Fantasy Football Mailbag: Friday 8/5/16

How should you draft in two-quarterback leagues? And who should you target with the sixth pick?

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Now, let's answer some questions.

Two-quarterback leagues are fun. They eliminate a point of exploitation -- rostering just one quarterback in a league full of potent passers -- and force your hand to make sure you can't wait forever for your fantasy signal caller.

To figure out just how much the two-quarterback setup changes things, we'll turn over to our draft kit, which is fully customizable. The cool thing about our draft kit (well, one cool thing among many) is that it spits out a value called FireFactor, which is a one-number value that shows just that: value. It factors in your league settings and shows you how important a given player is based on your actual league.

Let's learn by example. Assuming 12-team leagues with 1 tight end, 2 running backs, 2 receivers, and 1 running back/receiver/tight end flex with 4 points for a passing touchdown and -2 for interceptions, here are the top 20 quarterbacks' FireFactors.

Player1QB FireFactor2QB FireFactorPlayer1QB FireFactor2QB FireFactor
Aaron Rodgers 103.63200.16Philip Rivers 22.1118.63
Cam Newton 88.64185.17Tony Romo 21.41117.94
Andrew Luck 76.5173.03Matt Ryan 18.04114.57
Drew Brees 74.46170.99Matthew Stafford 17.88114.41
Carson Palmer 73.77170.3Eli Manning 17.6114.13
Russell Wilson 62.51159.04Marcus Mariota 4.39100.92
Ben Roethlisberger 57.23153.76Ryan Fitzpatrick 3.93100.46
Blake Bortles 26.94123.47Kirk Cousins 1.7398.26
Tyrod Taylor 24.34120.87Jameis Winston 1.4697.99
Andy Dalton 22.75119.28Teddy Bridgewater 1.1697.69

So, in one-quarterback setups, Aaron Rodgers is the 17th-most valuable player. In 2QB leagues, he's the top. Cam Newton bumps from 24th to 2nd. Andrew Luck (38th in 1QB leagues), Drew Brees (41st), and Carson Palmer (44th) jump up to round out the top five.

Russell Wilson (61st) and Ben Roethlisberger (65th) also enter the top 10.

Basically, only seven quarterbacks are worth top-65 picks (Blake Bortles is 100th overall) in 1QB formats, but seven become top-10 picks in 2QB leagues, per our algorithms. That's not to say that you need to start your drafts with two quarterbacks, though 15 of our top-30 in 2QB setups are quarterbacks.

Only nine of the top 30 picks in 2QB drafts, per Fantasy Football Calculator, are actually quarterbacks. The numbers suggest that you can gain an edge by targeting quarterbacks early on, but you'll have to factor in whether or not your leagues reward points for receptions and how deep your rosters are.

If you're in a standard league with a second quarterback being the only caveat, then get them early.

The sixth pick is pretty rough, but we'll look at this the same way we did with the 2QB question.

In a 12-team, half-PPR league, our rankings suggest taking David Johnson sixth overall. Of course, we have to make sure that he might be there with the sixth pick, and half-PPR ADP is tough to find.

Per Fantasy Football Calculator, in standard leagues, Antonio Brown (1.01), Odell Beckham (1.03), Julio Jones (1.04), Todd Gurley (1.04), and Adrian Peterson (1.05) are the most likely picks to be off the board by pick six, and Johnson is most frequently the 1.06, so you're set there.

If the drafters skew a bit more PPR-heavy before you, then you could likely get Peterson at pick six. We value him as the second-best player in this setup right now.

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