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Fantasy Football Draft Sleepers and Values - Quarterbacks (QB)

To help you dominate all of your 2018 fantasy football leagues, below are some 2018 fantasy football quarterback (QB) waiver wire pickups to consider adding to your fantasy football teams.

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Andy Dalton (QB, CIN) - 2018 Fantasy Football Draft Sleeper

BALLER MOVE: Target ~165 CURRENT ADP: ~175 ANALYSIS: Currently not even being considered in more shallow leagues, Andy Dalton still has a number of years left with the Bengals while quarterbacks like Eli Manning are still being drafted, Dalton is not. With A.J. Green still a top-five receiver in the game and rising star Joe Mixon in the backfield, Dalton should be greatly improved behind an offensive line which hascontinue reading...

Patrick Mahomes (QB, KC) - 2018 Fantasy Football Draft Sleeper

BALLER MOVE: Target ~95 CURRENT ADP: ~105 ANALYSIS: Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was able to digest the NFL game from the sidelines for 99 percent of last season, learning from veteran signal caller Alex Smith and one of the top coaching staffs in the league that is chock full of offensive minds. He did get to start one game in 2017, throwing for 284 yards and an interception against the Broncos, showingcontinue reading...

Eli Manning (QB, NYG) - 2018 Fantasy Football Draft Sleeper

BALLER MOVE: Target ~145 CURRENT ADP: ~155 ANALYSIS: Do you like Saquon Barkley? What about Odell Beckham Jr.? Evan Engram? All of those players are being drafted at sixth or higher at their positions, yet Manning is currently the 21st quarterback off the board. It’s really easy to dislike Manning’s prospects coming into the season. He was the 24th ranked quarterback in standard scoring last season, behind the likes of Jacobycontinue reading...

Case Keenum (QB, DEN) - 2018 Fantasy Football Draft Sleeper

BALLER MOVE: Target ~135 CURRENT ADP: ~145 ANALYSIS: Denver Broncos quarterback Case Keenum does not get enough love for making the move to Denver and giving them an upgrade at quarterback for the first time since Peyton Manning hung it up. Keenum’s current ADP is 145 and is the 24th quarterback taken in drafts. The Broncos have been a team that seems to always play better at home and score more points at home. Last season, thecontinue reading...

Dak Prescott (QB, DAL) - 2018 Fantasy Football Draft Sleeper

BALLER MOVE: Target ~115 CURRENT ADP: ~125 ANALYSIS: Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott had a down year and a lot of owners completely forget that the Cowboys had one of the best offenses just one season ago. In 2016, the Cowboys were fifth in yards per game (376.7) and fifth in total points (421). Prescott was one of the main reasons for that because he was efficient and careful with the football. The Cowboys offense iscontinue reading...

Week 17 Waiver Wire Pickups and Adds

Ho, ho, ho and a Merry Christmas to you all. This piece is for the select few of you who are either in two-week championships or somehow got talked into doing a league where Week 17 is the sole week for determining titles. I'll avoid the soapbox for now, but the playing-time chaos that will unfold is not what we think about when testing fantasy football skills. Let's get you ascontinue reading...

Week 17 Quarterback Pickups and Streamers: Standard and Two-QB Leagues

Happy Holidays Rotoballers! With Week 16 almost in the books, it's already time to turn an eye toward the waiver wire in Week 17. As always, this column will aim to highlight Week 17 waiver wire adds and streamers for quarterbacks, players that you should consider targeting on your league's waiver wire. Sadly, this installment brings us to the end of our quarterback streaming adventures this season. I hope you were able to have enough success that youcontinue reading...

Waiver Wire Express - Week 17 Lightning Round

While many of you only have the Monday "Night" Football doubleheader left in your fantasy season, we here at RotoBaller still have those of you who play to the last minute of the regular season covered. In the interest of getting you the most timely information for your title matchups, consider this the waiver wire lightning round heading into Week 17. This column is published early every week and then updated on a dailycontinue reading...

