Don’t chase a top five QB. I repeat don’t chase a top five QB early in the fantasy rounds of your draft. Regardless whether it’s a 10, 12, 14-man league etc. If you’re in the late third, early fourth round why would you choose a guy like Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady when you can still stack up on running back or wide receivers such as Carlos Hyde and DeAndre Hopkins? I get it Carlos Hyde has suffered from the injury bug, but the 49ers have beefed up their line a bit, and we’ve seen what Hyde can do when healthy. Hopkins on the other hand is set for a bounce-back season in Houston.

No matter what, having a guy like Brady or Rodgers is always good for your lineup, but is it worth passing up other valuable players, when you can either stream the quarterback position, or find value just as equal to or better in the later rounds? If you’re like me you like to stack up on depth early on and don’t even start to peek at the QB’s until round 8 or later. If this is something new for you this season and need guidance I will point out five quarterbacks who have been going between rounds 8-12 in the countless mocks I’ve been doing early on in May. Yes May, but hey chasing fantasy gold doesn’t come easy.

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5. Carson Wentz 

This guy is going undrafted in most 10 team leagues, but let me tell you why he should be drafted and why possibly he could end up in the top 10, or at worst borderline top 10. The guy has been working hard focusing on his footwork and mechanics with instructor Adam Dedeaux this offseason. He recently went through offseason surgery to correct his vision, and that’s great news if you draft Wentz —the weapons that were added to the Eagles so far only boosts his value. Torrey Smith was added along with Alshon Jeffrey. Jeffrey has been hurt a lot, but he has help around him in this offense. Also LeGarette Blount was recently added which is an upgrade from Ryan Mathews who was constantly in the trainers room getting checked rather than on the field. In his rookie year Wentz completed 62% of his passes for 3,782 yards and 16 touchdowns. Expect those numbers to go up in his sophomore season.

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4. Eli Manning 

Ahh another NFC East quarterback, but for a very good reason. This division will be one of the best in football this season, and the quarterbacks for each team won’t shock me if they all finish within the top 12. In 2014, Manning threw for 30 TD’s and improved in 2015 throwing 35 TD’s. If you drafted him last season hoping he’d be a top-10 QB well, you were dissatisfied with your decision. He had a mediocre 26 TD’s followed up with 16 INT’s. The positive here is that in the last three seasons Eli has surpassed 4,000 yards. Their o-line continues to be a mess, and their run game is filled with more question marks, rather than the certainty assuming Paul Perkins will be the lead back, but it’s the addition of Brandon Marshall that excites me. Marshall isn’t going to be the #1 WR that he thinks he still is, but paired up with OBJ? Good luck to defenders determining who they’re going to double team. Not to mention Sterling Shepard will still have a couple of games sprinkled in where he catches a TD or two. With the Giants offense expected to be unbalanced yet again leaving Eli to throw, I’ll gladly add him to my roster.

3. Phillip Rivers

Obviously the Los Angeles Chargers still have plenty of faith in their 35 year old quarterback. In recent mocks this is another guy who’s going undrafted, unless you’re playing on a 12-team league and up. But let me tell you why Rivers is a guy you should have on your radar if you’re passing on QB’s early on. For starters new head coach Anthony Lynn stated that Rivers lost 10 pounds in their offseason conditioning program, the Chargers also believe Rivers can play at high level for another 4-5 seasons. That alone explains why the Chargers didn’t pursue a possible replacement in the 2017 draft. Forrest Lamp and Dan Feeney were added to the o-line which Rivers has got to love, and the weapons surrounding Rivers were prioritized as well. We don’t know how healthy Keenan Allen will be in week 1, same thing with Danny Woodhead, but Hunter Henry turned out to be more than promising for the future of the Chargers once Antonio Gates is gone. Tyrell Williams stepped up when Allen went down, and to add even more depth to the WR depth chart they drafted Mike Williams with their first pick in the draft (7th overall). Philip Rivers has a pretty good chance of finishing in the top 10 by the end of the season.

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2. Derek Carr

It’s only May so determining where Carr will be drafted in most leagues come August is kind of hard to determine right now, but he’s been all over the place. Some rankers have him as high as 8, some have him all the way down between 13-15. Either way guys like Russell Wilson, Kirk Cousins and Dak Prescott are going ahead of him so that gives you a better idea of where he’s going. There’s isn’t much to be said here. I wouldn’t be surprised if we get a Raiders/Patriots showdown in this seasons AFC title game. Carr is coming off a gruesome injury breaking his fibula, but the guy is already back on the field running drills and throwing. If I miss out on those other guys I’ll gladly take Derek Carr between rounds 8-10 on a bounce back year, and possibly a Super Bowl run for the Raiders this year. They also added Beast Mode, so defenders will be drawn to either holding down, Cooper, Crabtree or Lynch which isn’t fun for defenders.

1. Jameis Winston

Last season Winston opened up the season by throwing four TD’s against the Falcons in Week 1. This season look for him to have a five TD game the guy is just that good, and he’s improving. He finished the 2016 season with 4,255 total-yards, 165 rushing yards and 29 touchdowns. I do expect those numbers to go up. Doug Martin will serve his three game suspension at the start of the season, but he’s not a guy you can bet on to be the guy. O.J. Howard was added to the Bucs this season in the draft which is obviously a huge plus for the Bucs and Winston to go along side Cameron Brate. Who can forget about Mike Evans and the addition of Desean Jackson. Despite his solid numbers Winston did have 18 INT’s, and at times he’s not the most accurate, but I’m confident in Winston making that third year leap. Honestly, Winston along with Carr are the first two guys I’m targeting as my QB’s in the 2017 fantasy season.

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