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2018 Fantasy Football Rankings: quarterback tiers

By Jeff Ratcliffe
Aug 6, 2018

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Oct 15, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) responds to fans chanting against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Matthews/Green Bay Press Gazette via USA TODAY Sports

There’s no magic bullet when it comes to fantasy football draft strategy. The single-strategy approach to drafting simply doesn’t work, and ultimately gives your draft day opponents an advantage on you. We don’t want that. Instead, let’s build a versatile approach that will enable you to roll with the punches.

One of the most useful weapons to have in your draft day arsenal is positional tiers. With a tier-based approach, you can see how each player stacks up at his respective position. Tiers are slightly different from rankings because it’s not just a straight list of players. These groupings allow for a more flexible approach to drafting that you can ultimately build into your draft board.

Over the next few days, I’m going to go position-by-position and give you my tiers for 2018 drafts. We’ll kick things off today with quarterbacks.

(Check out the PFF rankings of the quarterbacks on the pro side.)

Tier 1 – Rounds 4-6

Aaron Rodgers
Tom Brady

There’s essentially no debate over this year’s top tier. However, some may look to the recommended rounds and disagree. “Rodgers is never going to make it to the fourth.” That’s likely true, but that doesn’t mean you should value him at ADP in the second or third rounds. He’s a fantastic player who has been outrageously productive for fantasy purposes, but drafting a quarterback that early is a huge waste of value. The gap between the top fantasy quarterback and a replacement level player at the position is smaller than any other position, which means you can get much better value later on in drafts than you can at running back, wide receiver, and tight end.

Of course, in valuing this duo here, you aren’t likely land any of them in drafts, and that’s okay. You’ll be able to scoop plenty of value later on. But if they do get to you in this range, don’t hesitate to pull the trigger. The high floor, high ceiling combination each offers means extremely strong productivity on a week-to-week basis barring injury.

Tier 2 – Rounds 6-7

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