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 a unique format in a 12-team league. (See also: Scenario No. 1, Scenario No. 2, Scenario 3, Scenario 4, Scenario 5, Scenario 6, Scenario 7, 16-team scenario, superflex scenario and 10-team scenario.)
In fantasy football, we are seeing more and more leagues use different formats. In this league, there are no kickers or defenses, but there are three flex spots plus a superflex spot, which allows you to play a second quarterback. You still play 10 positions each week, but how each owner chooses to craft their team makes it a truly wild draft.
I have the eighth 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 8: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys
Round 2, Pick 5: Austin Ekeler, RB, Los Angeles Chargers
Round 3, Pick 8: Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
Round 4, Pick 5: Jalen Hurts, QB, Philadelphia Eagles
Round 5, Pick 8: Joe Burrow, QB, Cincinnati Bengals
Round 6, Pick 5: Diontae Johnson, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
Round 7, Pick 8: Courtland Sutton, WR, Denver Broncos
Round 8, Pick 5: Robby Anderson, WR, Carolina Panthers
Round 9, Pick 8: Trey Sermon, RB, San Francisco 49ers
Round 10, Pick 5: Zack Moss, RB, Buffalo Bills
Round 11, Pick 8: Logan Thomas, TE, Washington Football Team
Round 12, Pick 5: Darnell Mooney, WR, Chicago Bears
Round 13, Pick 8: Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants
Round 14, Pick 5: Cam Newton, QB, New England Patriots
Round 15, Pick 8: Jakobi Meyers, WR, New England Patriots
Round 16, Pick 5: Taysom Hill, QB, New Orleans Saints
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.
Well that was a wild ride! Also a ton of fun!
You have three flex spots and a superflex spot, so I went running back early and watched the board to see how fast the quarterbacks were going. I was able to grab three of my top 12 running backs to start and still get two quarterbacks in Jalen Hurts and Joe Burrow. They are my 10th and 13th-ranked quarterbacks, respectively … so that worked out.
Diontae Johnson is a target hound for the Steelers, so I was fine with him being my top wideout. Adding Courtland Sutton and Robby Anderson works for me but with risk involved. Having to only start two receivers is a huge thing to remember in this type of format.
I closed this draft with three upside receivers in Darnell Mooney, Sterling Sheard and Jakobi Meyers, so my depth is there.
I only took one tight end in Logan Thomas, I can stream (use the waiver wire) as I go.
I took two upside quarterbacks in Cam Newton and Taysom Hill. If Hill wins the starting job in New Orleans, this was a steal in the last round.
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.