One of the most important aspects when drafting quarterbacks in your league is to remember how important a rushing quarterback can be. In regular PPR leagues, rushing can bring so much value to a quarterback. For instance, you might have a quarterback throw for 180 yards and two touchdowns. That alone is 30 points in a 6-point touchdown league. Now add on rushing yards and touchdowns and it may be even more. They might go for another 100 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns and all of a sudden you have another 22 points to add on. This is why rushing quarterbacks bring so much value because of how much of a ceiling they have when it comes to scoring fantasy points. Here I have a few quarterbacks that you should really consider when it comes to rushing upside and deciding what quarterback you want on your fantasy football team.
Lamar Jackson has been one of the most iconic rushing style quarterbacks in the league and continues to be a valuable fantasy quarterback. He is not known for being the best of the best when it comes to passing, but his rushing upside puts him among the top fantasy quarterbacks to draft. Over the course of his career, Jackson has averaged 6 ypc on 615 total rushing attempts. That is more than any other running back drafted in the same draft class in 2018. Only three running backs have more rush attempts than him from that draft class as well, Nick Chubb, Saquon Barkley, and Sony Michel. Over a third of Jackson’s career fantasy points have come from running the ball. He has finished 23rd, 5th, 6th, and 26th in rushing yards over the last four season helping him finish at 1st, 10th, and 26th in his past three seasons in fantasy points, despite a season ending injury last year. He obviously fits the profile of a rushing-style quarterback and will most likely bring high upside to your fantasy football team.
Jalen Hurts is starting to become a prolific rushing-quarterback in the league. The third-year quarterback is known for running the ball and has still shown a good passing ability. This makes him a great fantasy target with both passing and rushing being a solid skill for the young quarterback. Last season, Hurts rushed for 784 yards ranking him 23rd amongst all runners. The ability to average 52.3 rushing yards per game along with averaging 209.6 passing yards last season makes him a high-value target this year. Hurts is going as the QB8 off the board and hovering around the 75th pick overall in fantasy drafts according to NFC. Last year, he finished as the QB8 and is expected to be even better this year. The Philadelphia Eagles got the addition of A.J. Brown, which should make for a more reliable target for Hurts to throw to. The upside is all there. A comfortable Jalen Hurts with a better receiving core, makes for a breakout season ahead. Do not be surprised if you pick Hurts in the 6th or 7th round and he finished as a top-five fantasy quarterback.
There is no surprise Josh Allen is going as the QB1 off the board this year. He is one of top passers in the league and even more so, a good rushing-style quarterback. Last year he finished 18th in rushing with 897 rushing yards. Everyone knows him as a top thrower and that is why you see him being drafted as the first quarterback off the board. What many people don’t always realize is how much of his fantasy points are impacted by rushing. Allen was the top fantasy scorer last year and his rushing yards had a major contribution to that. You should expect to see the same outcome from Allen this year as there was not any major addition to the Buffalo Bills running group. I would expect him to hover around 40 rushing yards a game this season, similarly to last year’s 38.1 ypg. There is no reason to shy away from drafting Josh Allen because of how much upside remains. A high-powered passer along with prolific rusher makes him a strong candidate to finish as the QB1 again.
If you are waiting to get your first quarterback until the 5th or 6th round you should consider Kyler Murray as your guy. Murray is another one of those rushing-style quarterbacks that still bring skill to the passing game. Despite missing three games last season, he still finished with 429 rushing yards. A top 10 fantasy quarterback last year, poised to have a better year. Not having DeAndre Hopkins for some weeks may be tough, but the addition of Marquise Brown will still help him in the passing game. Since he has been in the league, he has average 34, 51, and 30 rushing yards per game. The loss of Chase Edmonds may actually help Murray take more run-pass options this season. So, it is easy to expect that you can have a great rushing-style quarterback with Kyler Murray on your fantasy team.
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