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Superflex

A Rule About Roster Configuration

You know how every word becomes better when you put “super” in front of it? Super Bowl. Superman. Super Buffet. See what I mean? But what does this mean for our fantasy football roster configurations? No, not SuperRoster (which actually sounds awesome and we’re calling dibs on that trademark).  

 

It’s Superflex. Superflex was the answer you were looking for.

 

How It Works

Despite how it sounds, Superflex does not refer to some sort of bodybuilding competition. Rather, it refers to a Roster Configuration where FLEX positions have an increased amount of flexibility. Where typical FLEX roster positions only allow owners to play an additional WR, RB, or TE, Superflex leagues add the ability to play an additional WR, RB, TE, or QB. Which is significant because we all know that the QB is the single most important player in all of team sports. They handle the ball on almost every play and are usually the highest scoring position in fantasy football. 

 

Now, we feel the need to clarify one thing before we go any further. You may hear Superflex leagues sometimes referred to as 2-QB leagues – or the names may be used somewhat interchangeably. This is because of the high amount of points QBs typically score. Some would argue that in a Superflex league, owners would always opt to play 2 QBs at a time. While that may be the case, there is an important distinction that we need to point out. In a Superflex league, the roster position can be filled with any of the WR/RB/TE/QB positions, whereas you might have guessed that a 2-QB league requires starting two QBs each week. That flexibility is the key that separates the two formats. Make sense? Good.

 

Now that we have that cleared up, let’s talk implementation. First, we forewarn that switching your league over to a Superflex league will drastically change the way you draft, manage your roster, and value players – which may or may not be welcomed. In a traditional, one-QB league, quarterbacks are typically drafted in the later rounds with each team usually only drafting one, maybe two. Resulting in a lot of good, high scoring players going undrafted and sitting on waivers, waiting for their streaming opportunity. A shame really. 

 

The Superflex format totally flips QB valuation on its head. You’ll quickly come to realize the value in adding not only those elite passers, but also those mid-tier QBs, to your roster. 

 

The first real step in implementing this rule change is being able to fully communicate the implications (as described above) to owners. If they’re on board – awesome! The only thing left to do is to make the appropriate roster settings change on your league site and begin drafting.

 

Nuts and Bolts

  • Discuss the possibility of changing the league’s roster configuration with leaguemates.
  • Consider if your league’s desire is to include a WR/RB/TE/QB Superflex position or a required 2-QB roster configuration. 
  • Once a decision is made, make the appropriate change to roster settings on your league site. 
  • Be sure to also give thought to potential scoring changes that might lessen or boost the impact of a Superflex roster configuration (read about these below in Change Ups).

Change Ups

As we mentioned earlier, a Superflex league is not synonymous with a 2-QB league – they are different things. However, if you’re interested in going full on with a 2-QB league, the details described here are almost identical – except you’ll have to add a second QB roster position on your league site. The choice to go Superflex or 2-QB league is up to you and your leaguemates. 

 

There may be some concerns that Superflex shifts league power too strongly in the favor of QBs. If your leaguemates share this concern, you can take preemptive measures. Perhaps, pair a Superflex format with Scoring Rules that incentivize other positions by scoring more points, such as Tiered PPR or a Long Play Bonus. You could also go the other way and lessen the amount of points able to be scored by QBs with the 4-point Passing TD Rule.

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So Flex Zone

A Rule About Roster Configuration

They knowwwww better. And you should know better as well. Gone are the days where we put owners in a box and limit their freedom and creativity. “You must have 2 RB’s sir, and 2 WR’s and do not forget your 1 TE” – NO! It’s an all out flex war with this rule change in which the only thing required of each owner is to fill 1 QB spot. After that, all bets are off.

 

How It Works

Every team needs that QB to lead them to victory. But after that, why shouldn’t an owner be able to fill their roster full of running backs if they so choose. Oh, you play in a full PPR league? Maybe you opt to skip running backs all together and roster wideouts and tight ends who see a lot of action on a per-game basis. The idea is to free up each team to flex positions (RB/WR/TE) after the standard 1 QB spot. This type of league throws out the traditional nature of Fantasy Football, but it can be a ton of fun when everyone is on board. Not for the faint of heart and definitely for the open-minded, this is a really fun way to shake up a stale league.  

 

What will likely happen (except for maybe a couple crazies) is that you will see each team be relatively balanced depending on your league scoring settings. But this is when your bench spots become valuable. Maybe you have 2 tight ends with incredible matchups and 3 running backs on bye. No worries, throw in those tight ends. The interchangeability of your new roster configuration may make things easier on your owners, or for those indecisive in nature it may be a nightmare. Either way, it will be a heck of a good time to see the unique ways in which owners choose to play out the season.

 

Nuts and Bolts

  • Adjust roster configurations to have 1 mandatory QB position and the remaining roster spots will all be RB/WR/TE flex spots.
  • Determine a scoring system and make it well known to league members so they can strategize how to fill the new roster, full of freedom.
  • You may still want to limit (or eliminate limit) on players per position. Many sites automatically cap the amount of RB’s you can select per team, for example. If you are really committing, eliminate these caps all together and watch the madness ensue.

Change Ups

If you are feeling really frisky then open these positions up to QB’s as well, or even IDP’s. Due to the high scoring nature of most QB’s it probably would be a good idea to cap how many each team may own. Or then again, MAYBE NOT, you crazy commissioner you!

