Step right up, and climb aboard this fantasy hypothetical scenario. Aren’t all hypotheticals sort of fantasies? Sure. Carrying on then.
So you’ve been a good little fantasy drafter, and you selected a running back with your fourth overall pick, maybe C.J. Spiller or Marshawn Lynch. Really, once you get past Adrian Peterson at first overall (if there’s anyone who questions his status as the consensus No. 1 guy, could you please sign up for all of my leagues now? Thanks), about eight running backs could immediately follow, and they’re all interchangeable. Maybe you rightfully like Spiller more than, say, LeSean McCoy, but you’ll be satisfied with either.
Alright, great. But here’s where our hypothetical fun time that’s very possible takes a turn. You’re now on the clock in the back half of the second round in a 12-team league, and while you know that to maintain your fantasy boyscout image you must abide by the cardinal rule and take two running backs to start every draft, a problem of sex appeal presents itself.
Since early running back aggression is a pretty big thing, ideal late second round RB2 targets like Chris Johnson, Maurice Jones-Drew, and Matt Forte are all gone, and if you’re forced to settle for ilk like DeMarco Murray or Darren McFadden, you know waiting to do that a few picks later in the third is better value. You’ve decided to be bold and brave, and snatch a beastly wide receiver.
Awesome, and that’s some pretty quick and innovative thinking (not really). By now, Calvin Johnson, A.J. Green, and Dez Bryant are gone, and you notice that both of the Falcons’ stallions — Julio Jones and Roddy White — are still on the board. You immediately pounce on Jones, because you’re a dirty conformist and that’s what all the pre-draft ADPs told you to do. But why?
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