One lesson I’ve learned the hard way over the years is that a bad QB can kill your fantasy team… even if he’s NOT ON YOUR FANTASY TEAM. You can have the most talented receiver in the league, but if his QB is terrible, his numbers are going to suffer. Now, that’s not to say that you should never take a receiver with a bad QB, but just be careful.
I’ll give you a couple of examples. A couple years ago, Allen Robinson had 14 touchdowns for Jacksonville. All indications were that he would have another massive season the next year, but Blake Bortles completely forgot how to throw the football, and fantasy owners like myself suffered. That’s not the best example because Robinson had the same guy throwing him the ball both years, but Bortles has shown to be an inconsistent passer, so I’ll be much more hesitant to draft a receiver from his team. A better example of this rule is when the Houston Texans signed Brock Osweiller. DeAndre Hopkins went from a top-5 fantasy receiver to the most frustrating player to own. Enter DeShaun Watson, and suddenly Hopkins is back to superstar status.
I was unfortunate enough to own Hopkins AND Robinson at the same time when they had terrible quarterback play. It was crippling to my fantasy team. When you’re thinking of drafting a good receiver with subpar quarterback, just keep that in mind and use it as a tie-breaker when you have to make a tough decision.