With 2-QB leagues becoming a bigger part of the fantasy football community in recent years, Rotoworld asked me to put together a 2-QB mock draft and recap it.
Mock drafters included a mix of fantasy football writers (some well-versed in the world of 2-QB leagues, and others not) and 2-QB fantasy football players. They are listed in draft order: Kevin Sabourin, Nick Mensio (Rotoworld), Josh Berger (Fake Pigskin), Joe Siniscalchi (The Fake Football), Kyle Wachtel (Footballguys), Paul Grossman, Dennis Esser (The Fantasy Sports Coach), Rich Hribar (XN Sports), Pat Thorman (PFF Fantasy Football), Joshua Lake (Fake Pigskin), Salvatore Stefanile (XN Sports) and George McLean.
Settings of note: 12 teams, 6 points/passing touchdown, .5PPR.
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Pick 1 - Overall 1- LeSean McCoy, RB, Eagles
Pick 2 - Overall 2 - Jamaal Charles, RB, Chiefs
Pick 3 - Overall 3 - Calvin Johnson, WR, Lions
Pick 4 - Overall 4 - Aaron Rodgers, QB, Packers
Pick 5 - Overall 5 - Peyton Manning, QB, Broncos
Pick 6 - Overall 6 - Drew Brees, QB, Saints
Pick 7 - Overall 7 - Adrian Peterson, RB, Vikings
Pick 8 - Overall 8 - Demaryius Thomas, WR, Broncos
Pick 9 - Overall 9 - Dez Bryant, WR, Cowboys
Pick 10 - Overall 10 - Matt Forte, RB, Bears
Pick 11 - Overall 11 - Julio Jones, WR, Falcons
Pick 12 - Overall 12 - Matthew Stafford, QB, Lions
Round 1 Analysis:
The unique aspects of 2-QB fantasy football leagues are the various draft strategies owners employ, which leads to a number of different ways one can go about building a 2-QB roster. Even with the added requirement of a second starting quarterback, the first three picks weren't quarterbacks. If you hold an early pick in a 2-QB league and don't go quarterback, you're hoping the quarterback well doesn't dry up when you're on the clock at the 2/3 turn.
After the running back duo of LeSean McCoy and Jamaal Charles went 1-2, and Calvin Johnson went to Berger at 1.03, we saw the 'big-three' signal callers go off the board with three consecutive picks. Securing yourself an elite QB1 to anchor your 2-QB team is a common strategy in 2-QB leagues.
The rest of the first round was a mix of high-end running back and wide receiver talent, with Matthew Stafford being the final pick. It's common to see some combination of Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and Peyton Manning as the top-three fantasy quarterbacks drafted, but the question of who occupies the QB4 slot will result in a number of different answers. McLean decided to go with the quarterback piloting an offense that should be pass heavy and has Megatron at WR1. Rotoworld's Mike Clay projects the Lions to be tied with the Cowboys for the second pass-heaviest team in the NFL this season (65%).
I went with Julio Jones at 1.11 knowing I'd still get a top quarterback on the turn at 2.02 and decided to not take a QB/QB route. Sure, it's a 2-QB draft, but I feel confident snagging one top quarterback early and then waiting to grab a second quarterback later on, or a combo of quarterbacks I can stream as my QB2 based on matchups.
Julio Jones was on pace for a 131/1,856/6.4 season before a foot injury wiped out his 2013 season. If you're willing to take a gamble with his injured foot recovery, there's a case to be made for Jones to be the second wide receiver drafted after Megatron.
Pick 1 - Overall 13 - Nick Foles, QB, Eagles
Pick 2 - Overall 14 - Andrew Luck, QB, Colts
Pick 3 - Overall 15 - Cam Newton, QB, Panthers
Pick 4 - Overall 16 - Jimmy Graham, TE, Saints
Pick 5 - Overall 17 - Jordy Nelson, WR, Packers
Pick 6 - Overall 18 - A.J. Green, WR, Bengals
Pick 7 - Overall 19 - Brandon Marshall, WR, Bears
Pick 8 - Overall 20 - Eddie Lacy, RB, Packers
Pick 9 - Overall 21 - Le'Veon Bell, RB, Steelers
Pick 10 - Overall 22 - Giovani Bernard, RB, Bengals
Pick 11 - Overall 23 - Rob Gronkowski, TE, Patriots
Pick 12 - Overall 24 - Randall Cobb, WR, Packers
Round 2 Analysis:
McLean started the second round where he left off the first and took his second quarterback of the draft in Nick Foles. When the draft was all said and done, he was the only one to go QB/QB. When picking at either turn of a 2-QB draft, you have to decide what to do with the quarterback position. If you go QB/QB you know you're set at the position and can focus elsewhere. Miss out, and you might not be all that comfortable with the quarterbacks left by the time you pick again. Draft slot plays a large part in formulating strategy in 2-QB leagues and might even be the most important aspect of roster building in 2-QB drafts.
