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.
I have the seventh overall pick; let's see how it all works out. In this format, I am playing in a half-point PPR scoring league. So for every reception, you get a half-point.
Here is my roster:
Round 1, Pick 7: Nick Chubb, RB, Cleveland Browns
Round 2, Pick 6: Dalvin Cook, RB, Minnesota Vikings
Round 3, Pick 7: Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta Falcons
Round 4, Pick 6: Brandin Cooks, WR, Los Angeles Rams
Round 5, Pick 7: Calvin Ridley, WR, Atlanta Falcons
Round 6, Pick 6: Josh Gordon, WR, New England Patriots
Round 7, Pick 7: Latavius Murray, RB, New Orleans Saints
Round 8, Pick 6: Miles Sanders, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
Round 9, Pick 7: Anthony Miller, WR, Chicago Bears
Round 10, Pick 6: Vance McDonald, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers
Round 11, Pick 7: Jared Goff, QB, Los Angeles Rams
Round 12, Pick 6: Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints
Round 13, Pick 7: Minnesota Vikings DST
Round 14, Pick 6: Justin Tucker, K, Baltimore Ravens
Round 15, Pick 7: Jakobi Meyers, WR, New England Patriots
Round 16, Pick 6: Albert Wilson, WR, Miami Dolphins
What date your draft falls on is sometimes as important as who you draft. Last week, I had Antonio Brown as a top-10 receiver, but this week I want nothing to do with him. Last week, I did not even have Josh Gordon being drafted. Now, he is a WR3 or WR4 and needs to be taken by Round 6 or he will be gone.
I'll be honest, I do not trust Gordon. He is talented; we can't argue that. He was in the midst of a comeback year in 2018 with 40 grabs for 720 yards and three touchdowns for New England. Then he wasn't around. I think some are going to overdraft him, but if he can be my WR4, I am OK with it. You can handcuff him with Jakobi Meyers later, as I did in this mock draft. It's all about the risk factor with Gordon. It's a risk I probably won't be taking too often this fantasy season.
As far as the rest of this team ... I love it! I got great running back depth, and I'm solid at tight end and quarterback. My receivers are good enough.
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