2013 Draft Prep: Two-QB draft
Our two-quarterback mock draft goes against our usual philosophy of waiting to take a signal-caller. Our Jamey Eisenberg explains in his mock draft analysis.
You hear us say all the time to wait on a quarterback in your draft. The position is deep and you can still win with Tony Romo in Round 6 instead of Drew Brees in Round 1.
That all changes in a two-quarterback league, especially one like this with six points for passing touchdowns. Here, you have to draft a quarterback early.
In this 10-team, two-quarterback mock draft, there were five quarterbacks selected in Round 1 and 10 by the end of Round 2. Adam Aizer and Peter Madden drafted two quarterbacks with their first two picks and five owners had two quarterbacks by the end of Round 3.
Those quarterbacks going early pushed a lot of elite talent down the draft board. For example, Ray Rice went at the end of Round 2, receivers like Dez Bryant and Brandon Marshall went in Round 4 and Lamar Miller dropped to Round 5.
If you got your quarterbacks early you were able to pick off top players going well below their Average Draft Position. For example, I took Tom Brady and Eli Manning with my second and third picks, respectively, after drafting Marshawn Lynch at No. 9 overall.
That allowed me to draft A.J. Green in Round 4, David Wilson in Round 5 and Darren McFadden in Round 6. I'll take value like that all day.
By comparison, Nando Di Fino waited on drafting a quarterback and crafted a stellar team with the hope that two of his three passers (Josh Freeman, Sam Bradford or Alex Smith become quality options. He didn't take Freeman until Round 6 and his first five picks in order were Jamaal Charles , Trent Richardson , Jimmy Graham , Demaryius Thomas and Andre Johnson .
We'll find out which strategy works better as the season goes on, but the advice here would be to get at least one Top 12 quarterback in the first three rounds and then gamble on a backup with upside later. You might not win the league, but you'll feel more comfortable about your roster after the draft knowing you have one top quarterback in your lineup on a weekly basis.
As always, we ask you to share your thoughts on this draft. Take advantage of our Fantasy Football Twitter feed (@CBSFantasyFB) and post your comments there, or share your thoughts on our Fantasy Football Facebook page.
In this league, all touchdowns are worth six points, and we award one point for every 10 yards rushing and receiving and one point for every 25 yards passing. We feature a starting lineup of 2 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, TE, K, DST and a FLEX (RB/WR/TE). There will also be six reserve spots for a 16-round draft.
Our draft order is as follows:
1. J. Darin Darst, College Football Producer
2. Larry Hartstein, Fantasy Writer
3. Nathan Zegura, Senior Fantasy Writer
4. Jeff Tobin, Associate Managing Editor
5. Adam Aizer, Podcast/Video Host
6. Nando Di Fino, Senior Fantasy Writer
7. Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer
8. Peter Madden, Editorial Director, Fantasy Sports
9. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer
10. Joe Polito, Social Media Coordinator, Fantasy Sports
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