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Fantasy Football Mock Draft: When To Draft Aaron Rodgers

August 16, 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. 8. (See also:  No. 1No. 2No. 3No. 4No. 5No. 6 and No. 7.)  

I have the eighth 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 8: Running back Saquon Barkley (New York Giants)

Round 2, Pick 5: Wide receiver Davante Adams (Green Bay Packers)

Round 3, Pick 8: Wide receiver Mike Evans (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

Round 4, Pick 5: Quarterback Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers)

Round 5, Pick 8: Running back Mark Ingram (New Orleans Saints)

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

Round 7, Pick 8: Tight end Jimmy Graham (Green Bay Packers)

Round 8, Pick 5: Wide receiver Robert Woods (Los Angeles Rams)

Round 9, Pick 8: Running back Aaron Jones (Green Bay Packers)

Round 10, Pick 5: Running back Samaje Perine (Washington Redskins)

Round 11, Pick 8: Wide receiver, Will Fuller (Houston Texans)

Round 12, Pick 5: Wide receiver Mohamed Sanu (Atlanta Falcons)

Round 13, Pick 8: Los Angeles Rams team defense

Round 14, Pick 5: Kicker Stephen Gostkowski (New England Patriots)

Round 15, Pick 8: Running back Doug Martin (Oakland Raiders)

Round 16, Pick 5: Quarterback Jared Goff (Los Angeles Rams)

Some Observations:

In a standard league, we're looking for touchdowns. I think you have to go running back during Round 1 this year. Barkley should see all the goal line work, so that was a no brainer.

Adams and Evans were simply too good to pass up on during the second and third rounds.

You know the rules -- never take a quarterback early unless you can get Rodgers during the fourth round, as I did in this mock.

Taking just one running back during the first four rounds of a draft is not something I like to do. But once Ingram and Jones come back from suspension, they should get plenty of work in high-powered offenses, so I don't feel awful about my running backs.

I may not have considered drafting Graham this year had he not been paired with Rodgers in Green Bay.

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

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