Brett Hundley (QB, GB) - Week 14 Waiver Wire Adds

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team / 2 QB Leagues OWNED IN: 12% of Yahoo! Leagues ANALYSIS: It's been an up and down season for Brett Hundley since taking over for the injured Aaron Rodgers. Two weeks ago, Hundley threw for 245 yards and three touchdowns against a tough Steelers defense, but he followed that up with a dud against the Buccaneers, finishing Sunday's contest with just 84 yards and an interception.continue reading...

Tyrod Taylor (QB, BUF) - Week 13 Waiver Wire Adds

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team/Two-QB Leagues OWNED IN: 49% of Yahoo! Leagues ANALYSIS: After a one-week absence from the starting lineup as the Bills turned to rookie Nathan Peterman (who threw five interceptions before being benched), Tyrod Taylor returned for Week 12. Taylor didn't throw for many yards in Buffalo's 16-10 win over the Chiefs, but he managed to avoid turning the ball over and threw for a touchdown. Taylor hascontinue reading...

Andy Dalton (QB, CIN) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team/2 QB Leagues OWNED IN: 51% of Yahoo! Leagues ANALYSIS: Andy Dalton has been able to shake off the turnover bug that plagued him earlier in the season. He has thrown five touchdowns against zero interceptions in his last two games. His low yard totals (he has only posted over 300 yards once this season, back in Week 5) will keep his value down, but as long as Dalton is avoidingcontinue reading...

Ryan Fitzpatrick (QB, TB) - Week 11 Waiver Wire Adds

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ team / 2QB leagues OWNED IN: 12% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: The Amish Rifle put up a dud in his first start of the season in place of the injured Jameis Winston (shoulder) against his old Jets team in Week 10, completing only 17 of his 34 attempts for 187 yards, one TD and one interception. Even though Fitzpatrick looked bad last weekend, he'll have another great opportunity to produce fantasy-relevant numbers againstcontinue reading...

Case Keenum (QB, MIN) - Week 11 Waiver Wire Adds

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ team / 2QB leagues OWNED IN: 18% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: Who would have thought that Keenum would be leading Minnesota to a 7-2 record entering Week 11? While he hasn't been great, he's been serviceable filling in for Sam Bradford (knee) and Teddy Bridgewater (knee), with a 64.9 completion percentage, 11 touchdowns and five interceptions for a 92.6 quarterback rating. Bridgewater is off Injured Reserve and is likely tocontinue reading...

Teddy Bridgewater (QB, MIN) - Week 10 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team / 2QB Leagues OWNED IN: 5% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: I honestly cannot think of a player available in almost every league that I would rather pick up than Teddy Bridgewater. With the Minnesota Vikings on the verge of activating Bridgewater and Case Keenum currently starting for  the uber talented Vikings, there is no reason Teddy could not be starting games as the fantasy season comes to an end,continue reading...

DeShaun Watson (QB, HOU) - Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 32% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: Houston Texans’ quarterback DeShaun Watson is tearing up the National Football League at the moment. After putting up a respectable performance on the road in a loss to the New England Patriots, the 22-year-old tossed for four touchdowns and rushed for another against the Titans. This past week, opinions cooled on the rookie as the daunting Kansas City Chiefs awaited on Sundaycontinue reading...

Trevor Siemian (QB, DEN) - Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 12% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: All credit for Trevor Siemian’s continued improvement lies with the Denver Broncos for their belief and patience with him. The 25-year-old surprised everyone by winning the starting job last year, but once again managed to emerge as the starter this season. After an average debut in victory against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 1, Siemian really made some noise this pastcontinue reading...

