I wasn’t sure what to call this strategy, ultimately I went for Zero-ish RB. The reason being, it’s not a robust RB strategy, it’s not a zero RB strategy. It’s something in the middle.
Now, truly this strategy can only be used if you are right at the top of the draft board. The reason being that you need to take on of the true top tier- then wait a little for your second to come in. Instead, you focus on nailing the other elite players at different positions so that you can get a really balanced roster.
How to implement this strategy
The strategy is actually quite simple. Select one of Christian McCaffrey, Saquon Barkley, or (potentially) Ezekiel Elliott. Then you select the best player that is available (normally top WR talent, or one of Kelce/ Kittle) before you grab your next running back.
What you are aiming for is to have a really balanced roster. That way you can take advantage of players that fall to you.
To try and illustrate what I mean, I completed a 1 QB 12-team, 15-round half PPR draft. Here I was selecting from the 1 spot.
Below is the roster, and clicking through to the link will show how it ranked amongst other teams in the league.
So, I went with Christian McCaffrey with my first pick then went with Travis Kelce and Allen Robinson on the turn. The reason being, that I have given myself a positional advantage with Kelce, who I half view as a top-tier receiver. Then, I’ve managed to grab an effective receiver who should be an effective receiver.
The real impact comes later, as I have a balanced roster- I’m not forced into grabbing a player of a particular position. That meant that I could grab players that fell- like Kareem Hunt and David Montgomery.
Hopefully, that has cleared it up a little. As I said, it’s (nearly) a Zero RB strategy- thus me calling it Zero-ish RB. If you can think of a better name let me know! You can find us on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram. You can find our other strategy articles here.
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