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The fantasy football season has been over for a couple of weeks, which means it is time to start preparing a draft strategy for next season. Most drafts take place in July and August, but it is important to begin researching even before the NFL Draft in April.

Monitoring a team’s progress before and through the NFL Draft is how teams end up with Ezekiel Elliott in the first round. Anyone who knew the caliber of the Dallas Cowboys’ offensive line was salivating when the team took Elliott as their top pick. There could be a similar reaction this year. Skill position players such as running back Leonard Fournette of LSU and Mike Williams from Clemson could have an immediate impact in your fantasy football realm. Their presence could result in instant production, or helps another player break out.

The zero-running back strategy was an insightful idea, but it did not pay dividends to many that followed the method. Tailbacks will dominate the first round of most drafts next season. Landing your workhorse early is crucial, but there will be value at the position later. My rankings reflect as such. These are not the first ten running backs that should be taken off the board in order; these are the ten running backs primed the most for a top ten season in 2017.

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