2012 Fantasy Football Draft Strategy: Don't Wait on Drafting RBs

James Hatfield Correspondent IIIJuly 31, 2012

July 29, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson (28) during training camp warm up at the Titans training facility at Baptist Sports Park. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-US PRESSWIRE

Draft strategies are important when you head into your 2012 fantasy football drafts.  You have to be prepared for drafts to take crazy turns, like a run on QBs in the first round.  

Still, there is one thing that happens in all drafts—RBs are drafted high.  Most likely, the first four out of five picks in the first round will be RBs.  Finding RBs that will produce for you during the year is very important.

We tend to see WRs emerge during the year, and most often WRs are some of the most fruitful waiver-wire picks.  There are times when RBs are injured or miss a week, so there are RB waiver-wire targets as well, but finding a RB who becomes a weekly starter off the waiver wire is a bit more challenging.  

Don't worry though, I will be sure to find you gems during the year from the waiver wire.

OK, let's get right down to it.  DON'T SLEEP ON RBs. You have to draft them early.  I would highly recommend that in the first four rounds of drafting, two of those picks be RBs.

You will end up with either one QB, one WR and two RBs, or two WRs and two RBs.  Why didn't I mention TE?  TEs are plentiful this year, and I don't recommend a TE in the first four rounds.

If you sleep on RBs and draft your second RB in Round 5 or 6 then you will be scrambling for RBs with upside.  That means you won't be 100-percent sure they are going to produce for you.

Let's compare:

  • Team 1 drafts: L. McCoy, B. Marshall, M. Stafford and M. Colston.  
  • Team 2 drafts: T. Brady, D. Murray, A. Bradshaw and J. Nelson.

OK—they seem pretty neck-and-neck going into Round 5, but in Round 5, Team 1 has RB choices of: S. Greene, CJ Spiller and J. Stewart, while Team 2 has WR choices of: B. Lloyd, A. Brown, D. Bowe and V. Jackson.

I know, I know—sometimes there are solid RBs in Round 5, but more often the above scenario is what takes place.

  • Now Team 1 has: L. McCoy, B. Marshall, M. Stafford, M. Colston and S. Greene
  • Now Team 2 has: T. Brady, D. Murray, A. Bradshaw, J. Nelson and D. Bowe

These are your weekly starters, and Team 2 has a stronger RB situation while the WR situation is still pretty darn close.

Drafts go in many directions, but I am certain if you sleep on RB in 2012, your team won't be as strong.  There are just a bit more solid fantasy WRs this year than there are RBs.

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