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Fantasy football: Strategies leading up to your draft

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CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 04: Joe Mixon #28 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs with the ball against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first half at Paul Brown Stadium on December 4, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 04: Joe Mixon #28 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs with the ball against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first half at Paul Brown Stadium on December 4, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images) /
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Focusing on the number of touches

It doesn’t matter the position whether it be running back, wide receiver, or tight end, focusing on how often the player gets his hands on the ball is a significant factor. Every time a player gets his hands on the ball, it’s another chance for him to make a play. What might seem like a visible tip, you would be surprised at how many people don’t look at these numbers.

Look at Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott last season. While he will easily be a running back drafting in the first five picks of most drafts, Elliott ranked 10th among running backs in total yards last season while missing six games due to suspension. Even while losing six games, Elliott led the league in rushing yards per game with 98.3. He also led the league in rushing attempts per game with 24.2. With the departure of wide receiver Dez Bryant and Jason Witten, it’s safe to say that Elliott will get another heavy workload in 2018.

Another reason to focus on touches is that like in Elliott’s case; there isn’t a viable running back behind him. Elliott takes almost all of the running back snaps for the Cowboys. Other running backs around the league will split time with other backs. Looking at the Bengals, Joe Mixon will have to share snaps with Giovani Bernard and even some with fourth-round pick Mark Walton.

When taking a look at receiving weapons, check on how often the player gets the ball in his hands. You could even look at how often they are targeted. Each target is a chance for a big play that puts up points and for PPR leagues, each catch counts for a point.

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