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Fantasy Football: Quarterback Production By Age

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My latest “According to the Data” article takes a look at quarterback production based on age.

Last week, I broke down historic running back production by age, showing that the total production for most running backs peaks around age 26. Further, the average running back produces his top efficiency at age 22, meaning most running backs are near their best from the time they enter the league and slowly decline from that point on. They produce superior fantasy numbers as they acquire heavier workloads, but most runners are an “anti-wine” – getting worse with age.

Quarterback play is much different. Below, I charted the production for starting quarterbacks over the past two decades.


Unlike running backs, quarterbacks typically increase their overall production and efficiency at a gradual pace. Quarterback efficiency peaks at age 27 and overall fantasy production peaks two years later. Remarkably, quarterbacks have maintained their high levels of efficiency until their mid-30s. Meanwhile, overall production has dipped at two points around age 31 and again at age 37.

Check out the entire article at RotoWire.

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