Drafting from the 1st Spot in a 10 Team 2QB League
Having a strategy coming into a snake draft is extremely important to set yourself up for success. Obviously, you need to be flexible as you navigate the subsequent rounds, but having some idea of how you want to tackle the first three rounds will set the tone for the choices you make down the road. You can't predict anything after your first pick, but you can have scenarios in mind.
In this article, we will take a look at potential strategies for drafting from the 1st spot in a 10-team, 2QB league. Let's just assume you obtained the first pick by making an iron shot instead of you coming in last place in your league in 2021. Anyway, I'll cover your options in the first three rounds and then suggest my preferred strategy for drafting from the position. Ultimately, this comes down to finding the players you like and fitting them into a strategy that works best for you. But I'll give you some of my favorite players to target given the starting position.
Drafting from the front is never a bad thing, and going first is ideal (glad I could provide you with that deep analysis.) On top of getting your choice of the best player available to start the draft, you get bookend picks the rest of the way which takes some variability out of your strategy with no one drafting in between your picks.
The other key call out here is the 2QB twist. I personally love 2QB leagues but it creates a very different drafting strategy with a high premium placed on a scarce position.
Round 1 Options
As mentioned above QB is the most position in the league, and the first pick allows you to lock in the best QB available. The consensus is Josh Allen, and consider me part of the consensus. The team, the weapons, his arm, and his legs make him a consistent QB1 with huge upside.
The RB position drops off a cliff in a hurry, so I understand the interest in taking an RB in this spot. It fortifies your team and allows you to look elsewhere in rounds 2 and 3. I'm partial to Jonathan Taylor as my first RB taken.
Don't take a WR or TE this high. Just don't.
I can see an argument for grabbing a top-tier RB given the scarcity at the position in 2022, but for me, it has to be QB. Given how important a top QB is to your roster, and the fact that you will be dropped down multiple tiers by your second pick, I think you have to go Josh Allen here. Additionally, with all the QBs picked in the first two rounds, there's almost always a very serviceable RB to grab at the turn.
Round 2 and 3 Options:
To QB or not to QB
That is the question. And it's one that I find myself answering with taking a QB. I've had multiple mock drafts where Lamar Jackson has dropped to this position, (from people that are clearly not using our ADP rankings ) and I'm even pretty happy with Russel Wilson here. The biggest reason beyond locking in the best combination of QBs in my league is what is available in rounds 4 and 5. In most of my mocks, I'm choosing between Derek Carr and Matt Ryan in that slot, maybe Kirk Cousins if I get lucky. I'd much rather have the best QB combo than a somewhat mediocre one with a slight upgrade at RB.
The other pick
Now obviously it's time to go either RB or WR. Again, the 18 picks wait until my 4th round choice means there is going to be a drop-off at both positions. But the drop-off at RB is more than the drop of at WR, especially if Alvin Kamara is sitting there as he usually is. If Deebo falls, I might go WR, and I wouldn't fault you for stacking Diggs, but I usually go RB here.
The rest of the draft
Rounds 4 and 5
Obviously, the first order of business after going QB-QB-RB is grabbing a WR. Ideally, Tyreek falls to me here, but I'm pretty happy with Mr. reliable Keenan Allen or the upside of Tee Higgins. From there you can double up on WR or go RB. JK Dobbins has made it to me here a fair amount, and that's tough to pass up. If I'm not in love with any of the running backs, I'll either go WR or TE.
Rounds 6 and 7
Assuming I went QB-QB-RB-WR-RB, I'm doubling up on WR here, and honestly, I love a lot of my options. Brandin Cooks once again has an undervalued ranking , a potential Michael Thomas revival, and the upside of Godwin or Jaylen Waddle are all very appealing. The options are so good that it usually causes me to go WR-WR and dumpster diving on tight ends.
With the above steps, you have all the positions covered outside of TE so that becomes a priority. Dallas Goedert has been a go-to as well as Zach Ertz who has a good chance to outperform ADP . From here I have a pretty balanced lineup, so I try to take the best player available. As I mentioned, there is no telling how your draft will actually go, so ensure you are playing toward your league rules and positional advantages. But hopefully the above gives you a possible template for success for your 2022 draft.
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