Carson Wentz (QB, PHI) - Week 1 Waiver Wire Pickups

OWNED IN: 63% of leagues BALLER MOVE: Add in 12-team leagues ANALYSIS: In the first four games of his rookie season in 2016, Carson Wentz completed 91 of 135 passes for 1,007 yards, seven touchdowns, and just one interception. The initial results were promising enough that he became a popular waiver add at the end of the season's first month. The fade that followed, however, left him out of the roster-worthy QB discussion for the remainder ofcontinue reading...

Sam Bradford (QB, MIN) - Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deeper Leagues OWNED IN: 25% of leagues ANALYSIS: Arriving to Minnesota via trade on August 31st 2016 after a gruesome knee injury to presumptive starter Teddy Bridgewater, Sam Bradford didn't put up usable fantasy numbers last season. That said, he was quietly one of the most efficient quarterbacks in football, completing 71.6% of his passes for 20 TDs against just 5 interceptions for a 99.3continue reading...

Tyrod Taylor (QB, BUF) - NFL Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 10 and 12-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 51% of Yahoo! Leagues ANALYSIS: Tyrod Taylor took a mild step backwards in his second year as the Bills’ starting quarterback last year, but still managed to eclipse 3,600 total yards and 23 touchdowns between the air and the ground. Even if the 28-year-old doesn’t post dazzling passing numbers, he will always produce with his legs. He holds value in all fantasy formatscontinue reading...

Jay Cutler (QB, MIA) - Fantasy Football Waiver Wire

OWNED IN: 32% of leagues BALLER MOVE: Target ~210 CURRENT ADP: ~230 ANALYSIS: Whether this is reflective in our collective confidence in Miami as a whole, this marks the second season in a row where their starting QB is the first name owned in less than 50 percent of leagues. Available in two-thirds of leagues, Smokin’ Jay is ready to show Alshon Jeffery that his new friends are even cooler than Alshon’s. Of course, this presupposes that Cutler gives acontinue reading...

Blake Bortles (QB, JAC) - Fantasy Football Waiver Wire

OWNED IN: 18% of leagues BALLER MOVE: Target ~200 CURRENT ADP: ~250 ANALYSIS: I know, the guy looks broken. He finished 2016 with a fizzle after facing the Broncos, Vikings and Texans defenses in consecutive weeks -- though he had stunk long before then too. But here’s the thing, we don’t need a guy to be that great and win games in real life to be useful to fantasy. Sure, he can’t be so bad that he loses his job, but Jacksonvillecontinue reading...

Andy Dalton (QB, CIN) - Fantasy Football Draft Value

BALLER MOVE: Target ~130 CURRENT ADP: ~145 ANALYSIS: Andy Dalton was performing at an MVP caliber level in 2015 before a broken thumb derailed a top eight fantasy quarterback finish. Despite throwing for fewer touchdowns passes in 16 games, he still proved to be a decent option as the QB-12 last season for streaming in favorable matchups. Dalton was missing his two most dangerous and prolific downfield threats in A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert for much of 2016 while still completingcontinue reading...

Carson Wentz (QB, PHI) - Fantasy Football Draft Value

BALLER MOVE: Target ~135 CURRENT ADP: ~150 ANALYSIS: Carson Wentz had an impressive rookie campaign despite tailing off near the end of 2016, completing 62 percent of his passes for 3,782 yards and 16 touchdowns to 14 interceptions. I had originally been a doubter when it comes to the chances of Wentz being fantasy relevant in year two, but my position has changed quite a bit as of late. With Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith coming to Philadelphia to join forcescontinue reading...

Matthew Stafford (QB, DET) - Fantasy Football Draft Value

BALLER MOVE: Target ~105 CURRENT ADP: ~115 ANALYSIS: I think a lot of people are underestimating how good Matthew Stafford was in 2016. He finished as the QB-7 despite a noticeable drop-off in production when he played through a dislocated middle finger for the final four games of the season. In the games prior to suffering the injury, Stafford completed 68.4 percent of his passes with 21 touchdowns to five interceptions. Unless the return of Ameer Abdullah ignites a spark incontinue reading...

