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My Two-Quarterback Draft Strategy

There is plenty of content geared toward standard fantasy drafts. What there is a lack of is content tailored for two-quarterback leagues (leagues where you have to start two quarterbacks or leagues where you’re allowed to start a quarterback in the flex). For this reason, and because I have a quarterback flex draft in a few weeks to prepare for, I have decided to share my strategy. The scoring for this league is standard and the starting roster format is pretty standard other than the quarterback flex spot – one quarterback, two wide receivers, two runningbacks, one tight end, a flex position, a kicker and a team defense. Lastly, I am picking at position 11 in a 12-team league.


Picks 11 and 14 – Matt Schaub and Kevin Kolb


Why take two quarterbacks with my first two picks? First, top quarterbacks produce more points than players at other positions, except for a few elite running backs. Picking a quarterback with upside that winds up having a huge year can carry your team to victory. Picking two quarterbacks who happen to both have huge years could lead to an annihilation of all competition. Second, if I was to pass on Kolb (and I took him because the ‘Big 7’ would likely be off the board by that point) in the midst of a run on quarterbacks, there is no telling what level of quarterback would be available when I picked next. There is much more depth at the running back and wide receiver positions than there is at quarterback. This is why I will likely use my first pick on Schaub and why I will likely reach for Kolb.

Picks 35 and 38 – Greg Jennings and Anquan Boldin


The wide receiver position is deeper than the quarterback position but shallower than the runningback position. It is for this reason that I have decided to address the wide receiver position at picks 35 and 38. I will go with steady veterans who still possess upside. I expect both

Jennings
and Boldin to have big bounce-back seasons (not that their 2009 totals were anything to laugh at) and reestablish themselves as two of the best at their positions.


Picks 59 and 62 – Brent Celek and Jahvid Best


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I went with a tight end here because this would likely be my last chance to draft a Top 8 tight end. This is important because I am a big believer in the Top 8 players at the position (Antonio Gates, Dallas Clark, Jermichael Finley, Jason Witten, Vernon Davis, Tony Gonzalez, Owen Daniels, Celek) but not too excited by the likes of Zack Miller, Dustin Keller, Chris Cooley and Kellen Winslow.

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The thinking behind my next pick was simple – I need runningbacks. I have waited this long because of the great depth at the position. But, because I waited so long, there will be significant question marks associated with each later round runningback. For this reason, I am going to try to draft 4-5 talented, starting caliber backs. The thinking being that if I draft 4-5 talented backs, at least two will pan out and I will receive adequate production from the position. Obviously, the best case scenario is that 3-4 pan out and I would then be able to rotate based on matchups and field a great team each and every week. Amassing a quantity of backs allows for such a possibility.  

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The pick of Best was simple. He will likely be (in my opinion), the most talented, explosive player on the board for a team who is in desperate need of such a player.  

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Picks 83 and 86 – Dez Bryant and Felix Jones


Although, I need to amass my stable of backs, I imagine there is a good chance that Bryant falls to me at this point, and I simply will not be able to pass up his upside. The Cowboys should be one of the highest-scoring teams in the league this year and the WR2 position that currently belongs to Roy Williams is there for Bryant to take. And it makes all the sense in the world for this year’s version of Miles Austin (a late round or undrafted receiver who becomes an every week fantasy starter) to be playing alongside

Austin
.

My next pick absolutely has to be a runningback because at this point, I still only have one on the team. So, the pick will be Jones. At this point of the draft, I will be more than happy to take an explosive playmaker from an explosive offense (which Jones is).

Picks 107 and 110 – Ben Tate and Montario Hardesty


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Heading into picks 107 and 110, I have two running backs on the roster – Best and Jones. As I mentioned earlier, the goal is to draft 4-5 talented, starting caliber backs. So, I simply will go with the most talented, high upside players. Naturally, both of these players are rookies. Tate has the chance to be the premier back for a powerhouse offense in

Houston
. To be able to acquire that type of upside at this point of the draft is an opportunity I’m not willing to pass up. As for Hardesty, Mike Holmgren thought enough of him to move up in Round 2 on draft day and make him a Brown. That should mean that at the very least, he will share the workload with Jerome Harrison. Of course, there is the chance that Hardesty wins the job outright and then his value would obviously be substantially higher than it is today. Considering I will be using pick 110 to get him, I’m not too concerned with the uncertainty.


