Fantasy football season is closing in, and the time is now to get ahead of your league-mates and do your research that will help bring you fantasy glory. My goal in every fantasy draft is to find the best value in every round to create a team with stars, depth and sleeper picks.

Before last season one golden rule I lived by was drafting a QB no earlier than Round 8, the QB position in today’s NFL is deep (in fantasy football terms) and you can draft quarterback’s in Round 10 that can put up similar points to those drafted in the first three rounds. (I ended up drafting Aaron Rodgers in Round 5 in a couple of drafts—the value was too good to pass up late season).

Drafting a QB late allows you to fill up the rest of your roster with studs who you know will not struggle with consistency, and even draft a few bench spots to add depth to your team, because we all know injuries WILL happen.

Here are two fantasy football QB’s who are not getting enough love for the upcoming 2017 season…

1. Andy Dalton-Bengals

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Despite his lack of playoff success, Andy Dalton is a solid quarterback in the NFL and possesses even more value in fantasy football. Three of the last five seasons he has been a Top-12 fantasy QB and with the additions of John Ross and Joe Mixon, Dalton and the Bengals offense is as dangerous as it has ever been.

In current drafts, Dalton is the 20th QB selected and 147th overall (ADP via Fantasypros) with names like Tyrod Taylor, Deshaun Watson and Carson Wentz all being drafted ahead of the veteran signal caller.

Somewhat surprising that Taylor, a QB who struggles to throw for 200 yards a game and around one TD pass a game is drafted ahead of Dalton. To each their own, but if that happened in my league, I would be overjoyed.

Dalton has the most offensive weapons this year than any other season in Cincy, and I expect him to take full advantage. I’m not saying he will shoot up to the Top-5 this season, but another Top-12 finish is expected—not bad for a guy being the 20th QB drafted.

2. Blake Bortles- Jaguars

Ahh Blake Bortles, the quarterback who crushed the souls of his owners last season makes it on my list this season. Sure, he regressed in 2016, but that didn’t stop him from having a Top-10 fantasy season.

Drafting Leonard Fournette will do wonders for the Jaguars offense and the first person to take advantage of that will be Bortles. Defenses did not stack the box against Jacksonville last season, running more nickel and dime packages against the Jags than any other team in the NFL.

With the 13th easiest schedule against pass defenses in 2017, Bortles will have a more efficient season no doubt. The addition of Fournette and Dede Westbrook will help compliment the other weapons on the Jaguars roster, most notably the Allen brothers (Robinson and Hurns) which in turn will help Bortles produce another Top-10 fantasy season. Not bad for a QB currently being drafted 22nd with an ADP of 186 overall.

That is value!

 

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