2QB Things We Learned: Week 13 (2015)

2QB Things We Learned: Week 13 (2015)

1. The Time for 2QB leagues is now

Unless you play in a standard 16-team league you might want to consider switching over to a 2QB/SuperFlex league next season. I will fully admit to being biased when it comes to this taek, but the standard seasonal fantasy football league format is dead.

Let’s use Week 13 as an example: a total of 17 quarterbacks scored 17 or more fantasy points, with 15 scoring at least 22 fantasy points. That’s more than enough fantasy scoring goodness from the quarterback position to go around in a standard 12-team league.

If you don’t feel like starting a Jameis Winston or an Eli Manning in your one quarterback league you can scour the waiver wire to find a suitable replacement with a plus matchup every week. And the draft strategy is just as mundane, with the late-round quarterback strategy sweeping the nation.

The simple tweak of doubling the amount of quarterbacks you start every week increases the amount of thought you have to put in to your offseason draft strategy research, while also forcing you to dig deeper on the waiver wire in-season.

When has any fantasy football player said they want to spend less time researching fantasy football?

Rather than waiting to draft Carson Palmer late or pick up Andy Dalton mid-season you’re forced to figure out when the right time to draft Tyrod Taylor is or whether making a FAAB bid on Austin Davis is the right move in 2QB leagues. That might not sound like fun on the surface, but once you dig in, it’s hard to stop getting lost in the world of back-up and third-string signal callers. But be prepared. This season, through 13 weeks, has seen 50 different quarterbacks start at least one game this.

Making the switch to 2QB leagues is only the first step. It’s not the a solution. Adding more flex spots, playing around with PPR settings, diving deep into the world of IDP are all ideas to spice up a stagnant fantasy format.

2. When drafting Late-Round QBs in 2QB leagues target #1 WRsAndy Dalton is the overall fantasy QB5 this year. Blake Bortles is QB7. Ryan Fitzpatrick is the QB12.

What else do they have in common besides being fantasy QB1s?

They were late-round drafted quarterbacks in 2QB leagues.

According to Joshua Lake‘s 2QB ADP data, Dalton was the 23rd overall quarterback drafted, Bortles the 30th, and Fitzpatrick went undrafted.

One more thing they have in common is a bonafide number one wide receiver:

  • Dalton – AJ Green
  • Bortles – Allen Robinson
  • Fitzpatrick – Brandon Marshall

The three have combined for 22 QB1 (Top-12) performances this season, out of a possible 36 weeks, and a big reason why is their top target(s) in the passing game.

In standard scoring leagues, Allen Robinson is the overall WR4, Brandon Marshall the WR6, and AJ Green the WR7.

The New York Jets’ offense boasts a second fantasy WR1 in Eric Decker (overall WR11), while Allen Hurns in Jacksonville is the WR15. Tyler Eifert, the overall TE3, has been a fantasy force himself, and his 124.20 fantasy points would be good enough for the WR14.

When you have pass-catching weapons like this particular LRQB trio there’s a good chance you’re going to put up productive fantasy numbers, and each of these three signal callers have.

It’s something to keep in mind on draft day when deciding on which late-round quarterback you should select.

While you might be drafting a Blake Bortles as a QB2 streamer or QB3 bye week replacement you could wind up with a valuable QB1 trade bait.

*Stats used in this article courtesy of FantasyData

**This post was republished from 2QBFFB.com

Salvatore Stefanile

Salvatore Stefanile is a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA) and has been playing fantasy football since his high school days. He is a proponent of 2QB fantasy football leagues and his work has been featured on XN Sports, RotoViz, and Rotoworld. His writing on 2QB fantasy football leagues earned him the FSWA award for 'Best Fantasy Football On-Going Series' in 2013. He earned a second FSWA nomination in 2015. You can follow him on Twitter @2QBFFB

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