‘Superflex’ option adds extra wrinkle to fantasy football leagues

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“Super” is simply a super word. It is even better as a prefix. Everything you put it in front of it makes better: Supersize, Superman, Super-Walmart. “Duper” is nothing without a super in front of it.

So it makes perfect sense that fantasy football is elevated when you add a “super” element. More specifically, Superflex.

The Superflex format allows fantasy managers to use a quarterback in a Flex position — in addition to running backs, wide receivers and tight ends being eligible for that spot as well. This makes such leagues essentially default two-QB leagues – since you almost always want a QB in that spot because QBs routinely score more than players at other positions.

We think this format is super for a couple of reasons. First, it elevates the fantasy value of QBs.

Sure, we like our fantasy formats to as closely as possible resemble real-world football, but we can swallow this inconsistency (no real team actually uses two QBs) because it fixes a more problematic inconsistency, that of QB value.

Even in standard 12-team leagues, the fantasy value of top QBs doesn’t reflect their real-world impact. You can pass on drafting a fantasy QB early and still have a championship-caliber roster. You can even stream QBs week-to-week, particularly in 10-team leagues, and be among the top squads. Such approaches are not that difficult to execute.

But when you add in the option for a second QB, suddenly grabbing a couple of the top options at QB becomes a much higher priority. It puts quarterbacks on similar value ground as wide receivers, and not far below running backs in terms of draft value and roster impact.

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For this reason alone, we prefer Superflex formats to traditional roster construction. Though, there are some leagues that [ital] require [end ital] you to start two QBs. Our disdain for this requirement is a reason we prefer the flexibility of Superflex to actual two-QB leagues.

Even in 10-team leagues, it is likely almost every team in a two-QB or Superflex format is going to draft three QBs – two to start each week and one to fill in for injuries and byes. That is 30 QBs expected to be drafted. There are just 32 real-world starting QBs each week – and fewer during bye weeks. So this makes the pool of options incredibly shallow when you need to find a replacement because, perhaps, you have one QB injured and another on a bye week. The larger the league, the more likely such a scenario arises, since there will be even fewer options available.

The difference in Superflex is the second QB isn’t required. You can put a running back, receiver or tight end there as well. You don’t necessarily want to, but at least you have that option. You won’t get stuck having to pick up a real-life backup hoping he gets garbage time or the real-world starter gets injured.

So talk to your commish, graduate from Mediocre Flex to Superflex. Why? Because it is super, silly. It is right there in the name.

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