5 Backfields to Target for Zero RB
I’ve suggested that Zero RB is the dominant fantasy strategy in most PPR leagues, an argument that isn’t really contingent on 2013 results or the tactics of your league mates. On the other hand, it’s important to realize that even if the bust rate for runners appears high in the early rounds, it quickly gets much, much worse. So WR-heavy drafters could easily create a scenario where those who follow the traditional RB-RB start are able to lock down even more value.
Preparation and flexibility are the keys to any successful draft. If you’ve always taken runners early, it’s valuable to consider the opposite approach even if you opt not to go in that direction. If you plan to implement Zero RB, make sure you understand the historical trends and the risk you’re taking on. (Used in the right formats, Zero RB is actually a risk mitigation strategy, not a risk-seeking one, but it’s still important to know the risks to which you’re exposed.)
For those who do decide to follow Zero RB, you need a plan to generate points from the position without using premium picks. Here are five backfields where potential inefficiencies exist in the way players are being valued.
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