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Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Drafting For Running Back Depth

August 14, 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. 7. (See also:  No. 1No. 2No. 3No. 4No. 5 and No. 6.)  

I have the first 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 7: Running back Saquon Barkley (New York Giants)

Round 2, Pick 6: Running back Dalvin Cook (Minnesota Vikings)

Round 3, Pick 7: Wide receiver T.Y. Hilton (Indianapolis Colts)

Round 4, Pick 6: Wide receiver Jarvis Landry (Cleveland Browns)

Round 5, Pick 7: Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (Denver Broncos)

Round 6, Pick 6: Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (San Francisco 49ers)

Round 7, Pick 7: Running back Rashaad Penny (Seattle Seahawks)

Round 8, Pick 6: Running back Marlon Mack (Indianapolis Colts)

Round 9, Pick 7: Tight end Trey Burton (Chicago Bears)

Round 10, Pick 6: Quarterback Philip Rivers (Los Angeles Chargers)

Round 11, Pick 7: Running back Aaron Jones (Green Bay Packers)

Round 12, Pick 6: Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (San Francisco 49ers)

Round 13, Pick 7: Minnesota team defense

Round 14, Pick 6: Running back Jordan Wilkins (Indianapolis Colts)

Round 15, Pick 7: Wide receiver Ryan Grant (Indianapolis Colts)

Round 16, Pick 6: Kicker Jake Elliott (Philadelphia Eagles)

Some Observations:

This team is deep at running back with as many as five starters. 

I'm betting on Colts quarterback Andrew Luck turning around the Colts' offense. I better hope he does with Hilton and Grant on this team -- plus both potential starters at running back in Mack and Wilkins.

I addressed wide receiver in a big way during rounds three through six and I have a solid group. Hilton and Landry could be the top wide receiver for their respective teams, as could Goodwin.

Once again, waiting on quarterback gives you a deep team. Rivers is a top-12 quarterback every year and Garoppolo is a terrific backup option with upside. 

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

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