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Starting WR-WR-RB: A Draft Strategy (PREMIUM PREVIEW)

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(Editor's intro: You shouldn't enter a draft with predetermined strategy, but there are only so many ways a draft can begin. One of the common outcomes is you start by drafting two WRs and one RB in the first three rounds. This piece wants to solve the riddle of how to construct a great team from that opening template.

There are many ways to skin a cat, but depending on your draft slot, WR-WR-RB may be the optimal strategy that brings home the fantasy gold.

So many components go into pulling off a solid draft. First you need a little help. Average draft positions are public knowledge, so chances are, those drafting in front or back of you (depending on the round) are targeting the same short list of players; especially in the early portion of the draft. If you are fortunate enough to land most of your wish list, you are off to a good start. However, there is more work to be done. Being able to bob and weave through a draft requires paying attention to the needs of teams surrounding you, taking calculated gambles and, of course, being flexible and open to opportunities as they unfold.

Before entering an online draft room or conference room that you and your buddies rented out, it is crucial to understand starting lineup and overall roster requirements. Your player preference should be different if you are competing in Fantasy Football World Championship (FFWC) leagues that require starting 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE and 2 Flex vs. more traditional formats that are less demanding with only 1 Flex start required. Not only is depth more important in the FFWC leagues, but affords more creativity in roster configuration.

With that flexibility comes a wide range of options as the draft begins to unfold. In the former example, such as in a Rotobowl, you have more control of the proportionate ratio of wide receivers to running backs to tight ends. Being able to adapt on-the-fly is handy as you may encounter situations where the value on the board dictates a roster framework that is vastly different than what you are comfortable. Accept this as being okay. There are many ways to build a team with championship possibilities.

Now before you run wild with that last statement, please don't go drafting two quarterbacks in the early rounds or a defense before you fill out a starting core and depth to go with it. Nothing says last place more than regular goose-eggs out of your flex spots.

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Larry Gold
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An accomplished former writer for Sporting News, Larry jumped into the world of High Stakes Fantasy Football finishing as high as 6th overall, and then launched his career as a professional poker player. Larry is a diehard Jets fan and has an 8 year old son Josh. Here at Toolbox, "LarryGold" will specialize in covering the Fantasy Football World Championship and how to win player strategy.