OwnersBox NFL Strategy: Week 1 (2020)
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This week we will be taking a look at the strategy for OwnersBox drafts. The strategies you ultimately end up employing will be determined by your draft position, contest size, and the draft board, but it is helpful to have an overall idea of your plan of attack. We will take a look at some of the top players for Week 1 in next week’s OwnersBox column.
Strategy for Week 1 at OwnersBox
Things to Remember
Contests span different lengths depending on size. Two-man contests last for one week, four-person contests last for two, eight-person contests last for three, and 16-person contests last for four.
Drafts start as soon as leagues are full. If you are no longer available to draft, you can leave the draft lobby for a full refund.
You are permitted two lineup swaps per contest (you can swap injured or reserve/COVID players can with no restrictions).
If you are playing the two-team game, your first focus should be on getting the top player at either running back or wide receiver. In this case, those players are Christian McCaffrey and Michael Thomas.
The limited roster spots mean that if you wait on the quarterback position, where only one player can be rostered, you will still end up with Lamar Jackson or Patrick Mahomes (or another quarterback of your choosing).
At running back, the hope is to get CMC, but if you end up with someone like Saquon Barkley, Austin Ekeler, or Ezekiel Elliott, would you really be that upset? Since each team can roster a maximum of two running backs and two wide receivers, focusing on the tight end of your choice, or a top IDP option like Darius Leonard may be in your best interests in the second or third round.
In four-team contests, your strategy will need to shift, but not by much. Targeting Christian McCaffrey, George Kittle, or Travis Kelce in the first round still makes the most sense due to them being a tier above the other players at their position.
However, since you only need one tight end per roster, there are still other tight ends most people would be comfortable within a four-team contest. Quarterback is a position to wait on unless you have the fourth overall pick. My ideal start is RB-TE-WR-IDP-WR. My most recent draft resulted in a Christian McCaffrey, Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill, Darius Leonard, DeAndre Hopkins start.
If you are prepared to use your swaps on the quarterback position, there is no need to chase a signal-caller early. Only seven other quarterbacks will get drafted, which means that you will still be able to draft someone you are highly comfortable with.
The tight end position will become more of a mess, as will running back, so this is where you may want to focus your energy first. Running back can get thin with the 16 starters to go between eight teams. This is especially true when matchups are brought into the equation. Finding a running back with three straight plus matchups can prove difficult. The tight end position is a little easier, due to the relatively consistent volume that the top-10 options project to receive, but matchups will still come into play.
Personally, I prefer to wait to take wide receivers. That position is as much about matchups than any other. Identifying two wideouts with terrific matchups as opposed to the consistent studs you could have drafted in the early rounds can still produce the results needed to win you your week.
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