Phillip Rivers (QB, LAC) - Fantasy Football Draft Value

BALLER MOVE: Target ~103 CURRENT ADP: ~121 ANALYSIS: If we take a look at Philip Rivers’ fantasy finishes over the last three seasons, it seems as if he has been unremarkable at best. He finished as QB-10, QB-12, and QB-14 from 2014 to 2016, with him having thrown for the second most interceptions in the NFL last season (21). Rivers is currently being priced at his floor due to recency bias. Let’s not forget that he was throwing to Tyrellcontinue reading...

Kirk Cousins (QB, WAS) - Fantasy Football Draft Value

BALLER MOVE: Target ~75 CURRENT ADP: ~90 ANALYSIS: When I first went to fantasyfootballcalculator.com to check ADPs, the name that jumped out at me the most was Kirk Cousins. Despite his draft day price steadily increasing from the 10th round in early August to the mid-ninth today, he currently ranks as the QB9 behind Derek CarrRussell Wilson, and Jameis Winston (whose stock has soared since the airing of HBO’s Hard Knocks). Cousins is quite literally one of the safestcontinue reading...

Mid-Round Draft Targets for 2017 Fantasy Football

While fantasy owners make look for upside and risk/reward options in the later rounds, it's important to hit on those mid-round picks. This piece analyzes five reliable options likely to come off the board in rounds 6-10. All five have a history of solid production, and remain in encouraging situations that should allow for continued success. Interestingly enough, you may see some of these same players listed as busts or overvalued elsewhere, but in my opinion these playerscontinue reading...

Kirk Cousins Still Underrated? I Like That

Heading into the 2016 fantasy season, there was a general reluctance within the fantasy community to treat Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins as a fixture inside the top 10 ranks among signal callers. Through his first six games in 2015, he had thrown just six TD passes to go with eight interceptions, including four multi-turnover games. Entering a Week 7 contest in which the Redskins were playing host to the Tampa Baycontinue reading...

Deshaun Watson (QB, HOU) - 2017 Fantasy Football Sleeper

Chicago’s Mitchell Trubisky and Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes may have been drafted higher in the first round this past April, but Houston’s Deshaun Watson might become the biggest fantasy sleeper and the most productive quarterback out of the rookie trio by the time the 2017 season concludes. The last time most football fans saw Watson in action, he was torching the best defense in college football in the BCS Championshipcontinue reading...

Jared Goff (QB, LAR) - 2017 Fantasy Football Sleeper

Jared Goff had about as much fantasy value last season as Tim Tebow had. Maybe less. Goff did not quiet any doubters who thought the Los Angeles Rams were crazy to take him with the first overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft. He did not strap on a helmet until the second half of the season and probably did fantasy owners who used him more harm than good. He finished hiscontinue reading...

Carson Wentz (QB, PHI) - 2017 Fantasy Football Sleeper

Carson Wentz has “fantasy sleeper” written all over him. Saying Dallas’ Dak Prescott was the best rookie quarterback in the NFL last season is akin to saying Justin Timberlake was the most talented member of N' Sync. While other rookie QBs like Jared Goff, Paxton Lynch and Christian Hackenberg had no fantasy value or actually had posted a negative fantasy value,continue reading...

Tyrod Taylor (QB, BUF) - 2017 Fantasy Football Sleeper

How much time do you spend thinking about Tyrod Taylor? You don’t? Well, today I’m here to change that, because Tyrod Taylor is primed for a breakout season whether you realize it or not. Tyrod Taylor is the QB1 that no one is talking about. Sure, Buffalo is a run-heavy team with many question marks at wide receiver, including oft-injured Sammy Watkins. That doesn'tcontinue reading...

Brian Hoyer (QB, SF) - 2017 Fantasy Football Sleeper

The San Francisco 49ers have gone into a full rebuild. They've purged their roster of last years quarterbacks and brought in a new regime with General Manager John Lynch and Head Coach Kyle Shanahan. Shanahan brought with him a quarterback from his year in Cleveland to be the starter, journeyman Brian Hoyer. Lets be clear about something: Brian Hoyer isn't a great quarterback. He might not even be a goodcontinue reading...

