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Redraft Draft Strategies For the 2021 Season

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Hello everyone! It’s that time of the year again, the time of the year when Fantasy Football Leagues start back up. If you are part of a Fantasy Football league and you have your draft position already that’s great! In this article, I’m going to talk about a few different redraft strategies you can use in your redraft leagues. I will go over what each means and some pros and cons of each type.

Christian McCaffrey celebrates in the end zone

Zero RB

The first one I am going to talk about is called Zero RB. The name is pretty self-explanatory; you do not draft a RB in the first few rounds of the draft. This strategy usually entails not drafting a RB in the first 6 rounds but can be modified to not draft a RB in the first 4 rounds. A pro of this strategy is securing some elite pass catchers or an elite QB. This allows you to have a positional advantage over your opponents by having the elite WRs or QB. A con of this draft strategy is that you have to hope to grab RBs that have high upside or are pass catchers in the later rounds. This draft strategy is great when you have a late 1st round pick.

Heavy RB

Heavy RB is the second strategy. This strategy is one of the more popular strategies around the fantasy football community and is the exact opposite of Zero RB. With this strategy, you draft multiple RBs in the first few rounds of your draft. A pro of this draft strategy is that you can get one of the Top 5 or 6 RBs and then get another of the Top 12 RB in the second round. This allows you to have a great advantage over some of your opponents. These Elite RBs are always at the top of any Top 100 list. A con of this strategy is that you miss out on grabbing an elite pass-catcher or possibly miss out on an elite QB. This draft strategy is useful if you have an early pick in the first round.

Late Round QB

Late-round QB is the third strategy. Another strategy that is self-explanatory, you wait to draft a QB. The upside of this draft strategy is that you can secure the players that you use more in your league. Since most leagues only require you to start 1 QB, being able to secure the rest of your starting lineup and maybe some of your bench before drafting a QB can be advantageous. The downside of this strategy is that you miss out on one of the Top 5 or 6 QBs such as Josh Allen or Patrick Mahomes. The position of QB is streamable. This means you can draft two QBs in the later rounds and start which one has a better matchup each week. The QBs that are ranked 7-12 can still get you anywhere between 200-250 points which is great.

Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes.

Value-Based Drafting

Valued Based Drafting or VBD is the next strategy. This strategy involves creating value for each player. When it’s your turn to draft you select a player that has a better value at the position you are looking to draft. Projections of rankings can help determine player value. The upside of this strategy is that you know you are getting a player of a better value than their counterparts. This strategy can be helpful in the middle rounds of the draft since all of the elite players are gone and you are searching for players with upside and trying to fill out your roster.

Let’s say you are using projected points. If Christian McCaffrey is projected to score 371 points and the last RB that would be drafted in a 12-team league is projected to score 150 points, then you would take McCaffrey’s points and subtract the last RB’s points giving McCaffrey a value of 221 over the “average” RB. The downside of using this strategy is that you need to have really good projections to determine value correctly.

Best Player Available

Best Player Available is next. In this strategy, you take the best player available left in the draft. I have a friend in my home league that does no preparation for the draft and just uses a Top 200 list and selects the next best available player and has come very close to making it to the playoffs both years. This strategy can be good in the first few rounds to get the best starters on your team. After that, if you choose this strategy, you may miss out on players with upside or possibly a valuable handcuff for a RB. This can cause an imbalance in your team.

Elite TE

Elite TE is the next strategy. I want to refer back to the late-round QB strategy as this is the inverse of that strategy. This means that you either select one of the Elite 3 TEs like Travis Kelce, Darren Waller, or George Kittle or you select a TE in the middle rounds. They can still get you Top 12 points. Your other option would be to stream the position. Again, this means you select two TEs and start whichever has the better matchup that week.

The upside of getting one of the Elite TEs is that you secure the advantage over your opponents. Just like QBs, most leagues only require you to play 1 TE a week. By taking an Elite TE you may miss out on filling your starting lineup with a top WR or RB that you start two or three a week.

Conclusion

You do not have to go into your draft selection only one of these draft strategies. I use a few of these in my draft. The draft strategy you want to use will depend on your draft pick, what position you feel is most important, and how many teams your league has. Just because you select one or two of these draft strategies to use during your draft it doesn’t guarantee a winning season. The NFL is unpredictable, and you can never predict injuries or just bad seasons. It’s always preferred to have a balanced roster. Make sure your team has good depth behind your starters!

Written by John Borges

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