I have done fantasy long enough to hear just about every strategy out there. Some make sense, and some don't, and we plan to debunk some of the myths of fantasy drafting.

MYTH 1: Drafting Around Bye Weeks

I have to admit that I used to REALLY draft around the bye weeks to make sure that in any given week that I wouldn't have to drop a lot of guys to fill roster spots. But that strategy is more flawed than anything, especially because Fantasy isn't about getting every win you can. Sure it's great for bragging rights to get the higher seeds, but it is rare for there to be a significant difference between the 3 and the 4th seed in fantasy playoffs. In fact a lot of the time I find myself hoping to face the higher seeds because of their teams in that given week.

The fact of the matter is that it is smarter to get an elite team, rather than passing on a great player because of the same bye week. In fact I would argue that you would be better off to have all the byes in a couple week period and then prosper the rest of the way.

I suggest that you use them as tie-breakers when torn between guys. I have had a lot of success with this method, especially when I draft guys with early bye weeks. I would rather get the bye week out of the way early, because then I can sit back and upgrade free agents the rest of the way. I won't be drafting Knowshon Moreno, Mikel Leshoure or LaMichael James anytime soon, but I can guarantee that I will have my way with guys like that come week 9 when they all get dropped on their byes.


MYTH 2: NEVER TAKE A QB / WR COMBO

This myth never made sense to me. If you grab a QB, why not have his partner in crime? Sure, the theory is that if the QB has a bad game that the receiver will too, but why the heck are you drafting a QB that you think will have multiple bad games? From Brees to Romo you should expect some consistency with your QB's, and you should want their stud receivers. 

If you would take the QB, and the value is right for the WR, why the heck not? You must have a pretty good feeling that those two guys are going to be hooking up for huge points the entire year, so you would be dumb to pass on a guy because you are scared. But the best part of it all? You avoid the other inherit problem in that you never have to root against yourself. Nothing is worse than having Drew Brees while also taking on Jimmy Graham. To be happy about that TD pass, but to then find out that it actually was worth more for your enemy is a lot worse than worrying about bad games.

MYTH 3: Runningback... Runningback

If this is a rule you follow, then you undoubtedly don't get it. Sure, back in the day when you would give your nextborn baby to get a Tomlinson, you had to take rushers very early in the draft. But that has changed. Quarterbacks throw for more yards, which means stud receivers are catching more yards. There were ten receivers with 1,350+ yards in 2012, and to assume that they aren't as value as rushers is lazy. I pulled the top-10 rankings for both positions last year from our friends at Walter Football to see where the top-10 finished among their positions, and as a value among both RB's and WR's.



As you can see it was a much safer spot to draft last year in terms of pre-season evaluation at receiver. Even if you take out the players that didn't finish in the top-20 of their positions, you still find that twice the number of receivers finished in the top-10 at their position. Nobody expected Alfred Morris to rise into the top-10 last year, and nobody thought that CJ Spiller would learn how to run. In many ways the receivers are much safer bets in the top few rounds than many of the 2nd tier running backs.

I think anyone who would rather have a Demarco Murray over the Julio Jones is lazy (and crazy). There is no reason to ignore overall value, consistency and potential to land a position. You will allow your opponents to clean up the best overall talent while picking up the Doug Martin's of the world a few rounds later.

MYTH 4: The Handcuff

Everyone knows about the handcuff. The idea is that you get the backup for one of the elite rushers in case they go down. But does it really make sense to take a guy like Ben Tate on the chance that a stud goes down? I don't see it. First of all, you know that the handcuff will never win the battle to start against a healthy stud. It just won't happen that a team is going to take Adrian Peterson or Arian Foster off the field. There is this thought that the backup for some of the best is a top-10 rusher just waiting for their chance, and again that isn't the case. 

It makes so much more sense to find guys that will compete for a starting spot, or at worst a significant playing spot. Ben Tate is going a round ahead of Bernard Pierce is in most drafts, and Pierce is set for about 1/3 of the carries and 2/3 of the goal line work for the Ravens.

And even crazier is that you can find LaGarrette Blount, Shonn Greene, and Marcel Reece in the 13th round on average. I can guarantee that even if any of those three don't find a start, that they will still have more points than Tate will at the end of the year.