ADP Arbitrage - Redraft Mid-Round Value Picks

Every year there are players at each position who fly under the radar during the offseason, only to outperform players who were drafted much higher. The individuals who can identify players with low ADP that have the potential to perform at a similar or higher level to the more highly-touted players oftentimes are the same individuals who have a good chance to win their league. Although it can be difficult to pinpoint the exact players who willcontinue reading...

ADP Arbitrage - Mid-Round Targets for MFL10 Fantasy Drafts

The Wisdom of Crowds is a concept theorized by philosopher Francis Galton, who observed at a county fair in 1906 a group of over 800 people guessing the weight of an ox that was on display. While the majority of people were off by a fair amount, the median guess was 1208 pounds, less than 1% off from the ox’s actual weight of 1197 pounds. Applying this concept to fantasy football, the average draft positioncontinue reading...

NFL Combine 2017 Observations

The NFL Combine, much like the NFL Draft, draws mixed reactions from casual fans. Some see it as a way to learn more about the next generation of players, while others consider it a glorified meat market and made-for-TV event that doesn't reliably predict future success. If you play in a dynasty or rookie fantasy football league, chances are you are following each event and 40 time closely and adjusting your draft sheets accordingly. While wecontinue reading...

Way Too Early Breakout Candidates For 2017 - Quarterback

A stud fantasy quarterback can make a fantasy team the same way a dud can break an owner's heart. 2016 saw the emergence of guys like Derek Carr and Marcus Mariota, while proven commodities Cam Newton and Russell Wilson squandered. The rest of your team can be average but since you only have one shot at a QB starter every week, the position alone cancontinue reading...

Sophomore Slumps - Breakout Rookies Who Will Underperform in Year Two

Rookies are the ultimate unknown in the NFL. Teams review hours and hours of game film, analyze enough numbers to make most banks jealous, and scout players at individual workouts, but there's still an unknown quality to rookies. It is difficult to predict how they'll perform as professionals. When they do perform well, general managers and coaches look like geniuses. In Year Two, the focus turns to avoiding the dreaded sophomore slump. Fantasy owners must be keenly awarecontinue reading...

Biggest Surprises of 2016 - Quarterbacks

Fantasy football is a game of controlling, rather than eliminating surprises. We spend hours trying to predict how each player will perform on any given week. We compare previous performances and delve into stats and data to avoid being surprised every week. Despite our best efforts, however, every week we find ourselves surprised. Whether our team outperforms expectations, or simply doesn't live up to them, every week in fantasy football we find ourselves nonplussed, tocontinue reading...

Reviewing Pierre Camus's Bold NFL Predictions of 2016

Making predictions is truly a double-edged sword - it hurts so good at first, but when you bleed out later the results aren't so fun. Then again, sometimes you hit the nail right on the head and you can look back and say, "Maybe I do know a thing or two about fantasy football!" Before the 2016 season began, I made six bold statements that I firmly believed would come true. Let's see how thatcontinue reading...

Early Sleepers for 2017 - Quarterbacks

Everyone seems to have a different definition for what makes a fantasy football "sleeper." For some, it's simply a player they expect to greatly exceed expectations based on their draft position. For others, sleepers are more like unknown commodities - deeper under the radar than mere value picks. For example, Cam Newton and Russell Wilson currently have average draft positions of 10th and 11th, respectively, among quarterbacks. Both should rebound from injury-plagued seasons tocontinue reading...

Biggest Busts and Disappointments of 2016 - Quarterbacks

What a difference a year can make. Players that are viewed one year as safe bets can be viewed the very next year as shaky propositions. It's the beauty -- or, depending on how you look at it, the curse -- of fantasy football. No position is immune. Every season, there are a handful of players at quarterback, running back, wide receiver and tight end that fail to meet preseason expectations for different reasons. Sometimescontinue reading...

