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?