It's always fun to do a two-quarterback league draft to see when the run on the position starts. And I don't mean the usual suspects of Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Tom Brady and the upper echelon guys in Round 1. We're talking about quarterbacks like Andrew Luck, Andy Dalton and Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Those three quarterbacks were drafted in Round 3, prompting Senior Fantasy Writer Nathan Zegura to say in the chat room, "this may be the only draft where Darren McFadden, DeMarco Murray and Trent Richardson go in the same round as Dalton and Fitzpatrick." And he's right.
When you start two quarterbacks, it usually puts an emphasis on most owners to draft at least one by the second round. The first round of this draft wasn't that different from most with Rodgers, Brees and Brady being selected early on. But then you had Matthew Stafford, Cam Newton and Tony Romo going in Round 1, and the second round turned out to be quite unique. Round 2 had 10 quarterbacks drafted, with elite options like Michael Vick down to reaches in Joe Flacco and Carson Palmer.
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In total, 21 of the first 36 picks were quarterbacks, and four owners – Adam Aizer, Dave Richard, Zegura and myself – drafted quarterbacks with their first two picks. Aizer (Stafford and Philip Rivers) and Richard (Romo and Vick) did quite well to come away with two starters who are Top 10 options on Draft Day.
You can debate the best strategy on when to draft quarterbacks in this format. I was pleased with my team in landing two Top 12 quarterbacks in Brees and Ben Roethlisberger, a good corps of running backs led by Murray and Doug Martin and a solid group of receivers with starters in Greg Jennings and Miles Austin. I picked at No. 6 overall, and you can see my entire roster below.
By comparison, Senior Fantasy Writer Al Melchior picked second, and he did the right thing in drafting Ray Rice in Round 1. He then went back-to-back with his quarterbacks in Round 2 and 3 and came away with Matt Schaub and Jay Cutler, who are Top 15 prospects on Draft Day. He filled out his lineup with Marshawn Lynch as his second starting running back and standout receivers in Jordy Nelson and Vincent Jackson.
You can judge for yourself how each owner did, and 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 non-passing touchdowns are worth six points. We made passing touchdowns four points each to balance the quarterback scoring. We also 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 five reserve spots for a 15-round draft.
Our draft order is as follows:
1. Jeff Tobin, Associate Managing Editor
2. Al Melchior, Senior Fantasy Writer
3. Josh Katzowitz, NFL Blogger
4. Will Brinson, Senior NFL Blogger
5. Nathan Zegura, Senior Fantasy Writer
6. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer
7. Peter Madden, Editorial Director, Fantasy Sports
8. J. Darin Darst, College Football Production Editor
9. Adam Aizer, Podcast Host
10. Nando Di Fino, Senior Fantasy Writer
11. Chris Towers, Fantasy Writer
12. Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer