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 is a tried-and-true strategy, which 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 positions: quarterback, two running backs, three wide receivers, tight end, a flex (running back, wide receiver or tight end), kicker, team defense and six bench spots. It is a 16-round snake draft.
Here is scenario No. 1.
I have the first overall pick; let's see how it all works out. In this format, I am playing in a points-per-reception league (PPR), which means that every reception is worth one point.
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Here is my roster:
Round 1, Pick 1: Christian McCaffrey, RB, Carolina Panthers
Round 2, Pick 12: Marlon Mack, RB, Indianapolis Colts
Round 3, Pick 1: Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta Falcons
Round 4, Pick 12: Alshon Jeffery, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
Round 5, Pick 1: Jarvis Landry, WR, Cleveland Browns
Round 6, Pick 12: Christian Kirk, WR, Arizona Cardinals
Round 7, Pick 1: James White, RB, New England Patriots
Round 8, Pick 12: Anthony Miller, WR, Chicago Bears
Round 9, Pick 1: Michael Gallup, WR, Dallas Cowboys
Round 10, Pick 12: Jared Goff, QB, Los Angeles Rams
Round 11, Pick 1: Trey Burton, TE, Chicago Bears
Round 12, Pick 12: Jamison Crowder, WR, New York Jets
Round 13, Pick 1: Los Angeles Chargers DST
Round 14, Pick 12: Greg Zuerlein, K, Los Angeles Rams
Round 15, Pick 1: Philip Rivers, QB, Los Angeles Chargers
Round 16, Pick 12: Jalen Richard, RB, Oakland Raiders
So CMC (Christian McCaffrey) is the top fantasy player in 2019. We can argue all day if he is a better pick than running backs Saquon Barkley or Ezekiel Elliott or even Alvin Kamara, but based on his usage and his 100-catch, 1,000-yard potential as a pass catcher, he gets my nod, especially in PPR format like this.
After the first three tight ends (Travis Kelce, Zach Ertz and George Kittle), the position is wide open. Trey Burton should be used in a Kelce-type way in Chicago, so there is upside if he can stay healthy. At quarterback, my rule is simple: wait as long as you can to take a top-10 QB. In this draft, I was able to grab great depth at running back and receiver while still drafting Jared Goff in Round 10. Backing up a player like Goff with a veteran like Philip Rivers is an almost perfect combo for those who wait for a quarterback until the later rounds.
Throughout the years, I've drafted defenses and kickers starting in Rounds 13 or 14, as I can then draft the ones I want before the runs usually start. In Rounds 15 and 16, I like to take fliers or handcuffs. Getting a backup quarterback in Rivers in Round 15 is terrific value for a passer who could return top-10 stats. Jalen Richard in Round 16 is a nice flier for a running back who put up some decent stats last year and will be backing up a rookie in Oakland.
Overall, I really like this team and would be very happy to draft this team in a real league. I have top running backs and great PPR depth at wide receiver.
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