Biggest Breakouts and Values of 2016 - Quarterbacks

Quarterback might be the most important position on an NFL field, but the truth is it's not the most important position in fantasy football. Why, you ask? Simple, the depth at quarterback is impressive, making it unnecessary -- and unwise -- to reach early for a quarterback. Sure, players like Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and Tom Brady are nice to have, but not at the expense of a chance to get a studcontinue reading...

Biggest Risers and Fallers of 2016 - Quarterbacks

The 2016 fantasy football season has come and gone. It is such a bitter period of time we currently reside in, as we watch great football games on television but no longer have our fantasy teams to constantly monitor and tinker with. Allow yourself to mourn, for it is natural and quite healthy. But before we move on with our lives, let us first look back on this memorable year and reflect on five Quarterbacks who eithercontinue reading...

Conference Championships NFL Matchups Analysis (Sunday) - Start/Sit

What's up RotoBallers. Below you will find our Conference Championships matchups & fantasy football start/sit analysis for the NFL playoffs. Ben Ruppert breaks down the Championship round matchups to help you prepare your lineups to win this week. Each week of the NFL season, we will be breaking down individual matchups and providing you with some fantasy football advice and lineup recommendations based on matchups that we love, matchups that we hate, and some high-risk/high-reward players, as well.continue reading...

Divisional Round NFL Matchups Analysis (Sunday) - Start/Sit

What's up RotoBallers. Below you will find our Divisional Playoff NFL matchups & fantasy football start/sit analysis for the 2016 NFL football season. Ben Ruppert breaks down the second half of the Divisional round matchups to help you prepare your lineups to win this week. Be sure to also check out part one of this week's matchups analysis by Pierre Camus (@pfunk00). Each week of the NFL season, we will be breaking down individual matchups andcontinue reading...

Divisional Round NFL Matchups Analysis (Saturday) - Start/Sit

Welcome back, RotoBallers! Below you will find part one of our Divisional Playoff NFL matchups & fantasy football start/sit analysis for the 2016 NFL football season. Pierre Camus (@pfunk00) breaks down the Saturday games of the Divisional round matchups to help you prepare your lineups to win this week. Be sure to also check out part two of this week's matchups analysis by Ben Ruppert (@Ben_Ruppert_21). Each week of the NFL season, we will be breaking down individual matchups andcontinue reading...

2016 RotoBaller Fantasy Football Awards

Welcome to the official 2016 Fantasy Football Awards Show, presented by RotoBaller. I’m your host, Nick Mariano, and today we’re honoring some of the fine football players, coaches and teams who have had outstanding (for better or worse) performances in the 2016 season. It’s always a bittersweet affair when the fantasy football season ends, as we all come down from the high of being hopeful and aspiring for greatness every week. Now, without this particular excuse tocontinue reading...

Wild Card Sunday NFL Matchups Analysis - Start/Sit

Welcome back, RotoBallers! Below you will find part two of our Wild Card NFL matchups & fantasy football start/sit analysis for the 2016 NFL football season. Pierre Camus (@pfunk00) breaks down the Sunday games of the Wild Card matchups to help you prepare your lineups to win this week. Be sure to also check out part one of this week's matchups analysis by Ben Ruppert (@Ben_Ruppert_21). Each week of the NFL season, we will be breaking down individualcontinue reading...

Wild Card Saturday NFL Matchups Analysis - Start/Sit

What's up RotoBallers. Below you will find our Wild Card Saturday NFL matchups & fantasy football start/sit analysis for the 2016 NFL football season. Ben Ruppert breaks down the first half of the Wild Card matchups to help you prepare your lineups to win this week. Be sure to also check out part two of this week's matchups analysis by Pierre Camus (@pfunk00). Each week of the NFL season, we will be breaking downcontinue reading...