Barring some crazy preseason injury, the top two quarterbacks off the board in fantasy football drafts this summer will be the Baltimore Ravens’ Lamar Jackson and the Kansas City Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes. While the order will flip flop with each passing draft, the real intrigue begins when it comes time to take the third quarterback off the board.
The popular pick right now is Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott. He was the third QB taken in this fantasy football mock draft (by fantasy expert Corey Parson) in early May.
Prescott is actually ranked as the No. 2 QB, above Jackson, in FullTime Fantasy’s updated May rankings. Prescott is currently Shawn Childs’ No. 3-ranked QB and could come off the board between rounds 5-7 in our Mock Draft Simulator. Why is he such a popular choice? Here’s what Parson had to say in his latest article for Sports Illustrated:
Prescott has a new head coach in Mike McCarthy, the same man who helped coach Aaron Rodgers to a Super Bowl championship. Prescott has more than enough weapons. His offensive line is one of the best in the NFL. Running back Ezekiel Elliott is one of, if not the best back in the game. He also has a pair of wide receivers that both had more than 1,000 yards receiving last season and a flashy new rookie in CeeDee Lamb.
Simply put, Jerry and Stephen Jones have put Prescott in a spot to be very successful this season.
It’s hard to argue with that point. Prescott finished as the QB3 last season (QB5 on a per-game basis), so there’s precedent for him finishing that high. However, one has to wonder if the Cowboys will throw as often as they did the previous season. Will Prescott throw 596 times again or closer to the 526 attempts he had in 2018? Even splitting the difference is a loss of about 2.2 attempts per game, which would open the door for other candidates.
Other top options for the QB3 spot in fantasy football drafts are Kyler Murray (Arizona Cardinals) and Russell Wilson (Seattle Seahawks). Murray finished as the QB7 in his rookie season and now gets to throw to DeAndre Hopkins this season. Wilson finished as the QB5 and is always in the Top 5 conversation despite playing on a run-heavy team.
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