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    Intro to Superflex and 2QB Fantasy Football Leagues

    What are Superflex/2QB fantasy football leagues, and what are the main differences between them and traditional 1QB formats?

    One of the more rapidly rising fantasy formats is Superflex fantasy football.

    Once upon a time, most fantasy formats were the same. While redraft leagues with basic settings are still the most common, more and more variations have emerged over the years. One such recent variation is Superflex.

    For those new to the game or for anyone who has only played in the more traditional formats, here’s a basic primer on Superflex leagues and how they differ from other formats.

    What Are Superflex/2QB Fantasy Football Leagues?

    While this article is directed toward managers with less experience, I’m going to assume a certain base level of knowledge from the reader. Hopefully, everyone reading this knows what the Flex position is.

    I’m also assuming everyone’s played in a fantasy football league before, even if never in a Superflex format. A Superflex position is simply a Flex spot that allows you to start a quarterback.

    Upon reading this, your first thought may have been, “Why would anyone not start a second quarterback?”

    If that’s the case, you’re correct. After all, the title of this article says “Superflex and 2QB” for a reason.

    The idea behind starting two quarterbacks is to restore fantasy value to the NFL‘s most important position. The late-round quarterback strategy was optimal for many years because QB production was so replaceable in fantasy football.

    To many, it never made sense that the QB position could be the single most important one for an NFL team, yet an afterthought in fantasy as easily replaceable. Allowing fantasy managers to start a second QB drastically alters the supply and demand, elevating quarterbacks to the most important position in fantasy.

    I don’t know exactly when the Superflex position was created. The earliest record I can find is 2017, but it may very well have been sooner. It certainly didn’t exist on the mainstream fantasy platforms when I started playing in 2003.

    Back then, I actually did participate in a league that wanted to allow us to start two quarterbacks. Our only option was to add a second QB spot.

    If you’re doing some quick math in your head, you’ll realize that in any league where you can start two quarterbacks, more than 32 QBs will be rostered. In 12-team leagues, that means for every team to roster two QBs plus a backup to cover bye weeks, there will be a minimum of 36 quarterbacks rostered.

    It’s literally impossible for every team to start two QBs every week. This played a huge role in the formation of the Superflex position.

    In theory, you should be able to roster a backup for every player at every position. But that’s not possible if you’re required to start two quarterbacks every week.

    The Superflex position is an ingenious solution to the QB problem. It’s essentially a two-quarterback league, but it also allows fantasy managers who are unable to roster a third starting QB to avoid a zero in their lineups. By allowing managers to start any offensive player, you can still field a full lineup even if you don’t have two quarterbacks to start.

    With that said, strict 2QB leagues do exist. They just don’t typically have more than 10 teams because, with 10, every team can theoretically roster three quarterbacks.

    Should You Always Start a QB at the Superflex Position in Fantasy Football?

    Should you? Unequivocally, yes. Your goal should be to start a quarterback in your Superflex position every week, and most teams are able to do so. At worst, there should only be one or two weeks where you can’t because of bye weeks. If there are more, it’s probably due to some bad injury luck.

    A common lineup construction in Superflex formats will look like this:

    • QB, RB, RB, WR, WR, WR, TE, Flex, Superflex

    It’s like a regular fantasy football lineup, just with a Superflex spot tacked on. Even if you have a stacked team, odds are the last player entering your starting lineup is no better than a WR4 or an RB3.

    The typical threshold for WR4 performance is around 11 fantasy points per game. An RB3 will get you around 10 points per game. Last season, the QB40 still averaged 10.6 ppg.

    It’s not exactly surprising that quarterbacks score the most fantasy points. It’s also not close. Even the worst fantasy QBs would be better starting options than WR4s and RB3s.

    Of course, nothing is absolute. If you play fantasy football long enough, you will inevitably encounter a team (whether yours or someone else’s) where starting a running back or wide receiver over a quarterback does, in fact, make sense. However, if you have two starting quarterbacks on your roster who are both active on a given week, they will be in your lineup 95% of the time.

    What Are Some Key Differences Between Superflex/2QB and 1QB Leagues?

    When it comes to how players score fantasy points, having a Superflex position doesn’t change anything.

    The manner in which players score fantasy points is the same. You have your usual formatting options: PPR, half-PPR, and non-PPR. You can also have PPFD (point per first down), TE premium (1.5 PPR for TEs), or any other scoring system you can think of.

    As one would expect, the average weekly score increases when you have a second QB in the lineup. Most weeks, your two highest-scoring players will be your quarterbacks.

