The debate over a Zero-RB approach to a fantasy football draft is easy to get sucked into. Most people fall into one of two camps. Some think bell-cow RBs are irreplaceable and a must draft with multiple early picks. Others see them as a fragile asset class that isn’t as safe of an investment as top WRs. Both are wrong. The right mix of RB darts can erase the need for early round picks. Conversely, RBs do have slightly more injury risk but in football no one is safe. The crux of a Zero-RB approach depends entirely upon the rest of your league. Do they primarily fall into one camp or the other? Then you have a league ripe for a Zero-RB (or Zero-WR) strategy. It hinges on the rest of your league pushing value at one position your way.

More often than not that position of value will be WR. Now, you won’t know this is entirely the case until the draft unfolds. Some guesswork is required. If it’s a home league you have insight into your leaguemates and have past drafts to examine. A...