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Don’t panic draft RBs. Consider positional advantage with every pick.

When drafting, using positional advantage has to be on the top of your mind.

The reason Christian McCaffrey and Lamar Jackson were on the majority of fantasy championship rosters was because CMC, as the overall RB1, had a huge advantage over a mid-RB1, and Jackson, as the overall QB1, had a huge advantage over a mid-QB1. When you win positional battles (RB1 vs RB1, RB2 vs RB2, WR1 vs WR1, etc.), you have a great chance of defeating your opponent any given week.

It’s especially important to understand that 3-WR leagues make high-end WRs a bit more scarce, and RB scarcity in those leagues is not something we absolutely have to chase early.

Take advantage of the WRs and elite TEs who fall to you while everyone chases RBs. Make sure to scan the entire player pool when drafting your RB1 and RB2, and not just compare to the RBs who are off the board. Just because everyone else is grabbing RBs, doesn’t mean you have to. Grabbing Davante Adams or Tyreek Hill instead of Josh Jacobs, for example, would give you the advantage you’re looking for with your first or second pick.

If you end up chasing RBs too early who aren’t too involved in the pass game, you’re risking your first pick not having any positional advantage over the field. For example, Josh Jacobs is being drafted as a low-end RB1, and if he actually is a low-end RB1, you don’t have a positional advantage over everyone else’s RB1. In Jacob’s case, he won’t be the primary pass-catching back, so his upside is somewhat limited to his TD production. Grabbing someone like Kenyan Drake, however, leaves room at a higher likelihood of finishing top-5 and gaining positional advantage.

In that same scenario, grabbing a high-end WR1 at the turn after Jacobs can help you gain some positional advantage, or grabbing your high-end RB2 can gain some for you as well against the rest of the RB2 field. However, grabbing Jacobs with the first pick in a PPR league is probably too conservative, and you’re shooting to grab a RB just to grab a RB, instead of favoring positional advantage.

Travis Kelce and George Kittle will have significant positional advantages over the rest of the TE pool, so keep that in mind as well.