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Robust RB Dynasty Startup Strategy (2022 Fantasy Football)

by Bo McBrayer | @Bo_McBigTime | Featured Writer
Apr 4, 2022
Jonathan Taylor

Running back Jonathan Taylor is easily the 1.01 pick of 1QB dynasty startup drafts when adopting the Robust RB strategy.

Many fantasy football managers consider the league startup draft their favorite part of the game. The crapshoot NFL season has yet to dash every ounce of hope from our souls with wild bounces of the leather spheroid or pitiful coaching decisions. Star players haven’t yet tweaked a hammy or popped a Lisfranc. Some dynasty managers are sneezing out startups through the haze of allergy season before the NFL teams have even laid out their war room tablecloths.

“Of course, I know him, he’s me” is the Obi-Wan Kenobi refrain that comes to mind when the word “degenerate” is thrown around in the springtime. The merry band of dynasty degens is forming new leagues almost daily. We are mocking to prepare for startup drafts. Heck, we’re mocking for other mocks. We’re zigging while the ADP reliant zag. I am drafting running backs early, even if it isn’t hip or cool. How many running backs am I taking in dynasty startups? The answer is: as many as I can to be considered robust.

Running backs are injury prone, correct? Wrong. There is no such thing as “injury prone.” Football is a collision sport, yet most injuries that cost NFL players meaningful time on the field are non-contact. Football players get hurt, running backs included. Robust-RB strategy is the overt act of drafting a running back at every selection until you fill the RB and Flex spots before addressing other needs. Robust-RB strategy casts a heavier net in startup dynasty drafts, practically hoarding the upper tier at a position of great scarcity. There are literal droves of fantasy-relevant wide receivers and quarterbacks, many of whom don’t repeat the past performance baked into their ADP.


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