In fantasy football, strategy wins leagues. This is not a secret but sometimes the urge to grab a big name overwhelms even the best strategies. On September 1, Bleacher Report posted a list of quarterbacks and ranked them by their projections. The list of great quarterbacks is so deep, fantasy football team owners need to resist the urge to grab a quarterback and focus on the big picture.
Running backs are where it's at this year. The list of great running backs is short and they will be snapped up fast. If you want to ensure that all positions are covered well on your team this year, start with that position. Every one knows to start with Adrian Peterson and then work down the line through the good running backs.
After the running backs are all grabbed, then it is time for the wide receivers. Still resisting the urge to snap up Drew Brees or Aaron Rodgers, a good set of running backs and wide receivers will beat any team with so-so players and an A-list quarterback. Don't succumb to the pressure.
When it comes time to grab that quarterback, don't fret if one of the top five are gone. This year is one has one of the deepest quarterback pools ever. No joke, there are at least eleven excellent quarterbacks this year. The best of the bunch being Aaron Rodgers or Drew Brees and the worst (of the best) being Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson. The difference in fantasy points per game in these top quarterbacks might be two or three at best unless one of them has a ridiculous break-out game.
The small spread in points between a second round (or even first round in some cases) quarterback and a fourth round quarterback might be three points. Now think about the difference in points between a first round and and a fourth round running back. The difference will be a much higher spread, possibly twenty points or more.
Same goes for wide receivers, who are also very deeply talented this year. One can easily draft three or four amazing wide receivers for their team with little to no effort. Keep this in mind and don't take the bait. It is better to grab those running backs first, get the bulk of the team set and then jump on a great quarterback to round it out.
There are even some quarterbacks not ranked in that top tier that are looking to have great years. Don't count them out. A few worth mentioning for that back-up quarterback position are Michael Vick and Brandon Weeden. Although still not named starting quarterback for the Oakland Raiders, Terrelle Pryor is another that is usually still available and definitely worth watching. If he ends up starting for the Raiders, he loves to run and can be a fantasy beast, especially as a back-up.
To sum it up, be strong and draft your running backs. Then draft your wide receivers while you watch those with no self control scramble to grab their quarterbacks early. As your fantasy football season unfolds, you will see their weakness in other positions and be glad you stayed strong.