Fantasy: Drafting a QB and WR From The Same Team

Marky Mark@mnmilanoContributor ISeptember 3, 2009

LANDOVER, MD - AUGUST 28:  Tom Brady #12 and Randy Moss #81 of the New England Patriots celebrate after scoring a touchdown in the second quarter of a preseason game against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on August 28, 2009 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

This is a topic that I hear discussed every year before draft time.

The crowd seems to be split pretty evenly on this - is it good or bad to draft a quarterback and wide receiver from the same team onto your fantasy football squad?

The answer is a little more complex than it seems.  It's a boom or bust scenario, with certain options to weigh depending on how much risk the fantasy owner is willing to assume.


The potential to get (almost) double points for every touchdown caught and yard racked up by the receiver, because you get the points for throwing too.

Two years ago, the Tom Brady / Randy Moss combo won numerous leagues for those lucky enough to get both on the same team.  Each had a record setting number of touchdowns, which likely won't happen again.


If the quarterback goes down, the receiver will more than likely suffer as well, increasing the negative impact on your team from one injury (see Chad Ochocinco's stats from last year).

If the wide receiver goes down, the quarterback may lose his go-to guy in the red zone, resulting in hesitation and ultimately more interceptions.

You're increasing the reliability of your total points onto one game every week.  Your points will thrive only if that offense is prolific every single week, which isn't easy in today's NFL.

My Thoughts

The scenario is a tough one.  As mentioned, the Brady / Moss combo was a rare one.  Even now, two years removed from that perfect regular season, those two aren't seen as being able to sustain those stats.

Relying so much on one team is too risky for my blood.  The receiver will usually start off hot or end hot, but not be consistent.  I like consistency in my players so that I can always put up points. 

A lot of external things can affect the game you are relying on.  If it's raining or snowing out, both positions are negatively affected.  

Over the course of the season, one fantasy team may have a lot of points, but may lose half of its games because players score in bursts.  Especially in PPR leagues, I'd rather have someone who averages seven catches per game instead of four.  

What are your thoughts? The comments section is waiting...