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Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Drafting Quarterbacks Late

August 21, 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. 6No. 7 and No. 8.)  

I have the ninth overall pick. In this format, I am playing in a point-per-reception (PPR) league, and there's no flex position.

You can see the entire draft by clicking here.

Here is my roster: 

Round 1, Pick 9: Running back Kareem Hunt (Kansas City Chiefs)

Round 2, Pick 4: Running back Christian McCaffrey (Carolina Panthers)

Round 3, Pick 9: Wide receiver Adam Thielen (Minnesota Vikings)

Round 4, Pick 4: Wide receiver Golden Tate (Detroit Lions)

Round 5, Pick 9: Running back Dion Lewis (Tennessee Titans)

Round 6, Pick 4: Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (Denver Broncos)

Round 7, Pick 9: Tight end Kyle Rudolph (Minnesota Vikings)

Round 8, Pick 4: Wide receiver Nelson Agholor (Philadelphia Eagles)

Round 9, Pick 9: Running back James White (New England Patriots)

Round 10, Pick 4: Quarterback Kirk Cousins (Minnesota Vikings)

Round 11, Pick 9: Quarterback, Philip Rivers (Los Angeles Chargers)

Round 12, Pick 4: Minnesota Vikings team defense

Round 13, Pick 9: Kicker Stephen Gostkowski (New England Patriots)

Round 14, Pick 4: Wide receiver Chris Godwin (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

Round 15, Pick 9: Wide receiver John Brown (Baltimore Ravens)

Some Observations:

• The Vikings need do well, as there are four starting spots from Minnesota on this team. I usually don't recommend going that heavy toward one team -- if they have a bad week, you lose -- but the Vikings are really good on both sides of the ball, so this could work.

• White and Agholor could be steals, as injuries in New England and Philadelphia, respectively, are giving each player a shot at more opportunities.

• Cousins and Rivers in the 10th and 11th round, respectively, show you how long you can wait to draft a quarterback.

• The last two rounds are for rookies and fliers. Godwin and Brown have been the talk of their respective towns during the preseason.

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

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