The late-round QB strategy is one of the easiest ways to gain an edge in your fantasy football league. Last season, approaching the quarterback position in fantasy football was a no-brainer. Just wait until the 10th round and draft the guy with the most rushing upside at the position: Lamar Jackson. Now that the rest of the world has caught up with our love of Lamar, we will need to find a different late-round quarterback to win us our league. Let’s take a look at three high-upside quarterbacks with rushing upside who are essentially free in fantasy football right now.
1. Cam Newton
ADP: QB14 (Round 10)
The obvious late round flier this season is the former MVP and the newest member of the New England Patriots. Cam Newton has exactly the type of rushing upside we are searching for in a late round quarterback. In eight healthy seasons, Cam Newton has finished as a top-5 QB in fantasy points per game five times. So far, all indications suggest that Cam Newton is healthy and ready to go. In what should be an offense designed to Newton’s strengths, there is no better late-round QB target than the former MVP and Heisman winner.
2. Gardner Minshew
ADP: QB27 (Round 14)
If the mustache is not enough to convince you of Minshew’s elite upside, his rushing upside should. In his rookie season, Minshew averaged the fifth most rushing yards per game at the quarterback position. Minshew’s rookie rushing production should be his floor for this upcoming season with new offensive coordinator Jay Gruden in town for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Seriously though, the mustache should be enough.
It is not just the young QB’s rushing upside that should give us optimism for his upcoming season. Minshew will have all his starting receivers back from last season, plus two new exciting receiving options in rookie receiver Laviska Shenault and long-time receiving back Chris Thompson. The Jaguars will also likely be a bottom-5 defensive unit in the league, which should force the Jaguars to air it out while playing from behind. I hope you are all as ready as I am for Minshew Madness round two.
3. Teddy Bridgewater
ADP: QB25 (Round 13)
Teddy Bridgewater averaged 16.7 fantasy points per game from week 3 to week 7 last year after stepping in for Drew Brees. Now, he takes the helm of a Carolina Panthers team with the best receiving backs in the league (Christian Mccaffery) alongside 23-year-old D.J. Moore who was eighth in the league in yards after the catch last season. Like Minshew, Bridgewater will have the ball in his hands early and often in 2020 attached to what could easily be the worst defensive unit in the league. If you miss out on Cam Newton, Bridgewater is a solid fall-back option at essentially no cost in your draft. If you want to double-down, you can stack Bridgewater with one of my favorite late round tight ends this season.
Each of these players offer great upside at their current low cost in fantasy football drafts, adding further incentive for us to embrace the late round quarterback strategy. Drafting late round quarterbacks with both rushing and passing upside continues to be one of the best and most simple edges in fantasy football. Although, I will miss having Lamar Jackson on all of my teams this season.
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