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The ULTIMATE Fantasy Football Guide To Zero RB Drafting

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Davis Mattek June 18, 2019 4:36PM EDT

The ULTIMATE Fantasy Football Guide To Zero RB Drafting

You have heard the term “Zero RB Drafting” countless times over the last several years. The original Zero RB Drafting piece came from Shawn Siegele on Rotoviz back in August of 2014. Shawn’s premise was very simple: the NFL game was drifting away from every-down/workhorse running backs, running backs are more exposed to injury than any other position, and wide receivers provide higher ceilings than many mediocre running backs.

As Shawn explained it in 2014: “Zero RB is basically what it sounds like. You simply don’t draft running backs in the high leverage rounds. Depending on how a draft is progressing, I will draft either one high upside running back in Round 4 or 5, or I will draft none at all. My preferred lineup after five rounds is to own one tight end and four wide receivers. I then focus on selecting potential breakout players, the receiving back in timeshares, and backups in good offenses.”

This was the strategy in 2014 and it is still the same basic strategy in 2019. While the elite tight ends are different in 2019 than they were in 2014 (Jimmy Graham and Rob Gronkowski have been replaced by Travis Kelce, Zach Ertz and George Kittle), the basic tenants all still apply.

Below we will outline:

-the core tenets of Zero RB Drafting

-what a layered approach is and why it’s important

-the different Zero RB Candidate Archetypes

-a cheat sheet for viable Zero RB Candidates

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