Outside of the quarterback position (only three were taken by the end of the second round; seven in the first two rounds combined), one of the biggest fantasy debates revolves around Jimmy Graham and when to draft him. In standard 1-QB leagues, Graham goes in the first round of most drafts. In this draft he went at 2.04 to Thorman, who has a dynamic duo of Dez Bryant and Jimmy Graham.
Unless you're drafting at the end of the first in 1-QB leagues, that's not a combo you're going to see all that often, but with quarterbacks being valued more than normal because of the start-two requirement, you see players at other positions fall. If you're okay waiting on a quarterback, Dez/Graham combos can be yours in 2-QB leagues.
With only five quarterbacks selected by the time I was on the clock in the second round, there was a good chance I could skip taking a quarterback here and wait until the third round to select my first fantasy signal caller. Yet, I still went with Andrew Luck because of the off chance there would be a number of quarterbacks when my 3.11 pick would be on the clock. It turned out, minus Luck, only four other QBs were taken. My original instinct was correct and shows how waiting can be a worthwhile virtue in 2-QB leagues, even if it's a tad risky. Having thrown 46 combined touchdowns his first two NFL seasons, Luck, with a fully healthy supporting cast, could be in line for a breakout third season.
Pick 1 - Overall 25 - Alshon Jeffery, WR, Bears
Pick 2 - Overall 26 - Julius Thomas, TE, Broncos
Pick 3 - Overall 27 - Robert Griffin III, QB, Redskins
Pick 4 - Overall 28 - DeMarco Murray, RB, Cowboys
Pick 5 - Overall 29 - Arian Foster, RB, Texans
Pick 6 - Overall 30 - Antonio Brown, WR, Steelers
Pick 7 - Overall 31 - Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons
Pick 8 - Overall 32 - Montee Ball, RB, Broncos
Pick 9 - Overall 33 - Tony Romo, QB, Cowboys
Pick 10 - Overall 34 - Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seahawks
Pick 11 - Overall 35 - Pierre Garcon, WR, Redskins
Pick 12 - Overall 36 - Doug Martin, RB, Buccaneers
Round 3 Analysis:
The third round of a 2-QB draft might seem like a first or second round of a 1-QB league because of the brand name players that are usually still available to be drafted. In this draft, Alshon Jeffery, Julius Thomas, DeMarco Murray, Antonio Brown and Marshawn Lynch were just a few top names that crept into the third round. After three quarterbacks were taken in the second round, another trio of fantasy signal callers went off the board in round three in RG3, Matt Ryan and Tony Romo. After three rounds, there were 10 quarterbacks drafted.
With a WR1 and QB1 already on my team, I could have gone a number of different ways at 3.11. A running back like Doug Martin could have been the pick. Or I could have gone with another quarterback like Jay Cutler or Russell Wilson. In the end, I decided to add a second wide receiver in Pierre Garcon to pair with Julio Jones. The .5PPR aspect and the more starting receivers required than running backs pushed me towards taking a second receiver rather than my first running back.
Pick 1 - Overall 37 - Toby Gerhart, RB, Jaguars
Pick 2 - Overall 38 - Jay Cutler, QB, Bears
Pick 3 - Overall 39 - Russell Wilson, QB, Seahawks
Pick 4 - Overall 40 - Zac Stacy, RB, Rams
Pick 5 - Overall 41 - Tom Brady, QB, Patriots
Pick 6 - Overall 42 - Keenan Allen, WR, Chargers
Pick 7 - Overall 43 - CJ Spiller, RB, Bills
Pick 8 - Overall 44 - Colin Kaepernick, QB, 49ers
Pick 9 - Overall 45 - Michael Crabtree, WR, 49ers
Pick 10 - Overall 46 - Philip Rivers, QB, Chargers
Pick 11 - Overall 47 - Andre Ellington, RB, Cardinals
Pick 12 - Overall 48 - Shane Vereen, RB, Patriots
Round 4 Analysis:
Seeing what McLean was going to do after his QB/QB start in rounds one and two was one of the more interesting storylines to follow in this draft. He passed on a lot of talent at all the other positions in order to field a potentially dominating quarterback duo in Stafford and Nick Foles. He followed up his QB/QB start by going RB/RB and taking Doug Martin and Toby Gerhart. The Jaguars RB has been a hot name in fantasy debates this offseason and has been shooting up the draft boards. If you think you can grab Gerhart late in your draft, you might want to re-adjust your expectations.
