Superflex leagues and how to draft

Your friendly neighborhood Madman loves a fantasy football format that most closely reflects what we see on an actual football field. That’s why we despise PPR scoring, why we cringe at partial points, why we like scoring for first downs, and why we adore the idea of an overtime player to break ties.

It takes something monumental to get us to budge off some of these ideas. An issue whose level of disparity is so great it eclipses the football-flavored fantasy we like in our fantasy football. As catastrophic as … the devaluation of quarterbacks in almost all fantasy formats.

There is little debate that QB is the most critical position on the field in a given real-life football game. NFL teams spend high draft picks to get them, are willing to trade vast amounts of draft capital to acquire them, and throw ungodly sums of money to sign them. They do this because great ones are in such short supply.

And in most fantasy formats, QBs score at a lower rate for both yards passing and touchdowns compared to comparable rushing/receiving stats. So we’re already deviating from our football-flavored comfort zone. But even with these points discounts, QBs still generally outscore other positions on a regular basis.

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The real problem lies in league size. Because it just doesn’t work well for redraft leagues, or even keeper leagues with a small number of holdovers, to have dozens of teams, almost all leagues are 10 or 12 teams in size, with a small number going to 14 and anything above considered rare and extreme.

And the stone-cold, hard-love truth is, there are 10-14 fantasy QBs good enough to win your league — provided you have strong players at other key positions. The 14th-ranked QB isn’t going to win your league, but waiting to draft QB14 gives you additional early picks to load up on shallower positions.

Thus, fantasy QBs go extremely undervalued compared to their real-life counterparts. So how can you fix this?

Sadly, the Madman has conjured no solution that lives within the confines of football-flavored. Instead, we prefer the Superflex format.

Patrick Mahomes is among the star QBs devalued in traditional fantasy football formats
Patrick Mahomes is among the star QBs devalued in traditional fantasy football formats
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