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The Quarterback“ (CC BY 2.0) by afsilva2
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The days of drafting a quarterback in the first two rounds of your NFL fantasy draft are now more or less over but should you be considering a signal caller in the third, fourth or even fifth round?
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Well, it might prove prudent to load up on running backs and wide receivers in the early stages of the draft. With so much talent out of the backfield and at receiver, the key to winning another fantasy title might just be to refrain from taking Aaron Rodgers and co. in the opening few rounds.
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Eight of the top 10 points scorers in 2016 were quarterbacks but running backs were much more valuable. Nine backs scored 200 points or more; a solid total for the position. Only five quarterbacks notched 300 or more – with 25 racking up over 200 points.
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Even San Francisco 49ers star Colin Kaepernick, who sat out for more than half the campaign, managed to rack up over 200 points. Most quarterbacks who throw a mediocre tally of touchdown passes and yards will eclipse that total.
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Running backs like Le’Veon Bell and Ezekiel Elliott are worth so much more than say Andrew Luck or Matt Ryan. Whilst an elite quarterback gives you the chance to rack up a hefty total and advantage at the position, you won’t benefit in the long term. Simply put, a consistent running back who scores 10 or more points per game is vital to success in fantasy football.
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The same goes for wide receivers. Drafting Antonio Brown or Julio Jones in the opening round of your fantasy draft could give you the edge; particularly as both men will prosper in the hunt for Super Bowl glory.
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Jones’ Atlanta Falcons, priced at 14/1 in the NFL odds with bet365, averaged 30 points a game in the final six matches of the campaign and Jones will still prosper despite the departure of offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan to San Francisco.
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The National Football League is still a quarterback league but the number of pass-heavy offenses means that wide receivers are now more important than ever. By the same token, solid running backs are equally as vital to success; especially as more teams are throwing the football.
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Take the Indianapolis Colts for example; Andrew Luck is the heart and soul of that offensive unit. Knowing this immediately boosts the stock of Donte Moncrief and T.Y Hilton but Frank Gore may be one to stay away from. By the same token, the Dallas Cowboys will adopt a run heavy offense and Elliott will be key.
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It is always important to consider whether a back is a three down back or whether he has competition at the position. Quarterbacks can win a fantasy title but running backs and wide receivers WILL win your fantasy crown this year.
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The days of selecting a QB in the opening round are over and we are now in a new era. Take two running backs and two wide receivers in the first couple of rounds and you will be well on your way to winning another fantasy championship.

Tom Brady tunnel Matt Ryan
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Super Bowl LI features two of the top quarterbacks in the league. Matt Ryan averaged 309 yards and 2.4 touchdowns per game (4,944 yards, 38 TDs, 7 INTs). He  has somehow risen his game this postseason averaging 365 yards and 3.5 touchdowns in two wins. He even added a rushing touchdown. Entering the Super Bowl, Ryan is playing at the higher level of the two. Brady averaged 296.2 yards and 2.3 touchdowns per game (3,554 yards, 29 TDs, 2 INTs). He’s averaging 335.5 yards and 2.5 touchdowns in his two wins.
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Where Brady has Ryan beat is experience. This is the seventh time playing on the biggest stage in professional sports. He has averaged 267.5 yards and 2.2 touchdowns in his six appearances. In his past five he’s averaging 292 yards and 2.4 TDs. The other area where Brady has the advantage is the defense he’s facing. Those two factors give Brady a slight edge.
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1. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
2. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
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Matt Ryan
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Here are the Lester’s Legends fantasy football quarterback rankings for the Conference Championship. We’re talking four of the best quarterbacks in the league so the difference from top to bottom is razor thin.
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1. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
2. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
3. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
4. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
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Aaron Rodgers throw
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Here are the Lester’s Legends fantasy football quarterback rankings for the Divisional Round.
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1. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
2. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
3. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
4. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
5. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
6. Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys
7. Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs
8. Brock Osweiler, Houston Texans
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Here are the Lester’s Legends fantasy football quarterback rankings for the NFL Playoffs.
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1. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
2. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
3. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
4. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
5. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
6. Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys
7. Eli Manning, New York Giants
8. Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs
9. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
10. Connor Cook/Matt McGloin, Oakland Raiders
11. Matt Moore, Miami Dolphins
12. Brock Osweiler, Houston Texans
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Big Ben
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Here are the Lester’s Legends fantasy football quarterback rankings for the Wild Card Round.
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1. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
2. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
3. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
4. Eli Manning, New York Giants
5. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
6. Matt Moore, Miami Dolphins
7. Brock Osweiler, Houston Texans
8. Connor Cook/Matt McGloin, Oakland Raiders
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Aaron Rodgers throw
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Here are the 2016 Lester’s Legends Week 17 quarterback rankings.
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1. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
2. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
3. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
4. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
5. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
6. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
7. Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins
8. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
9. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers
10. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
11. Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
12. Eli Manning, New York Giants
13. Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars
14. Sam Bradford, Minnesota Vikings
15. Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals
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Here are the 2016 Lester’s Legends Week 16 quarterback rankings.
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1. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
2. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
3. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
4. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers
5. Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins
6. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
7. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
8. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
9. Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans
10. Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders
11. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
12. Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
13. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
14. Eli Manning, New York Giants
15. Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys
16. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
17. Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills
18. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals
19. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens
20. Matt Moore, Miami Dolphins
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Aaron Rodgers throw
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Here are the 2016 Lester’s Legends Week 15 quarterback rankings.
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1. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
2. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
3. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
4. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
5. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
6. Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins
7. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers
8. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
9. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
10. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
11. Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders
12. Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals
13. Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans
14. Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys
15. Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills
16. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
17. Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
18. Eli Manning, New York Giants
19. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals
20. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens
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Dre Brees
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Here are the 2016 Lester’s Legends Week 14 quarterback rankings.
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1. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
2. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
3. Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
4. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
5. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
6. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
7. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
8. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
9. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
10. Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans
11. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
12. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers
13. Eli Manning, New York Giants
14. Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins
15. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals
16. Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders
17. Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys
18. Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills
19. Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals
20. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens
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