Draft Strategy

4th-Round Decisions

By Jared Smola 8:08am EDT 8/9/18


If you haven’t yet, check out the first 3 installments of this series:

1st-Round Decisions

2nd-Round Decisions

3rd-Round Decisions

Now on to Round 4 …


Value vs. Need

With 3 players rostered at this point, you might be tempted to start drafting for need in Round 4. Use it as a tiebreaker, but don’t reach. Snagging the best player available here is still your best bet. There will be plenty of time to fill those holes on your roster.

There’s 1 potential exception. If you opened with 3 WRs (or 2 WRs and a TE), lean toward grabbing your 1st RB here. The position thins out in a hurry, and most of the guys hanging around in Round 5 and beyond have durability and/or workload concerns.

Kenyan Drake and Alex Collins, in particular, are strong RB values in the 4th round.

Drake flashed RB1 upside down the stretch last year, ranking 8th in PPR points over the final 5 games. The addition of Frank Gore and rookie Kalen Ballage adds some risk, but Drake should easily lead this backfield in touches.

Collins didn’t quite reach RB1 territory last season, but he produced over a longer stretch than Drake. From Week 5 on, Collins averaged 79.5 total yards and .5 TDs per game. Only 13 RBs scored more PPR points during that span.


Top Targets

But ideally, you’re able to push aside need and target the best player available here.


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