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Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Drafting Running Backs For A Standard League

August 23, 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. 10. (See also: No. 1, No. 2, No. 3, No. 4, No. 5, No. 6, No. 7, No. 8 and No. 9.)

I have the 10th overall pick. In this format, I am playing in a standard or non-points-per-reception league (non-PPR), which means 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 10: Running back Kareem Hunt (Kansas City Chiefs)

Round 2, Pick 3: Running back Jordan Howard (Chicago Bears)

Round 3, Pick 10: Tight end Zach Ertz (Philadelphia Eagles)

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

Round 5, Pick 10: Wide receiver Brandin Cooks (Los Angeles Rams) 

Round 6, Pick 3: Running back Mark Ingram (New Orleans Saints)

Round 7, Pick 10: Running back Chris Carson (Seattle Seahawks)

Round 8, Pick 3: Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (Denver Broncos)

Round 9, Pick 10: Quarterback Kirk Cousins (Minnesota Vikings)

Round 10, Pick 3: Wide receiver DJ Moore (Carolina Panthers)

Round 11, Pick 10: Running back Nick Chubb (Cleveland Browns)

Round 12, Pick 3: Wide receiver Calvin Ridley (Atlanta Falcons)

Round 13, Pick 10: Minnesota Vikings team defense

Round 14, Pick 3: Kicker Stephen Gostkowski (New England Patriots)

Round 15, Pick 10: Quarterback Patrick Mahomes (Kansas City Chiefs)

Round 16, Pick 3: Wide receiver John Brown (Baltimore Ravens)

Some Observations:

• In a standard/non-PPR league, we're looking for touchdowns. I think you have to go running back in Round 1 this year, and I like to get two solid running backs in the first three rounds. I love Howard, especially in this format

• Had I known Mahomes would be available in Round 15, I would have waited even longer to draft a quarterback. It shows how deep quarterback is this year.

• Drafting a tight end during the third round is fine if it's the Kansas City Chiefs' Travis Kelce or the Eagles' Ertz. If you do get a top-three tight end, there's no need to draft a backup.

• At wide receiver, Fitzgerald should be good for 90 catches and more than 1,000 yards, so he has WR1 upside. There's nice depth to the rest of the receiver group.

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