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Topic: How Much Do You Value Your Backup QB?
Dan Grogan_164153
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Post Date: 08/05/12 13:38

For many, having to draft a backup QB is akin to having to take a kicker. Itís a pick youíd rather spend on another position. Other than when youíre starting QB is on a bye week, your hope is that you donít have to play your backup any more than just that one game. But ask yourself the question of whether Matt Cassel, Alex Smith, Andy Dalton or a host of others can keep you competitive if disaster strikes.

Itís all a matter of opinion. If you feel the risk of losing your main QB is minimal then, fine, stock your team with other players until itís painless to draft your backup. However, if you value that ďinsurance pickĒ, donít be shy to be your leagueís first drafter to grab that backup. Personally, I think guys like Jay Cutler, Matt Schaub and Robert Griffin III, all of whom are backup material according to the ADPs, can step in if needed and, at least, give you a fighting chance.


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Post Date: 08/05/12 17:18
Let me preface this by saying for 20+ years we played fantasy football without a waiver wire. The only picks up were every 4 weeks, so if you lost a player in week 1, you were screwed until the pick ups came around. Back ups were a must! This mindset has stuck with me since I began playing fantasy football ni 1983-1984.



I value my back ups highly and I will continue to draft a back up QB, just like I draft 2 kickers. Call me old school. Call me stupid. I don't care. The last thing I want to do is make an unnecessary move to pick up either after the season begins. Two years agos, owners were riding high with Rodgers until he went down (read my rant here) and many were frustrated they had no back up or were shopping the wire just as fantasy playoffs were beginning. I still believe it is necessary to draft a competent back up QB in fantasy football. You might only use him a few times a year, but it's that insurance policy you hate to pay on until you realize you just lost your starter.



I will base my back up on 2 criteria, they don't have the same bye week as my starter and their week 14-16 schedule. This gives me a short list to work off of. There are even a few guys I would handcuff at QB. This year the obvious is Sanchez and Tebow.
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Post Date: 08/05/12 17:22
It really is one of the most important decisions you can end up making. You hope to not have to play your backup QB more than 1 game, but when Tom Brady got injured in game 1 of 2008, those who didn't have a good backup, and missed out on Matt Cassel (who wasn't a great fantasy QB that season, but serviceable) watched their season's end right then.

In years past I used to be of the opinion that if I got one of the iron men QB's (Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Brett Favre) I dind't care what type of fantasy backup I got. Now I try to make sure that even if I don't get a guy from that first tier of solid backup QB's from my fantasy football player rankings, I get a guy who has more boom (or bust) factor than just a mediocre guy I know I'll usually get 200-225 yards and 1, maybe 2 TD's from each week.
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Post Date: 08/05/12 21:16
Russ said it, I believe it, that settles it!
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Post Date: 08/11/12 08:04
I too make the investment these days to have a good BU QB. Cost me dearly a couple of years ago. One guy I am going to watch closely is Freeman because I am still not a fan of making him my number one.
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