A Rule About Roster Configurations
You know how every word becomes better when you put “super” in front of it? Super Bowl. Superman. Super Buffet. See what I mean? So what does this mean for our fantasy football rosters? 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.
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.
Now, we feel the need to clarify one thing before we go any further. You may hear Superflex leagues sometimes be 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 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 – dope! The only thing left to do is to make the appropriate roster settings change on your league site.
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 the impact of a Superflex roster configuration (read about these below in 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 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 incent other positions to score 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.