I have my draft coming up next week so I picked up USA Today's Special Edition paper dedicated to Fantasy Football. This is only my second season and I am still learning, but I can not figure out why top Quarterbacks are not advised to be picked up first. It seems everyone concentrates on running backs. Last year I picked up Tom Brady in the first round and he was a stud. This year I am torn between Brady and Calvin "Megatron" Johnson. Neither are running backs but both put up monster fantasy numbers, more so than top running back. Why is it generally advised to gun for running backs early on? Also who would you take out of the two for your number one pick and why?
Thanks for writing in. A lot of people are stuck on the old school of thought where you take a running back with your first round draft pick. I tend to agree with grabbing a running back early on in your fantasy football draft but could not possibly fault an owner for taking a quarterback or a wide receiver in the first round. The NFL has become very pass heavy lately making the quarterbacks and receivers that much more valuable. The top ten fantasy point scorers in 2011 consisted of 6 quarterbacks, 1 wide receiver (Calvin Johnson), 1 tight end (Tom Brady’s new favorite target - Rob Gronkowski) and two running backs. That means 80% of the top ten players got to that point via the passing game and lets not forget that those 2 running backs that made the cut caught their fair share of passes as well.
This year I am basing my fantasy draft strategy solely on draft day position. There is a clear shortage of running backs this season. Therefore, if I am in the top 3 there is no question that I will be taking either Arian Foster, Ray Rice or Lesean McCoy. After that its dealer’s choice! I cannot blame you if you want the consistent fire power Tom Brady offers over the often hurt Ryan Matthews (trendy 2012 pick despite his injury woes) If you prefer Calvin Johnson over Chris Johnson then by all means get the best wide receiver in the league on your team and worry about running backs later! Drafting your fantasy football team comes down to what you want your team to look like when it is all said and done. If I am picking between Tom Brady and Calvin Johnson I think I’m picking Johnson. It is true both positions are deep this season but you will be able to get a top 6 quarterback somewhere near the tenth round. I cannot say the same for the wide receiver position.
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David - The Trade Expert