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Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Focus On Touchdown-Makers

August 9, 2018
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 roster breakdown: quarterback, two running backs, three wide receivers, tight end, a flex (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. 6.  (See also: scenario  No. 1,   No. 2No. 3No. 4 and No. 5.)  

I have the sixth overall pick. In this format, I am playing in a standard league, which means that you do not get a point for every reception. 

You can see the entire draft by clicking here.

Here is my roster: 

Round 1, Pick 6: Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (Houston Texans)

Round 2, Pick 7: Tight end Rob Gronkowski (New England Patriots)

Round 3, Pick 6: Running back Derrius Guice (Washington Redskins)

Round 4, Pick 7: Quarterback Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers)

Round 5, Pick 6: Wide receiver Chris Hogan (New England Patriots)

Round 6, Pick 7: Running back Mark Ingram (New Orleans Saints)

Round 7, Pick 6: Running back Marshawn Lynch (Oakland Raiders)

Round 8, Pick 7: Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (San Francisco 49ers)

Round 9, Pick 6: Running back Marlon Mack (Indianapolis Colts)

Round 10, Pick 7: Tight end George Kittle (San Francisco 49ers)

Round 11, Pick 6: Wide receiver Cam Meredith (New Orleans Saints)

Round 12, Pick 7: Los Angeles Rams team defense

Round 13, Pick 6: Running back Corey Clement (Philadelphia Eagles)

Round 14, Pick 7: Wide receiver Tyrell Williams (Los Angeles Chargers)

Round 15, Pick 6: Kicker Stephen Gostkowski (New England Patriots)

Round 16, Pick 7: Running back James White (New England Patriots)

Some Observations:

We're looking for touchdowns in a non-PPR league, so I started this draft in a very unconventional way for me -- I took a wide receiver first and a tight end second. Hopkins and Gronkowski possess huge upside and were too good to pass up. 

If you take Gronkowski in the first or second round of your draft, you must take a backup tight end during Rounds 8-10. Kittle has TE1 upside in the 10th round. If Gronkowski stays healthy, Kittle is a nice trade chip.

Never take a quarterback early -- unless that quarterback is Rodgers and you can get him during the fourth round, as I did in this mock.

Only taking one running back during the first five rounds of a draft is not something I recommend, but Guice should be the goal-line back for Washington, as should Mack for Indianapolis. Lynch is a touchdown-maker for what should be a better run-first offense in Oakland. My hope is Guice and Lynch will get me through Ingram's suspension.

Overall, I like this squad for a standard, non-PPR league. The wide receivers are strong, and once Ingram comes back, the running backs should score a lot of touchdowns.

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

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