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Fantasy Football: Superflex Draft Strategies

For those looking to expand their Superflex knowledge, Senior fantasy football expert Dr. Roto schools you on how to approach this unique league format on draft day.
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Over the years, fantasy football leagues have changed their scoring systems from touchdown-only to standard scoring to half-point & full-point PPR. Recently, the two formats that have gotten a lot of attention are best-ball formats and Superflex leagues. Many fantasy managers are familiar with best-ball leagues where they draft players, and the best players’ statistics count each week. However, Superflex leagues are slightly different as they allow you to start a quarterback in the flex position.

A question that many people will ask: "Is it smart to use a QB in my flex position in a Superflex league?" The answer is unequivocally, yes. Even the worst quarterbacks tend to put up better fantasy numbers than touchdown-dependent position players.

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Here’s an example assuming your league uses .05 points per passing yard and 4 points per passing TD for QB scoring:

Washington QB Dwayne Haskins has a miserable day and throws for 170 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT. That would give him 8.5 + 4 – 2 = 10.5 points. A RB or WR would have to have a TD or a 100-yard game to get similar points in a standard league. I could argue that a top RB/WR is usable in PPR, but most QBs won’t have that type of disastrous game most weeks.

A mediocre start from a quarterback is normally 200-240 passing yards and 1-2 passing TDs. Assuming those numbers are correct, the QB in the Superflex position would average somewhere between 15-20 points per week. If they have a huge game, it could easily be 25-35 points per week.

Hopefully, I have convinced you that starting a second quarterback is the way to go in Superflex leagues. Now let me give you some sound Superflex strategy!

Most fantasy football leagues use one starting quarterback. I have always preached waiting on selecting my quarterback until Round 7 or later. I am happy to build my running back and wide receiver depth first before taking my quarterback. In a Superflex league, the strategy is somewhat different. I call it the Magic 30 strategy.

Here’s how the Magic 30 strategy works: I want you to rank all the available starting quarterbacks from 1-32 on a list. The draft strategy is simple: try to draft two quarterbacks whose total ranking number is less than 30. For instance, if I have Matt Ryan as my QB8 and Jared Goff as my QB17, that is 8+17=25, which means I am under 30. Conversely, if I draft Patrick Mahomes (QB1) and Philip Rivers (QB27), my magic number is 28 (1+27).

What I don’t want to do in a Superflex league is ever have my number be under 10 or over 40. If I am under 10, then I took my two quarterbacks too early; if I am over 40, I took them too late.

Below is a list of some quarterbacks I think fit very nicely into my Superflex strategy if I try to find two QBs of similar value.

  • Matt Ryan
  • Matthew Stafford
  • Tom Brady
  • Daniel Jones
  • Ben Roethlisberger
  • Baker Mayfield

If I decide to take a top QB early, these are some of the QB I don’t mind taking:

  • Joe Burrow
  • Jimmy Garoppolo
  • Drew Lock
  • Teddy Bridgewater
  • Kirk Cousins
  • Gardner Minshew

I hope that this has given you a guide into Superflex drafting strategy. If you haven’t tried Superflex, give them a shot. They are really fun and high-scoring!