Depending on league size, rules and scoring format, there are several roster construction strategies that can lead to a successful fantasy football draft.
I have placed highly in major season-long re-draft tournaments using them all: zero RB, anchor RB, hyper-fragile, taking an early quarterback, waiting on a quarterback, taking a premature tight end, waiting on tight end… the list goes on and on.
Every season is different, and every draft is a dynamic, living organism. The sooner we trap ourselves into one strategy, the quicker we expose ourselves when other drafters have the same idea and foil our plans.
This article is about creating flexibility by identifying market inefficiencies — think of it as solving a puzzle backward. We can formulate an adaptable if-then strategy by understanding which positions provide value based on average draft position (ADP).
Whether you start RB-RB, RB-WR or WR-WR, you will know who your targets are round-by-round, so you know when to wait for value and when to get aggressive.
Based on 12-team PPR using Fantasy Pros average ADP (ESPN, RTSports, Fantrax and Sleeper)
Starting lineup = 1QB, 2RB, 3WR, 1TE, 1FLEX (RB, WR, TE)
Early position = picks 1-4; Middle position = picks 5-8; Late position = picks 9-12.
Adjust accordingly for eight and 10-team formats.
EARLY ROUNDS (1-2)
Andrews goes at the end of Round 2 in most formats outside of tight-end premium leagues, such as the FFPC, where he goes in the middle of the round. Andrews is a viable target in this range, which should provide fantasy managers with a positional advantage and flexibility to be done with the position in re-draft formats.
However, Darren Waller and George Kittle often fall back in the fourth round and serve as great pivot options when the RB tiers drop off a cliff, and the WR tiers reach a flat spot. There is a chance Kittle or Waller will provide similar production to Andrews at a discounted rate.
Lamar Jackson is available in most leagues in the early fifth-round option, so taking Andrews enables the opportunity to stack the two players together.
Andrews is again an option from this range in Round 2, but you will likely pass an upside back with three-down potential. Additionally, Kyle Pitts goes in the mid-to-late third and offers gobs of upside.
In tight-end premium formats, Kelce is in play in the first round but don’t prioritize him over younger studs in great situations with first-round ADPs at other positions, such as Austin Ekeler, JaMarr Chase and Stefon Diggs. Andrews and Pitts in the middle of the second are preferable to Kelce given the opportunity costs of Kelce in the first at age 33.