Almost every league runs out of starting RB's, forcing teams to pick backups that most of the time get very few yards and maybe an occasional TD. That's why RB's are usually picked early.
No way there is just 1 overall strategy that works in every draft. Noone has the same opinions on players and noone has the same strategies. That's what makes drafting so fun. You have to adjust your draft strategy on the fly depending on how the draft is going.
To be honest, many a time I've gone: RB, RB, RB, WR, WR, RB, WR. That is a flex league though, or 3 RB league. I love to wait on wrs, especially when it's a PPR league- guys like mason/rod smith are gold in those leagues.
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Like a lot of people are saying, I don't go in with a set strategy... it all depends on who's available. One year I went Rb, Wr, Wr, Wr..... This year in a league I went QB, WR, RB, RB, RB and did quite well. Of course it helps when RB's like T.Jones fall extra late, and you get kinda lucky. Another league this year I went RB, RB, RB because I had first pick. By the time it got back around to me DD and McAllister were still available. There was no way I could pass up on them and I had intentions of trading one until DMac got hurt.
I just go with the flow of the draft... every time I head into the draft thinking alright it has to be 3 RBs with the first 3 picks do not deviate from that!!! but i've never been able to actually do it... for example last year I took McGahee and Rudi with my first 2 picks, when my next pick came up I felt the best available WR was a better pick than the best available RB so I ended up getting R Wayne, H Ward, and S Smith with the following three picks ( I got a bit carried away with the WRs ). Long story short, get the best available player while taking care of your needs at the same time
The draft position also plays a part... If you have the first pick in the draft you'll have a very high third round pick and your chances of still nabbing a decent RB are very good whereas the 9th pick in the draft for example would have a low 3rd round pick
My only rule that I follow is 1 RB in the first round, but for the most part I try to adhere to this logic
RB - this is almost a concencus
RB/WR- Depends on who is available, but i always try to get a WR in the 1st 3 rounds. I prefer to a #1 WR that I feel confindent will finish in the top 5
RB/WR - No matter how it plays out I will always draft 2 RB's in the first three rounds
RB/WR - Best available of the two
From there on out it's the best players available, I would even be willing to take a QB in round 4 if there was one available that I thought warranted the pick.
My strategy depends on the size of the starting lineup and scoring. For example, in my TD heavy league that started QB, 2RB, 2WR, TE, K, Def I had no bones about taking Gates at any point in the 2nd round because of the fixed TE spot that was heavy on TDs.
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