The 2019 NFL season is less than 9 weeks away. That means it’s time to start digging deep into your Fantasy Football and DraftKings research. Today, we’ll look at the Quarterback position. More importantly we’ll tell you who we think you should target in later rounds of your drafts this season.
Depending on your league settings and your draft preferences, QBs don’t typically begin coming off the board until rounds 3-5. Everybody will have those players in their league who will take Mahomes, Luck, Watson, Rodgers, etc off of the board early. If you’re anything like myself, let them. I elect to stockpile high potential skilled players in the middle rounds as opposed to chalking up my starting lineups. I draft for value. There are always QBs available in later rounds that can be effective starters week in and week out. Just look at that Mahomes guy last year.
Here we’ll take a look at my 5 favorite late-round picks at QB:
2018 Stats: 22 TD | 3,885 Yds | 8 INTs | 6 RTD | 305 RYds
While Prescott finished ranked around the top-10 last season in most scoring platforms, he remained overlooked. Don’t forget that Prescott put up starter worthy numbers last season without his go to target, Amari Cooper, for the first half of the season. Prescott’s ability to make plays with his feet always make him a touchdown threat in the Red Zone. Look for Dak to keep things rolling with this year’s Dallas offense, led by first year coordinator Kellen Moore and returning playmakers Cooper, Elliott, Gallup and a healthy offensive line in 2019.
2018 Stats: 24 TD | 3,223 Yds | 12 INTs | 3 RTD | 421 RYds
Trubisky came onto the scene last season, on a tear, before suffering a shoulder injury Week 11. Late round QBs are typically not valued like top tier guys, because their consistency doesn’t make them a viable week-to-week starter. However, Trubisky entering his third year and second under Head Coach Matt Naggy has potential to boost his fantasy value and become a consistent play.
Last year’s Bears were known for their tenacious defense. The offense was actually very productive as well. Naggy, an Andy Reid product, knows how to put his players into positions where they can excel. Trubisky has the playmakers and the coach around him to make yet another leap as an NFL starting quarterback, and this season as a high value fantasy player. In addition to his development as a passer in a quality system, Trubisky is another guy on this list that has fantasy value in the rushing game. Only 4 QBs averaged more rushing yards than his 30 per game last season. As veteran fantasy players know, an extra 3 points can go a long way in some weeks.
2018 Stats: 6 TD | 1,201 Yds | 3 INTs | 5 RTD | 695 RYds
Lamar Jackson took over as the full-time Ravens starter in Week 11. In that seven game span as the starter, Jackson never accomplished a top-5 weekly performance, however never failed to perform outside of the top-20. Jackson is the perfect low ceiling/high floor play. He only threw for over 200yds once as a starter last season, but rushed for less than 65yds once (the same game he threw for over 200).
Jackson has a lot of developing to do, but his legs put him in the fantasy starter conversation while he works on his passing game. Coach John Harbaugh is very high on his second year starter and the Ravens offense heading into 2019. If Jackson has improved in the passing game this offseason, we could be talking about a steal in this year’s drafts.
2018 Stats: 10 TD | 2,074 Yds | 12 INTs | 8 RTD | 631 RYds
Josh Allen makes this list with no question in my mind. Following his return from injury in Week 12, Allen ranked as QB1 in the final six weeks of the season. That was not a typo. Allen, another guy with the ability to make plays on the ground is a late-round option that I advise all owners to keep an eye on. Allen led all QBs in rushing TDs and yards per game in 2018, as a rookie.
Allen’s biggest flaw coming out of college and in his first year was his accuracy. However, there’s quite the buzz out of Buffalo that he has been working tirelessly with his new receiving core this offseason. The new additions include veteran wideouts such as Cole Beasley and John Brown. Allen’s development as a passer, in addition to a stronger supporting cast and an already excellent rushing game makes him a possible top-10 QB in 2019.
2018 Stats (College): 42 TD | 4,361 Yds | 7 INTs | 12 RTD | 1,001 RYds
For our final selection for this list, why not choose the Heisman Trophy winning No. 1 overall pick? Murray has his question marks due to size and a questionable starting offensive line in Arizona. However, the upside and potential he brings to the table jumps off of the paper. Murray won’t be expected to run the ball like he did in college, but like the others on this list has the ability to make guys miss when need be.
Murray is a gifted passer, who will be coached by an offensive guru, Kliff Kingsbury. Kingsbury, like his rookie QB, will get his shot at the NFL level. Christian Kirk is a young WR that showed high level potential in an inconsistent offense last year. Look for him to provide Murray with a go to target. Also with veterans like Larry Fitzgerald and David Johnson returning for the Cardinals, the offense should put up numbers. If Murray can pan out like his predecessor Baker Mayfield, expect him to electrify the NFL.
This year’s QB position is deep. Heading into drafts there’s few wrong choices you can make. Remember, there’s typically 20 QBs every week that can get the job done for your lineup. Load up on RBs and WRs, where the scoring is much more scattered and injuries are much harder to replace. If your style isn’t going Mahomes in the second round, look no further than these five targets.