Here is my favorite part of 2QB Dynasty Strategy: How and when to draft wide receivers and tight ends in a startup draft. The same rules that I’ve always waved around like a flag hold true for quarterbacks. Draft the best available younger quarterbacks in the first two rounds. Period. No need to debate that further. After that, you get to go after wide receivers, which are like candy to dynasty players.
You’ll find that anyone who didn’t go after quarterbacks in the first two rounds will be seeing the lack of them and scrambling for options at quarterback now. If they don’t, they might find themselves starting Brian Hoyer and Ryan Fitzpatrick. You already have two starters there now so you have breathing room on what’s still out there.
Look over the wide receiver options. There might not be a Dez Bryant, Antonio Brown, Julio Jones or an A.J. Green, but you’re going to see the guys who were first-round rookie picks last year like Sammy Watkins, Jordan Matthews and Brandin Cooks. You’ll also have available first-round wide receiver picks from this year waiting for you like Amari Cooper, Nelson Agholor and Kevin White. If you look at our overall top-200 2QB dynasty rankings that’s where they fit in for overall value, at around the 24-36 range. Those are your targets. Stock up on wide receivers for three or four rounds like you’re Paris Hilton at a Chippendale’s after-party. Worry about running backs and tight ends later. A good, young wide receiver will last you a decade while injury-prone running backs and tight ends will come and go.
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What you’re going to find is that most players use the regular PPR dynasty rankings to draft their dynasty players. They barely give any thought to the 2QB scenario at all, or they feel they can still get a good value on one in the third or fourth round. It’s possible it could happen, certainly. Maybe you’re comfortable thinking you can run out Eli and RGIII for the next six years? They could have good seasons and give you what you need, I suppose. You might even make up for their lack of consistent elite scoring by having an Adrian Peterson or A.J. Green. It’s just not likely to happen that way. The top wide receivers of yesterday will start to fall behind the top wide receivers of today and tomorrow soon enough. You should have a solid foundation under your team after the first five or six rounds are complete and that foundation should be one that will stand the test of time.
Tight ends are a different story. Gronk is his own class as a difference-maker and getting him in the first is understandable, but he’s already 26 and has a pretty long injury history already. I’d recommend waiting until the sixth or seventh round and getting a solid, if not flashy, tight end on a team with a decent quarterback. You can win with Heath Miller, Larry Donnell, Martellus Bennett or Austin Seferian-Jenkins. Tight ends are valuable, but again, they are injury prone. Get one in the later rounds, and you will stay competitive with someone who jumped for a tight end early and is using a less than stellar QB cast.