Win. Your. League.

Receive 3 Free Downloads More Details

How to Attack Your Two-QB PPR Draft

Strategy on Attacking Your Two-Quarterback League Draft

The diversity of leagues is one aspect that makes fantasy football so much fun.  Some people like the larger leagues, while some like the smaller ones.  The value of respective players varies widely with the differences in scoring and starting lineup.  It is not advisable to use standard draft strategies in the non-standard leagues.  This is especially true with leagues which require two quarterbacks in the starting lineup.  An entirely different strategy is essential in order to make the most of the draft.  This article will look at ten team leagues, starting two quarterbacks, and utilizing PPR scoring.  We will examine strategies specially-designed for these leagues in order to best attack the draft and get the most for your roster.  These will help you form a new strategy for your league.  

Down to basics, what are the differences I should know about the 2QB leagues? 

a.  The biggest question is how to value quarterbacks in comparison to other positions.  In leagues that start two passers, even the most average quarterbacks are worth as much as good running backs and receivers.  It is difficult to balance gaining studs at other positions while still addressing quarterback.  A team with two strong quarterbacks has a distinct advantage.  As a general rule, it is best to only draft elite players at running back or wide receiver over starting quarterbacks.  So, this means you should only take the top three running backs (e.g., LeVeon Bell, David Johnson, or Ezekiel Elliott) or the top wideouts (e.g., Antonio Brown and Odell Beckham Jr) over the quarterback position in the first two rounds.  The depth at the quarterback position will make it easier to take running backs and receivers in the early rounds.  Rob Gronkowski is the lone tight end worthy of consideration early in fantasy drafts and even he is not a lock to be selected over the more mediocre of passers.  The VBD (Value Base Drafting) values below will show balance in value (VBD) between positions.  In one-quarterback leagues, the position is devalued tremendously due to so many viable players at the position.  In two-quarterback leagues, there is a balance between positions. 

b.  How do I know which quarterbacks to select?  The main difference with two quarterback leagues is the increase in value with the players from QB10 to QB25.  The top few quarterbacks retain good value in all leagues, but it is the ones ranked lower that need the extra analysis.  The players in this range (QB10-QB25) are ranked lower because there is a question about talent, the certainty of the situation, potential lack of upside, or just lack of proven production.  Fantasy owners usually struggle with differentiating between the less-than-stellar options.  Approximately three projected points per game separate QB10 (Newton) from QB25 (Bradford).  With so many alternatives, the priority should be on seeking value.  While it sounds simplistic, select the players who are the most talented and most likely to be successful.  Next, do not spend a pick before the seventh or eighth round on a player whose job is not secure.  Since every team in your league starts two players at the position, finding options with upside and proven production is the key to gaining value. 

c.  How does the quarterback scarcity impact the early rounds?  There will be quarterback runs.  This is inevitable.  In leagues which start two at the position, owners will see the runs coming and will be desperate not to be left behind.  This is all driven by positional scarcity.  For this reason, it is best to take a stud quarterback, or two, early just to stay ahead of the curve.  The mad rush for passers will push quality players at other positions down the draft. 

When we look at the VBD values for the fantasy options, we quickly realize how starting two quarterbacks balances out the options in the early rounds.  The VBD accounts for positional scarcity and available options at other positions using the Footballguys.com projections.  It is amazing that in the first 30 players listed in terms of value, six are quarterbacks, thirteen running backs, eleven wide receivers, and no tight ends.  The balance is incredible in what represents the first three rounds of a fantasy draft.  One-quarterback leagues are more lop-sided for the receivers.  The league variables used were ten teams, eighteen roster spots, PPR scoring, and starting requirements of 2 Quarterbacks, 2 Running Backs, 3 Wide Receivers, 1 Tight End, 1 Flex, 1 Kicker, and 1 Team Defense. 

