Fantasy Football Draft Strategy: Are Top RBs Undervalued?

Fantasy Football Draft Strategy: Are Top RBs Undervalued?

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

I'm a big fan of draft strategy in fantasy football. In a snake draft, once you chose a position to use your first-round draft pick on, you've chosen a path the rest of your draft. Take a QB and you'll be behind on gathering WR and RB. Take Rob Gronkowski at TE and you're behind on QB, WR and RB. Similarly, once you make a big purchase in an auction, you've limited what you can do at other positions.

Over the years I've tried to do a lot of math to figure out which path is best. And for the most part, it's paid off as I was well ahead of the trend of taking wide receivers early.

So what's the best draft strategy this year?

Are top WRs finally getting overrated?

My initial take is that the overall market may have overreacted to last year's terrible performance of top running backs. Seven running backs were taken in the top 15 of ADP last season and five ended up as busts. As a result, we're seeing fewer RB than ever in the first round of most drafts. Here's how the positions are being chosen on average in the first 15 picks from four promiment league manager/contest websites.

LeagueWRRBQBTEFormat
NFFC1040112-team PPR, starting 3 WR + Flex
MyFantasyLeage.com662112-team non PPR
ESPN770110-team
Yahoo860112-team non PPR (but really
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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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