The robust RB strategy is one that takes the opposite approach of the Zero RB drafts. It is certainly a popular strategy currently with the lack of true bell-cows. The rationale is that instead of fading the RB position and hoping to grab upside options, you hammer the position early to give yourself options. Then, you look to fill out the rest of your roster.
The exact round that you should start looking elsewhere is up for debate. But, I tend to view it as you should fill your starting RB slots and any flex options that you can start one in before. The strategy itself is far more effective the more players that you can start that are RBs, as you are able to really drive that advantage of selecting the elite early.
How to implement this strategy
As outlined above, you need to be taking RB options early and often. This is because you are looking to take those players and ride the (supposed) advantage to victory. The reason being that you want depth for any injuries that occur, and any lack of form your players might have. This allows you to target WRs on the waiver wire, rather than have to spend large amount of FAAB/ waiver priority on the RBs that emerge.
You are going to be fading this position early. Typically, if I’m using this strategy I’ll look to grab a mixture of players I think are bound to get a lot of targets and mix in some upside plays. Similar to how you would target RBs in the zero RB strategy.
Quarterback/ Tight End
Dealers choice. I’m typically a guy that will try and grab a few options late in drafts, in the hope I catch one that is about to blow up. If they don’t, then no worries, I can just cut them and move on. Unlike in other strategies you aren’t forced to grab one early to negate a disadvantage that you have at receiver or RB.
To try and show you what the robust RB strategy looks like, I completed a 1 QB 12-team, 15-round half PPR draft. I was selecting from the 8 spot.
Below is the roster, and clicking through to the link will show how it ranked amongst other teams in the league.
As you can see, I went RB early and often. Luckily I was then able to get some effective WR options- with Keenan Allen as my WR1. I also grabbed some players that could truly blow up in Stefon Diggs and Will Fuller.
Outside of that, I stayed true to my normal strategy of grabbing a few options at TE and QB.
WRs to Target
When I’m implementing this strategy, I’m looking to bring in a mix of stable options (for example, Keenan Allen) along with some players that have a chance to break out (for example, Will Fuller).
So splitting the position into those two groups some players that I’d consider strong targets (with an ADP of the 5th round and later, based on Fantasy Pros ADP)
- Tyler Lockett – WR19, Pick 5.01
- Keenan Allen – WR20, Pick 5.03
- Robert Woods – WR25, Pick 5.07
- Jarvis Landry – WR30, Pick 6.05
- Julian Edelman – WR34, Pick 7.01
- Jamison Crowder – WR45, Pick 10.09
Upside/ Boom Players
- D.J. Chark – WR21, Pick 5.04
- D.K. Metcalf – WR23, Pick 5.05
- Terry McLaurin – WR24, Pick 5.06
- A.J. Green – WR28, Pick 6.11
- Will Fuller – WR35, Pick 7.05
- Marvin Jones – WR36, Pick 7.12
So, hopefully that helps you understand the Robust RB strategy. What do you think to it?
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