    The most glaring difference is in Superflex/2QB fantasy football drafts and the waiver wire.

    How Does Drafting Strategy Change in Superflex/2QB leagues?

    Over the past few years, we’ve seen a bit of a resurgence in the value of quarterbacks in 1QB leagues.

    With the influx of rushing quarterbacks, it’s not as easy to stream the position. As a result, the consistently elite QB1s are justifiably going earlier in fantasy drafts. Even so, you cannot compare QB values in 1QB formats to Superflex/2QB leagues.

    As previously mentioned, it’s basic supply and demand with just 32 starting quarterbacks. Yet, it’s an exaggerated version.

    Quarterbacks don’t just go early in Superflex fantasy football drafts, they dominate the first two rounds.

    Any quarterback who averages around 20+ points per game will be gone by the end of the second round…and that’s probably too high of a threshold. Quarterbacks averaging lower than that don’t last long, either. You should expect 12-14 QBs gone within the first 24 picks.

    As one might expect, with so many QBs going early, RBs and WRs you typically see going in the first and second rounds will be available in Rounds 3 and 4. It’s a rippling effect throughout the draft.

    Speaking from experience, the most challenging aspect of Superflex drafts is altering your internal perception of how a draft flows. If you — like most other fantasy managers — dipped your toes into Superflex after years of 1QB experience, your entire frame of reference regarding fantasy drafts stems from one-quarterback formats.

    It feels wrong to pass on an elite RB1 or WR1 for a mid-QB1 you would typically draft in rounds 7-9 of a 1QB league — but it’s necessary.

    You need to train your brain to think differently. If you don’t draft at least one QB in the first three rounds, you’re gonna have a bad time. I prefer to start QB-QB as frequently as possible. The draft room doesn’t always let me, but when I can, I will.

    Even though the weakest starting quarterbacks are still fantasy-viable, you can’t win with two QBs both averaging 15 ppg or fewer. The position deficit against the top teams in your league will be too vast for your other positions to make up.

    This doesn’t mean you absolutely must take two quarterbacks early. But it does mean that if you don’t, you better nail those mid-round QB selections.

    In a single-QB league, even the worst starting quarterback may only average 3-5 points per game fewer than most other teams’ starters. In Superflex/2QB, the difference is massive. If a team starts QB-QB (and doesn’t whiff on either), and you don’t take any in the first two rounds, you may be looking at a 20-points-per-game gap.

    The strongest argument against Superflex/2QB leagues is they devalue other positions. If you nail the quarterbacks and you have two guys averaging over 20 points per game, it’s really just not possible for the other positions to make up the difference. The only way to truly compete is for your QBs to be near that level as well.

    It doesn’t matter how much better your WRs or RBs may be. You will have a very difficult time contending if your QBs are combing for under 30 fantasy points.

    With that said, there’s still no hard-and-fast rule about how to draft your team. If you get the picks correct, you can win with any strategy. Take two within the first three rounds, take one early and a couple late, or even roll the dice on a bunch of QB2s (not recommended).

    How Does the Waiver Wire Change in Superflex/2QB Leagues?

    In 1QB formats, if you miss on your starter, you’re going to be able to find someone on the waiver wire. He may not be great, but you’re not going to be without options.

    At any given moment, there are typically around 10-14 QBs available to claim, a handful of which can safely get you around 15 fantasy points in decent matchups — with the upside for 20+ if things break right.

    In Superflex/2QB, every single NFL starting QB will be drafted and retained — and it doesn’t stop there. Even the top backups will be rostered. Most teams will roster three quarterbacks despite the fact that eight of them won’t open the season as a starter. Some will even draft four.

    Since quarterbacks are so scarce and, thus, so valuable, when an unexpected starter pops up due to injury or a surprise benching, he’s going to be added by someone in your league. If your league uses FAAB waivers (which it should), he’s going to be expensive.

    In 1QB formats, quarterbacks are replaceable. You can always find someone on the waiver wire. That’s not the case in Superflex/2QB.

    The instant a starting quarterback goes down or gets benched, if his backup isn’t already rostered, he will be immediately. Everything revolves around the position, and you can’t bail out a bad QB draft via the waiver.

    Closing Thoughts on Superflex/2QB Leagues

    While it may seem scary at first, Superflex/2QB leagues are just another way to have fun in this great game we play. Whether you’ve only played 1QB redraft your entire career or dabbled in all sorts of formats, there’s never a bad time to give Superflex leagues a shot.

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