Me and my fantasy brethren have been doing a two-quarterback league for the past three years, and for the most part owners are giddy over grabbing top signal callers. In these types of leagues you can expect roughly the top five or seven quarterbacks to be nabbed in the first three rounds. You will especially see a ‘run’ on quarterbacks like you would see in the classic scenario where two top tight ends are taken, and everyone gets terrified so they select tight ends themselves.
Unlike my league peers, I am of the mindset of waiting till the fourth to sixth round to grab quarterbacks. Sure you’ll miss out on the Rodgers, Mannings and Schaubs of the world, but there is definitely something to be said for waiting.
Last year I waited until the fourth and fifth rounds to draft my quarterbacks. I went in wanting Matt Schaub and Donovan McNabb. While I was biting my nails, they did fall to me. I was able to comprise a draft of Maurice Jones-Drew, Steven Jackson (who fell because of the quarterback run), DeSean Jackson, Vincent Jackson and Chad Ochocinco. Sure, I got some nice waiver wire help from Jamaal Charles, but as you can see my draft turned out well.
So, this year I plan to unleash the same strategy. I say in Rounds 1-4 go
something to the tune off runningback-wide receiver in the first four. Let the other teams rush to grab quarterbacks, and let the wide receiver-runningback studs fall to you. In all likelihood you could get three Top 20 ranked players in your first three picks because of the quarterback run. I have no problem getting a top 10 runningback, two top 10 wide receivers and maybe a guy like Charles in there.
As for some quarterbacks to consider, lets say Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Matt Schaub, Peyton Manning, Philip Rivers, Brett Favre, Tony Romo, Jay Cutler, Tom Brady and Eli Manning (in some order) are the top 10 quarterbacks. I have no shame in sending out quarterbacks like Carson Palmer, who now has quite a few weapons, or Kevin Kolb, who is in a great offense, or guys like Donovan McNabb, Joe Flacco or Matt Ryan.
In addition, keep an eye out for some guys like Ben Roethlisberger, Matt
Stafford or Chad Henne. These are some late-round guys who could pay dividends. Overall, I say play gutsy and don’t do what everyone else is doing. Let your team fall into place while everyone chomps at the bit for the top quarterback bait.