Fantasy Football Strategies For 2017

Fantasy Football Strategies – 3 Distinct Auction Draft Budgets

August is here.  For fantasy football fans it could be the busiest and most enjoyable month of the year.  The majority of drafts will take place during this month.  Most owners, at least all the winning ones, are diligently trying to compile as much information as they can so they can figure some solid fantasy football strategies.  


Unlike boring snake drafts, where your roster is largely determined by the position you draft in, auction drafts allow you to draft pretty much any team imaginable.  Sometimes the possibilities almost become overwhelming.  It can often be beneficial to look at a few different budgets and see what each team looks like.  You need some fantasy football strategies. If you like what you see you might consider using a similar budget for your actual draft.  So let’s look at some of the popular potential budgets this year and see what we get.


Budget #1: RB Zero

Last season the RB Zero strategy was often talked about, especially since many leagues play some type of PPR format which bumps up the value of receivers.  With that being known, some people thought that you should spend more on those receivers since they score more consistently and play a less volatile position which would then allow you to stack your roster with satellite backs and talented running backs that maybe hadn’t emerged as the primary ball carrier on their team yet.  Entering 2017 many people have said that RB Zero is a failing strategy.  I am not going to debate the pros and cons of the strategy itself but I will say that there were two running backs in 2016 that averaged over 25 fantasy points per game (David Johnson and Le’Veon Bell), something which has only happened one other time (2013 – Jamaal Charles) since 2007.  Could 2016 have been an outlier where we can expect to see top end running back production regress in 2017?  No one knows for certain but with more drafters this year spending big on top tier running backs, maybe some form of RB Zero is a strategy you would like to employ as a more contrarian play this season.  If so, here is one potential team you could get with this method:


Pos. Amount Potential Players
QB $5 Kirk Cousins, Philip Rivers, Cam Newton
RB1 $15 Frank Gore, Dalvin Cook, Bilal Powell, Tevin Coleman, Danny Woodhead
RB2 $15 Ameer Abdullah, CJ Anderson, Eddie Lacy
WR1 $60 Antonio Brown, Julio Jones, Odell Beckham
WR2 $40 TY Hilton, Michael Thomas, Doug Baldwin, Amari Cooper
TE $15 Greg Olsen, Jimmy Graham
Flex $20 Keenan Allen, Michael Crabtree, Jarvis Landry, Carlos Hyde, Ty Montgomery
Bench $30 Allow you to get a couple players in the $5-$10 range and some cheap, high upside plays.  For example: Theo Riddick and Mark Ingram plus Darren Sproles, Tyrell Williams and Jeremy Maclin


This team allows you to play the weekly matchups with potentially four or more serviceable running backs (depending on how deep you stack your bench).  We often hear a lot about streaming defenses or quarterbacks but in essence you would be doing the same with your running backs.  Because of the money you saved on your backfield, you are able to draft some very reliable options everywhere else. Keep reading for more fantasy football strategies. 


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