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Fantasy football preview 2014: Why you shouldn't take a quarterback until the sixth or seventh round

The wait-on-a-QB strategy allows you to concentrate in other areas regardless of which quarterbacks are selected because the strategy is based on the theory that there are at least 18 NFL quarterbacks with “starter” potential.
by Michael Baldwin Modified: August 16, 2014 at 4:10 pm •  Published: August 16, 2014
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Are you one of those fantasy football owners who usually hovers around .500? On occasion, you finish in the top half when you draft a breakout player or finish the lower half when injuries cripple your team?

You might want to consider The Oklahoman’s fantasy league strategy. It’s risky but it might help you contend for this year’s title.

The strategy? Wait until Rounds 6 or 7 to select a quarterback.

Three quarterbacks — Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers — are worthy of first-round picks and at worst should go somewhere in the top 15 to 20 picks, but you will take a RB or WR. Same thing with Matthew Stafford, who is worthy of coming off the board in the fourth round.

After that it’s like splitting hairs and reading crystal balls. This is why you wait to take your quarterback.

Some owners will believe in last year’s breakout players (Nick Foles and Philip Rivers). Some owners will take a chance and hope Robert Griffin III doesn’t show up on the weekly injury report.

The wait-on-a-QB strategy allows you to concentrate in other areas regardless of which quarterbacks are selected because the strategy is based on the theory that there are at least 18 NFL quarterbacks with “starter” potential.

It wouldn’t be surprising to see Jay Cutler drop because of his injury history and sulky reputation, but Cutler would be a tremendous value in Rounds 6 or lower.

If Cutler doesn’t drop, you might get Andy Dalton, Cam Newton, Rivers or Ben Roethlisberger. Someone has to slip.

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by Michael Baldwin
Redhawks, Barons, MLB, NFL Reporter
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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