2QB League: Fantasy Football Strategy
I’ve been playing Fantasy Football for 23 years, and since 1990, my roster has had 2 starting quarterbacks in the lineup. …And every summer it bugs me that 1QB leagues dominate this game. It never made sense to me that you could have the most important player in the sport not even close to being the most important player in Fantasy Football.
For instance: heading into 2013, a top-five quarterback such as Cam Newton is on par with the likes of Lamar Miller (fourth round). In a recent mock draft, Colin Kaepernick was drafted just after Pierre Garcon (late fifth round). I am sorry, but if I am a NFL GM, Kaepernick is MUCH higher on my radar than Garcon. This alone is enough for you to consider the challenge of a 2QB league. If so, you have to be aware heading into your draft that the strategy is much different than your everyday ‘standard’ league.
In ‘typical’ FF leagues, if you don’t snag two solid RBs before the end of the third round, there is a good chance you will be spending the majority of September playing the waiver wire, looking for that diamond in the rough that can help propel your team into the playoffs. It happens to be similar in 2QB leagues.
Just looking at the point differential, the #10 QB last year was Matt Stafford, who put up 325 pts. The #10 RB was Frank Gore with 202 points. At WR, #10 was Victor Cruz with 181 pts. You can see that when it comes to getting the most bang for your buck (or points for your draft position) it’s almost mandatory that you take 2QBs in the first three rounds.
As the NFL continues to evolve into a passing league more and more each year, QBs are very deep. We now have an upper echelon of passers that is ten deep (in order of my cheatsheet): Aaron Rodgers, Payton Manning, Drew Brees, Cam Newton, Tom Brady, Colin Kaepernick, Matt Ryan, Matt Stafford, Andrew Luck, and Russell Wilson. You could probably throw Tony Romo, RG3, and Ben Roethlisburger at the bottom of this list, too. It is mandatory that you have one of these players as your QB1, meaning that you will most likely spend a first or second round pick on this QB1.
But the key factor to a 2QB Fantasy Football Strategy, is your second QB. Those who stuck with Romo through to the end, or stashed Wilson or Kaepernick early in the season, were probably rewarded with sips of champagne out of the league trophy. Going into this year, finding that QB2 who can compete at a high level is daunting. Who of that next tier of QBs is worth a third or fourth round pick to help vault your team to the next level?
Here are five of my favorite potential ‘Difference Makers’ available for QB2:
I have given you the knowledge to let your QB2 slide to round 4. This should allow you to pick up 2 starting running backs in rounds 2-3, therefore giving you a leg up against your competition. Next week I will write about deep sleepers at QB that you can count on when needed.