Most fantasy owners simply try to draft the best two QB’s available throughout the draft. Very few look ahead to the future at weekly matchups throughout the year. This is a huge mistake as a QB with a top-tier favorable matchup versus a bottom-tier is ~8 points/game. These points add up throughout the season and can make the difference between winning or losing a championship. The same can be said for DEF’s: the difference between a top-tier favorable matchup versus a bottom-tier is ~6 points/game.
The FFWIZARD.COM Draft Kit contains a comprehensive list of DEF’s and QB’s with matchups that complement each other throughout the year. Let’s review examples of a great QB pair and a great DEF pair (the letter grades represent matchup strength: AAA is best, F is worst):
Owners in most leagues draft two QB's and can only play one – this is when complements become crucial. Tony Romo and Derek Carr represent a great QB combo, ranked the #15 and #10 QB’s respectively. Combined, they are ranked in the top-10 or top-5 every week except in week 6. You can wait to be one of the last players in your league to draft a QB and effectively end up with a top-tier QB combined. In fact, the combination of Romo and Carr even outranks Cam Newton on his own…by ~2 points/game! Not only can you pick up 2 points/game by drafting this combo instead of Newton, you’ll be able to grab a solid FLEX player in the ~3rd round and the ~9th round…this is another ~4 points per game. It’s equivalent to having an extra TD every week of the season!
Buffalo’s and Jacksonville’s defenses also complement each other very well – combined they only have 3 weeks with slightly below-average matchups. On their own, each has ~7 weeks with below-average matchups. Of course, draft strategy matters. Most owners don’t draft two defenses and play the add/drop game during the season. This is not a bad strategy, but you must stay ahead of the calendar. Make sure you pick up the complement 2-3 weeks ahead of when you’ll need them.