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. 3. (See also:
and Scenario 2)
I have the second overall pick; let's see how it all works out. In this format, I am playing in a point-per-reception league (PPR), which means that every reception is worth one point.
Here is my roster:
Round 1, Pick 3: Christian McCaffrey, RB, Carolina Panthers
Round 2, Pick 10: Nick Chubb, RB, Cleveland Browns
Round 3, Pick 3: Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles
Round 4, Pick 10: Chris Godwin, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Round 5, Pick 3: Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans
Round 6, Pick 10: Golden Tate, WR, New York Giants
Round 7, Pick 3: James White, RB, New England Patriots
Round 8, Pick 10: Keke Coutee, WR, Houston Texans
Round 9, Pick 3: Anthony Miller, WR, Chicago Bears
Round 10, Pick 10: Jamison Crowder, New York Jets
Round 11, Pick 3: Jared Goff, QB, Los Angeles Rams
Round 12, Pick 10: Minnesota Vikings DST
Round 13, Pick 3: Greg Zuerlein, K, Los Angeles Rams
Round 14, Pick 10: Duke Johnson, RB, Cleveland Browns
Round 15, Pick 3: John Brown, WR, Buffalo Bills
Round 16, Pick 10: Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys
With a top-three pick, your choices come down to running backs Saquon Barkley, Alvin Kamara and Christian McCaffrey in whatever order you choose. We can throw Ezekiel Elliott in there if we want, but the longer he stays out of camp and with the threat of an off-field incident always looming, I will not have much stock in Elliott this year.
The McCaffrey and Nick Chubb pairing is a fantastic way to start a draft. Both should be workhorses for their teams. As for Chubb, I am not worried about Carlos Hyde and will deal with the Kareem Hunt issue in Week 10. I also took a flier on Duke Johnson later in this mock because he could be a factor either via injury or trade.
At quarterback, I seem to be grabbing Jared Goff a bunch, and getting him in Round 11 is great value. Dak Prescott in Round 16 is stealing. At tight end, I went with Zach Ertz in Round 3, and my wide receiver group paid for it dearly. But it was Ertz or some flier later, so I am good with how it turned out.
At receiver, I went after PPR guys, meaning players I think will catch 65 or more passes this year. Chris Godwin, Golden Tate, Keke Coutee, Anthony Miller and Jamison Crowder fit that bill. John Brown is the type of flier receiver you want to target in the late rounds, as he could catch 45 balls or 60 balls with some big-play potential.
Overall, I am not over the moon with this team -- lots of ifs and buts with the wide receiver core. However, if my running backs (with Derrick Henry in the flex) work out, it's a playoff team for sure.
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