I am currently trying to get prepared for the up coming fantasy season. Most publications are talking of changing the old strategy of using you 1st and 2nd round picks on some other position rather than on running back.
I always agreed with these publications are playing fantasy for about three years. It seemed like I was giving up my 2nd round pick on a running back that I would normally select in the 6th round.
Last year I held the 3rd overall pick. I tried a different approach to the draft that resulted in a championship season. I selected Chris Johnson with the 3rd overall pick. Picking that high, I really felt the need and the pressure to select a running back that was going to deliver. Most of the backs that were sitting there on the board were 2nd to 3rd year backs. Remember if there are no risks there are no rewards. My 2nd round pick was on WR Randy Moss. He was the most dominating Wide Out on the board. My 3rd round pick was QB Philip Rivers, he turned out to be a quality QB for me.
My thinking was having a well balanced team. I left draft day feeling that I had drafted a top 5 running back, a top 5 wide out, and a top 5 quarterback. I felt I had a good foundation to build upon. I then was able to fill in the remainder of my roster. I did not feel that I was a really strong team in ones aspect, but weak in other areas.
This season I select 12th overall. I don't feel that the same strategy will work for me. If at all possible you need to have a plan going into the draft, and then a plan that will adjust when the draft changes, because it will.