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When addressing your dynasty problem, your solution should be proportionate to the size of your problem. At the quarterback position, there can be three levels of solutions: small measures, half measures, and full measures. The solutions here are focused primarily on Superflex and 2QB dynasty leagues after rookie drafts and before the regular season.
Small measures should address low-priority problems. In Superflex, small measures should address your QB3 or QB4 position on your team when you have two elite quarterbacks.
Small measures include combing the waiver wire, adding backup quarterbacks, or making low-price bets on bridge quarterbacks. It is unlikely these quarterbacks will become elite fantasy options, so the price you pay should be low.
Since 2011, an average of 55 quarterbacks have started at least one game in the regular season, while an average of 48 have started multiple games per season.
There are two types of backup quarterbacks this year. First, there are quarterbacks that appear to be backups but are behind starters who have a questionable hold on the starting job. Second are quarterbacks who are pure backup quarterbacks.
Backups behind questionable starters include:
- Colt McCoy (Kyler Murray injury)
- Taylor Heinicke (Desmond Ridder insecure starter)
- Jacoby Brissett (Sam Howell insecure starter)
With this as a backdrop, optimizing your backup quarterback position is a useful strategy to address small needs at the position. When selecting backup quarterbacks to target, focus on those with high draft NFL pedigree or those with prior fantasy production. Current targets should include:
Half measures address medium-priority problems.
There are multiple examples when half measures should be taken.
Second, a half-measure is also a good approach when you have a valuable long-term option but is projected to miss an extended period in 2023. In 2023, this is Kyler Murray, who suffered a torn ACL in the closing weeks of 2022 and may miss some or all of 2023. There are questions about Murray’s ability as a passer, but when he is healthy, he has been a high-level dynasty option.
Third is when you have a quarterback you have a quarterback coming off a down season and do not know if they are going to rebound. Russell Wilson and Matthew Stafford were both second-round picks in 2022 Superflex startup drafts before disappointing in 2022. Both have a case to rebound but also a case to fall off further in 2023.
The best way to address the half measure is with a veteran in the teens of the position in ADP who has prior hits on his resume. Kirk Cousins, Jared Goff, and Derek Carr are good examples of quarterbacks with good lineup functionality in the next two to three-year window.
Recent trades include:
To get a sense of the market, here are some recent actual trades from MyFantasyLeague.com leagues. Every league is different, of course, but these trades in existing real leagues can give you a pretty good feel for the cost and type of trade packages necessary to make a quarterback move.
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