The fourth-round saw the end of the QB1 tier go off the board and the beginning of the QB2 tier began to get sniped. With the depth at the quarterback position, even if you don't draft a true QB1, you can still feel confident with a quarterback from the second tier as your QB1. As an example, Hribar drafted Tom Brady at 4.05 as his first quarterback, and he was the 13th signal caller taken. His team before that? Demaryius Thomas, Jordy Nelson and Montee Ball. He played the waiting game and was still rewarded with a QB-ish option. Being able to spot the moment in your draft when the end of the QB1 tier switches over into the start of the QB2 tier is a big advantage, as you can plan ahead and decide how you want to target the QB2 position.
Including myself, four teams wound up taking their QB2 this round. I kicked off the QB2 festivities by representing #TeamTrestman and went with Jay Cutler at 4.02. He was the 11th quarterback drafted and went ahead of other QBs like Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick and Tom Brady.
The reason why I went Cutler over those other options is because of the 6 points/passing TD aspect. I prefer to grab a quarterback who has more potential scoring touchdowns through the air rather than the ground, and Cutler, in the second year of a Marc Trestman offense, has top-5 fantasy QB potential. You probably already know this, but a combination of Cutler/Josh McCown would have been QB3 in standard leagues last season. Pairing Cutler with Andrew Luck could lead to plenty of passing touchdown production for my 2-QB squad.
Pick 1 - Overall 49 - Michael Floyd, WR, Cardinals
Pick 2 - Overall 50 - Torrey Smith, WR, Ravens
Pick 3 - Overall 51 - Jordan Cameron, TE, Browns
Pick 4 - Overall 52 - Roddy White, WR, Falcons
Pick 5 - Overall 53 - Victor Cruz, WR, Giants
Pick 6 - Overall 54 - Andre Johnson, WR, Texans
Pick 7 - Overall 55 - Vincent Jackson, WR, Buccaneers
Pick 8 - Overall 56 - Alfred Morris, RB, Redskins
Pick 9 - Overall 57 - Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Cardinals
Pick 10 - Overall 58 - T.Y. Hilton, WR, Colts
Pick 11 - Overall 59 - Reggie Bush, RB, Lions
Pick 12 - Overall 60 - Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Vikings
Round 5 Analysis:
Outside of the final three rounds (14-16), the fifth-round was the only round where not a single quarterback was drafted. By this point, only two teams were without a signal caller (Sabourin and Mensio). The former went with a more balanced attack, mixing his team with RBs and WRs. The latter took a TE-heavy approach, building upon his first round-pick of Jamaal Charles with Julius Thomas and Rob Gronkowski. Seeing which of the two would cave first at quarterback became a running sub-plot of the draft.
Round-five become known as the WR round, with nine drafted in total. Add Jordan Cameron as the fourth tight end drafted, and pass catchers were in heavy demand.
I was only one of two drafters this round (Hribar being the other) who drafted a running back. He went with Alfred Morris and I went with Reggie Bush. Morris' lack of pass catching stats (20 total in two years) in his short NFL career don't get as dinged in a .5PPR format, whereas Bush won't be rewarded as much as he would be in a full-point PPR league.
Having neglected the RB position so far, and with 18 other RBs being drafted before Bush at 5.11, it was time to address the position. Even as part of a RBBC with Joique Bell, Bush was still productive last year and should be an adequate RB1. His career average of 53 catches, 404 receiving yards and two receiving TDs don't scare me off too much with the potential of Bell vulturing touches.