Below are the Top 50 players according to the VBD values:

Rank

Pos

PosRank

Player

Team

Points

VBD

1

RB

1

David Johnson

Ari/8

382

226

2

RB

2

LeVeon Bell

Pit/9

328

172

3

RB

3

Ezekiel Elliott

Dal/6

282

126

4

WR

1

Antonio Brown

Pit/9

296

117

5

RB

4

Devonta Freeman

Atl/5

256

100

6

RB

5

LeSean McCoy

Buf/6

255

98

7

RB

6

Melvin Gordon

LAC/9

252

96

8

WR

2

Odell Beckham Jr

NYG/8

272

93

9

WR

3

Julio Jones

Atl/5

269

90

10

QB

1

Aaron Rodgers

GB/8

379

87

11

WR

4

Mike Evans

TB/11

263

84

12

RB

7

Jay Ajayi

Mia/11

237

81

13

RB

8

DeMarco Murray

Ten/8

232

76

14

WR

5

Jordy Nelson

GB/8

250

71

15

QB

2

Tom Brady

NE/9

362

70

16

RB

9

Jordan Howard

Chi/9

226

70

17

WR

6

T.Y. Hilton

Ind/11

246

67

18

WR

7

A.J. Green

Cin/6

244

65

19

WR

8

Michael Thomas

NO/5

243

64

20

QB

3

Drew Brees

NO/5

351

59

21

RB

10

Isaiah Crowell

Cle/9

210

54

22

RB

11

Leonard Fournette

Jac/8

210

54

23

WR

9

Amari Cooper

Oak/10

232

53

24

QB

4

Matt Ryan

Atl/5

346

53

25

RB

12

Lamar Miller

Hou/7

209

53

26

QB

5

Andrew Luck

Ind/11

344

52

27

WR

10

Demaryius Thomas

Den/5

229

50

28

RB

13

Todd Gurley

LAR/8

206

49

29

WR

11

Doug Baldwin

Sea/6

226

47

30

QB

6

Jameis Winston

TB/11

336

44

31

WR

12

Tyreek Hill

KC/10

222

43

32

QB

7

Russell Wilson

Sea/6

334

41

33

RB

14

Ty Montgomery

GB/8

196

40

34

WR

13

DeAndre Hopkins

Hou/7

218

39

35

TE

1

Rob Gronkowski

NE/9

218

38

36

WR

14

Allen Robinson

Jac/8

216

37

37

RB

15

Mark Ingram

NO/5

193

37

38

WR

15

Brandin Cooks

NE/9

215

36

39

WR

16

Dez Bryant

Dal/6

215

36

40

WR

17

Larry Fitzgerald

Ari/8

215

36

41

WR

18

Jarvis Landry

Mia/11

213

34

42

TE

2

Travis Kelce

KC/10

213

33

43

WR

19

Michael Crabtree

Oak/10

212

33

44

RB

16

Marshawn Lynch

Oak/10

189

33

45

WR

20

Alshon Jeffery

Phi/10

209

30

46

RB

17

Bilal Powell

NYJ/11

185

29

47

QB

8

Kirk Cousins

Was/5

320

28

48

WR

21

Golden Tate

Det/7

206

27

49

QB

9

Dak Prescott

Dal/6

316

24

50

QB

10

Cam Newton

Car/11

315

23

 It is interesting how the positions are fairly balanced, even with being a two-quarterback league.  This represents the first five rounds of a draft.  As far as draft strategy, the values indicate a push to get as many of the top quarterbacks as possible and add running backs early in the draft before they become scarce.  How does it change for the players 51-90?  The 90 players represent the first half of the draft.

