2QB Draft Strategy - Drafting from the 3rd Spot

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Fantasy Football Draft Strategy 2023 - Drafting from the 3rd Spot in a 12-Team 2QB League

Continuing on in our mock draft series, this week we turn to a different type of league: 2QB leagues.  2QB leagues bring in a whole different dilemma to fantasy players: when do you draft the Quarterbacks?  There are only 32 starters, and your league will be starting 24 Quarterbacks each week, so you want to make sure you draft guys who will put up points.  

Mock drafts are filling up these days, which makes it much more interesting than just drafting against computers.  If you have not been mock drafting already, now is a great time to start.  You may want to take a look at the 2QB Rankings page and start making your own rankings based on who you like going into the 2023 season.

I spent some time mock drafting in a 12-team 2QB league and I had the third spot.  Here is a look at the finished draft.  You can also take a look at the overall 2QB ADP to get a better understanding of where players are being drafted.  Lets dive in on some strategies for drafting early in 2QB leagues.

Grab a Top Tier QB First

This may not apply if you are further down the draft board (like 8-12 picks), but at number three I have a golden opportunity to get one of the top 3 QBs in the league.  That way, I can wait on my second QB a bit more. 

I went with Mahomes after Josh Allen went second overall, meaning I could now wait until the middle rounds to grab my next Quarterback.

Grabbing a top 3 QB is a surefire way to start a 2QB draft off right, since you’ll have plenty of good RB/WR options in the next few rounds.

Best Player Available in Rounds 2-6

Now this pertains mostly to WR/RB, but if you want to grab another high-end QB here, I won’t argue.  It’s hard not to be excited about a Mahomes/Jackson start, but alas, I wanted to shore up a starting RB first.

Travis Etienne seemed to be the best available RB, and is the one in that area with the least questions going into the season. Jaylen Waddle was a no-brainer in the third, although Mark Andrews would have been a nice addition as well.

Basically, if you grab a QB with your first pick, try and load up on upper tier Wide Receivers and Running Backs until they are a bit more depleted.

Draft a Third Quarterback – Aim for High Risk/High Reward

This is one of the only times I will ever advise grabbing a third QB, but it’s almost a must in a 2QB league.  You are constantly starting two Quarterbacks, so having a third option is a great strategy. 

First off, both of your starters will have Byes, and the QBs get very thin on the Waiver Wire.  Second, you could grab a high-upside QB late that you can play if they start getting hot, or if they have a much easier matchup in a certain week.

I grabbed Jared Goff in Round Seven, figuring he is a solid QB2 who should put up decent numbers again.  Then I went with Rookie QB Anthony Richardson, who has garnered a ton of hype this offseason.  Now I doubt you’ll be able to grab him as late as I did (others will realize his potential), but I’d be extremely happy with the three QBs I got.

Grab the Best RBs/WRs Based on Your Scoring

There wasn’t a scoring option in this mock draft, so I wasn’t sure if I was drafting for Standard or PPR.  Obviously, you will know that going into your 2QB league.

If it is indeed standard, I’d try and draft more Running Backs early, especially ones who will be workhorses or goal-line backs.  

Obviously, if it’s PPR, you’ll want to focus more so on Wide Receivers and pass-catching Running Backs. 

Just make sure you prioritize based on your league’s scoring, with emphasis on Quarterbacks.


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