A popular strategy for 2022 will be the robust RB strategy. It 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
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.
You really need to think about the type of WR that you are aiming/ thinking that you are going to be able to obtain. You really want a mix of players that are likely to be given a good target share, and some players that are going to stand a chance of breaking out if things go their way.
Now, you aren’t going to get a BIG hog, like Davante Adams, but you can get some lower tier players that still get a good share of targets. Ideally, you are looking for stable offenses. That’s not always possible, but some options for the 2022 season I’d look to are:
- Brandin Cooks
- Kenny Golladay
- D.J. Moore
- Amon-Ra St. Brown
- Courtland Sutton
- Adam Thielen
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