Pick 1 - Overall 61 - Percy Harvin, WR, Seahawks
Pick 2 - Overall 62 - Ben Tate, RB, Browns
Pick 3 - Overall 63 - Jeremy Maclin, WR, Eagles
Pick 4 - Overall 64 - Rashad Jennings, RB, Giants
Pick 5 - Overall 65 - Ryan Mathews, RB, Chargers
Pick 6 - Overall 66 - Andy Dalton, QB, Bengals
Pick 7 - Overall 67 - Wes Welker, WR, Broncos
Pick 8 - Overall 68 - Pierre Thomas, RB, Saints
Pick 9 - Overall 69 - Mike Wallace, WR, Dolphins
Pick 10 - Overall 70 - DeSean Jackson, WR, Redskins
Pick 11 - Overall 71 - Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers
Pick 12 - Overall 72 - Christine Michael, RB, Seahawks
Pick 1 - Overall 73 - Alex Smith, QB, Chiefs
Pick 2 - Overall 74 - Johnny Manziel, QB, Browns
Pick 3 - Overall 75 - Chris Johnson, RB, Jets
Pick 4 - Overall 76 - Eric Decker, WR, Broncos
Pick 5 - Overall 77 - Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Steelers
Pick 6 - Overall 78 - Bishop Sankey, RB, Titans
Pick 7 - Overall 79 - Joique Bell, RB, Lions
Pick 8 - Overall 80 - Marques Colston, WR, Saints
Pick 9 - Overall 81 - Kendall Wright, WR, Titans
Pick 10 - Overall 82 - Terrance Williams, WR, Cowboys
Pick 11 - Overall 83 - Dennis Pitta, TE, Ravens
Pick 12 - Overall 84 - Justin Hunter, WR, Titans
Round 6 and Round 7 Analysis:
The end of round six and the beginning of round seven finally saw the last two teams without a quarterback each take one, with Mensio drafting Ben Roethlisberger at 6.11 and Sabourin taking Alex Smith at 7.1. Waiting this late to take your QB1 has its risks, like not having at least one elite signal caller on your roster.
However, on the flip side, the longer you wait to take a quarterback, the more assets you're stockpiling on your 2-QB squad, which is exactly what these two drafters both did. Look at Mensio's team before he put his card in for Roethlisberger: Jamaal Charles, Rob Gronkowski, Julius Thomas, Andre Ellington and Torrey Smith. If you're a late-round quarterback disciple in 1-QB leagues and want to try such a strategy in 2-QB leagues, Mensio and Sabourin have laid out the blueprint. You can also read a more in-depth piece about the LRQB strategy in 2-QB leagues here.
Manziel being the first rookie quarterback taken at 7.02 by Mensio (QB19 overall) is something to keep an eye on. If you believe Manziel is RG3 2.0 circa 2012 and want to reap the benefits of his rushing ability, you're going to have to consider drafting him in the mid-rounds of 2-QB leagues. If he's named the definitive Week 1 starter, look for his 2-QB ADP to go up, up, up, up.
My Round 6 and Round 7 Picks:
I doubled up at RB after taking Bush last round with Ben Tate in the sixth round. There were still a few RBs I liked at this point in Tate, Rashad Jennings and Ryan Mathews. I was happy with any one of them and think the Browns will be taking more of a run-heavy approach this year if Josh Gordon misses an extended period of time. There has been talk of rookie Terrance West taking carries away from Tate, but the veteran has experience in a zone scheme offense that West doesn't. Rotoworld's Lance Zierlein goes more in depth on the Cleveland run offense.
After the first four tight ends go off the board, there's a debate as to who should be TE5. I've put my chips on Dennis Pitta in this debate and took him in round seven to be my TE1. With the format allowing us to slide in a TE at flex, I tend to grab one of the mid-tier TEs earlier, rather than wait until the later rounds, which some in the fantasy community advocate. Outside of Torrey Smith, Pitta should be the No. 2 target in Baltimore's passing offense, which could lead to plenty of targets and potential to be a top-5 fantasy tight end in 2014.
Pick 1 - Overall 85 - Kyle Rudolph, TE, Vikings
Pick 2 - Overall 86 - Carson Palmer, QB, Cardinals
Pick 3 - Overall 87 - Golden Tate, WR, Lions
Pick 4 - Overall 88 - Ryan Tannehill, QB, Dolphins
Pick 5 - Overall 89 - Steven Jackson, RB, Falcons
Pick 6 - Overall 90 - Trent Richardson, RB, Colts
Pick 7 - Overall 91 - Eli Manning, QB, Giants
Pick 8 - Overall 92 - Julian Edelman, WR, Patriots
Pick 9 - Overall 93 - Joe Flacco, QB, Ravens
Pick 10 - Overall 94 - Ray Rice, RB, Ravens
Pick 11 - Overall 95 - Bernard Pierce, RB, Ravens
Pick 12 - Overall 96 - Josh McCown, QB, Buccaneers
Round 8 Analysis:
By the end of the second round, the QB2 tier was wiped clean, with Josh McCown at 8.12 to Sabourin being the 24th quarterback drafted. Even if you're not sold on McCown at QB, you can handcuff him with Mike Glennon (who went undrafted) to secure yourself the Bucs QB. With Vincent Jackson, Mike Evans and Doug Martin as weapons, Tampa Bay's signal caller could make for a viable QB2. Remember, Glennon finished as a top-12 fantasy quarterback in standard scoring leagues three times (with two additional QB13 performances) last season, and threw two touchdowns in eight of 13 games.
