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2-QB Draft Strategy

By Jared Smola 9:12am EDT 7/31/15

           

Hopefully you didn’t click on this article looking for some magic formula to win your 2-QB league. Because there isn’t one.

The overall draft strategy remains the same: Hunt for value, regardless of position, early on. Worry about filling positional needs in the middle and later rounds.

Of course, where QB value presents itself changes in a 2-QB setup. QBs move up the rankings, but they also move up ADP.

This is where the MVP Board is so valuable. It takes your exact league settings – starting requirements and scoring rules – and computes relative player values across positions. Then each time you’re on the clock, it suggests picks based on those player values, your team needs and who’s still available.

Our best advice: Follow the MVP Board in your 2-QB draft.

But it’s always good to go in with a general plan of attack. So let’s take a look at where the QBs fall in our overall rankings vs. where they’re going in 2-QB mock drafts over on FantasyFootballCalculator.com. FFC uses non-PPR scoring and starting lineups of 2 QBs, 2 RBs, 3 WRs, 1 TE, 1 K and 1 DEF. We’ll set up the MVP Board the same way.

The following chart shows where the top 30 QBs sit in our overall rankings, where they are in overall ADP and the difference between the 2.

The biggest takeaway? Fantasy owners are drafting QBs too early -- just like they tend to do in 1-QB leagues. 24 of the 30 QBs are going earlier than they should be according to our projections, usually by more than a full round. You can take advantage of that by loading up on high-end options at the other positions while the other owners are desperately grasping for QBs.

We found earlier this offseason that 16 different QBs posted at least 6 top-12 weeks. You don’t need to draft those top-tier QBs to get quality production.

Based on our rankings and ADP, the best QB values come in the middle and back end of the pack. Ryan Tannehill, Colin Kaepernick and Sam Bradford are the only top 15 QBs who aren’t going earlier than they sit in our overall rankings. Grabbing 2 of those guys in rounds 4-6 would be a good play. If you only get 1, target Alex Smith, Blake Bortles or Geno Smith as your QB2. Grabbing a couple of those guys would even make sense. You’ll probably want to roster 3 QBs if you don’t snag a top-end guy.

Speaking of top-end guys, Aaron Rodgers and Andrew Luck are only slightly overpriced at their ADPs. They’re viable options anywhere in the 1st round.

The overall strategy remains the same in 2-QB leagues, though: Let the draft come to you and pounce on value when it presents itself.

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