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Fantasy Football: 3 late-round quarterbacks with league-winning potential

Aug 12, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) passes the ball against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Last week, I identified a handful of mid-round running backs with league-winning upside and potential breakout wide receivers you need in every draft. In this article, I turn to quarterbacks. I’m a believer in the late-round QB strategy, though the dynamic of the position has changed some, with a handful of top options giving passing and rushing upside. 

If you don’t get one of the top options, I’ve identified three quarterbacks who are currently available in the double-digit rounds and offer league-winning potential.


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PHILADELPHIA EAGLES QB JALEN HURTS

Hurts is an interesting case of a quarterback who was probably a little overvalued early in the offseason and now has fallen off of the radar with the hype surrounding top rookie quarterbacks.

Hurts was going at high at QB8 in April and May, when we weren’t even sure Hurts would be the starter and there was an outside chance the Eagles could have drafted a top quarterback prospect. Instead, the Eagles took DeVonta Smith as a weapon for Hurts, and he’s now locked in as the Week 1 starter. Despite the offseason going about as well as you could hope, Hurts’ ADP has fallen a couple rounds, and he’s now down to the positional rank for QB12 or QB13, depending on where you look.

The quarterbacks who jumped Hurts were Tom Brady, Matthew Stafford and Ryan Tannehill, none of whom have anywhere close to the upside of Hurts. Brady and Stafford offer little to no rushing production, and Tannehill’s passing volume has been limited the last couple years. 

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