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Zero Runningback

Soon we will watching the Cardinals and Cowboys lace up their cleats for the annual Hall Of Fame Game. Well annual besides last year’s field debacle. With training camp news abuzz, and injuries abound, I find myself filling my football void by participating in DynastyNerds monthly ADP mock drafts. For my teams, I typically enter a draft with the Best Player Available (BPA) mindset. This strategy entails taking who I consider the best player left on the board regardless of team need. I was curious as to what others favorite strategies were. So naturally I took to twitter. I posted a poll which consisted of three options: Zero Rb, Punt, Zero Wr. Punt refers to taking high upside youth, planning to lose now while building for the future.

At 52%, the zero RB method received 122 votes. I decided I would try this in the July mock. This method is not new to me and it has become a staple of my drafting strategy. Problem is, more people have begun to use it which limits its effectiveness. I decided to not touch an RB until the eighth round or later. Typical 12 team mock with Starting requirements: 1QB, 2RB, 3WR, 1TE, 1FLEX Here are the results:

  • 1.08- Julio Jones
  • 2.05- Sammy Watkins
  • 3.08- Doug Baldwin
  • 4.05- Davante Adams
  • 5.08- Terrell Pryor
  • 6.05- Russell Wilson
  • 7.08- Tyler Eifert
  • 8.05- Kareem Hunt
  • 9.08- Kenneth Dixon
  • 10.05- Theo Riddick
  • 11.08- Bilal Powell
  • 12.05- Danny Woodhead
  • 13.08- JuJu Smith-Schuster
  • 14.05- Will Fuller
  • 15.08- DeAndre Washington
  • 16.05- Cameron Brate
  • 17.08- Brian Hoyer
  • 18.05- Darren Sproles
  • 19.08- Dwayne Allen
  • 20.05- Tim Hightower

Below is the resulting depth chart with starters in bold.

  • QB: Wilson, Hoyer
  • RB: Powell, Woodhead, Riddick, Hunt, Sproles, Washington, Hightower, Dixon
  • WR: Jones, Baldwin, Watkins, Adams, Pryor, Fuller, JuJu
  • TE: Eifert, Brate, Allen

The strength of this team is obviously the wide receiving corps. Jones, Baldwin, and Adams each finished in the top ten of their position. I expect the Watkins breakout that many had hoped for to come to fruition. Tight End group is ok but could prove to be very volatile. Eifert has an extensive injury history, but many of the top TEs do as well (looking at you Gronk and Reed). Speaking of Gronkowski, I drafted Allen as my TE 2/3 in round 19. With Gronk sidelined most of the year, Martellus Bennett finished as the tenth TE in fantasy. I know they are different players but I do believe Allen could finish as a TE 2. Russell Wilson is a virtual lock to finish as a QB1. In his five year, he has finished top ten on four occasions. The only exclusion being his rookie year when he finished 11. I scooped up Brian Houer late as a bye week fill in. On to the running backs. By the eighth round, the position was pretty thin; and knew I would have to target pass catching backs. This draft was completed prior to Dixon needing Meniscus surgery. Glad I also draft Danny Woodhead. None of these backs will be workhorses for their respective teams, but could provide Rb2 numbers. Depth at Rb is definitely questionable with Riddick having wrist surgery and Woodhead returning from a torn ACL. This exercise shows that Zero RB is still a viable draft strategy. I feel as though this team would be competitive barring major injuries. Draft flow should dictate what strategy is used. Zero Rb worked here because other teams focused on RBs, which allowed me to grab value at Wr. So get out there and try out new strategies and see what works for you.

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About Josh Robbins

Full time dad, part time writer within the dynasty community. Avid dynasty/football fan with a passion to write and help others with dynasty questions


  1. When was this draft conducted? Completely different than the hundreds of drafts I’ve done. Yore 10-12th rounds are about 4 rounds off