For years, you’ve heard the theory from just about every so-called fantasy football expert and you’ve applied them to your fantasy team. Runningbacks are the most valuable position in fantasy football and you must take two backs in your first three picks of your draft. I say you need to abandon that strategy the way LeBron James left
But, even if you’re in a league with a standard scoring system, you need to understand this about the NFL – it’s a passing league for the most part. Teams everywhere are incorporating three and four wide receiver sets and spreading defenses out to look for those mismatches. The NFL is a copycat league. Everyone saw the dominance of the 2007 New England Patriots offense where Tom Brady threw for 50 touchdowns and Randy Moss caught 23 of them. My cousin had both players on one team and they literally carried him to a fantasy title. I can’t remember who his backs were and it didn’t matter. And I’m a huge believer in having a quarterback-wide receiver tandem on my fantasy team. Two seasons ago, I had Kurt Warner and Larry Fitzgerald. The result? A fantasy title. Getting double the points when they hook up for touchdowns passes is quite pleasing but the negative is when they’re having an off day, it’s a lost week. That’s why you need to grab a quarterback-wide receiver from a potent passing attack. This year, I highly recommend Tony Romo and Miles Austin from the Dallas Cowboys. Last season, Romo threw for almost 4,500 yards and 26 scores.
There are very few runningbacks in the league right now who touch the ball 25 times per game. Just about every team now employs the dreaded time-share with two and maybe three backs sharing carries. Chris Johnson of
So, should you go quarterback-quarterback in the first two rounds? Absolutely not. But in recent years, I have found that quarterback-runningback-wide receiver should be your first three picks, and maybe in that order. Your strategy should look like this: grab a quarterback-wide receiver tandem from the same team early and then grab quality backs in the mid-rounds who can put up respectable numbers. I would gladly take Romo-Austin or Matt Schaub-Andre Johnson early and settle for Best or Mathews later.