Before you know it, it will be fantasy football draft time. During the next month or so, I will be conducting several mock drafts. During the drafts, I will pick in all 12 positions, with all sorts of scenarios.

As a rule, I prefer to draft three starting running backs within the first four rounds. It is a tried-and-true strategy, which has done me well for 20-plus years. The mock drafts I do will all assume 12 teams are in the league (unless otherwise noted) with the following positions: quarterback, two running backs, three wide receivers, tight end, a flex (running back, wide receiver or tight end), kicker, team defense and six bench spots. It is a 16-round snake draft.

Here is scenario No. 5. (See also: Scenario No. 1Scenario No. 2, Scenario 3 and Scenario 4.)

I have the fifth overall pick; let’s see how it all works out. In this format, I am playing in a half-point-per-reception league (0.5 PPR), which means that every reception is worth a half (0.5) point.

You can see the entire draft by clicking here.

Here is my roster:

Round 1, Pick 5: Jonathan Taylor, RB, Indianapolis Colts

Round 2, Pick 8: Cam Akers, RB, Los Angeles Rams

Round 3, Pick 5: Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans Saints

Round 4, Pick 8: Robert Woods, WR, Los Angeles Rams

Round 5, Pick 5: Myles Gaskin, RB, Miami Dolphins

Round 6, Pick 8: T.J. Hockenson, TE, Detroit Lions

Round 7, Pick 5: Chase Edmonds, RB, Arizona Cardinals

Round 8, Pick 8: Zack Moss, RB, Buffalo Bills

Round 9, Pick 5: Tom Brady, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Round 10, Pick 8: Matthew Stafford, QB, Los Angeles Rams

Round 11, Pick 5: Darnell Mooney, WR, Chicago Bears

Round 12, Pick 8: Mecole Hardman, WR, Kansas City Chiefs

Round 13, Pick 5: Jakobi Meyers, WR, New England Patriots

Round 14, Pick 8: Washington Football Team DST

Round 15, Pick 5: Harrison Butker, K, Kansas City Chiefs

Round 16, Pick 8: Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, Detroit LIons

Some Observations:

My overall strategy in a half-PPR league is to treat it like a PPR league. You get a slight bonus for players who are double-digit touchdown players, but not enough to overhaul the rankings a bunch. Derrick Henry-type players, for example, may get an uptick in this format.

I am sure we have all come away from a draft unhappy. In this draft, I continued to work my running-backs-early-and-often strategy. Unfortunately, the board just didn’t fall like I wanted. I got sniped (a player I wanted was drafted one pick before me) three or four times, plus I went in some slightly different directions.

Let’s call this team what it is … a weakly-drafted wide receiver team.

I like my running backs again. Jonathan Taylor and Cam Akers are two of my top 10 backs, and I really like Myles Gaskin. I also was able to add Chase Edmonds and Zack Moss in Rounds 7 and 8 … so this is a deep group.

Michael Thomas and Robert Woods give me two top-15 receivers. That is an excellent start, but my decision to draft T.J. Hockenson in Round 6 and prioritize depth at running back truly hurt my WR3.

In drafting Darnell Mooney, Mecole Hardman, Jakobi Meyers and Amon-Ra St. Brown, the hope is that one of those players emerges as a solid third option, but it left me concerned about the group as a whole.

I waited until Round 9 on a quarterback and was still able to draft Tom Brady and Matthew Stafford. I probably could have waited another round on quarterback, though.

Overall it is a solid team, but one with some concerns.

So what do you think of this team? Let me know at @FansFantasy.

Please try a mock yourself as practice makes perfect. You can mock in minutes by clicking here.


fantasy pros 2019 accuracy top 5 badge

Ken Zalis ranked No. 3 in FantasyPros’ 2019 Fantasy Football Draft Accuracy Rankings.

Ken Zalis

See all posts by Ken Zalis. Follow Ken Zalis on Twitter at @fansfantasy