John Laub shares his love of 2-QB leagues and breaks out his top 160 2-QB Rankings for the coming season of fantasy football.
As a kid in the early Eighties, I had a paper route and loved reading the Sunday sports section of the Danbury News-Times after making my deliveries in the neighborhood. My trusted golden retriever Brandy would walk with me in the heat, rain, and snow. He always tagged along, and I never had to put a leash on him…It was a far different era and world.
Unfortunately, I did not play fantasy football yet. It was not until the late Eighties that I organized my first league and have played every year since. Just as nature evolves and society advances, the fantasy football hobby also undergoes constant change.
After thirty years, I have played in nearly every possible fantasy football format and one of my absolute favorites is 2-QB leagues. I know that it can be difficult to convince owners to make significant changes to their league rules and scoring formats. However, the conversation process must be commenced this season.
I have played in two keeper leagues for years—one for thirty campaigns and another for twenty-one seasons. Four years ago, I proposed the idea of changing the latter one to a 2-QB arrangement before we met for our annual bash. I posted a poll on the site; regrettably, the owners vetoed the idea. I did not give up. At the draft, I spoke about the benefits of starting two quarterbacks in lineups and how it increased the value of the most important position on the field.
Before the kickoff the following season, I posted another ballot on the league page. Luckily, the owners finally acknowledged the better set-up and voted in the affirmative. It is the best decision that we have made as a collective since organizing the league over twenty years ago. Now, is the time to make the revisions in your league to a 2-QB starting lineup.
Starting a 2-QB League
Let me provide some parameters to make the season more entertaining for the upcoming fantasy football crusade. I would create a 2-QB 10-team league with PPR-scoring and the following starting lineup: 2 QBs, 2 RBs, 3 WRs, 1 TE and 1 Flex—kickers and team defenses are optional. It keeps the waiver wire bountiful and allows less experienced players an opportunity to learn the value of signal callers. It ends the late-round quarterback strategy and forces owners to adopt a new approach.
Some tips and observations for drafting a 2-QB team:
- The draft evolves far differently than a standard league
- Owners must be ready to react and change strategy at any time
- In the first two rounds, draft a signal caller and try to own two quarterbacks after five rounds
- Limit rosters to three quarterbacks per team. If not, one owner will surely attempt to monopolize the position and retain four or five quarterbacks at the same time during the season
- If possible, try to acquire one stud quarterback (A. Luck, P. Mahomes, D. Watson and A. Rogers), and as a perfect complement, obtain a dual-threat playmaker (L. Jackson, J. Allen, M. Trubisky and K. Murray)
- Always leave the draft with three starters
- Veterans with starting, and nearly unchallenged, depth charts (M. Stafford, A. Dalton and J. Flacco) are ideally suited as a backup and bye-week starter
- Based on current ADP on Fantasy Football Calculator, a 2-QB roster could include the following players (round.selection) DeShaun Watson (2.05), Jameis Winston (5.07), and Andy Dalton (10.06)
- Wide receivers will most likely be pushed down and value opens up at the position in the fourth round
- Most importantly, try something new and have fun
In order to open the curtain on a worthwhile endeavor, I have provided 2-QB rankings for the coming season.
You will not regret the decision to play in a 2-QB league this fall…I promise.
Enjoy my fellow fantasy fanatics.
2-QB Rankings for 2019
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