Team Quarterback

The QB position is arguably the most fragile position in football, so there are often times when a QB is injured early in a game and never comes back in to finish the game.  This is not a drop dead issue for “real” football teams because they bring in a replacement.  But for fantasy teams, it can mean the difference between a win and a loss if your QB goes down in the first quarter before he accumulates any meaningful stats.  The most obvious example is Tom Brady in Week #1.

Because of this “problem”, some leagues have adopted the “Team QB” concept.  Instead of drafting and starting an individual QB like Brady, they instead draft and start the “New England Team QB”.  So in the first game when Brady was injured, a fantasy team that had the Patriots Team QB still finished with respectable stats because Matt Cassel played three and a half quarters and went 13 of 18 for 152 yards and a 51-yard touchdown to Moss.

Personally, I don’t like the idea of a “Team QB“, because it takes away from some of the fun and skill of identifying good backups and stashing them away just in case the first string QB does get injured or is benched for some other reason.  But for some leagues, it is a way to simplify roster management and makes it easier to deal with injuries.  Some leagues even use the “team” concept for the “Team Kicker” or the “Team Punter” or the “Team Tight End“.  We support all of these positions in MyFantasyLeague.com.  And for those that want to get their feet wet with IDPs (Individual Defensive Players), we also support a “Team DL” and “Team LB” and “Team DB” position, which allows you to group all of the stats together for all of the Defensive Lineman on the entire NFL team, for example.

Anyway, getting back to the Team QB in particular, for those leagues that do use it, some clarification is in order.  The spirit behind the Team QB concept is that you are trying to avoid the loss of a player and his stats in mid-game.  Therefore, the Team QB position just adds up all of the stats for the Individual Quarterbacks on the team.  It does not add up all of the passing stats by all players.  So when Ronnie Brown (RB, Miami) throws a Passing TD like he did this past week, it does not count towards the Team QB stats.  Other examples would include a trick play where a fake punt results in a passing TD by the punter.  He is just considered the punter on that play, even though he happened to throw a TD.  If a league was using individual QBs, then the QB would not receive those stats.  So keep that in mind if you are using the Team QB position in your league.  It covers you for injuries or poor performance when the QB is replaced by the backup QB.  But it does not give you bonus stats for trick plays or passes and TDs by players at other positions.

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