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Ranking the fantasy QBs by tier

By Jeff Ratcliffe
Aug 14, 2017

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GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 30: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots (R) congratulates fellow quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers after their game at Lambeau Field on November 30, 2014 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Patriots 26-21. (Photo by Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images)

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 2017 drafts. We’ll kick things off today with quarterbacks.

Tier 1 – Rounds 4-6

Aaron Rodgers
Tom Brady
Drew Brees

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 round. He’s a fantastic player who has been outrageously productive for fantasy purposes, but there is no quarterback worth drafting in the first three rounds. The value cost of missing at the position is drastically more significant than at running back or wide receiver since, at the most, you’re going to draft one more quarterback.

Of course, in valuing this trio 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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