2QB Dynasty – Don’t take your eyes off the prize

Kirk Cousins 2QB Dynasty

2QB Dynasty – Don’t take your eyes off the prize

A saying I’ve heard over the past decade or so in my professional life is that you can do everything right and still lose.  A car salesman might be friendly, compassionate, informed, helpful and completely thorough in everything he or she does, and still not sell enough cars to keep their job.  A line cook at a cafeteria might take great pains to ensure that food is not contaminated and that people are served promptly, however the customers might just not like their demeanor.  A bridal store employee might elicit jealousy from customers because she is better looking than themselves, and not be chosen to consult.  A telecommunications programmer might be the obvious expert in their language and the language becomes obsolete.  In my own field, my chosen career moved on without me as technology and standards essentially eliminated the need for decision makers at the top level, so I retired and went to a new field this year.

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You might have heard of the fantasy league called [link]“The Scott Fish Bowl.”  It’s a 480-team redraft league where fantasy analysts and fans annually compete for prizes run by Scott Fish (if you couldn’t guess).  While it is not my typical preferred 2QB dynasty format, the league is superflex in nature, meaning you can start up to two quarterbacks, but you are not required to.  The scoring format (in my humble opinion) favors starting two quarterbacks though, so I try to make sure to start two each week.

In the draft this year I started by picking up five running backs (you can start up to six) and a wide receiver before adding my first quarterback.  I still wound up with five starting quarterbacks by the time the draft was over.  You would think that with as much high-end talent as that was, and a fine stable of starting quarterbacks, I would be rolling.  I could certainly hold my own starting some streaming combination of Cousins, Cutler, Wentz, Siemian and Gabbert/Kaepernick, right?

Instead I’m the second to worst team in the league and getting worse every week.

This isn’t to say I did everything right and lost anyway.  Don’t misunderstand this to be an “in defense of myself” piece.  The point is that I focused too heavily on quarterbacks in the middle rounds and left myself weaker in the other positions.

In two quarterback dynasty leagues I’m a member of, the same scenario happens from time to time.  I have three or four starting quarterbacks and the rest of my team winds up wallowing in mediocrity.  From the time of the original draft to the time when you fill in the rest of your team with starting talent, your focus isn’t on starting quarterbacks anymore, but on winning.   I’ve advocated starting these leagues by drafting two top quarterbacks in the first two rounds.  From that moment on, you should stop focusing on that position.

In 2016 quite a few were surprised by the ascension of Trevor Siemian and Dak Prescott.  Everyone expected Mark Sanchez or Paxton Lynch to lead the Broncos and the Cowboys were going to keep rolling with a newly healthy Tony Romo.  Welp…  Shit happens.  What are you gonna do.  Taking shots on second-tier quarterbacks from time to time will help ensure you hit a jackpot from time to time.  The point of starting your draft with the two top choices available from quarterbacks is to take your focus off that position and allow you to add talent elsewhere rather than constantly trying to fill that position in year two, three or further out.  If you started with Luck and Cam, you don’t need to spend a top draft pick on a quarterback for the next decade.  Long term, you will have the strongest team in the league and constantly be beating on that playoff door.

If you, like my Scott Fish Bowl team, stumble into having four or five quarterbacks, you should cash in and trade away some mid-level QB talent and keep your top two or three for yourself.  Add talent at other positions and don’t worry so much about having a starting QB in the worst case scenario.

The best part of a “top two quarterbacks first” strategy – you might be surprised – is to not to spend your time worrying about quarterbacks.  Have the best two quarterbacks you can get in the initial draft.  When you have that covered, you can look to the other skill positions to lift your team to the next level.

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