Being a contrarian can often burn you in fantasy. Obviously, you don't want to pass up on a talent like Christian McCaffery just for the sake of being different, or unpredictable. But that doesn't mean deviating from more conventional strategies can't pay off.
With that in mind, let's take a look at three bold snake-draft strategies that could pay off in 2020.
*All ADP information is via FantasyPros.
1. Wait on Wide Receiver
Wide receiver is arguably deeper than it ever has been. For example, Odell Beckham Jr., who has as much upside as any wideout in the league, is being drafted as fantasy's WR17 on average. The difference between a mid-tier WR1 and a WR2 does not seem nearly as significant as it has in year's past. If you miss out on top-tier talent at the position, you might be better served by loading up on a ton of WR2 or WR3s, as there are quite a few players in that range with legitimate breakout potential. Meanwhile, once you get past the top-10 running backs, you start to see a lot of riskier players with more uncertain roles. If you can, load up on RB early this year.
2. Wait on, or Stream Quarterback
Like wide receiver, the quarterback position is probably deeper than it ever has been. While there's still an advantage to having an elite producer like Lamar Jackson, if you miss out on the top-tier guys, it's probably best to wait. For example, Matthew Stafford, who is not even being drafted as a starter in most leagues, was the QB4 on a per-game basis in 2019. He even outproduced Patrick Mahomes, averaging 21.5 fantasy points per game to Mahomes' 20.9. The difference between Lamar Jackson and the No. 2 producer at the position was about 73 points, while the difference between No. 6 (Josh Allen) and No. 12 (Tom Brady) was only about 26 points (or 1.6 per game). That's not insignificant, but it does show you can get competent quarterback play pretty easily. Don't fret if you miss out on Mahomes or Jackson, just load up elsewhere and draft some mid-tier QBs.
3. Stream Kickers and Defenses
Generally, waiting on kickers and defense is a pretty widely-accepted strategy. But don't make the mistake of drafting a kicker or defense, then proceeding to set and forget the position during the season. Instead, you can play the matchups on a weekly basis and target value on the waiver wire. There's usually a ton of matchup-dependent variance across both positions, so streaming both positions can be hugely valuable, as long as your diligent about it.
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