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.
I have the sixth 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.
I have the sixth 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-point.
You can see the entire draft by clicking here.
Here is my roster:
Round 1, Pick 6: Jonathan Taylor, RB, Indianapolis Colts
Round 2, Pick 7: Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
Round 3, Pick 6: Keenan Allen, WR, Los Angeles Chargers
Round 4, Pick 7: Robert Woods, WR, Los Angeles Rams
Round 5, Pick 6: Kyle Pitts, TE, Atlanta Falcons
Round 6, Pick 7: Chase Edmonds, RB, Arizona Cardinals
Round 7, Pick 6: Melvin Gordon III, RB, Denver Broncos
Round 8, Pick 7: Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers
Round 9, Pick 6: Marquise Brown, WR, Baltimore Ravens
Round 10, Pick 7: Zack Moss, RB, Buffalo Bills
Round 11, Pick 6: Matthew Stafford, QB, Los Angeles Rams
Round 12, Pick 7: Jalen Reagor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
Round 13, Pick 6: Baltimore Ravens DST
Round 14, Pick 7: Harrison Butker, K, Kansas City Chiefs
Round 15, Pick 6: Jakobi Meyers, WR, New England Patriots
Round 16, Pick 7: Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, Detroit Lions
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 may get an uptick in this format, for example.
We have all been at drafts where afterward your opponents decide to say who had the best draft and who had the worst draft. I actually enjoy when others tell me my draft was terrible. I usually smile knowing how good my team is. Well, FantasyPros hated this team, gave me a C and said I would finish 10th out of 12.
But man, I really like this squad.
Let’s see … I have two of my top 10 running backs. I have two of my top 13 wide receivers. I have a top-five tight end in Kyle Pitts, the next big thing at the position. I have the reigning MVP at quarterback. What’s not to like?
Yes, Aaron Rodgers comes with some risk. What if he does not play? What if he is traded? Well, OK, I grabbed Matthew Stafford to back him up … so this team is OK regardless. But in the eighth round, I was willing to take a shot on Rodgers.
My bench? Well, Chase Edmonds, Melvin Gordon and Zack Moss at running back … all solid. As for my receiver depth, I have Marquise Brown, Jalen Reagor, Jakobi Meyers and Amon-Ra St. Brown. Some may see lots of question marks and that is fair … but Meyers and St. Brown could lead their teams in targets. If he plays like he did the last five weeks of 2020, Brown is a steal. Reagor could be WR1 in Philly. One of them will hit.
So yes, I like this team more than my C grade!
So what do you think of this team? Let me know at @FansFantasy.
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Ken Zalis ranked No. 3 in FantasyPros’ 2019 Fantasy Football Draft Accuracy Rankings.