Round eight was also an interesting one for RB2s in this draft with Steven Jackson, Trent Richardson, Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce being drafted. Rice was taken at 8.10 by Berger, and Mensio quickly followed with Pierce at 8.11. We won't know who got the better value until the season plays out, but if Rice is suspended for a number of games, then Pierce might have been the better pick.
I was the first drafter to select a QB3 by taking Carson Palmer at 8.02. He joined my starting duo of Andrew Luck and Jay Cutler on my quarterback depth chart. It might seem early for a QB3, especially given the QB duo already in place on my team, but looking at the rosters of those drafting after me between my 8.02 and 9.11 picks made me think that if I didn't grab Palmer now, he wouldn't have made it back to me.
That probably would have been the case, as four of the five teams without a QB2 ended up selecting their second quarterback with Ryan Tannehill, Eli Manning, Joe Flacco and Josh McCown all being drafted in the eighth round. It's doubtful Palmer would have made it back to me.
Playing against NFC West divisional foes six times a year is not the most welcome of scenarios, but as the QB3 on my roster, I get to pick and choose when he plays. Going into year two of a Bruce Arians offense with Larry Fitzgerald and a more seasoned Michael Floyd, Palmer could have some big weeks. He was the fantasy QB6 from weeks 10-17 last year. Also, with the Cardinals' bye out of the way in Week 4, Palmer makes for an intriguing trade chip to other teams in need of a bye-week fill-in at quarterback or as a QB2 upgrade.
Pick 1 - Overall 97 - Geno Smith, QB, Jets
Pick 2 - Overall 98 - Mike Evans, WR, Buccaneers
Pick 3 - Overall 99 - Cecil Shorts, WR, Jaguars
Pick 4 - Overall 100 - Stevan Ridley, RB, Patriots
Pick 5 - Overall 101 - Greg Olsen, TE, Panthers
Pick 6 - Overall 102 - Frank Gore, RB, 49ers
Pick 7 - Overall 103 - Vernon Davis, TE, 49ers
Pick 8 - Overall 104 - Rueben Randle, WR, Giants
Pick 9 - Overall 105 - Lamar Miller, RB, Dolphins
Pick 10 - Overall 106 - Jordan Reed, TE, Redskins
Pick 11 - Overall 107 - Danny Woodhead, RB, Chargers
Pick 12 - Overall 108 - Jason Witten, TE, Cowboys
Round 9 Analysis:
Sabourin, after going six rounds without a quarterback, took three straight from rounds 7-9. His selection of Geno Smith at 9.01 signaled the start of the QB3 drafting period. We're at the start of round nine here, and 25 quarterbacks had been drafted. If you're new to the world of 2-QB leagues, seeing 25 signal callers drafted before the ninth round is even over will give you an idea of how in demand the position is. The ninth round also seemed like one full of good values with the likes of Cecil Shorts, Greg Olsen, Frank Gore, Vernon Davis (who went two rounds later than Dennis Pitta) and Rueben Randle selected.
With only two RBs and two WRs on my team, I felt more comfortable with the depth of the WR position than the RB position and decided to take a third running back. The pool of available RB candidates wasn't all that welcoming, and Danny Woodhead with his pass-catching role in the San Diego backfield won me over. He caught 76 passes in his first year as a Charger and 40 the year before in New England. While not a full-point PPR league, Woodhead should still have value as a RB3/flex-type player.
Pick 1 - Overall 109 - Derek Carr, QB, Raiders
Pick 3 - Overall 111 - Reggie Wayne, WR, Colts
Pick 4 - Overall 112 - Dwayne Bowe, WR, Chiefs
Pick 5 - Overall 113 - Sam Bradford, QB, Rams
Pick 6 - Overall 114 - Marvin Jones, WR, Bengals
Pick 7 - Overall 115 - Terrance West, RB, Browns
Pick 8 - Overall 116 - DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Texans
Pick 9 - Overall 117 - Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Panthers
Pick 10 - Overall 118 - Danny Amendola, WR, Patriots
Pick 11 - Overall 119 - Brandin Cooks, WR, Saints
Pick 12 - Overall 120 - Ladarius Green, TE, Chargers
Round 10 Analysis:
The tenth round saw the final team select their second signal caller with Hribar drafting Sam Bradford at 10.05. The Rams quarterback was the 27th QB taken. He showed promise last season, throwing 14 touchdowns to only four interceptions in his injury-shorted season and also averaged 37.4 pass attempts/game. If that high passing volume can continue, then Bradford could be a sneaky candidate to reach high-end QB2 status in 2014.
