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A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Zero RB Universe

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When Zero RB, Antifragility, and the Myth of Value-Based Drafting came out in November 2013, I certainly had no idea of what was about to follow. Now with the debut of Fantasyland’s Zero RB episode,

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By Shawn Siegele | @ff_contrarian | Archive

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  1. Thanks @dvx24. In a 2-WR 1-Flex league you almost always want to start 3 WRs, so there would be a lot of situations where you'd end up drafting 5 WRs to start. Unless there's a 3rd or 4th round RB, you've given a 1st round grade, Zero RB would probably be my choice for that format, especially if your league allows you to trade.

    The fewer WRs you can start, the more flexible you have to be, but always retaining a WR-heavy emphasis if the scoring is PPR.

  2. My home league is a 3 player keeper league and I've been using Zero RB in the same format, but with 1/2 PPR. I've won it in consecutive seasons.

    As of right now, I plan to keep David Johnson over Amari Cooper. I plan to just wait an extra round to find a RB. Since I'm also keeping Gronk and OBJ, my strategy (keepers included) will be WR, RB, TE, WR, WR then RB.

  3. In a 14-team league where you can only start 3 WRs, you can be a little more balanced, but you're almost certainly going to want to start with 3 WRs and then take a BPA approach that stays WR-heavy. So you might mix in a couple of RBs in the first 7 rounds, but you do want to continue stockpiling WRs.

    You can use the Draft Optimizer to play with some possible combinations. It's really good at planning rosters for different size leagues.

  4. I completely chickened out when the bright lights were on me. From the 10 spot in my 14 teamer I started Miller/Charles. I did however follow that up with Demaryius/Decker/Sanders/Lockett in the next 4 rounds. I just could not pass up the two workhorse backs that also catch the ball. The draft itself did unfold far more WR heavy than it traditionally has. Maybe that's what scared me off. Very interested to see how it plays out. Your work certainly made me think this summer!

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