Its that time again. I've been dabbling a bit the last few days as we have set draft dates in the leagues I'm in.
Reading up on draft strategies and two interesting ones stick out.
1. Zero RB strategy. Basically, you draft your QB, WRs, TEs in the first say six rounds. Doing so should give you elite talent there that usually measures up. But you wait on RBs with the notion that they are volatile, highest risk for injury, least likely to repeat elite performance in back to back years, and susceptible to having a hot handed teammate cut into their carries.
After round six, you load up on RBs from there on out. In a 12 team league, assuming by round six, everyone else has taken their two RBs, there would still be 10 starting RBs on the board. You get probably two starters, hopefully with upside, and you load up on handcuffs, 3DBs, RB2s in a split carry system. You can stack your entire bench with those since your WRs and TE and QB are horses and you plug and play regardless of matchup. No need for more than one WR, TE, on your bench for bye weeks. Maybe as the season goes on, some of those RBs become hot commodities making your team tough to beat.
2. Streaming QBs strategy. Basically, you don't draft a QB until after you stack the rest of your roster. Again, 12 team league, only 11 QBs would be taken probably in the first eight, nine rounds. You likely take three QBs total, one in the middle of the draft, like a Tannehill, Cutler, Flacco. Then take a couple higher potential fliers at the back end. Bridgewater, Bortles, Foles, etc...
This way, you aren't married to one guy who faces a tough matchup. How many people lost their playoff game when Peyton Manning threw 4 INTs in the rain in Cincy last year? I did. But you wouldn't dare bench him. There is a chance that Rodgers faces a snow storm late season in Lambeau. Brady the same in Foxboro. But you can't just bench those guys, in fear that they still have huge games. So you play matchups with three, four QBs at your disposal.
I think I'd be more likely to try the Zero RB strategy over the streaming QB one.