For the most part, this draft didn't have any really head-scratching picks. Christine Michael at 6.12 might have been one, but there's a lot of hype surrounding the back-up Seahawks running back, and he's only a Marshawn Lynch injury away from inheriting one of the more tantalizing running back jobs in the NFL.
When McLean took Derek Carr at 10.01 to be his team's QB3, I was left in a bit of shock. I understand taking a QB3. I just wasn't sure Carr was the right one, or whether he would have been taken at all in this draft, and he went two rounds before the current starting Raiders QB Matt Schaub did. McLean said he views Carr as a 'LONG shot' with an opportunity, and he 'rolled the dice' on the pick. It's a lottery ticket pick that could cash in though, and as his QB3, the risk was minimal.
I went with Maurice Jones-Drew this round. I'm not sold on any Raiders running back as a season-long investment in fantasy, as any one of Jones-Drew, Darren McFadden and Latavius Murray could produce on any given Sunday. Jones-Drew as an RB4 takes away some of the risk attached to him though, and if he were to produce on a consistent basis, he could yield a nice return on a late-pick investment.
Pick 1 - Overall 121 - Jordan Matthews, WR, Eagles
Pick 2 - Overall 122 - Jeremy Hill, RB, Bengals
Pick 3 - Overall 123 - Seattle Seahawks, DST
Pick 4 - Overall 124 - Zach Ertz, TE, Eagles
Pick 5 - Overall 125 - Jake Locker, QB, Titans
Pick 6 - Overall 126 - Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Vikings
Pick 7 - Overall 127 - Knowshon Moreno, RB, Dolphins
Pick 8 - Overall 128 - Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Texans
Pick 9 - Overall 129 - Aaron Dobson, WR, Patriots
Pick 10 - Overall 130 - Darren Sproles, RB, Eagles
Pick 11 - Overall 131 - Riley Cooper, WR, Eagles
Pick 12 - Overall 132 - Darren McFadden, RB, Raiders
Round 11 Analysis:
It was also the round we saw our first defense go to Berger at 11.03. Hribar doubling down at QB with Fitzpatrick the round immediately following his Bradford pick gives him two quarterbacks he can match up and stream each week to form a solid studs and apply a streaming approach to the quarterback position. He has his 'stud' Tom Brady he can rely on each week at QB1 and then gets to pick and choose between Bradford and Fitzpatrick each week as his 'streamers.' It's a 2-QB draft strategy for those stuck between QB/QB and LRQB.
I decided to dip my toes back into the wide receiver waters and get a piece of the Philadelphia Eagles’ offense. With so many mouths to feed in LeSean McCoy, Darren Sproles, Zach Ertz, Jeremy Maclin, Riley Cooper and Jordan Matthews, I see the best way of attacking that offense is by drafting Nick Foles. He'll reap the benefits of playing in an offense with so many talented players, and it's like you get a share of each of the names listed without having to draft them all or pay their respective draft costs.
I took Cooper, and he was the last Eagles playmaker drafted, going five rounds later than Maclin. I'm not expecting him to repeat his breakout 2013 season, but if I could pair him up with a couple of other wide receivers later in the draft, I would have a good group of WRs to pick from each week to start as my WR3.
Pick 1 - Overall 133 - San Francisco 49ers, DST
Pick 2 - Overall 134 - Jarrett Boykin, WR, Packers
Pick 3 - Overall 135 - EJ Manuel, QB, Bills
Pick 4 - Overall 136 - Brian Hoyer, QB, Browns
Pick 5 - Overall 137 - Devonta Freeman, RB, Falcons
Pick 6 - Overall 138 - Sammy Watkins, WR, Bills
Pick 7 - Overall 139 - Martellus Bennett, TE, Bears
Pick 8 - Overall 140 - Kenny Stills, WR, Saints
Pick 9 - Overall 141 - Fred Jackson, RB, Bills
Pick 10 - Overall 142 - Matt Schaub, QB, Raiders
Pick 11 - Overall 143 - Hakeem Nicks, WR, Colts
Pick 12 - Overall 144 - Carlos Hyde, RB, 49ers
Round 12 Analysis:
A trio of QB3s went in round 12 with EJ Manuel, Brian Hoyer and Matt Schaub drafted. Hoyer is the most interesting name, and Thorman selected him at 12.04 to team up with Tony Romo and Ryan Tannehill. Other than trade bait and bye week fill-ins, you want your QB3 to be someone who can be slotted into the starting lineup of your 2-QB squad any week. If Hoyer ends up winning the starting job, this could be one of the better late-round quarterback selections, but if it's all Money Manziel in 2014, then Thorman will be running the risk of playing without a QB3.
