Time has come for fantasy football rosters to evolve

Tuesday, 10 October 2017, 12:00:28 PM. As the NFL has evolved over the years, the fantasy football community has adjusted to stay in lockstep. When running backs like LaDanian Tomlinson roamed the earth, fantasy leagues turned to points…

As the NFL has evolved over the years, the fantasy football community has adjusted to stay in lockstep. When running backs like LaDanian Tomlinson roamed the earth, fantasy leagues turned to points-per-reception formats to balance position values. When the player pool deepened and overall talent improved, we increased league sizes and starting rosters to add flex positions.

Now, here in this pass-happy era of the NFL, in which every fantasy owner has a superstar quarterback, the growth of two-QB and superflex leagues is upon us. And based on what we’ve witnessed this season, these leagues need to be the norm, not the exception.

The changing of the guard at the quarterback position is one that has slowed tremendously over the years. Though veterans like Ben Roethlisberger are starting to show their age, the skills have not declined to the point they are in need of replacement. There are 11 starting quarterbacks over the age of 30, and perhaps with the exception of Brian Hoyer, all of them are rostered in every fantasy format. In Week 5, four of the 11 threw for more than 300 yards, and that’s with Matt Ryan and Drew Brees on a bye.

As these stalwarts continue to produce, the new crop is proving to be just as capable of taking over a game and dominating the position. Carson Wentz lit up a stout Cardinals defense with four touchdowns, two of which went for more than 50 yards. Dak Prescott had no problem going toe-to-toe with Aaron Rodgers, Deshaun Watson still crushed it in a losing effort to the Chiefs, Jameis Winston almost out-gunned Tom Brady, and even Jared Goff has developed into a high-quality asset.

You also have to look at the “in-betweens” with a certain amount of awe. Russell Wilson, Cam Newton, Marcus Mariota, Derek Carr and even Kirk Cousins are all capable of dropping 300 yards and three touchdowns on a defense in a given week. Fantasy analysts tell you to wait on a quarterback for good reason — everyone not named Brady, Rodgers or Brees likely was drafted in the eighth round or below. Heck, Watson was a waiver claim in most leagues.

With a position this flush with talent, fantasy leagues need to adjust accordingly. The number of superflex and two-QB leagues is growing, but not fast enough. Too many points are being left on the bench and the waiver wire. The fantasy community has given running backs and receivers their due. It’s time to do the same for the quarterbacks.

Howard Bender is the VP of operations and head of content at FantasyAlarm.com. Follow him on Twitter @rotobuzzguy and catch him on the “Fantasy Alarm Radio Show” on the SiriusXM fantasy sports channel weekdays from 4-6 p.m.

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