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100 Fantasy Football Tips in 100 Days, Day 97: RB-RB-RB

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Does anyone have a fantasy draft left to complete? I’m a degenerate, so I still have two to go. My latest was the FLEX (Fantasy League of Experts) Best Ball draft. You can see the league right here.

This was really the best of the best fantasy owners, and I had the second pick. Here’s what my starting lineup looks like:

  • QB: Peyton Manning
  • RB: Doug Martin
  • RB: DeMarco Murray
  • WR: Marques Colston
  • WR: Cecil Shorts
  • WR: Josh Gordon
  • TE: Zach Sudeld
  • FLEX: Maurice Jones-Drew

Weak at receiver, huh? That’s a fine starting three (I also have Golden Tate) given that I have MJD in the flex spot. You might argue that I shouldn’t have drafted Josh Gordon since my receiver corps was already weak and he’s suspended for two games, but this is a best-ball format, i.e. the suspension really doesn’t hurt me much.

Having an early draft slot allowed me to do something I haven’t done much this year: go RB-RB-RB to start. There are three reasons I did it this time around:

1) I would have drafted Demaryius Thomas in the second round, but I had DeMarco Murray as the last runner in his tier and I took the chance that I could get Thomas in the third. He didn’t fall, but I would have drafted him if he did. So I took MJD when he wasn’t there.

2) I find myself taking a top-six receiver if I have a late pick. I think the scarcity of Marshall, Bryant & Co. is greater than the RBs in that range.

3) If you have a late pick, the running back quality in the back of the third is shit. Unless Lamar Miller falls there, I don’t think you can get value with RB-RB-RB and a late-round pick, especially since David Wilson has risen. So I’d be more likely to start RB-WR-WR with a late pick than RB-RB-RB.

It’s worth noting that there are some really good arguments for RB-RB-RB this year.

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