Waiting on quarterbacks is the ideal plan when drafting your Fantasy Football team. There’s more depth at quarterback than ever. Even if another teams takes a second quarterback and you don’t have one, there are still good options available. Here are a few late-round quarterbacks to target on Draft Day!
5 Late-Round Quarterbacks to Target
Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Winston is volatile due to the turnovers, but there’s big upside here especially with coach Bruce Arians taking over. The Buccaneers defense is awful and the running game has question marks, putting Winston in position to throw the ball a lot and he has a great trio of weapons with Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and O.J. Howard. Winston has improved, but it hasn’t translated into wins and Arians needs to find out if Winston is the future quarterback for the Buccaneers. Winston takes a lot of chances and Arians loves to push the ball downfield. In the games Winston started last season, he finished as a Top 10 QB in points per game. Ryan Fitzpatrick is gone and Blaine Gabbert is the backup, so expect Winston to have a longer leash.
Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys
Prescott was a different quarterback when the Cowboys acquired Amari Cooper. In seven games without Cooper last season, Prescott had a 62.1 percent completion rate, 6.88 yards per attempt and 202.4 yards passing per game. With Cooper, including the playoffs, Prescott had a 70.1 percent completion rate, 7.69 yards per attempt and 269.1 yards passing per game. The touchdown percentage increased from 3.9 percent to 4.2 percent and the interception rate decreased from 1.9 percent to 1.3 percent. Prescott was the QB4 in Fantasy with Cooper. Prescott has been a QB1 in each of his first three seasons and rushed for six touchdowns in each season. By the numbers, he shouldn’t still be on the board if you are going with the late-round quarterbacks strategy, but if he is, don’t hesitate to grab the Cowboys’ signal caller!
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Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills
Allen led all quarterbacks in Fantasy scoring over the final six weeks and he did it by being a poor passer. He completed 52.8 percent of his passes, but still was good in Fantasy because of his rushing. Allen averaged 7.7 rushing attempts per game in his 11 starts and averaged 7.1 yards per carry. He scored eight rushing touchdowns. Allen had 10 touchdowns and 12 interceptions and he needs to improve in that area. A lot of times last season, no one was open and he was forced to run. The receivers improved with the addition of John Brown, Cole Beasley and Dawson Knox, plus Robert Foster came on as the season went on while Zay Jones improved. Pieces were added to the offensive line, too.
Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens
Like Allen, Jackson is going to have a high floor due to his rushing prowess. Jackson didn’t start until Week 11 and he was used early in the season in some games as a runner, so the overall numbers don’t provide the proper context. As a starter, Jackson averaged 163.5 passing yards, 76.2 rushing yards and 1.3 touchdowns. From Week 11 on, Jackson had 119 rushing attempts for 556 yards with four touchdowns. If Jackson can improve as a passer, it will help him get into the QB1 tier.
Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers
Garoppolo was going high in drafts last season, often as a QB1. Many were excited to see what he could do in an offense guided by Kyle Shanahan. We didn’t get to see much after Garoppolo tore his ACL in Week 3. Garoppolo is often going outside the Top 20 quarterbacks. He has the upside to finish as a QB1. There’s no need to draft him there and he’s a good backup in case he takes off.