I am currently trying to get prepared for the upcoming fantasy season. Most publications are talking about changing the old strategy of using your first- and second-round picks on some other position rather than on runningback.
For years I used the same draft strategy, which was draft two runningbacks in the first and second round. After using this approach for years, it seemed like I was giving up my second-round pick on a runningback that I would normally select in the sixth round.
Last year I held the third overall pick. I tried a different approach to the draft that resulted in a championship season. I selected Chris Johnson with the third 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 second- to third-year backs. Remember if there are no risks there are no rewards. My second-round pick was on wide receiver Randy Moss. He was the most dominating wideout on the board. My third-round pick was quarterback Philip Rivers; he turned out to be a quality quarterback for me.
My thinking was to have a well-balanced team. I left draft day feeling that I had drafted a Top 5 runningback, a Top 5 wideout 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 one aspect.
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.