2012 Fantasy Football Draft Strategy: Back to Back to Back Running Backs

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Ok, this article is for people who play in leagues where you can start three RB's, so mainly leagues with a "flex" position.  If you only can start two RB's then this article is NOT for you.



If you read my article from last week then you understand how vital it is to attack the RB position in 2012 due to the lack of RB's that can produce a solid amount of fantasy points.

I am participating in many fantasy football drafts and mock drafts recently and I have found that I can get solid WR and QB value in rounds four through six and solid TE value late in the draft.

Let's take a look as if you were drafting sixth in a twelve team snake style draft.

With the round one pick you could take Chris Johnson, Maurice Jones-Drew, or Darren McFadden let's just take Chris Johnson, round two comes around and you see choices like Trent Richarson, Steven Jackson, and Demarco Murray.  Let's just take Steven Jackson here for a safer pick with less upside.  Now round three roles around and you can choose Ahmad Bradshaw, Fred Jackson or Darren Sproles.  Let's just take Ahmad Bradshaw here.  We now have Chris Johnson, Steven Jackson, and Ahmad Bradshaw.

The following three rounds you pick QB, WR, and WR in any order and end up with Jeremy Maclin, Percy Harvin, and Matt Ryan.

So your team looks like:
Matt Ryan
Steven Jackson
Chris Johnson
Ahmad Bradshaw
Jeremy Maclin
Percy Harvin

On the flip side if you attacked QB or WR in the first three rounds then you will be selecting the third RB in the fourth or fifth round.

Fourth round RBs would probably be: Frank Gore or BenJarvus Green-Ellis or Isaac Redman
Fifth round RBs would probably be: Donald Brown or Willis McGahee or Reggie Bush.

Let's be honest those RB's all come with risk/rewards from drafting a RB in the fourth or fifth round.

So your team could look like if you drafted a QB in the first round:
Tom Brady
Steven Jackson
Ahmad Bradshaw
Reggie Bush
Jeremy Maclin
Reggie Wayne

So... Brady is better than Ryan, Steven Jackson and Bradshaw are a wash, Chris Johnson better than Reggie Bush, Maclin is a wash, and Harvin is better than Wayne.  The team that drafted three RB's back to back now has the advantage.

It's a safe move to draft three RB's back to back to back and there is more risk when you snag a WR or QB in the first three rounds if your league has a FLEX position.

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