 

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Individual Defensive Player

A Rule About Roster Configuration

We get it. You are sick and tired of the days where you chase last year’s best fantasy defense and get let down again and again. It is hard to predict. But why drop defense altogether? It can be an integral part of the game and just as impactful as offensive players if you choose to make it so. Here is your solution: Draft one (or more) Individual Defensive Players (IDPs).

 

How It Works

Teams can do a lot in the off-season to shake up their defense and address different issues. They change schemes, hire new coordinators, and even switch around player-positions at times. Things can get hairy quickly and even a bit flukey for fantasy purposes (defensive/special teams touchdowns especially). But individual players can be a bit more predictable. Like any position things like injury or suspension can happen, but you can also follow trends and regression like you would for offensive positions.

 

With this rule you add an IDP to the roster configuration instead of an entire team defense. When it comes time to draft, all defensive players are available just like offensive players, and points are awarded for things such as tackles, sacks, interceptions, and forced fumbles. Playmakers become a priority and depending on how involved your scoring gets, these defensive players can have a significant impact week-to-week.

 

Nuts and Bolts

  • Determine whether the defensive player will be position specific, such as LB/S, or if it will be open to the field.
  • Determine how many defensive players each team will roster. For early implementation, we recommend just one or two.
  • As commissioner, review and determine the scoring you will use for these players. Some sites have pre-set settings, and this can be done on your own or collectively in your league depending how involved all members are in the decision-making process.
  • When draft day hits, the player pool will now include both offensive and defensive players.

Change Ups

It is your decision on how many of these IDP roster spots you want to include and also if you want them to be position specific. To ease into it, try just adding one roster spot for Linebackers. As your league becomes used to the scoring increase the flexibility to include different positions or have multiple IDP roster spots. Another fun way to increase the impact of these players is with big game bonus points. Similar to our Long Play Bonus Rule where offensive players getting bonuses for high-impact games. Bonus points can be awarded to IDP’s. For example, if a player records 10+ tackles in a game they are awarded a 5 point bonus. Use your discretion on these bonuses, after all, you are the commissioner.

 

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Drop Defense

A Rule About Roster Configuration

Less predictable than a family reunion is the DST position in any fantasy football league. A good NFL defense can sometimes translate to successful fantasy football numbers, but no expert fantasy analyst can accurately predict a team’s defensive numbers in any given year. So why try? Drop that D!

 

How It Works

Traditionally one of the last drafted positions, Team Defense is sort of a crapshoot. A staunch defense does not necessarily translate to a high scoring one in fantasy football unless of course there happens to be a stellar kick returner to rack up those special teams touchdowns. Which means this: DST is a filler position which requires relatively little skill as far as draft preparation is concerned. The only people who will be championing this position in the league will be those who recently won a week by having their defense score two touchdowns and putting up 20+ points to win. And in that case, their opponent should have a strong case against the position existing. Overall scoring will obviously take a hit, but with any rule change we implement there is flexibility in order to limit that.

 

Nuts and Bolts

  • Edit rosters in your league settings to remove the DST position altogether.
  • If you so choose, replace that position with something like a flex position or a defensive player position.

Change Ups

While trimming the excess waste in your league why not combine this rule with the Boot Kickers Rule? Focus on the positions which require more strategy and impact the league. If complaints rain in over a totally offensive league, feel free to add an Individual Defensive Player position in order to supplement. The more hardcore players in your league will likely welcome the challenge and by adding just ONE defensive player, it should not be too overwhelming of a switch.

 

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Boot Kickers

A Rule About Roster Configuration

Heading into the Fantasy Football season the biggest question on everyone’s mind was this: Who do I spend my 15th round pick on? Greg Zuerlein or Stephen Gostkowski? Sure, Gostkowski had been the top scoring kicker in the league four out of the previous five years, but Zuerlein had just posted an unprecedented high score for kickers, the highest of the last five years by a substantial margin. By this point you might be wondering why you are still reading this Rule and what a gigantic waste of time this has been and now we have proven our point about eliminating kickers from your fantasy football league. Because if you spent even a minute of your time debating which kicker you would draft then it was a minute too long.

 

How It Works

Here’s the deal. It does not matter. It doesn’t. On average the number one kicker in the league scores around 40 points higher than the number 10 kicker. Over the course of a 16 week season that is 2.5 points per week higher than the 10th kicker. Which means the margin between 1 and 3 or 1 and 6 is even slimmer and the Stephen Gostkowski’s of the world only come around as often as a dynasty such as the New England Patriots comes around.

 

There is no point stressing over a position where the variance is so little. Unless your kicker has a season ending injury or their bye week comes, there is a small chance you should ever need to scour the waivers looking for someone better. The only time kickers are noticed is when one has an abysmal week with multiple misses and their owner is cursing his name. For all of these reasons we suggest booting kickers from your league. If you don’t want to take the slight dip in total average score each week, hey add a flex position instead!

 

Nuts and Bolts

  • Edit rosters in your league settings to remove the kicker position altogether.
  • If you so choose, replace kicker position with something like a flex position. See our other Roster Configuration Rules for ideas

Change Ups

If you really feel like shaking things up combine this with our Drop Defense Format to completely cut out unnecessary tomfoolery in your league. Or look at our QB-All Flex Rule to fill that empty roster spot and maybe the void in your heart from that missing kicker spot. Roster changes are always one of easiest changes to make in a league, but can also have the largest impact in your week-to-week matchups. Except for this one. Kickers do not matter at all. Get rid of them.

 

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