More Proof Rookie RBs Are the Key to Fantasy Success: Draft Season Update – The Wrong Read, No. 47
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We know rookie running backs drafted in the middle rounds consistently outperform their ADP-based expectations. But as ADP changes so do our favorite values. Who are the rookie RBs you should be targeting as we move into the busiest time for fantasy drafters? One of the reasons Zero RB is a successful strategy even in years when the top wide receivers fail to live up to expectations is that it’s always possible to find league-winning RBs in the middle and later rounds. Indeed, looking at Shawn Siegele’s results from the past few seasons would make you think it’s easy. Rookie RBs in the middle rounds have proven to be particularly fruitful, with both Kareem Hunt and Alvin Kamara winning leagues for their owners last year. And many more rookie RBs provided week-winning performances over the course of the season. As we saw in the original piece, Rounds 9-12 are where rookie RB value is at it’s peak.