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Average draft position is one of the most useful tools for fantasy players. It allows owners to gauge where their peers and experts rate particular players based on mock drafts, and it's an invaluable resource as owners prepare for their own drafts.

It's no surprise Adrian Peterson is first on ADP boards everywhere, including FFToolbox, FantasyFootballCalculator and KFFL.

What the ADPs reveal this season is how much top-tier wide receivers are valued compared to previous years. Larry Fitzgerald, for instance, is fifth on FFToolbox's ADP board, sixth on FFC and eighth on KFFL.

Fitzgerald is ranked first on most fantasy draft boards, but Fantasy Check emphatically endorses Randy Moss, who was my first pick in three recent drafts. Moss's average ADP among those three sites is 11.4.

Mark the 2009 fantasy draft season as a watershed period in the industry. The strategy of drafting running backs in the first two rounds officially is passe.

With Fitzgerald, Moss, Andre Johnson and Calvin Johnson all ranked in the top dozen in ADP, it's en vogue to make sure you have one of the Big Four on your roster before addressing other positions.

By Gene Wang  |  September 8, 2009; 1:00 PM ET  | Category:  Fantasy Football Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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