Putting your checklist into tiers helps you deal with your draft extra effectively. Because you must at all times have a plan. What was that factor my dad used to at all times say to me? If you fail to plan, you’re actually simply going to finish up working at Arby’s. Or one thing like that.
My principal draft plan this 12 months is to take two working backs with my first two picks. By taking a look at my tiers, I’ve Christian McCaffrey, Saquon Barkley, Ezekiel Elliott and Alvin Kamara as my prime 4 picks. My subsequent tier is Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Josh Jacobs, Miles Sanders and Kenyan Drake. Those are my prime eight guys. But if (for some cause) all eight of these guys are chosen earlier than my first decide, I am going to transfer to the in accordance large receivers or tight ends (not quarterbacks, however we’ll get to that in a minute).
And having the visible of seeing guys drafted in tiers additionally helps me know once I have to make a transfer on place. Because working backs are going to be at a premium this 12 months. And talking of that …
ZERO RB = ZERO CHANCE OF WINNING
I do know, that is a catchy headline. It’s not fully true. But I’d advise folks to keep away from the Zero RB technique this season. If you are not accustomed to Zero RB, it was the Keto Diet model of draft methods that was all the fad just a few years in the past. To clarify it to you on the fundamental stage, working backs have been thought of replaceable and you possibly can discover working backs a lot later in drafts. You as a substitute targeted on receivers and tight ends together with your first six-or-so picks. I used to be type of a fan for some time. And even used it a bit final 12 months, however it is time to advance your technique.
Or possibly it is advisable kick it old skool. Loading up on working backs, throwing again to the times once we spent too many hours enjoying Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater (which is again within the information). Seriously, I am going to simply draft working backs this season whereas streaming Goldfinger. (In truth, they launched a brand new model of the track you knew from that online game.)
Again, do not be afraid to be the amoeba if it is advisable regulate your technique on the fly. Like any good plan, you must plan to regulate. But my recommendation to you this season could be to load up on the working again place as a result of it may get scarce rapidly. And there are such a lot of mid-round receivers I really like this season – Robert Woods, Allen Robinson, Will Fuller, Hollywood Brown, D.J. Chark, D.Ok. Metcalf – that I am keen to take a position early within the working backs and combat with these receivers.
STOP IGNORING THE TIGHT ENDS
This is one other troubling factor, too. Many of you method tight ends prefer it’s leg day on the fitness center. Hey, keep in mind gyms? Here’s one other place the place it is in all probability value it to make an funding on two of the premium tight ends within the second spherical. It’s like once you’ve left your headphones at dwelling once you’re about to fly throughout the nation. You may simply take the rando pair the airline arms out. You can decide for an inexpensive pair that may simply annoy you. Or you may simply spend some cash and be completely happy together with your choice.
Now I am going back-to-back working backs if I can. But if I am on the finish of the second spherical. Let’s say I took Saquon within the first. I’ve no drawback leaping in with George Kittle or Travis Kelce within the second spherical. They are head and shoulders above the competitors. They are Zan and Jayna. Every different tight finish is Gleek. Well, that is not fully honest. Zach Ertz is fairly good. And no person loves their tight ends greater than Carson Wentz (that is been confirmed statistically, as Eagles tight ends common 14-plus targets per sport). And Mark Andrews is fairly good. And Evan Engram has Jason Garrett as his offensive coordinator.
My level. Stop ignoring tight ends. Don’t be afraid to fireside in early on the all-elite guys. And do not skip them throughout the center rounds or else you will find yourself with Vance McDonald as your streaming each week. Seriously, if anyone tells you to attend on tight ends, cease listening to that particular person.
BUT WE ARE STILL WAITING ON A QUARTERBACK
Of course we’re. I imagine it was Graham Barfield who made this level on considered one of our exhibits final 12 months. Patrick Mahomes was enjoying at an MVP-level final season throughout the first 5 weeks of the season. But he was nonetheless simply the QB5 throughout that stretch. Lamar Jackson was coming off the boards within the double-digit rounds and completed because the QB1.
You’re not going to get Lamar Jackson for affordable this season. And everyone seems to be already banking on Kyler Murray being this 12 months’s model of Jackson, so you’re type of out of luck, there. But there are a selection of nice quarterbacks who might be out there to you afterward in drafts. Cam Newton will get picked someplace round 141. Which is insane. I do know a few of you are feeling like Cam is washed and over the hill. And his final good season was (checks notes) 2018. That’s proper. Cam performed the primary 14 video games of the 2018 season. He was the QB5.
Josh Allen and Carson Wentz are going within the ninth spherical. I’ve seen Aaron Rodgers going within the double-digit rounds. I do not fault you for wanting to pick one of many prime guys. And we will argue concerning the ridiculousness of quarterback scoring in fantasy. But underneath the present guidelines (and except you play in a super-flex or 2QB league) let’s wait on that quarterback.
DON’T BE AFRAID TO BE GREAT
I’ve seen this lots on my Instagram the place folks see my love for Clyde Edwards-Helaire and say issues like, “He needs to prove it to me before I can draft him.” Well, guess what? You do not get that luxurious. Think of all of the individuals who stated that final 12 months once I advised them to draft Lamar Jackson? And Cooper Kupp? And David Montgomery?
All proper, David Montgomery did not work out. But it is advisable take an opportunity on a few of these gamers. If you decide the gamers with the perfect stats for 2019, you are selecting a workforce that may find yourself in fourth place. I as soon as knew a man who was very conservative in his fantasy drafts. Always measured. Always within the playoffs. Rarely, if ever, received a ship. There are years the place I end in 11th place. But I even have numerous titles to my identify. Because I am not afraid to be unsuitable. Hell, I believed the 49ers have been going to be terrible final season. But I am nonetheless right here. If you need to win a title, do not take heed to your folks. Heck, do not even take heed to me. Follow your intestine and draft the gamers you imagine are going to be the perfect this season. It’s the one method to dwell.
This has been my Ted Talk. Good luck this season. Hit me up on the socials and let me understand how your draft went!