This article from Yahoo (by Jason Cole) got me thinking about fantasy football drafting strategies. In previous years, I have always picked a running back (or in my first year playing in a fb league using a snake draft system--a wide receiver) in the first round. In fact, on many occasions, I would opt to choose the best available running backs in Rounds 1 and 2. I would often wait until the 4th or even 5th round to snag a QB. I changed up that strategy last year and snagged Drew Brees in the first round in one league. I went ahead and picked up either Stafford or Brees for my other leagues in the 2nd or 3rd rounds (in 2 leagues I had both Stafford and Brees; however, he was a later round pick in those two leagues). At the same time, I tended to focus more on picking up quality wide receivers and less on snagging top-tier running backs. I would, for instance, snag a tier 1 rb (Adrian Peterson for instance) and a Tier 2 guy with potential, like Beanie Wells or Darren Sproles. In one or two leagues, I didn't have any tier 1 backs on my team at the start of the season. Despite this fact (or maybe because of it), I enjoyed the most success I've ever had in fantasy football in the 2011-2012 season.
Given how much success I had in fantasy football last year, I will probably be even more likely to pick-up a Tier 1 QB in the 1st round of this year's fantasy football drafts (depending on draft position). I think my days of prioritizing running backs (and sometimes wide receivers) over quarterbacks is over.