Quarterback By Committee

Finding a starting quarterback by committee for 2020

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) and defenses 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 - QB11 AND BEYOND

This seems pretty simple. If we want to have a duo that puts up QB1 numbers, that means we typically want QB12 or better production - else we would just draft QB12 or higher and forget the whole idea. This year we include QB11 Aaron Rodgers since his ADP (94) is so close to QB12 Carson Wentz. So here is the list of players, based on their Average Draft Position (ADP):

ADP
Plyer
Team/Bye
Projected Pts
ADP
Plyer
Team/Bye
Projected Pts
QB11
GB/5
298.5
QB20
Ten/7
285.7
QB12
Phi/9
323.0
QB21
SF/11
284.5
QB13
Det/5
314.1
QB22
Min/7
280.6
QB14
NYG/11
308.4
QB23
Den/8
276.0
QB15
NE/6
265.2
QB24
Ind/7
277.0
QB16
LAR/9
305.0
QB25
Car/13
270.4
QB17
Pit/8
288.5
QB26
Jac/7
283.8
QB18
Cle/9
292.9
QB27
LV/6
252.4
QB19
Cin/9
295.8

Table 1 - 2020 Quarterbacks to Consider for QBBC

In 2020, there is quite a bit of depth at the quarterback position, so while we typically do not need to go beyond QB24, adding a few more quarterbacks in reasonably stable starting roles is worth analyzing, if only for thoroughness. Taking these 17 quarterbacks makes 136 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 pretty good draft plan. 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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