Fantasy Draft Recaps

Fantasy Index Draft Recap

By Jared Smola 1:05pm EDT 5/21/19

The Fantasy Index draft came at a perfect time: Just a few days after we finalized our initial projections and rankings.

It was the first draft I’ve done this year with the MVP Board. So rather than picking on gut feel, I was able to see where the tiers were at each position and which guys were most valuable at every pick based on my team needs throughout the draft.

And frankly, I LOVE the team I put together.

This was a 22-round draft with PPR best-ball scoring and the following starting lineups:

1 QB

2 RBs

3 WRs

1 TE

1 K


You’ll need to pick up the Fantasy Index magazine to see the full results, but here’s a pick-by-pick recap of my draft from the 4-hole.

1.04 - Alvin Kamara, RB, Saints

The 4th pick is pretty easy this year. Take whoever is left among Ezekiel Elliott, Saquon Barkley, Christian McCaffrey and Kamara and enjoy your elite RB1.

Kamara has finished 3rd and 4th at his position in PPR points over the past 2 seasons. And he could see an uptick in volume this year after the Saints swapped out Mark Ingram for Latavius Murray.

2.09 - Travis Kelce, TE, Chiefs

He sits 16th in the overall rankings for this league setup, so getting him with the 21st pick was strong value.

Kelce out-scored the #2 TE last year (Zach Ertz) by 16 PPR points and the #3 (George Kittle) by 40. The next TE was over 72 points behind. With Tyreek Hill out of the picture for some or all of 2019, the gap between Kelce and the field should be even bigger.

3.04 - Aaron Jones, RB, Packers

He’s busted off 5.5 yards per carry in each of his first 2 NFL seasons and ranked 12th among 47 qualifying RBs in Pro Football Focus’ Elusive Ratings last year.

The hope is that new HC Matt LaFleur -- who's had Todd Gurley and late-season 2018 Derrick Henry -- commits to Jones as a feature back.

4.09 - Robert Woods, WR, Rams

He’s averaged 71.4 yards per game in 2 seasons with the Rams — a full-season pace of 1,143. Woods finished as PPR WR10 last year.

5.04 - Chris Godwin, WR, Bucs

Godwin finished 26th among WRs in PPR points as a 22-year-old sophomore last season. The departures of DeSean Jackson and Adam Humphries leave behind 179 targets.

6.09 - Alshon Jeffery, WR, Eagles

I considered him in the 5th, so I was pumped to see him still hanging around here. After missing the first 3 weeks of last season, Jeffery ranked 17th among WRs in PPR points the rest of the way.

7.04 - Lamar Miller, RB, Texans

It’s never exciting to draft Miller. But he racked up 236 touches in 14 games last year and has a real shot to tally 250+ this season. That’s big value in the 7th round as the 31st RB off the board. Miller sits 23rd in our PPR RB Rankings.

8.09 - Latavius Murray, RB, Saints

He’s an elite handcuff to Alvin Kamara but will also provide standalone fantasy value. Murray should step into a role similar to the one that helped Mark Ingram rank 19th among RBs after his 4-game suspension last year.

9.04 - Curtis Samuel, WR, Panthers

The former 2nd-round pick was the PPR WR25 over last season's final 7 weeks. Expect a similar role in 2019 for Samuel with Devin Funchess gone.

10.09 - Jared Goff, QB, Rams

He’s been a strong fantasy producer with a healthy Cooper Kupp, averaging 279 yards and 1.92 TDs per game over the past 2 years. That’s a full-season pace of 4,464 yards and 31 TDs.

I nabbed Goff as the 15th QB off the board.

11.04 - Mitchell Trubisky, QB, Bears

I was targeting Kyler Murray here but missed him by 1 pick.

Trubisky is a fine consolation prize. He ranked 12th among QBs in points per game last year and could take another step forward in his 2nd season in HC Matt Nagy’s offense.

12.09 - Keke Coutee, WR, Texans

A hamstring injury nagged Coutee for much of his rookie season. But his 7 games (including playoffs) featured outings of 5, 6, 11 and 11 catches.

13.04 - Jimmy Graham, TE, Packers

I’m not sure how much is left in the 32-year-old’s tank, but he’s still tied to Aaron Rodgers. That helped Graham rank 11th among TEs in PPR points last season — despite scoring just 2 TDs.

14.09 - Marcus Mariota, QB, Titans

He’s yet to play a full 16-game season and has mostly disappointed the past couple of years. But the Titans added WRs A.J. Brown and Adam Humphries to Mariota’s arsenal this offseason. And he still brings weekly rushing upside.

15.04 - Marquise Brown, WR, Ravens

The rookie figures to be frustrating in lineup-setting leagues, but his elite speed should produce at least a few big weeks this season.

16.09 - Vikings DST

17.04 - Jake Elliott, K, Eagles

18.09 - Adam Vinatieri, K, Colts

19.04 - Broncos DST

20.09 - Dan Bailey, K, Vikings

I’m always looking to secure 3 Ks in best-ball leagues, with the rationale being that a 3rd K is more likely to provide starter weeks than a 6th RB or an 8th WR.

I was planning to take a 3rd DST for the same reason — but there was a WR still available in the last round that I couldn’t pass up …

21.04 - Theo Riddick, RB, Lions

He’s the only RB to top 50 catches in each of the past 4 years. Riddick has finished those seasons 18th, 25th, 26th and 43rd among RBs in PPR points. I got him here as the 68th RB off the board.

22.09 - Albert Wilson, WR, Dolphins

We saw Wilson in just 7 games last year, but he produced lines of 3-37-1, 2-74-1 and 6-155-2. And he led all 116 WRs who saw 30+ targets in yards per route run, according to Pro Football Focus.

A healthy Wilson has a shot to lead the 2019 Fins in targets.

Final Roster:

QB: Jared Goff, Mitchell Trubisky, Marcus Mariota

RB: Alvin Kamara, Aaron Jones, Lamar Miller, Latavius Murray, Theo Riddick

WR: Robert Woods, Chris Godwin, Alshon Jeffery, Curtis Samuel, Keke Coutee, Marquise Brown, Albert Wilson

TE: Travis Kelce, Jimmy Graham

DEF: Broncos, Vikings

K: Jake Elliott, Adam Vinatieri, Dan Bailey

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