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 fourth 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 4: Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans Saints
Round 2, Pick 9: Marlon Mack, RB, Indianapolis Colts
Round 3, Pick 4: Damien Williams, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
Round 4, Pick 9: Cooper Kupp, WR, Los Angeles Rams
Round 5, Pick 4: Calvin Ridley, WR, Atlanta Falcons
Round 6, Pick 9: Corey Davis, WR, Tennessee Titans
Round 7, Pick 4: James White, New England Patriots
Round 8, Pick 9: Geronimo Allison, WR, Green Bay Packers
Round 9, Pick 4: Tevin Coleman, RB, San Francisco 49ers
Round 10, Pick 9: Vance McDonald, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers
Round 11, Pick 4: Royce Freeman, RB, Denver Broncos
Round 12, Pick 9: Jamison Crowder, WR, New York Jets
Round 13, Pick 4: Minnesota Vikings DST
Round 14, Pick 9: Philip Rivers, QB, Los Angeles Chargers
Round 15, Pick 4: Greg Zuerlein, K, Los Angeles Rams
Round 16, Pick 9: Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys
With a top-four 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
as I said in my last mock
, 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.
In this mock, I went back to my tried-and-true "take three backs with your first three picks" method. I couldn't be happier with the way it worked out. Kamara, Marlon Mack and Damien Williams give me the best running-back trio in the league and the top flex option with Williams.
I have heard all the naysayers talking about Williams and that he isn't a great RB2 option. Well, I disagree, but for this team he is an RB3, and I love that. By adding James White, Tevin Coleman and Royce Freeman to my running-back stable, I have great depth and hopefully some trade bait if need be.
At wide receiver, Cooper Kupp being my top receiver is a tad worrisome as he returns from injury, but the early reports are encouraging on him. Calvin Ridley, Corey Davis, Geronimo Allison and Jamison Crowder all have plenty of upside, but also some bust potential, so that extra running back may come in real handy later.
I waited again at tight end and quarterback. Vance McDonald in Round 10 is criminal and being able to wait of Phillip Rivers and Dak Prescott until Rounds 14 and 16 is an almost perfect scenario after taking running backs early.
Overall, I think this was my best overall mock to date. Many more to come but I will follow this one closely to see how it plays out.