As they say, change is inevitable. Whether it’s the tuck rule, the crown of the helmet rule or the ‘how many days can I wear my drawers before they’re considered stanky’ rule, we as a species are always creating new ways to experience this little world of ours and fantasy football is no different. I’m not gonna bore you with the stats but we have all noticed the QB position become the most dominant offensive spot in our lineup over the last few years and the depth at the position has become hard to ignore. So with that in mind, I’m gonna two-tone this post by not only trying to give you draft strategy but also strongly suggesting your leagues become two QB leagues but not the standard version. For all that talk of QBs being great offensively, there’s no reason anyone should ever feel they have to draft Christian Ponder and a 2QB setting would do that. I strongly encourage if you do go the two QB route that you go with a QB and a QB flex (QB/RB/TE/WR) position to back it up. It adds a unique wrinkle to your draft strategy and puts less weight on drafting those afterthought schlubs. So now that I’ve derailed, I’m gonna rerail and get us back on course. So lets discuss some two QB draft strategies for 2013 Fantasy Football…seriously, who’s working on this railroad? We interrupt your route to fantasy football glory to give you another way to said glory via our Razzball Commenter Leagues. I had a dream the other night where some weird guy whispered into my ear ‘if you build it, they will come’ and woke up and created this year’s RCLs. Only you’re not coming…well, not coming to Commish or join leagues. Do you not like us? Do we smell funny? Not cool…neverthewho, I guess I’ll still talk draft strategy with you but note I’m doing it under protest…
Two Rounds, Two QBs Style – You already know I don’t like this strategy but many of you look at the point totals and justify it. Sure, this could snag you, say, Drew Brees and maybe Kaepernick but while you’re doing that, I’m nabbing myself two RB1s in the first two rounds. I’m not gonna say this route isn’t viable. You could end up with a good set of later round RBs like Chris Ivory and let’s say Reggie Bush but in reality, you’re giving into a temptation that doesn’t need to be entertained. It’s not just that the quarterback position is deep that makes this strategy difficult to get behind, it’s that other positions like RB are harder to bulk up on in a draft. This route just makes it harder to build a solid team in my opinion and I can’t recommend it.
One Star, One Scrub QB Style – This one isn’t too bad so long as you don’t overspend on that star. The earliest I’m willing to take a QB in a two QB league is the third round and even then, I want to do it in the 4th so this one rarely works out for me but I do think it’s a happy medium for those who like the security of the first approach but realize I’m awesome and right and don’t want to follow it. This one could almost be called the Romo and scrub play as he’s going as QB12 in most drafts/leagues right now and gets the most overlooked in that aspect. And with me saying that, I’m also telling you where the star tier ends and where you shouldn’t be spending a high draft pick anymore. You balance this one out by taking two swings at late round QBs who could outproduce their draft position by a good amount. I don’t think I need to tell you that with guys like Philip Rivers ranked near QB20, you have options. Which of course leads me to my favorite – albeit risky – draft strategy here.
Scrub-A-Dub-Dub, Two QBs in my late round club Style – We’ve already established that the QB position naturally outscores most other positions, right? So why try and outscore others at it? Outscore them at RB/TE and just pad yourself out with three or four QBs overall and play matchups. Henne gets to face the Saints this week and Weeden gets the Patriots? They’re in. Ponder gets the Bears? He’s riding the pine. I know, none of that sounds sexy. But you wanna know what does sound sexy? Having AP and LeSean McCoy in your RB1/2 slots while you have Reggie Bush in your Flex and Graham at TE. Yes, this draft style can net you that if the entire league zags while you zig. That’s the beauty of it, really. The earliest you’re probably spending a pick on a QB with this style is the 6th or 7th round and that really all depends on who you like/the value of your pick. Last year in a QB/QB flex league I started off with Shady/MJD/AP/Colston/R. Bush before settling in with Big Ben in the 6th. I won the championship even with all the injuries – thank you Knowshon Moreno! – so it can be a viable strategy but admittedly, it’s not the easiest approach.
As always, your draft strategy will hinge primarily on how the league approaches the draft. If everyone is doing the third approach, don’t hesitate to jump ship and go with the first or second route. No reason to fight for table scraps when there’s a feast awaiting you elsewhere. It’s all about finding value when you’re drafting, not adhering to one dogma. And with that, I’ve dropped some – hopefully – useful knowledge on your head. Peace, love, dope and I’ll see you tomorrow.