Before you know it, it will be fantasy football draft time. During the next month or so, I will be conducting 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 I do 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. So it is a 16-round snake draft.
I have the second overall pick; let's see how it all works out. In this format, I am playing in a HALF point-per-reception league (0.5 PPR), which means that every reception is worth a half point.
Here is my roster:
Round 1, Pick 2: Christian McCaffrey, RB, Carolina Panthers
Round 2, Pick 11: George Kittle, TE, San Francisco 49ers
Round 3, Pick 2: Damien Williams, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
Round 4, Pick 11: Alshon Jeffery, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
Round 5, Pick 2: DJ Moore, WR, Carolina Panthers
Round 6, Pick 11: David Montgomery, RB, Chicago Bears
Round 7, Pick 2: Dante Pettis, WR, San Francisco 49ers
Round 8, Pick 11: Dede Westbrook, Jacksonville Jaguars
Round 9, Pick 2: Miles Sanders, Philadelphia Eagles
Round 10, Pick 11: Jared Goff, QB, Los Angeles Rams
Round 11, Pick 2: Michael Gallup, WR, Dallas Cowboys
Round 12, Pick 11: Kyler Murray, QB, Arizona Cardinals
Round 13, Pick 2: Jacksonville Jaguars DST
Round 14, Pick 11: Greg Zuerlein, K, Los Angeles Rams
Round 15, Pick 2: Mike Davis, RB, Chicago Bears
Round 16, Pick 11: Andy Isabella, WR, Arizona Cardinals
My overall strategy in a 0.5 PPR league is to basically treat it like a PPR league. You get a slight bonus for players that are double-digit touchdown players, but not enough to overhaul the rankings a bunch. Players like running back Derrick Henry may get an uptick in this format, for example.
My fist pick came down to running backs Christian McCaffrey or Ezekiel Elliott, but with McCaffrey's 100-catch potential and Elliott's off-field issues and possible holdout looming, CMC was the easy decision for me.
In Round 2, I wanted to see what getting one of the top three tight ends would do to my overall roster, so George Kittle was the choice. If you do not get one of the top three tight ends (Travis Kelce, Zach Ertz or Kittle), just wait until the middle or late rounds, as they are all coin flips week to week.
In Round 3, I took perhaps the most polarizing player in drafts this year with running back Damien Williams. For now, the Chiefs say he is the clear starter and my hope is it will stay that way. As always, I went running-back heavy by also drafting David Montgomery in Round 6 and his backup, Mike Davis, in Round 15. I took Miles Sanders in Round 9 as well.
As I usually do, I waited until late to draft a quarterback and grabbed Jared Goff in Round 10 and Kyler Murray in Round 12. Both have top-10 upside.
At receiver, I went with players I project will catch 70 or more balls this year. The group of Alshon Jeffery, DJ Moore, Dede Westbrook, Dante Pettis and Michael Gallup should be solid. I also took a flier with Andy Isabella in the last round. If the Cardinals' offense is going to be wide open, who knows.
Overall I like this team. If Kittle is again a top-three tight end and Williams continues to lead the Chiefs' backfield, then this team should perform well.
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