Payne's Perspective: RB Draft Strategy

Payne's Perspective: RB Draft Strategy

This is the second part of a series I'm doing breaking down the positions for fantasy football this season. I started with the quarterbacks and now will look at the running backs landscape. 

According to the NFFC, Christian McCaffrey, unsurprisingly, isn't just the first player taken at the position, he's being the top player taken overall. In fact, his ADP of 1.02 might be the highest of any player since that stat was tracked. The NFFC is a full-point PPR format further solidifying CMC's spot. How dominant was McCaffrey last season? He scored 156 fantasy points more than Aaron Jones who finished second among the position. Don't get cute if you have the first overall pick; take McCaffrey and start figuring out who to target with your next few picks.

The next three played in terms of ADP are Saquon Barkley (2.09), Ezekiel Elliott (3.25) and Alvin Kamara (4.90). In not one of the NFFC drafts (485) did any of these three make it to pick 10. Kamara was the only "disappointment" last season. Kamara's issue was an injury that since has healed, so he can be expected to bounce back this season in what could be a contract year if he's not given an extension. There's profit to be made if he falls to the back half of the first round. Getting back to Barkley and Elliott, obviously both are safe picks at their respective spots, and if you like Elliott over Barkley, go for it.

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Kevin has worked for RotoWire over a decade and has covered basketball, baseball and football. A glutton for punishment, he roots for his hometown Bills, Sabres and the New York Yankees. You can follow him on Twitter @KCPayne26.
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