QB draft strategy, 2013 sleepers 

August, 22, 2013
8/22/13
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One of the things I have found strange in these awesome #MockDraftMondays is how fantasy owners in 10-team practice leagues are so quick to select backup quarterbacks. I understand why the likes of Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees go early, though I say good luck with Vick Ballard as your No. 2 running back! But really, in a 10-team league there’s no need for a backup quarterback at all. There’s ample depth at this position and I’d argue unless your starter is a serious injury risk, and Washington Redskins stud Robert Griffin III is about the only fantasy starter fitting that description, then the picks after Round 8 are far better directed at running backs and wide receivers who could emerge as useful options. Selecting the likes of Joe Flacco, Andy Dalton, Michael Vick and Jay Cutler in a 10-teamer with Brees or Tom Brady as your starter doesn’t make sense to me.

The strategy is certainly different if the rules change. In a 12-team league, I’m a bit more apt to add one of the quarterbacks ranked in the QB2 range just in case, because if there’s an injury to your reliable starter there’s a lesser player pool to replace him with. Then again, would I be drafting someone we know, like Flacco or Dalton, for that role? Or a higher-upside option, someone who has yet to reach what is frankly an average ceiling? I’d likely go upside, if taking a reserve quarterback at all, because by Halloween there will be several one-week fill-in types such as Matt Schaub out there in free agency, not to mention in-season surprises like Russell Wilson. There always are.