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Fantasy Fix: Think WR with early fantasy football draft picks

Chris Gingrich

Most fantasy football drafts will be taking place from now until about a week before the NFL season starts, so I think it’s a good time to discuss some draft strategy and take a look at some undervalued wide receivers.

If you’re a fan of taking a running back with your first two picks, I have some news for you.

There is a better way to go about your draft. Unless you have a top-3 pick in a draft, you would be doing yourself a favor if you opted for an elite wide receiver with your first two picks.

The reasoning for this is simple: The production from two elite wide receivers is better than the production from one elite running back and one second-tier running back.

The draft strategy is this. You take two top-tier wide receivers with your first two picks, a top-tier quarterback with your third pick and round out your top five with two running backs.

You probably will catch other owners off guard by using this strategy and could be taunted and teased for drafting two receivers in the first two rounds, but you will have the upper hand because your team will be putting up more points every week on average.

Keep in mind that if you have a top-3 pick in a draft, conventional fantasy football wisdom still says to take an elite running back and then adjust your draft accordingly.

Now that you have a secret weapon at your disposal for the draft, I’ll give you some sneaky picks at wide receiver that could pay big dividends in 2009.

• Eddie Royal, Denver Broncos – Royal is being drafted around pick 55 so far, but I can see him finishing the season in the top 25 receivers.

• Kevin Walter, Houston Texans – He finished inside the top 20 receivers last year, but he’s the 30th wide receiver pick in an average draft so far.

• DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles – Nobody is really talking about this guy. He had more than 900 yards last year, but he only found pay dirt twice.

Tons of room for improvement here.

• Laverneus Coles, Cincinnati Bengals – He will be the number one receiver for the Bengals this year, and he has a healthy Carson Palmer to throw to him.

• Ted Ginn, Jr., Miami Dolphins – Word out of Dolphins camp is that Ginn is dominating.

The whole third-year wide receiver boost in production is expected.

I’ll continue to give some draft strategy and advice about undervalued quarterbacks and running backs in upcoming columns.

Stay tuned, folks.

Craig resident and Fantasy Fix columnist Christopher Gingrich can be reached at hops2008@gmail.com.


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