Rank

Pos

PosRank

Player

Team

Points

VBD

51

QB

11

Philip Rivers

LAC/9

315

23

52

WR

22

Stefon Diggs

Min/9

200

21

53

QB

12

Marcus Mariota

Ten/8

313

21

54

WR

23

Emmanuel Sanders

Den/5

200

21

55

RB

18

Carlos Hyde

SF/11

177

21

56

WR

24

Keenan Allen

LAC/9

198

19

57

RB

19

Joe Mixon

Cin/6

175

19

58

RB

20

Tevin Coleman

Atl/5

174

18

59

QB

13

Eli Manning

NYG/8

310

17

60

RB

21

Spencer Ware

KC/10

173

17

61

WR

25

Sammy Watkins

Buf/6

195

16

62

QB

14

Ben Roethlisberger

Pit/9

308

16

63

RB

22

Dalvin Cook

Min/9

172

16

64

TE

3

Greg Olsen

Car/11

193

13

65

WR

26

Kelvin Benjamin

Car/11

192

13

66

RB

23

Eddie Lacy

Sea/6

169

13

67

QB

15

Derek Carr

Oak/10

305

13

68

RB

24

Christian McCaffrey

Car/11

169

13

69

QB

16

Andy Dalton

Cin/6

304

12

70

WR

27

Davante Adams

GB/8

188

9

71

QB

17

Matthew Stafford

Det/7

300

8

72

WR

28

Willie Snead

NO/5

187

8

73

WR

29

Jamison Crowder

Was/5

185

6

74

WR

30

Julian Edelman

NE/9

185

6

75

QB

18

Tyrod Taylor

Buf/6

297

5

76

WR

31

Quincy Enunwa

NYJ/11

184

5

77

PK

1

Stephen Gostkowski

NE/9

152

4

78

QB

19

Carson Wentz

Phi/10

294

2

79

RB

25

Ameer Abdullah

Det/7

157

1

80

WR

32

Adam Thielen

Min/9

180

1

81

RB

26

Theo Riddick

Det/7

157

1

82

TE

4

Jordan Reed

Was/5

180

1

83

DEF

1

Denver

Den/5

144

0

84

DEF

2

Arizona

Ari/8

144

0

85

WR

33

DeSean Jackson

TB/11

179

0

86

TE

5

Kyle Rudolph

Min/9

180

0

87

RB

27

Matt Forte

NYJ/11

156

0

88

QB

20

Blake Bortles

Jac/8

292

0

89

PK

2

Matt Bryant

Atl/5

147

0

90

WR

34

DeVante Parker

Mia/11

178

-2

The wide receivers and running backs are still fairly balanced.  With 20 quarterbacks off the board, it means that most teams are assumed to have drafted two already at the position.  This mad rush of passers has pushed very good backs and receivers into extreme value situations.  Check out the last two receivers in the list, DeSean Jackson and DeVante Parker.  Each is a steal this late. 

After running a few mocks, it became obvious that getting at least one, and possibly two, top players at the quarterback position is essential.  There is no way to win your league if you are starting Alex Smith and Joe Flacco at the quarterback position.  A team having two of the top seven fantasy options has a monstrous advantage.  A shortage is quickly created.  The wide receiver position is the opposite.  The are several very good options available at wide receiver (like John Brown, Pierre Garcon, and DeSean Jackson etc.) in the middle of the draft.  

In the first five rounds, it would be best to have two quarterbacks, two running backs, and either another back or one wide receiver.  The VBD values drop off considerably after Rivers (QB11) and there is no way the fantasy teams with the lesser pair of passers can compete with a Brady/Luck combination, for example. 

In two-quarterback leagues, the tight end position becomes less valuable relative to the quarterback and running back positions.  It is odd to see the studly Rob Gronkowski listed at player 35 overall and TE2 Travis Kelce at 42.  Savvy owners should wait until the six round or later to address the position.  There are more than ten quality tight ends so you can afford to wait. 

In summary, load up on ball carriers and passers early in the draft and only address wide receiver and tight after the talent falls off at the two primary positions. 

Feel free to (email me) with feedback.  Also, I am on Twitter (www.Twitter.com/JeffTefertiller), LinkedIn, and Google+, so you can ask me questions on one of these as well.