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    Featured Article: Quarterback Dilemma

    By Jeff Paur
    RealTime Fantasy Sports

    One tough question facing every fantasy owner is when to draft a quarterback. There is always a good debate on this subject and many different strategies to use come draft day. Some want the top quarterback in the league and will use a first or second-round pick on him. Others think the position is plenty deep and feel you can wait on the quarterback position while loading up on the other positions. And others don't want to wait too long but don't want to go too early, getting a top guy after the first couple rounds of the draft. Needless to say, there are all sorts of ways to approach the position come draft day.

    We thought it might be interesting to see what the championship teams in our money league games did when it came to drafting a quarterback to shed a better light on the subject. What strategy works most often in the thousands of leagues that we pulled data? Well, the data suggests there was a pretty clear winner when it came to drafting a quarterback last season. Take a look:

    1. 7th round		12%
    2. 6th round		11%
    3. 4th round		9%
    4. 5th round		8%
    5. 3rd round		7%
    6. 8th round		6%
    7. 10th round		5%
    8. 9th round		4%
    9. 2nd round		3%
    10. 1st round		1%

    As you can see, the strategy of waiting a bit to take your starting quarterback was what won a lot of fantasy championships last season. Taking a quarterback in the seventh round topped the list and the sixth round wasn't far behind. And this isn't a huge surprise with so many quarterbacks performing at a high level last season. Peyton Manning had a record-breaking season and was the clear top fantasy quarterback but after him and Drew Brees, the position was pretty muddled with a lot of similar options. So if you didn't get Manning or Brees, there were a lot of quality options at the position that performed well. The teams that filled the rest of their roster before taking a quarterback did well in 2013.

    Featured Team: Jacksonville Jaguars

    Running Backs
    Wide Receivers
    Tight Ends
    Key Additions Chris Clemons, DE; Ziggy Hood, DT; Zane Beadles, G; Red Bryant, DE; Toby Gerhart, RB.
    Key Losses Maurice Jones-Drew, RB; Blaine Gabbert, QB.
    The Jaguars made some nice moves this offseason and seem to be headed in the right direction. But they are a young team and still are missing some pieces on both sides of the ball. This team should struggle once again, especially the offense. The Jaguars need Blake Bortles to emerge as that franchise quarterback to give the offense an identity. Until that happens, expect plenty of struggles from the Jaguars. Jacksonville should be a few games better than last season, though. Things are getting better for this team.

    2014 Average Draft Pos

    Last Update: 08/26/14

    1.53 Jamaal Charles, RB, KAN
    2.18 LeSean McCoy, RB, PHI
    3.27 Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN
    4.09 Matt Forte, RB, CHI
    5.50 Calvin Johnson, WR, DET
    5.93 Eddie Lacy, RB, GNB
    7.62 Jimmy Graham, TE, NOR
    9.01 Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN
    11.43 Dez Bryant, WR, DAL
    12.04 Peyton Manning, QB, DEN
    Complete ADP Listing

    2014 PPR Average Draft Pos

    Last Update: 08/26/14

    1.52 Jamaal Charles, RB, KAN
    2.17 LeSean McCoy, RB, PHI
    3.28 Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN
    4.06 Matt Forte, RB, CHI
    5.47 Calvin Johnson, WR, DET
    5.94 Eddie Lacy, RB, GNB
    7.59 Jimmy Graham, TE, NOR
    8.97 Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN
    11.39 Dez Bryant, WR, DAL
    12.17 Peyton Manning, QB, DEN
    Complete PPR ADP Listing

    Top Sleepers

    1. Bernard Pierce, RB, BAL
    2. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, HOU
    3. Rashad Jennings, RB, NYG
    4. Ladarius Green, TE, SDG
    5. Justin Hunter, WR, TEN
    6. Ryan Tannehill, QB, MIA
    7. Lamar Miller, RB, MIA
    8. Andrew Hawkins, WR, CLE
    9. Khiry Robinson, RB, NOR
    10. Carlos Hyde, RB, SFO

    Top Busts

    1. Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA
    2. Cam Newton, QB, CAR
    3. Knowshon Moreno, RB, MIA
    4. Antonio Gates, TE, SDG
    5. Eric Decker, WR, NYJ
    6. Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, OAK
    7. DeSean Jackson, WR, WAS
    8. Frank Gore, RB, SFO
    9. Jason Witten, TE, DAL
    10. Reggie Wayne, WR, IND

    Top IDPs

    1. J.J. Watt, DE, HOU
    2. Robert Quinn, DE, STL
    3. Paul Posluszny, LB, JAC
    4. Vontaze Burfict, LB, CIN
    5. Luke Kuechly, LB, CAR
    6. Lavonte David, LB, TB
    7. Patrick Willis, LB, SF
    8. Bobby Wagner, LB, SEA
    9. Karlos Dansby, LB, CLE
    10. Chandler Jones, DE, NE
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