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Fantasy Sports Fix: Fantasy football news and notes

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It’s summer once again, and we inch closer to another exciting fantasy football season as evidenced by all the mock drafting I’ve been doing in recent weeks. Don’t feel like going out in the heat and jogging, why not do a fantasy football mock draft? Don’t feel like floating the river, do a mock draft. I’ll give you my takeaways and opinions after doing all these mock drafts.

I also found an interesting article about the Zero Running Back Draft Theory. It might sound crazy, but there’s a twist. Could it actually be effective, though? There’s also a little bit of news on an injured star wide receiver.

Early takeaways from mock drafts

I’m not buying into all the Ezekiel Elliot hype. Sure, he has a lot going for him, like a stud offensive line, impressive combine results and a college football pedigree second to none. The only thing he doesn’t have at this point is a proven track record. I won’t buy the hype until I see him actually do something this season and I certainly won’t spend a first round pick on him.

QB is the deepest that I’ve ever seen. You know that quarterback is deep when the average draft positions of Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Russell Wilson are all in the mid-100s. This is the year to wait on quarterback and stock up on some quality running backs and receivers.

Running back drops off fast talent-wise after the first few rounds. It’s sad to say, but the talent really takes a dip after about the fourth round. You go from pretty much workhorse running backs to mid-tier running back by committee players by the fourth or fifth round. I suggest snagging up to three running backs early on and ensure you get production from the position.

The Zero Running Back Theory/Hybrid Zero Running Back Theory

Basically, with this draft strategy, you are avoiding all running backs until mid to late rounds of the draft. With this tactic, you are relying on the turnover at running back during the season and fill out your roster later on. The only really good thing I see about this is that you can stock up on top-tier wide receivers and really dominate that position.

Sammy Watkins foot injury

Watkins is one of those players that is on the brink of a breakout season. That is, if he could avoid injury. He seems to constantly be injured in his short career. The Bills will not rush him back and will take their time with him and his foot, on which he recently had surgery. Even if he is ready for Week 1, his durability is still in question. The talent is there and that’s no question, but with this foot surgery, I see his stock dropping quite a bit until there is word that he is fully healthy.

That’s all the fantasy football for this week, but later this summer look for my fantasy football draft special.


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