Quarterback By Committee

Finding a starting quarterback by committee for 2019

Over the past several seasons, there have been quite a few very popular articles that look at an interesting approach to building a fantasy team with late value picks. Based on the theory of using both Strength of Schedule ("SOS") and taking two players as a combination to build one very good starting duo, a Quarterback by Committee ("QBBC") can be built as a standard fantasy league strategy. In general, this is usually a wise move because very early on in fantasy drafts there are a ton of running back and wide receiver prospects to go after to build a great team. While there are a few studs at quarterback and also a few choice defenses, there is rarely a need to pursue an elite quarterback very hard in the beginning stages of a fantasy draft.

So with this in mind, this article will apply the normal method applied to the other positions (running back, wide receiver, and tight end) for the quarterback position. Let's take a look at how to go about building this committee and then we can digest and discuss the results.

HUDDLE UP

So how to begin? Defenses and quarterbacks are relatively easy to committee together. There's usually only one quarterback and certainly only one team defense per NFL club, so the approach is pretty simple as far as picking out which players/teams to try and pair up. However, it is not likely to have every fantasy quarterback available to me for this process. After all, the goal here is to wait at the position and pick up two value picks later in the draft to form our combo and serve as a solid committee. The following criteria are used to decide which players to start with for evaluating:

CRITERIA #1 - QB13 AND BEYOND

This seems pretty simple. If we want to have a duo that puts up QB1 numbers, that means we want QB12 or better production - else we would just draft QB12 or higher and forget the whole idea. So here is the list of players with which I started, based on their Average Draft Position (ADP):

ADP Rank
Quarterback
ADP Rank
Quarterback
QB13
QB19
QB14
QB20
QB15
QB21
QB16
QB22
QB17
QB23
QB18
QB24

In 2019, there is little need to go beyond QB24, as the uncertainty of a few starters (either due to competition or a rookie pushing the veteran), but the gut call here is that we should not really bother for anyone beyond QB24. Taking the Top 24 quarterbacks from the ADP list leaves 14 quarterbacks to pair up and see how they do. That makes 66 potential committees, so there had better be a decent one (or several, we hope) out of all of those couplets. Now, before looking over the method of how to pair them up and the results, we need one more rule:

CRITERIA #2 - NO MORE THAN ONE QB FROM ROUND 8+ AND ONE FROM ROUND 10+

This could get tricky here, but understand the overall goal. The point of QBBC is to free up the first 9-10 rounds of your fantasy draft to pursue all of the other positions for your team. Grabbing three to four running backs and four to five receivers after grabbing a stud running back or wide receiver in Round 1 sounds like a good idea to me. This also gives you the flexibility of grabbing a stud tight end, depending on your personal preference, or even to get QB1 if there's a huge value play available and have the QBBC be your QB2 in a Superflex or start-two-quarterbacks league. Flexibility is the name of the game here. We all want value in our drafts, and having the ability to grab lots of RBs and WRs in the first 9-10 Rounds gives us that ability.

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