5 Draft Strategies to Win Your Fantasy League

Joey Cartolano takes a look at how redraft boards are shaping up and how you can take advantage of them.

| 1 year ago
(AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

(AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

5 Draft Strategies to Win Your Fantasy League


Draft season is in full swing as we approach the midway point of the NFL’s preseason, and as such it is important to understand current trends and average draft positions in order to capitalize on inefficiencies. While things could certainly change between now and the start of the season, the board pretty much is what it is at this point for redraft leagues.

There have been a few distinct strategies that I have found myself employing as I gain a better understanding of how 2015 drafts are playing out. Below are some of those methods, along with general observations from drafts I’ve participated in. I am excluding superflex (two quarterback) leagues from this analysis.

All ADP data is from the last month of PPR/FLEX league mock drafts at FantasyFootballCalculator.com

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Joey Cartolano has been contributing dynasty, redraft, developmental and DFS content since 2013. He also makes regular appearances on PFF Radio's Dynasty Slant.

  • Tyler

    I have the #4 pick in my half ppr league, 14 teams. I think I am going with Gronk, then utilizing the zero RB strategy. In Gronk’s final 11 games last year he put up numbers equal to his historic 2011 season. I will stock up on the potential WR1 you mentioned and then roster up to 6 or 7 RB, while being active on the waiver wife. You’re right, the approach isn’t for the faint of heart, but it is perfect for proactive owners. Going with Gronk over a RB is more or less a bet on myself that I will hit on some RB picks in the draft or waivers. What do you guys think of this idea?

    • DEV00100000

      Ask everyone who drafted Jimmy Graham in the first round last year what they think of that strategy…

      • Justin

        The funny thing about that is people thought Jimmy Graham was better than Gronk.

        • Lenny

          No one thought that. Everyone questioned Gronks ability to stay healthy last year, not his talent. You are stupid.

    • Forrest

      #4 seems early for Gronk. And his injury history would scare me away for sure. Out of his last six season (which goes back to college), he’s only made it through two of them without missing games.