If you've been researching as you prepare for your fantasy draft, you've probably come across a lot of advice from a lot of different sources, much of it contradictory. Zero-RB, Robust-RB, late-round QB, streaming defense... it can be hard to make sense of it all. So I wanted to go back to basics and talk about what positions are valuable in fantasy football, and more importantly, why.
Further, I wanted to discuss how the answer to that question changes as your league changes. Because the truth is that fantasy football advice is never one-size-fits-all. The number of teams in your league, the number of players you start at each position, these aren't minor details. They're vitally important factors that can radically change which positions matter the most.
The Laws of Supply and Demand
Oxygen is one of the most important resources in the known universe. If any human being is deprived of a steady supply for just ten minutes, he or she will almost certainly suffer irreparable brain damage or death. Gold, on the other hand, is relatively pretty but functionally unimportant; other metals are better at conducting heat or electricity or are more ductile or more malleable or more reflective. There are very few commercial applications for gold where another metal wouldn't serve as well or better.
So why is a bucketful of oxygen-free while a bucketful of gold is ruinously expensive? Because oxygen is abundant and gold is scarce. Virtually every room you'll ever enter is chock full of oxygen just waiting for your use, whereas if the world's entire supply of gold was melted into a cube it would be about the size of a baseball infield, and to get that meager supply we've had to scramble down hundreds of feet underground, smash it out of the surrounding rock, and haul it back to the surface.