I would remove the fuel filter with buckets handy. If it doesn't all gravity drain out, hit the key to Run to use the fuel pump.
I just pulled a bed from a 93 on Sunday (bad fuel pump). I'm still sore (40" breaker bar). Nothing about THAT job is "easier". I tried an impact wrench @120 psi - those bolts never even moved. Even AFTER I broke them loose with the breaker bar.
I also considered "dropping the tank". After I removed the bed, I saw why that would have been a big effort too. Long rusty bolts into clip nuts, working upside down, with dirt falling, etc. Definitely not my idea of easy.
2000 2.5 MO5D 4.10 one-wheel drive DD - gave to my older son
1990 STX 87 2.9 going in.....Junked it
2000 3.0 4WD M05D 4.10 S-cab Off-Road package with 235-75-15" tires, hotrod DD, lol