2022 Fantasy Football Draft Prep: Midfielder Rankings, Plus Dave Richard’s spot strategy and plan

In simpler terms, the rationale behind crafting any player is the hope that they will outperform everyone else available at the time. This is true whether you pick the first overall pick, the fourth pick in Round 9, or the last pick in the draft. Otherwise why would you take a player?

The only reasonable answer to this question: because you need to fill specific positions in your weekly group. But even when you choose based on the needs of the roster, the same logic applies: when you choose a player, you hope that he will outperform everyone available from that position at the time.

But this is something you would have already known. What you may not think about is how you feel about each situation. How stressful will you be about running backwards? Is this the year you’ll be targeting receivers early? Or will you stumble while the rest of the leagues zigzag and lock down a tight end and a quarterback before anyone else? Can you rationalize the answers to these questions for yourself?

See, fantasy is supposed to be fun. This should be a fun thought exercise and not something to keep you up at night. Besides, you need your beauty sleep. Read and think about these strategies and how they align with what you think is best on draft day.

And don’t forget to know exactly what the rules of your league are and how many players you can start with. The strategies you’ll put in place in a 10-team league with one flex is a lot different than a 12-team Superflex with three receivers or a 14-team PPR with one RBs and four flexible dynamic multipliers.

I just made the latter, but it looks fun!

The makers of Savvy Fantasy know that when it comes to quarterbacks, it’s not about waiting for the double-digit rounds or hitting one of the top players off the board. It’s about maximizing value by crafting an excellent quarterback fantasy in such a perfect setting that it’s practically impossible to believe.

That’s what people did last year when they got up in the sixth round and took Tom Brady or Justin Herbert. Both loaded with potential (one with more track records than the other), these guys went behind their backs behind Lamar Jackson and Aaron Rodgers, and three full rounds after Josh Allen. While Allen was Fantasy’s best quarterback in 2021, he was better than Brady and Herbert by less than a full point per game. Tell me who has the best value.

It’s almost a no-brainer decision. As in, you can’t believe Russell Wilson was available in the 9th round, which is what happened in the drafts in this particular magazine. Choosing players for value is a crucial key to crafting anyone in any position, but it’s easier to do with quarterbacks because they are plentiful and undervalued on demand than the pushers and passers-by.

So when is it too early for the caller to receive the signal? You may give up the value if you take your tier 1 quarterback before the fourth round. And that speaks specifically to Herbert, who had the quietest 5,000-yard season ever. He fell even in the sixth round in some of our drafts – just a ridiculous value for a guy who could drive all the fantasy in points in every game. Better wait for him to take Allen. The same can be said for a Tier 2 Wilson, who can skip the 90th pick overall. Expect all quarterbacks to be taken through Tier 3 by the end of Round 11 in the single QB Leagues. This means that even if you don’t feel comfortable with a middle ground draft value in your first eight picks, you still have to find someone with a good value.

Favorite Duff strategy if starting one QB: Wait until there is a scream value in the middle and go for it, even if it’s in the middle rounds. Feel free to get your second quarterback if he’s a second- or third-tier player and you have seven or more off the bench.

Dave’s favorite strategy if starting QBs: Depth of position wears off quickly in Superflex and QB formats and everything you just read goes out of the window. I don’t like messing with these formats and I’ll spend two of my first three picks on quarterbacks just so I have two quality starters (and hopefully upside-down loaded buttons).

Quarterback Levels (Updated 7/29)

Round 4-5 . goal

First class

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