Superflex leagues are becoming more and more common. If you have not played in this type of league you have the option to start 2 QBs. One flex spot or “super flex” is where a quarterback can be started.
If you have played in this format you know how important starting that second quarterback can be. It is so important that you virtually have almost no chance of winning without one. It is not required but vital to your success in the superflex league.
As you can imagine these QBs are drafted early and often. You typically see them off the board in the first 12 picks and around the seventh or eighth round they may be almost all gone.
With this in mind, can you wait to draft QBs in a Superflex startup draft?
I found myself in this position in a recent Dynasty startup draft. I always like to draft a good foundation of RBs and WRs then attack the other positions. I had a good start with Davante Adams and Todd Gurley but as the third round came around the top QB options I wanted were gone.
I decided to wait until later and see what would fall to me because I know not everyone will be doing this and it can give me an advantage as long as my QB selections are decent.
I don’t like this approach as the draft unfolds you are in “panic mode” searching for that QB. I did not have a long wait period between picks so this made it easier.
I tried to develop a strategy right then and there to find the “diamond in the rough” candidates who could still be available late but return good value and potentially outperform their draft position.
There are two factors that are helping me in this strategy. One is the league is a start 2 TE league so the tight end position is almost as valuable and should push QBs down the draft board.
Second, this is a veterans-only draft, we are drafting rookies in a separate draft (more drafting=more fun) so there will be at least 3 more options in the rookie draft if I need one.
My new strategy in place I continue with the draft. I select Hunter Henry and with my 4th round pick, I take Leonard Fournette. I then I move down in the 5th but move up in the 6th because I feel that I can wait on the player I want.
I was right as Cooper Kupp was there at 5.12 and then select Derrick Henry at 6.01. At this point, I have a good nucleus of players that I am comfortable with. I am getting nervous at this point and don’t think I can wait any longer.
The seventh round rolls around and I select Kirk Cousins. I let out a sigh of relief and thank my lucky stars he was still on the board. The 8th round serpentine superflex draft loops back around to me at 8.05 and I don’t hesitate to draft Mathew Stafford.
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I don’t like this strategy but it can work. I would describe myself as a very savvy drafter and I can usually adjust my style on the fly if the draft is not going the way I want it to. I make mistakes like everyone else but I like the results here.
I was even able to draft a young backup quarterback on a new team, Josh Rosen. So not only did I build my roster the way I wanted but I selected QBs that can take me to the championship. I am very confident that I can compete for a title.
I have used this approach before and it blew up in my face but Cousins is consistently in the top 12 and Stafford should return to QB1 status or at least I am banking on it. I say attack the players people are low on for value and still get those top end guys.
Assemble your team with the best players you can and don’t be afraid to go after who you like. I think this shows that if you don’t have an end or beginning of the round place in the draft you can still wait on QB and assemble a great team in this format.