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When it comes to drafting a fantasy team, the goal is to form a good base and work from there. Of course, you do not win the championship at the draft-- a common sentiment and a true one. But the key is to do the best job you can to avoid making many significant moves during the season. Yes, injuries happen. It comes with the territory, and no one can predict them. But making sure to get depth during your draft allows you to, hopefully, weather the storm.
We all have certain players that we would love to walk away with every year--Our Guys. So instead of just listing a few of my guys for 2021, I went over the ADP from 12-team leagues in August and found players you can draft at different segments of your draft that will provide a solid return on investment. It would be my perfect draft if you could land them all, but even a few of these players would be ideal for filling any holes in your roster.
Taking the best player available in the early rounds of your draft is almost always the best strategy. Although this means different things to different managers, I try to load up on running backs and wide receivers. I also do not take quarterbacks early, so you will not find Patrick Mahomes II or Josh Allen on my rosters.
- RB Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns
- RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Kansas City Chiefs
- WR Allen Robinson, Chicago Bears
- WR Robert Woods, Los Angeles Rams
Even in PPR leagues, the lack of receiving work given to Nick Chubb is not a concern. He is the primary rusher in a good Cleveland offense. He is also playing with a quarterback not known to run much, thereby limiting the missed opportunity for rushing touchdowns. You should be pleased to take Nick Chubb as your first running back in any draft.
After 125 yards in his first game as a rookie, Clyde Edwards-Helaire was less stellar than expected for the entire season. Despite this, he plays on the best offense in the NFL, allowing him to remain a valuable running back. It also makes him worth a chance as your RB2, behind a solid number one like Chubb.
My goal is to secure two running backs early, so I’m good to go if I landed Chubb and Edwards-Helaire. If you did decide to add a third, it should be Chris Carson. Instead, I'd target Allen Robinson. Despite a career full of bad quarterbacks, Robinson does nothing but perform. He is guaranteed 150 targets and will be an excellent WR1 with that type of volume.
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