Most fantasy gamers I know consider the quarterback roster spot a huge part of their offense, and rightfully so. That is a position that touches the ball on every single offensive play. Logical thinking would tell you that touching the ball every play (especially within pass heavy offenses) should give you the best chance for scoring points in fantasy football. And that’s how I think most fantasy owners view the QB roster spot. That’s understandable. But you are not going to see me draft Peyton Manning, Drew Brees or Aaron Rogers in the first three rounds. I’m going to load up on my RB’s and WR’s first and then get the best value of a QB with Nick Foles of the Philadelphia Eagles.
Question: ” Tell me who led the NFL in fantasy points from weeks 9-17 last season?” Not Peyton Manning. Not even Jamaal Charles. It was Nick Foles. That’s an average of 24.6 fantasy points per game. As of now, Foles’ overall rank is around 90-100 and is being ranked around 8-10 for QB’s. In my opinion, he’s grossly underrated. And remember, Foles was the backup to Michael Vick and performed very well when Vick went down due to injury. Then you saw him heat up the waiver wire and those lucky enough to grab him were rewarded.
What really intrigues me about Foles is that he’s in Chip Kelly‘s high power offense. I have to admit I was surprised at how successful Kelly and the Eagles were on offense in his first year at Head Coach. You can’t help but recall the past failures of guys like Nick Saban and Steve Spurrier when they made the jump from college to the pros. Kelly showed he can hang with the big boys and I have no doubt that since he’s now got his feet wet that he’ll find even more tricks and ways to rev up his offense. And whom do you think benefits the most from Kelly’s genius…Nick Foles.
Now go ahead, tell me they lost DeSean Jackson and won’t be as high powered. OK, I admit it. It’s a tough loss but I’m betting Kelly can find a guy that fits his system that makes the whole team better. Kelly is a master when it comes to offensive X’s and O’s, so I wouldn’t read too much into that loss. Especially with guys like Jeremy Maclin and LeSean McCoy still there.
For your draft, try to go through the position ranks and circle guys you think are valued too low. Do some research and you’ll be able to make some calculated guesses at some diamonds in the rough. When researching a player consider his whole schedule, when they play tough opponents (early or late, back to back, good/bad weather)? Ask yourself if there are good matchups if you make the playoffs.
Foles is a guy I am targeting big time for my fantasy draft. I’m willing to bet his numbers in Chip Kelly’s offense will have him ranked in the top-5 statistically at the end of 2014; making him a bargain in your draft.
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