Fantasy Football Draft Strategy: The Case For Going WR-WR

Fantasy Football Draft Strategy: The Case For Going WR-WR

This article is part of our Fantasy Football Draft Strategy series.

There are plenty of paths to victory in fantasy football. There's no one full-proof strategy. But a strategy focused on wide receivers has been a winner for me three of the last four years. It appears to be based on solid historical data. I'll examine the outlook for the strategy in 2014 in a series of articles, as well as look at its pitfalls, and recent trends.

Using a wide receiver-focused strategy last season in nine leagues, I made the playoffs in eight and won four. It's a small sample, but still impressive. And I had winning years two of the previous three seasons with this strategy. And the amazing thing is last year none of my winning teams had any of the best fantasy players: Peyton Manning, LeSean McCoy or Jimmy Graham.

The core of the strategy is simple in that it tries to avoid risk with your most expensive players and embrace risk elsewhere. Fantasy football is chaos. It's hard to forecast the success of any player who depends on 10 other teammates working in unison. It's also a brutal game. Injuries happen to seemingly invincible players every season (Tom Brady in 2008, Peyton Manning and Adrian Peterson in 2011).

Last season, six of the top 12 players on everyone's draft board (as determined by Average Draft Position (ADP) at MyFantasyLeague for non-ppr, redraft leagues) were "Busts" - players who didn't finish the season as a starter in a 12-team league that starts two running

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Peter Schoenke
Peter Schoenke is the president and co-founder of RotoWire.com. He's been elected to the hall of fame for both the Fantasy Sports Trade Association and Fantasy Sports Writers Association and also won the Best Fantasy Baseball Article on the Internet in 2005 from the FSWA. He roots for for the Minnesota Twins, Vikings and T-Wolves.
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