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Fantasy Football Draft Strategy: My Game Plan for 2017

Peter Schoenke

Peter Schoenke is the president and co-founder of RotoWire.com. He's been elected to the hall of fame for both the Fantasy Sports Trade Association and Fantasy Sports Writers Association and also won the Best Fantasy Baseball Article on the Internet in 2005 from the FSWA. He roots for for the Minnesota Twins, Vikings and T-Wolves.

While there are many ways to win at fantasy football, I'm a big believer that you need a game plan. With all the great resources to research players, it's hard to beat other owners on talent evaluation alone. I feel you can gain an edge by looking at the larger market and statistical trends to choose which direction to take your fantasy roster. You chose a path for your team with the position you spend the most resources on. Take a QB in the first round (or spend the most money on that position in an auction) and you'll be behind on gathering WR and RB. Take Rob Gronkowski at TE in the first round and you're behind on QB, WR and RB.

Start with RB or WR?

The key decision in the first round of your draft is whether to take a running back or wide receiver. If your league starts two quarterbacks, has a superflex (that allows for a quarterback) or has some sort of non-standard scoring rules, then the equation may be different. If it's a PPR or standard

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