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2018 Fantasy Football Landscape

May 30, 2018

 

With the 2018 fantasy football year looming ever closer, the Fantasy Football Shrinks are here to get everyone ready dominate the competition!

 

First things first, one simply does not make a run for a fantasy football championship without understanding the landscape they are traversing in.

 

What do I mean exactly?

 

The outlook for every year is mired with differences that vastly contrast to how the previous year looked when first going into the season. Thus, as fantasy players we have take note of aspects such as building trends within the league, shifts in positional power, and the incoming rookie class.

 

So without further ado, we will dive into the positional landscape of skill players (sorry kickers and D/St) in this article.

 

Running Backs

The world of fantasy continues to affected by the changing ebbs and flows of the NFL. With the running back position returning to the forefront for NFL teams, they do as well for our fantasy rosters.

 

According to various websites ( fantasyfootballcalulator.com, fantasypros.com, and footballdiehards.com), the current ADP (average draft position) of the first round has running backs dominating the picks with a total of nine.

 

The emergence of more and more dual-threat backs and the decline of simple power runners has increased the importance of the running back position to the level it once had in the early and mid 2000s.

 

Even one of the biggest detractors (the dreaded running back committee system or RBBC) of taking a running back has become less relevant as 8 of the top 9 backs currently slated to go in the first round are not weighed down by any kind of committee system.

 

Wide Receivers

 

While running backs have continued to return to their former glory, the receiver position has slowly fallen from the prominence it once held.

 

A few years back no one would have called you crazy to spend the number 1 overall pick on Antonio Brown. With excellent receiver talent still available late into the second round, the talented backs you would have to pass on for an Antonio Brown or an Odell Beckham has made others rethink that past mindset.

 

The rise of the running back position doesn't mean that strategies like the zero running back theory or taking top wide outs back to back aren't still viable plans.

 

No matter how much more valuable the running back position may have become, there is still a much higher injury risk attributed to them as opposed to receivers. Thus, the increased demand for backs will consequently push down high-level receiver talent. Just something to keep in mind.

 

Quarterbacks

 

The quarterback position as a whole has not undergone any sort of massive changes in the recent years.

 

The basics formula that has served many owners is still solidly in place.

 

1.) The elite quarterbacks can carry your team at any given week; thus, they carry a higher draft price.

 

 2.)It is still advised by many experts to avoid taking a quarterback early.

 

3.) Finding that free agent gem at the position i.e Carson Wentz or Deshuan Watson can take your team to new levels.

 

Tight Ends

 

I'm sure all of us that weren't blessed to have Gronk, Kelsey, or Ertz last year can still feel the pain of the ridiculous positional advantage those players gave over the rest of the tight ends.

 

Sadly, the 2018 season looks to be more of the same. If you are unable to end up with an elite or very productive tight end coming out of the draft, it may be very painful to see how useless that position may seem at times.

 

Not all hope is lost though!

 

The return of Greg Olsen for the Panthers, the signing of Trey Burton for the Bears, and the drafting of Hayden Hurst for the Ravens all bring hope for the position to not be a roster spot we just look away from in shame.

 

 

If you have specific lineup or roster questions feel free to submit a question via the "Submit a Question" button on our home page and we'll be sure to share our opinion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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