I play in a 10 team Standard League. The fantasy gurus all seem to say that you shouldn’t roster 2 TEs, and that you shouldn’t roster 2 defenses. It’s usually a split opinion about rostering 2 QBs but I think the majority of the gurus say not to do it.
My team currently has 2 QBs, 2 TEs, and 2 DSTs and I believe it’s a winning formula (full roster at the bottom of the posting). My setup gives me, in my opinion, a top 5 projection in all 3 of these positions every week when you take into account the matchups and bye weeks. I think if you can be dominant in positions other than WR/RB then you can have a distinct advantage.
2 TEs Gronkowski/Engram: I drafted Gronk in round 2 at pick 18, and then Engram fell to the 8th round so I snagged him at pick 78. Given Gronk’s injury history I like having a top 5 tight end option as a back up. And if worse comes to worst I’m fine playing Engram as my TE and Gronk in the flex.
2 QBs Newton/Mahomes: Drafted Cam Newton In round 7 at pick 63. Then picked up Mahomes off of waivers after week 1 and started him in week 2. I think either Cam or Mahomes will be projected as top 5 QB plays for the rest of the season and I love getting to play the QB with the best matchup between them. Also I like having a steady veteran QB to pair with the upside rookie (I know it’s Mahomes second but he’s basically a rookie).
2 DSTs Jaguars/Broncos: Drafted Broncos in the second to last round of the draft. Then prior to week 1 of the season I traded Adrian Peterson for the Jaguars defense and Kicker Gostkowski. When you compare their schedules I believe at least one of these defenses will be ranked as a top 5 projected defense with the exception of week 11 which has JAGs vs PIT and the Broncos vs Chargers. For example the next 5 weeks I’ll play JAGs vs TEN, JAGs vs NYJ, Broncos vs NYJ, JAGs vs DAL, Broncos vs ARI. The thing I like about not streaming defenses is that top defenses give you higher scoring floors.
The Sacrifice: I only have 2 wide receivers - Marvin Jones and Amari Cooper and I’ve had to pass on a lot of wide receiver options off the waiver wire that I would have liked to pickup. But I feel like my receivers are good enough to at least compete with other teams 2 wide receiver, and being a standard league wide receiver value is obviously not as high as ppr leagues.
So I’m rostering 2 QB, 2 TE, AND 2 DST - AM I WRONG?!?!
Full team roster:
QB: Newton, Mahomes
RB: Elliott, Conner, D. Freeman, S. Michel, Jamaal Williams, Aaron Jones
WR: Marvin Jones, Amari Cooper
TE: Gronkowski, Engram
DST: Jaguars, Broncos