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Fantasy Football Mock Draft: When To Draft A Quarterback?

July 31, 2018
Before you know it, it will be fantasy football draft time. Leading up to the season, I will conduct 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's a tried-and-true strategy that has done me well for 20-plus years. The mock drafts will all assume 12 teams are in the league (unless otherwise noted) with the following roster breakdown: a quarterback, two running backs, three wide receivers, one tight end, a flex position (running back, wide receiver or tight end), as well as a kicker, team defense and six bench spots. It's a 16-round snake draft. 

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

I have the fourth overall pick. I'm playing in a points-per-reception league (PPR), which means every reception is worth one point. 

You can see the entire draft by clicking here.

Here is my roster: 

Round 1, Pick 4: Running back David Johnson (Arizona Cardinals)

Round 2, Pick 9: Running back Jerick McKinnon (San Francisco 49ers)

Round 3, Pick 4:
 Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (Arizona Cardinals)

Round 4, Pick 9:
 Running back Kenyan Drake (Miami Dolphins)

Round 5, Pick 4:
Wide receiver Marvin Jones (Detroit Lions)

Round 6, Pick 9:
 Wide receiver, Randall Cobb (Green Bay Packers) 

Round 7, Pick 4:
 Tight end Trey Burton (Chicago Bears)

Round 8, Pick 9:
Running back Sony Michel (New England Patriots)

Round 9, Pick 4:
Quarterback Andrew Luck (Indianapolis Colts)

Round 10, Pick 9:
Wide receiver Cameron Meredith (New Orleans Saints)

Round 11, Pick 4: 
Wide receiver Mohamed Sanu (Atlanta Falcons)

Round 12, Pick 9: 
Philadelphia Eagles team defense/special teams

Round 13, Pick 4:
Running back Corey Clement (Philadelphia Eagles)

Round 14, Pick 9:
Quarterback Patrick Mahomes (Kansas City Chiefs) 

Round 15, Pick 4:
Kicker Justin Tucker (Baltimore Ravens)

Round 16, Pick 9: 
Wide receiver Tyrell Williams (Los Angeles Chargers)

Some Observations:

• The top four picks of most drafts are Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell, Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley, Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott and Johnson. Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown could crack the top four during this draft.

• Running backs come off the board early, so it's almost a must to draft one during the first two rounds, as I like to do. Three during the first four rounds is ideal.

• Quarterback is a deep position. Wait until at least Round 8 to draft one this year, unless Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers can be selected during the fourth round.

• Tight end is another position you can wait on in 2018 beyond the top three players. New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is being drafted during the second round, while Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce and Philadelphia Eagles tight end Ertz have been going in the third round.

• Depth at running back and wide receiver is a must in 2018.

Please try a mock draft yourself, as practice makes perfect. You can mock in minutes.

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