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Bold 2019 Fantasy Football Draft Strategies That Could Pay Off

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - JANUARY 20: Jared Goff #16 of the Los Angeles Rams celebrates a pass against the New Orleans Saints during the third quarter in the NFC Championship game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 20, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
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Winning your fantasy football draft won't necessarily win you the league championship, but it does usually put you on the right path. With that in mind, here are three bold draft strategies that could help you win your fantasy league for the 2019 NFL season.

1. Zero RB

MIAMI, FL - OCTOBER 14:  Tarik Cohen #29 of the Chicago Bears celebrates a touchdown in the third quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on October 14, 2018 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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The Zero RB trend took over the fantasy football community a couple of seasons ago, but that's because there's something to it. If you're picking near the end of the first round, you might be better served taking a top-tier WR instead of reaching for a less-accomplished RB. If you do pass on running backs early, there are plenty of mid-round options with high upside that should be available. Players like Kerryon Johnson, Kenyan Drake and Tarik Cohen all have RB1 potential, particularly in PPR leagues. While other members of your league might panic and overdraft a running back, sitting back and loading up at the other positions could give you an advantage this season.

2. Wait on QB

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 10:  Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates after throwing a touchdown pass to Jason Witten #82 of the Dallas Cowboys in the second quarter against the New York Giants at AT&T Stadium on September 10, 2017 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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If you play in a league where only one quarterback can be in your starting lineup, you might want to wait on a QB, as it's arguably the deepest position in fantasy football. For example, Andrew Luck's average draft position (ADP) is currently 47th overall, while Jared Goff's ADP is 95th, according to FantasyPros. Last season, Luck averaged 20.4 fantasy points per game, while Goff averaged 19.4. Of course, Luck is the better fantasy player, but the difference between the two is not nearly as significant as their ADP suggests.

3. Stream Kickers and Defenses

SANTA CLARA, CA - DECEMBER 16: Robbie Gould #9 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates after kicking the game winning field goal in overtime against the Seattle Seahawks during their NFL game at Levi's Stadium on December 16, 2018 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Defensive performances in fantasy are mostly matchup based, and the same is largely true with kickers. Rather than stick with the same kicker or defense all season, you might be better served playing the matchups on a week-to-week basis and picking up a new kicker or defense off the waiver wire each week. If you notice a decent defense is going to play against a low-tier offense, don't hesitate to swap out your starting defense for one with a better matchup. Streaming kickers and defenses every week can be a little involved, but it often pays dividends, if done correctly.

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