How Many Quarterbacks Is Too Many On Your Roster?

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May 01, 2010: Jaguars Mini-Camp. Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Luke McCown (12) and quarterback David Garrard jog out to the practice field prior to the start of practice at the Jaguars first mini-camp of 2010 held on the practice fields outside of Jacksonville Municipal Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida.By Johnny Pope

Where you wondering how many quarterbacks you should plan for when creating your fantasy football picks? The answer is generally related to whether you are in a league that starts one or two quarterbacks and the size of your roster. Generally, the answer to this question is usually three, but you could do better with two.

Standard leagues only require one starting QB, so my question is, why would you need three? You could even think about not even keeping two? It all depends upon the situation of your team and situation of your league.

Here’s what that means: You have two quarterbacks on your roster. You also have a RB and WR that you really don’t think you are going to need and aren’t performing well. Team A has a QB who just got injured and the other QB on his roster has a bye. If possible, you may want to sweep up the QB who is playing this week and stash him on your roster to make Team A have to choose another option for the week. This is a situation where keeping three QB’s on your roster might be acceptable, but it is certainly not the norm.

Another reason you may want to consider keeping three QB’s is in the event that the talent pool at the other positions isn’t that great. There are leagues where you can be in a draft and by the time it gets to the final three or four rounds, there are no RB’s or WR’s really worthy of taking a chance on. This is a case where picking up or drafting a third QB may be beneficial, but overall, the answer is still, three is too many.

When evaluating your fantasy football picks a good backup QB is usually all you need. The only thing to keep in mind is not to draft a QB who has the same bye week as your starter. This is fruitless. You are hopefully only going to need your backup QB once a year. This is why keeping three is useless, unless there is a real good reason for it.

This is also why some people believe in the theory of only carrying one QB. A big part of this strategy is, again, who is left on the waiver wire. If there are two or three decent QB’s left on the free agent market, you can just pick one up when your QB has a bye, so it might not be a bad thing to carry only one QB.

The question becomes, is your roster full of players that are better than anyone left on the free agent list? Remember, the ultimate goal in fantasy football is to build a team. You want to obtain the best players that it is possible for you to have at every position. Since there are more choices in receivers and running backs, it may not be smart to waste a roster spot on a third QB.

In leagues that start two QB’s, you will almost always want to carry three QB’s, although sometimes two is acceptable as well. First of all, let me point out that you should really think twice about any league that has more than 10 teams and requires two starting QB’s.

There are only 32 teams in the NFL. If you have a 10 team league and everyone has to start two QB’s that leaves 12. If everyone has one backup, that’s 30, leaving only two starting QB’s on the waiver wire. Again, making sure your QB’s don’t have the same bye week is absolutely crucial. This is why even in ten team leagues there will likely be a restriction placed that no team can carry more than three QB’s.

Also, when you finalize your fantasy football picks, be aware of your bye weeks is critical to having a fighting chance of winning your fantasy league every week. You can see why joining a two quarterback league with more than 10 teams can become a fiasco.

So, to sum it all up for you, drafting and keeping two QB’s on your roster is probably the best scenario. While there are circumstances where three could be acceptable. However, three QB’s is usually a wasted slot.

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