Picks 131 and 134- Terrell Owens and Ahmad Bradshaw

There is a good chance that Owens will be available at this spot and I believe it is right around where he should get picked. Owens is a physical specimen who keeps himself in great shape and last year’s production needs to be taken with a grain of salt as the Buffalo Bills passing game was anemic. If he lands in the right situation (and I believe he will be a little more selective this time around), he could have WR2/WR3 value.


Bradshaw could very well be available when I’m on the clock at pick 134. He might be the best value I could see during the entire draft and I don’t plan on passing him up. When healthy, Bradshaw offered RB2 production when he was the primary back for the New York Giants (when Brandon Jacobs was injured). Considering how injury prone Jacobs is, Bradshaw could prove to be an excellent later round investment.


I now have my stable of starter caliber runningbacks in Best, Jones, Hardesty, Tate and Bradshaw. Considering that I only need to start two runningbacks each week, I should be more than fine at the position.

As we move onto the later rounds, I have all of my starting positions filled except kicker and defense. This is just as planned because I don’t believe in filling those positions until the end of the draft. Defenses are up and down and can be found easily on the waiver wire. The same can be said for kickers. It would be silly to spend anything other than last round picks on either position.

Picks 155 and 158 – Leon Washington and

Cincinnati
Defense

I took

Washington
here because all of my starting positions were filled and I went with the best player available approach. I would recommend this strategy to anyone who has filled their starting positions during their draft. The upside with this strategy is to maximize the talent level on your roster. The only downside (if you want to call it that) is that you may wind up with too many players at certain positions. The simple and easy remedy to this problem is trading to achieve roster balance.

I see

Washington
as a guy who is going much later in drafts than he should. There are two reasons for this. One, he is recovering from a broken leg that he suffered last season. While he may not be the same player due to the injury, this is not a certainty. He could be as explosive and as well rested as ever. Second, he is seen as a complementary, change-of-pace back. There is opportunity in
Seattle, and

Washington
has never been given an opportunity to be a primary, every-down back. He could thrive in such a role in

Seattle
. In summary,
Washington could be at full health for the start of the season and could win the starting runningback job for

Seattle
.

Washington
is certainly worth a gamble at pick 155.

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At pick 158, I will take the

Cincinnati
defense. I have to take someone to play defense, so why not them? They were more than serviceable in 2009 and should be even better this year with the return from injuries of Antwan Odom, Keith Rivers and Rey Maualuga and the addition of defensive end Carlos Dunlap through the draft. Nothing wrong with rolling the dice on

Cincinnati
at pick 158.

Pick 179 – Robbie Gould


With my last pick of the draft, I will look to select Gould of the Chicago Bears. I am simply looking for an accurate kicker with a strong leg who will be part of a competent offense that doesn’t score too many touchdowns. Gould fits the bill. 

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Below is a complete look at my team:

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2. Kevin Kolb
3. Greg Jennings
4. Anquan Boldin
5. Jahvid Best
6. Brent Celek
7. Dez Bryant
8. Felix Jones
9. Ben Tate
10. Montario Hardesty
11. Terrell Owens
12. Ahmad Bradshaw
13. Leon Washington
14.

Cincinnati

15. Robbie Gould

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If I am able to draft this team I will be a very happy owner. I have two quarterbacks that each possess Top 5 upside in Kolb and Schaub. I have a tight end in a great offense who is still getting better in Celek. And I have a stable of talented, starting caliber runningbacks in Best, Jones, Tate, Hardesty and Bradshaw. Oh, and let’s not forget about Washington, who I stole in Round 13.  

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All in all, I feel very confident that this team will be at least a contender and at most an annihilator. Let me know you think.

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