PFF Fantasy Roundtable: What’s your favorite draft strategy?

Four PFF Fantasy writers gather to talk the pros and cons of some popular draft approaches this draft season.

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(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

PFF Fantasy Roundtable: What’s your favorite draft strategy?


Welcome to the PFF Fantasy Roundtable, where several staff writers and I will offer our own analysis on different fantasy football players and strategies. Each roundtable discussion will have a theme. Last week’s theme was average draft position, and this week, we’ll dive into draft strategy. More specifically, we’ll take a look zero-RB and late-round QB strategies. Once again, I’m joined by Pat Thorman, Scott Barrett and Brandon Marianne Lee. Click on the names to continue the discussion on Twitter. Let’s jump right in.

Zero-RB … or not

Dan: We’ll kick things off by looking at the most popular fantasy strategy out there right now — zero-RB. Last season, this was a successful strategy, as WRs dominated the landscape. In 2016, I think things could change. I find myself very rarely going with a WR-WR start in the first two rounds. With potential regression coming for DeAndre Hopkins and Allen Robinson, I am looking to grab one of seven running backs instead of these two in the back of Round 1.

For me, the top tier includes: Ezekiel Elliott, David Johnson, Adrian Peterson, Lamar Miller, Todd Gurley and Jamaal Charles. Even in round two, I find myself sometimes passing at WR to grab Devonta Freeman, Eddie Lacy or Mark Ingram. The dropoff from the Ingram tier to the next one (featuring guys like Dion Lewis and Carlos Hyde) is much greater than the dropoff at WR (where you can still grab guys like Randall Cobb, Sammy Watkins and Jeremy Maclin in Round 3). Where do you all stand on the zero-RB strategy in 2016 — specifically in the first two rounds, but also overall?

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Dan Schneier is a staff writer for PFF Fantasy, a former FOX Sports NFL scribe, and an auction format enthusiast.

  • Minyang16

    Funny zig while everyone zags…high stakes big bench leagues….all have viable WR on waivers but as of now no RB worth starting. Picking WRX5 is a sub optimal strategy when everyone is doing it. Not reinventing the wheel but robust RB (or variation) is the way to go. Most rosters that started WR in top half of draft don’t seem to be as good (on paper) as middle to late picks in 12 team leagues. I actually cher when I get a pick in 7 to 12 range. Then I find teams that started wr/wr/wr using unproven (depth) rookies as starters in the RB slot. Essentially I think it is easier to replace/identify let’s say your WR2 than your RB2. This will change year to year but due to the horrible high draft picks (@RB)ROI, I think for this year it swung way to far. I plan on taking advantage of this ;).

  • GOPPPL

    Hello. I’m in a 3 player keeper league. I have Devanta Freeman(8th) round draft value, Le’Veon Bell(4th) round draft value and an undecided pick. I have Drew Brees(2nd) round draft value, Demarius Thomas(1st) round draft value and Dion Lewis(9th) round draft value as my final keeper options. I have the 2nd overall pick in the draft(Sep. 2). I’m thinking E. Elliot with my first pick because the guy with the #1 pick in the draft has J. Charles and E. Lacy. Both those guys are 1st or 2nd round draft value. What options should I be looking at for draft day?

    • Minyang16

      * (IMHO) Depending on your league size the bell suspension actually has him close to value…I’d still keep him he… hehe too many other unknown variables, to know if a qb (8pt tds ???..) are 2nd round values. Game theory is hard in application…try to maximize your output without considerations of your opponent , if you don’t ….playing multiple leagues will have you going insane. …like some times rooting against a player your starting somewhere in another league.