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 sixth overall pick; let's see how it all works out. In this format, I am playing in a standard scoring league. No extra point for receptions. We are looking for yards and touchdown makers.
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Here is my roster:
Round 1, Pick 6: David Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals
Round 2, Pick 7: Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Cleveland Browns
Round 3, Pick 6: Aaron Jones, RB, Green Bay Packers
Round 4, Pick 7: Brandin Cooks, WR, Los Angeles Rams
Round 5, Pick 6: Sony Michel, RB, New England Patriots
Round 6, Pick 7: Derrius Guice, RB, Washington Redskins
Round 7, Pick 6: Dante Pettis, WR, San Francisco 49ers
Round 8, Pick 7: Vance McDonald, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers
Round 9, Pick 6: Austin Ekeler, RB, Los Angeles Rams
Round 10, Pick 7: Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals
Round 11, Pick 6: Donte Moncrief, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
Round 12, Pick 7: Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers
Round 13, Pick 6: Los Angeles Chargers DST
Round 14, Pick 7: Greg Zuerlein, K, Los Angeles Rams
Round 15, Pick 6: Mike Davis, RB, Chicago Bears
Round 16, Pick 7: Lamar Jackson, QB, Baltimore Ravens
In a standard league, my strategy stays the same as far as looking for three running backs within the first four rounds of a draft. In the scenario, I didn't quite get that done, although I was able to get three running backs within the first five rounds.
Odell Beckham Jr. was too good of a value to pass up in the middle of the second round, and the same goes for Brandin Cooks in the fourth. Being able to grab David Johnson, Aaron Jones, Sony Michel and Derrius Guice by the end of Round 6, though, offset my worry of not following my usual running back strategy. All four of them should be their team's primary back and stay on the field in goal-line situations.
Wide receiver is a solid position on this team as well. Beckham and Cooks make for a super start. Dante Pettis should be the leading receiver in San Francisco, while Larry Fitzgerald and Donte Moncrief giving this team some nice depth.
At tight end, once again: If you do not get Travis Kelce, Zach Ertz or Greg Kittle, wait as guys like Hunter Henry, Vance McDonald and Mark Andrews are fine backup plans at the position. McDonald should be a red-zone favorite this season.
At quarterback ... just wait, seriously! Big Ben in Round 12 with Lamar Jackson in Round 16 is a terrific combo and will suit your team just fine in 2019.
I love this team! It's balanced, it's deep and it should score a lot of touchdowns.