Having a draft strategy is the key to putting together an all-star fantasy football team. Especially in 2013, the running back is king. This is why on August 18 the Bleacher Report listed running backs as ten of their top twelve picks for the first round. There are some great running backs out there and they can earn huge points for your fantasy football team if you get the right ones. What do you do though if you pick late in the draft? The answer to that question really depends on who is left and what kind of fantasy football strategy you adopt for the draft.
If drafting in the top five, it is wise to consider the strategy of drafting both running backs first, then the wide receiver. After that, depending on which wide receivers and which quarterbacks are left, pick accordingly. Once you have drafted two running backs, two wide receivers and the best quarterback available, the rest of the roster can be filled in.
Adrian Peterson is a huge number one pick this year for all fantasy football fans. Picking Peterson is a no-brainer and if the person with first pick passes on him, count your blessings and snatch him up second. After he is gone, there is a bit of argument over Arian Foster, Marshawn Lynch, Doug Martin and Ray Rice. They are all good and all will put up big points. If these big guys are gone and it's your turn to pick, a change in pace may be advised.
After the big running backs have been snatched up, go for Megatron. Calvin Johnson is always in the top ten choices for a fantasy football draft. He's a great pick and as long as he stays healthy, he won't disappoint. One Johnson is gone though, back to the running backs with just a few exceptions.
Many say to pick the quarterback after the running backs and wide receivers have been picked over. This is true of course, unless you want to get a superstar quarterback. This year, the top quarterbacks to grab are Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and Cam Newton. If able to get some heavy hitter running backs and wide receivers though, it won't be necessary to grab the all-star quarterback. The difference in points is usually just a few.
When it comes to kickers and tight ends, draft them after grabbing the key point makers. Great running backs and wide receivers can have 30-point plus games. A kicker or a tight end never will pull points like that so draft accordingly. Same goes for defense. Although defense wins games, or loses them if they make too many mistakes, they still will rarely pull in anything over 20-points. Make sure you get a good one but don't put them in front of the first string point earners.