Quarterbacks keep raising the bar.

Though the position as a whole, in 2016, failed to set a record for fantasy points, it did score the second-most in league history and produced an unreal 25 individuals reaching the 200-point threshold. Twenty scored 240, also a record, with that number representing an average of 15 in a 16-game season.

To put it into historical perspective, quarterbacks as a whole scored 28 percent more fantasy points than their brethren did 10 years earlier (2006). Last year’s No. 11 scorer, Derek Carr, scored 268.48 fantasy points, which would have been good for second-most at the position 10 years earlier. Even more incredibly, last year’s No. 20 scorer, Joe Flacco (242.48), would’ve been the fifth-best quarterback using 2006 standards.

Still — the 200-point and Flacco facts as representative of this as any — it’s the position’s progression as a whole that is the key takeaway for fantasy, as in, it has improved in point production not only at the position’s top tier, but also at its replacement level. As the stars have improved, so have the forgettable folks.

That brings us right back to our conclusion drawn in this very space one year ago: There is absolutely no reason to ever pay sticker price for a quarterback.

To be clear, that line does not read, “Always wait for your quarterback.” In an age of record-setting fantasy point totals at the position, such an approach is both lazy and dangerous, for two reasons: One, it can result in handing your competition a sizable advantage in the event he/she is quicker to draft an upper-tier quarterback who inexplicably lingers multiple rounds beyond sticker price, and two, in leagues that either warrant higher prices on quarterbacks (such as two-quarterback leagues), have historically drafted the position more aggressively or have done their homework and know the precise, proper values for said quarterbacks, you could wind up forced to pick from replacement-level choices.

It remains imperative that you draft yourself one of the top-scoring quarterbacks each and every week, but you need to do it for the cheapest price possible. In a way, it’s fantasy football’s version of extreme couponing.

What, then, is “sticker price”?

That varies by league, but we need to use Value Based Drafting (VBD) in order to determine quarterback’s value relative to replacement level and compare it to the difference for players at other positions. Quarterbacks’ raw fantasy point totals aren’t relevant, because the position’s scoring is so inherently stacked toward it occupying the top spots on the season-ending leaderboard. It’s all about what a player can provide relative to what’s on your league’s free-agent list.

To save you the trouble, I pulled five years’ worth of VBD data and mapped quarterbacks’ expected draft-day prices. The chart below, under “FPTS Required,” shows the number of fantasy points a quarterback needs to score in a given year to warrant his selection in that round (averages of all players in that round), and under “quarterbacks by projected FPTS,” shows all quarterbacks who should be priced in that round using ESPN’s projected fantasy points for 2017.