Yahoo! Fantasy Expert Goes WR Heavy in Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft

Max Staley
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The running back position has traditionally been viewed as the cornerstone to any successful fantasy football team. However, with the ever-increasing emphasis on the passing game, wide receiver is growing more and more valuable.

And nowhere is this more evident than in Yahoo! fantasy analyst Brad Evans' latest 12-team PPR mock draft.

Evans passed on established RBs like Melvin Gordon and Todd Gurley to snag Davante Adams at No. 9 overall. He then tripled down on this methodology, opting to take JuJu Smith-Schuster in the second round, and Amari Cooper in the third.

While Evans' strategy left him with a dangerous group of wide receivers, he had to settle for two rookie running backs, David Montgomery and Miles Sanders, in the fourth and fifth round, respectively.

Evans' roster construction clearly illustrates the perils of waiting to draft a running back. While Sanders and Montgomery are talented, if they don't pan out Evans could have a really tough time finding production from the RB position.

Given that both players have yet to play a single snap in the NFL, relying so heavily on either back is certainly a risky strategy.

While Evans' WR-heavy strategy may seem strange at first, it wouldn't be a surprise to continue seeing receivers creep up draft boards in the coming years, as the NFL continues to become a QB-centric league. Even so, fantasy owners might be better off drafting an RB in the first three rounds to minimize risk.

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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.