How early to draft a quarterback in fantasy comes down to preference. I’ve personally always advised against picking a QB in the early rounds. The price for selecting a quarterback early can cost you the opportunity to pick up a potential starting running back or wide receiver. And you need depth at both positions to cover injuries, bye weeks or tough matchups.
According to Fantasy Football Calculator, Philip Rivers‘ average draft position is in the 10th round. Tom Brady in the 11th. That suggests there is great depth at the position, and there is always the option to stream QBs week to week.
Aaron Rodgers’ ADP makes him a fifth-rounder, which is considerably lower than in recent years, which is hardly surprising. But that’s still a little high. In the same part of the draft, the likes of Cooper Kupp, Sony Michel, Chris Carson, and Tarik Cohen could all be available.
Now, if you prefer to go for an elite quarterback in the early rounds, then Rodgers could be a player to target. Reigning league MVP Patrick Mahomes‘ ADP is the 27th overall pick, a third-rounder in 12-team leagues. Andrew Luck is also going higher than Rodgers.
So, if your aim is to draft a potential QB1, Rodgers might be the best best around the fifth round. And, of course, if you play in a league of Packers fans, you may wish to adjust the ADP slightly as Rodgers could be a higher pick.