My plan to load up on WRs starting with Cooper last round began to come to fruition with the selection of Jarrett Boykin at 12.02. He was the 49th WR drafted, but I feel his ADP is lower than it should be and that he could flirt with WR3 numbers this season.
The WR position is deep this year, and a number of late-round wideouts could become weekly starting options. Which receiver you draft depends on how you view their offenses. As potentially the third receiving option in a Green Bay offense with Aaron Rodgers throwing passes, Boykin is in an ideal spot to break out after cracking the lineup in Week 6 of the 2013 season. He went on to record five games of five+ catches and 80+ receiving yards in the same game last year.
Pick 1 - Overall 145 - David Wilson, RB, Giants
Pick 2 - Overall 146 - Knile Davis, RB, Chiefs
Pick 3 - Overall 147 - Brian Hartline, WR, Dolphins
Pick 4 - Overall 148 - Matt Cassel, QB, Vikings
Pick 5 - Overall 149 - James Jones, WR, Raiders
Pick 6 - Overall 150 - Shonn Greene, RB, Titans
Pick 7 - Overall 151 - Charles Clay, TE, Dolphins
Pick 8 - Overall 152 - Ka'Deem Carey, RB, Bears
Pick 9 - Overall 153 - Jonathan Stewart, RB, Panthers
Pick 10 - Overall 154 - Tyler Eifert, TE, Bengals
Pick 11 - Overall 155 - Greg Jennings, WR, Vikings
Pick 12 - Overall 156 - Tavon Austin, WR, Rams
Round 13 Analysis:
With virtually every team settled at the quarterback position, only one went in the 13th round, and it was Matt Cassel to Siniscalchi at 13.04. He was the 34th and last QB taken in the draft. This could be the best quarterback value pick of the draft if rookie Teddy Bridgewater (who went two rounds earlier) doesn't see much playing time this year.
Cassel proved adequate enough last season with a few games of solid production. Three times he threw for 240+ yards and two touchdowns. With weapons like Adrian Peterson, Cordarrelle Patterson, Greg Jennings and Kyle Rudolph on offense, Cassel finds himself in a situation where he can put up QB2 numbers but at a QB3 price.
A few low-cost, high-upside running backs in David Wilson, Knile Davis and Ka'Deem Carey were drafted in this round. These are a few running backs to remember for later in your draft, whether you're into handcuffing running backs or acquiring backs who could find themselves in outstanding situations (Carey-Chicago, Davis-KC).
Cordarrelle Patterson is getting all the hype in Minnesota, but if you don't want to pay up (he went 5.12 in this draft), you could wait and draft Jennings much later. In eight games with Cassel last year, Jennings scored 12.11 fantasy points/game in .5PPR leagues, making him fantasy worthy. Cassel could yet again start in Minnesota, and drafting him to be your WR4 or WR5 provides you with a late-round wide receiver option that could start as your WR3 in a pinch.
Pick 1 - Overall 157 - Bryce Brown, RB, Bills
Pick 2 - Overall 158 - Delanie Walker, TE, Titans
Pick 3 - Overall 159 - Anquan Boldin, WR, 49ers
Pick 4 - Overall 160 - Heath Miller, TE, Steelers
Pick 5 - Overall 161 - Garrett Graham, TE, Texans
Pick 6 - Overall 162 - Khiry Robinson, RB, Saints
Pick 7 - Overall 163 - Lance Dunbar, RB, Cowboys
Pick 8 - Overall 164 - DeAngelo Williams, RB, Panthers
Pick 9 - Overall 165 - Eric Ebron, TE, Lions
Pick 10 - Overall 166 - Tre Mason, RB, Rams
Pick 11 - Overall 167 - Markus Wheaton, WR, Steelers
Pick 12 - Overall 168 - Odell Beckham, WR, Giants
Round 14 Analysis:
Before the last two kicker and DST rounds began, round 14 was the last chance for teams to grab that aging veteran that's undervalued and forgotten about in fantasy circles or a young player primed for a breakout. It was a mix of both in this round, as you can tell by the selections of Bryce Brown, Heath Miller, Khiry Robinson and Odell Beckham.
