Take Zero RB Literally and Punt RB
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“The Zero RB strategy makes a lot of sense, but I don’t think I can commit to it in all my drafts.” It’s a common refrain we hear around here. You think the logic makes sense, but also think a hedge of some kind is in order before fully committing. I did too. In 2014, I tried Zero RB in a handful or fewer leagues, and was smitten. By 2015 I was doing it nearly across the board. But I still have discussions both online and in real life about how to commit fully. People plan to dabble in it in 2016. People want to try it, but are unsure about whether 2015 was a fluke.1 The truth is it’s just an uncomfortable draft strategy, made that much worse now that WRs are flying off the board in 2016. Even when you go into a draft knowing that could happen, the siren song of ADP value can pull your perfectly sailing ship right into the rocky RB shore. But in truth, Zero RB is a strategy that has only gotten better with time, and the shifts we’ve seen in ADP hardly begin to cover the changing point-scoring structure. Let’s take a look at why, and then discuss the draft thought I’ve kept close at mind to help me stay on the Zero RB course.
- Because, of course, 2015 played out great for Zero RB teams. (back)