This article is part of our Fantasy Football Draft Strategy series.
Let's start with my basic drafting premise of the last few years: Taking wide receivers in the first few rounds is the best strategy. Here are the main reasons why:
- WRs get hurt less frequently than RB, QB or TE.
- It's easier to manage your roster by leaving top wide receivers in your lineup rather than mixing and matching lesser receivers and leaving good performances on your bench.
- It's harder to pick up wide receivers than running backs on the waiver wire. Few wide receivers emerge out of nowhere. Running backs are literally signed off the street and put into a starting lineup.
- Taking running backs in quantity rather than quality in middle to late rounds can pay off because backups become starters or those in time shares can still be used in starting lineups.