If you're into waiting to draft a tight end, you might want to take a close look at Hribar's roster. He drafted his only tight end in Garrett Graham at 14.05. When asked what he likes about Graham and why he waited so long, Hribar said, "Tight end is really top heavy this year, then has a pretty dynamic fall off. As much as I like guys like Dennis Pitta and Kyle Rudolph, they're unlikely to run real far away from the later round options at the position. Graham will play the versatile role Aaron Hernandez was in under Bill O' Brien, and while he's no Hernandez on the field (and thankfully off), paired with the mid-range bomber Ryan Fitzpatrick, he should be peppered with targets frequently (see Walker, Delanie)."
Before it was time to take my kicker and defense, I added a second tight end in Delanie Walker. While he might not 'catch 80 balls' as he has talked about, Walker is a dependable back-up TE that could start at TE or flex if needed. When Jake Locker was under center, Walker saw a dip in receptions and receiving yards but averaged 0.57 TDs/game with Locker throwing the ball. He was only averaging 0.25 TDs without Locker at QB.
Pick 1 - Overall 169 - Carolina Panthers, DST
Pick 2 - Overall 170 - St. Louis Rams, DST
Pick 3 - Overall 171 - Robert Woods, WR, Bills
Pick 4 - Overall 172 - Matt Prater, K, Broncos
Pick 5 - Overall 173 – New England Patriots, DST
Pick 6 - Overall 174 – Kansas City Chiefs, DST
Pick 7 - Overall 175 - Cincinnati Bengals, DST
Pick 8 - Overall 176 - Denver Broncos , DST
Pick 9 - Overall 177 – New Orleans Saints, DST
Pick 10 - Overall 178 - Dan Bailey, K, Cowboys
Pick 12 - Overall 180 - Stephen Gostkowski, K, Patriots
Pick 1 - Overall 181 - Rod Streater, WR, Raiders
Pick 2 - Overall 182 - Minnesota Vikings, DST
Pick 3 - Overall 183 - Cleveland Browns, DST
Pick 4 - Overall 184 - Steven Hauschka, K, Seahawks
Pick 5 - Overall 185 - Phil Dawson, K, 49ers
Pick 6 - Overall 186 - Mason Crosby, K, Packers
Pick 7 - Overall 187 - Robbie Gould, K, Bears
Pick 8 - Overall 188 - Nate Freese, K, Lions
Pick 9 - Overall 189 – Arizona Cardinals, DST
Pick 10 - Overall 190 - Blair Walsh, K, Vikings
Pick 11 - Overall 191 - Matt Bryant, K, Falcons
Pick 12 - Overall 192 - Greg Zuerlein, K, Rams
Round 15 and 16 Analysis:
End of draft thoughts:
Those that have been drafting in and playing in 2-QB leagues for years know how much more fun and challenging the format is compared to leagues where you only have to start one quarterback. Whether you're into drafting an elite quarterback early or waiting until the end of the draft to choose from whoever is left, there isn't a whole lot of strategy involved in 1-QB leagues.
However, in 2-QB leagues there are a number of different strategies owners can employ, which leads to quite the diverse league, full of different 2-QB roster constructions. In this draft alone, we saw QB/QB, studs and streaming, LRQB and teams go with a balanced approach of drafting a couple of starting quarterbacks within their first few picks.
When taking a look at the rosters, you get to see the final results of each team's diverse drafts.
Mensio's Charles, Gronkowski and Julius Thomas start led him on the path of going quarterback late, taking as much talent as he could everywhere else, but he still wound up with a starting quarterback duo of Roethlisberger and Manziel.
Lake has quite the foursome with Newton/Wilson at QB and Forte/Lynch at RB. Throw in Reed at TE, Hilton, Tate, Wayne and Terrance Williams at WR, and you see the makings of an all-around balanced team.
Those are just a few examples of the diversity of this 2-QB draft. Each team had their own unique take on the 2-QB format, and it showed during the draft. When preparing for your 2-QB draft, be it your first, or your 100th, taking a look at where players went in this draft will help you determine when and where to target certain players or positions. In addition to this draft recap, 2-QB ADP data is also a helpful drafting tool, and you can find that here.
Have fun, and good luck with your 2-QB draft!