Superflex Draft Strategy

By Matthew Gajewski, August 30, 2018
Mitchell Trubisky Chicago Bears

As fantasy football continues to grow, so do non-standard league types. One of the more prominent up and comers is Superflex. Generally speaking, Superflex leagues differ from the traditional 1 QB, 2RB, 2WR, and 1TE leagues by adding an additional flex position, where a quarterback can be played. This means each and every team can start two quarterbacks if they choose.

This allows managers to implement more strategy into drafts and weekly lineup management. Average draft position for quarterbacks in these leagues tends to be elevated as well, adding both value and scarcity to the position. Below are three strategies you can rely on when you’re on the clock in a Superflex league.

Strategy 1: Late Round Quarterbacks

The most popular strategy in all of fantasy football can also be applied to Superflex leagues. While quarterbacks have a higher ADP in these leagues, drafting three quarterbacks late can provide an edge. Year-over-year quarterback scoring is more linear than the other positions. Because the scoring is relatively flat, quarterbacks can be streamed on a week-to-week basis in fantasy leagues.

In Superflex leagues, drafting three quarterbacks late can allow an owner to basically stream the two best quarterbacks on a roster each week. This allows managers to focus on running back, wide receiver, and tight end, while others grab a less valuable position. Quarterbacks like Mitch Trubisky, Eli Manning, Blake Bortles, and Andy Dalton can all be drafted outside the top 20 and provide excellent options for this strategy.

Strategy 2: Avoid the Mid-Tier Tight Ends

A recent study by JJ Zachariason of numberFire found tight end to be the most unpredictable position in fantasy football. The average ADP for TE12 has been 119.6 compared to 57.7 for WR24 and 69.6 for RB24. Just last season, the likes of Tyler Eifert, Martellus Bennett, and Coby Fleener were all drafted inside the top 12.

This means an edge can be exploited by drafting tight ends at the top or at the very end of drafts. Rob Gronkowski and Travis Kelce predictably score point on par with fantasy’s elite receivers and provide a distinct edge over their mid-round counterparts.

At the end of drafts OJ Howard, George Kittle, Jared Cook, and Austin Seferian-Jenkins can all be drafted outside the top 12 tight ends. These players offer similar week-to-week upside, but don’t come with the draft capital. If one of these tight ends busts, they also don’t have the same sunk cost effect that a mid-round tight end would.

Strategy 3: Lock in Elite Production at Running Back

Unlike two quarterback leagues, Superflex leagues allow players from all positions to be played in the flex. With bye weeks and injuries many teams will be forced to play a non-quarterback in the flex at some point in time.

With quarterbacks scoring more than the other positions on average, targeting elite production from other positions can help make up the difference in scoring. This usually means drafting bell-cow running backs. Even in the back half of the first round runners like Saquon Barkley or Kareem Hunt can still provide an edge over the competition. With quarterbacks getting drafted earlier, second round running backs like Christian McCaffrey, Dalvin Cook, and Devonta Freeman often fall providing additional value.

 

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