By Billy Moy @william_moy6 on August 16, 2014
It's just one extra position on your fantasy football roster, but the difference between a 1-QB league and a 2-QB league is tremendous. Here are five tips you should consider when drafting your team in a 2-QB league in 2014.
Positional ranks are acceptable, but overall ranks should be ignored. Quarterbacks gain so much more value in a 2-QB format that if you're using 1-QB ranks -- or looking at ADP from 1-QB leagues -- you'll be thrown off. Tom Brady is going in the seventh round and Jay Cutler is going in the 11th round of ESPN standard leagues. In a 2-QB draft I did last week, they went in the second and third rounds.
Because there are twice as many active QBs, the talent pool in free agency is going to be extremely thin, if it exists at all (in all the 2-QB leagues I've done, it's rare to find any starting QB on free agency). In 1-QB leagues I would never advise rostering even two QBs. In 2-QB leagues, though, I'm advising you roster at least three. Corner the market, cover your behind for when bye weeks come around (or injury strikes) and exploit matchups.
Get the guy you want and don't be bashful about taking him. If you want Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees or Peyton Manning, it's going to take your first-round pick, and if you've got a late pick, you'll probably need to move up. If you want two top-10 guys, take them with your first two picks. Think Johnny Manziel is gonna explode this season? Take him in the sixth round. To get the guy you want, you're going to have to reach. Do it.
Because QBs move up so much in ADP in 2-QB leagues, logically it means someone has to move down. That means there's going to be plenty of value to be had at other positions. If I'm able to get Manning, Rodgers or Brees in the first round, I'm going to seize any opportunity I get to take a guy like Eddie Lacy, Jimmy Graham or Calvin Johnson in the second. Every position outside of QB is going to fall. Take advantage.
Overpay for the guys you want. Don't overpay for the guys you're begrudgingly taking, though, because you need a second QB. Don't reach for Joe Flacco when you can have Sam Bradford three rounds later. Don't snag Andy Dalton in the seventh round when you can have Ryan Tannehill in the 10th. The value in overpaying for QBs is found early in your draft, not in the mid-to-late rounds.
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