Fantasy Football: 5 Tips For Superflex Leagues
Editor’s Note: Check out the article 2-QB & Superflex strategy for how to approach these types of leagues.
Whether it be in a season-long or dynasty structure, the complexity of a superflex league cannot be overlooked. For those who are unaware of the format, it enables fantasy football general managers the option to insert an extra QB, RB, WR or TE into a starting lineup in addition to a previous flex. Below, I will offer five tips for novice and veteran players to utilize this season.
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1. Pay Attention To Bye Weeks
While bye weeks are often overlooked in standard fantasy football leagues, owners should be aware of them in superflex formats for a variety of reasons. First and foremost, quarterback bye weeks need to be monitored closely. It is often a sound idea to roster at least three signal callers in the event of an injury or poor performance that results in benching, as it is nearly impossible to find viable replacements on the waiver wire. While quarterbacks should not be avoided in a draft if they happen to have the same bye week, it can serve as a decision maker between a second or third option behind the QB1 on a roster. In the event that numerous quarterbacks do have the same bye week on a team, be sure to select high-upside backups so that an automatic loss does not occur during a fantasy matchup.
2. Roster Versatile Assets
Since there is not a flawless blueprint for success to reference in a superflex league, it is crucial to roster versatile assets in order to create a competitive advantage against fellow members. In other words, prioritize drafting players who offer rushing and receiving floors at the running back and wide receiver position like Alvin Kamara and Tyreek Hill. Identifying quarterbacks with dual-threat ability is perhaps even more important, which makes a player like Cam Newton or Lamar Jackson that much more valuable to a roster in a QB premium format.
3. Realize That Starting Lineups Are Unconventional
After a fantasy football draft concludes, every owner internally reviews their roster. Biased or not, it is difficult to truly be pleased with a superflex lineup. Given the depth of rosters, each team will look unorthodox in comparison to normal leagues. This is especially the case since most starting lineups consist of a minimum of ten players, which translates to volatile assets being relied on during a weekly matchup. Understand that all general managers are in the same boat, and that starting lineups will not look as enticing as in a 1QB league. That’s what makes superflex leagues unique and a fun alternative to participate in.
4. Covet Waiver Wire Priority/Free Agent Blind Bidding Dollars
It is imperative to allocate waiver wire funds cautiously in a superflex league. Despite a limited quarterback pool, hidden gems are often found as free agents. Dak Prescott stands as a prime example of a player who was frequently available on the waiver wire but is now an extremely valuable commodity among signal callers in fantasy. The same logic applies to other premium positions like tight end, as diamonds in the rough can usually be acquired over the duration of a regular season via a priority claim or blind bidding dollars. The key is to create a budget threshold each and every week and determine if a player is worth spending a significant amount of capital on or not. There will be hit and misses, but never become discouraged. All it takes is one successful pickup to increase the strength of a roster.
Another strategy to abide by in a superflex league when it comes to blind bidding dollars, in particular, is to ask for funds in all trades. No matter the severity of a deal, collecting extra bid dollars in addition to a player or draft pick can only help throughout the course of a fantasy football season. This especially pertains to dynasty, as funds are essentially as valuable as players on the waiver wire.
5. Realize You Don’t Have To Start 2 QBs
Yes, from a purely statistical perspective it makes the most sense to start two quarterbacks in a superflex league if possible on a regular basis. However, it is not required. In a season-long or dynasty startup draft, there simply might not be enough value at the position to warrant selecting the second passer ahead of other running backs, wide receivers or tight ends. If that’s the case, then so be it. It’s better to allocate draft capital towards a potentially more impact skill position player than forfeit a pick to secure an uninspiring QB2.
A sound strategy to utilize in a superflex league is to select at least one quarterback within the first five rounds of a draft. In doing so, a team is virtually guaranteed a top twenty-four option in a 12-team league. If the opportunity presents itself, secure another quarterback if the price tag is reasonable. Do not be afraid to select an ascending talent at running back, wide receiver or tight end if their value outweighs the positional scarcity of a quarterback in redraft or dynasty circles.