he come close to carrying those numbers over for the second half of the season, he would have easily been a top 10 quarterback.
Another reason to really like Stafford’s chances of becoming startable is due to solid weapons as well as the fact that they will be trailing in the majority of their games.
Detroit’s Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones, Danny Amendola and T.J. Hockenson should rack up solid numbers with Stafford. Trailing games against the Packers, Vikings and Bears should only help Stafford exceed his draft day expectations.
1. Josh Allen, Buffalo (QB11)
This is Josh Allen’s world and we are all just living in it. All joking aside, Allen still has a ton of room to grow as a pocket passer. While the passing yardage will be well under mostly everybody in the top 20 or so, the rushing numbers could be atop them all.
The additions of Zack Moss (rookie out of Utah) and Stefon Diggs should allow Allen to reach his full potential. His ceiling as a fantasy QB is right up there after the likes of Lamar Jackson and Patrick Mahomes due to his redzone capability.
His nine rushing scores helped make his 2019 season truly special. There is not a bell cow back on the Bills that will be demanding consistent carries either.
Allen ended as a top eight scorer among quarterbacks and has a great chance to stay there in 2020. Barely being selected in the top 12 at the moment should give Allen owners lots of future earnings.
*Note: All average draft positions are via fantasy football calculator
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