Yahoo Sports’ Matt Harmon and Dalton Del Don hop on the Yahoo Fantasy Football Show to discuss their strategies for drafting the perfect fantasy football roster this season.
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MATT HARMON: All right, Dalton, constructing a perfect fantasy roster. No pressure. Strategy-wise, what’s kind of your attack plan in drafts this year? We’ve talked a lot about like how to form a quarterback plan and how that influences everything else. Like, overall, what’s your plan of attack this year?
DALTON DEL DON: I’ve settled into a strategy after doing numerous drafts over the summer. And assuming nonsuperflex, I am using my first eight to nine picks on running backs and wide receivers and waiting on quarterback and tight end. And usually double-tapping quarterback around 9 and 10 or 10 and 11, and then tight in right after that.
Personally, because I like Gibbs, and Hall, and Dobbins more than most, I’m getting running backs in the middle rounds. But I’ve even had a draft over the weekend where I started McCaffrey at five– full PPR– Waddle in round two, and Jonathan Taylor fell to round three because of the situation.
Then I got Gibbs in round four. So I’m like an old school, you know, guy going three running backs in four, then I just went four straight receivers. I think you should have five or six receivers after nine rounds, and then I’d love to get one or two bellcow running backs.
You know, there’s just very few of them. There’s really only– like I said eight basically that you can like comfortably project. So load up on receiver, don’t care if you do it first, second, or third in any order, and running back. And then double up on quarterback and tight end. And then use those final five picks on your kickers, your defense, and your backup running backs.
One other thing I will note, I’ve just really noticed, man, those final five rounds, receivers do not emerge, man. You don’t just suddenly change your role, like running backs. I’m totally OK with these upside rookie receivers you can just hold on to, guys that are going to emerge in the second half. Those are the receivers I like targeting in those final rounds. But that’s been my strategy. What do you think of it, Harmon, and what’s yours?
MATT HARMON: Yeah, it’s similar to mine. I still am not fully like late-round quarterback like you are. Definitely still open to taking Jalen Hurts, Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen, Lamar Jackson. But like the bucket of quarterback that I’m no longer really taking is tier two, which to me is Joe Burrow, it’s Justin Fields, it’s Justin Herbert, and it’s Trevor Lawrence.
I know you still want to take Justin Fields out of that group. And I understand it. But like the upside case for Justin Fields is probably not getting into the elite tier. I think the median case for him is pretty much the upside case for Daniel Jones. Like, it’s the upside case for Anthony Richardson.
And I think the same thing about Geno Smith with like Justin Herbert, with like Trevor Lawrence. Again, the upside case for that guy is being like the median case for those players. And I love the double-tap approach this year as well, where I just did this in a draft the other day.
It’s like I took Daniel Jones in round 10, felt really great about that. And then came back a couple rounds later and was like, Geno Smith is still there and I just like him as well? I think there’s an upside case for him so I’m gonna take him, as well.