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FFPC Draft Experts Pick-by-Pick Analysis

By Jared Smola 12:07pm EDT 7/7/17


Giddy up, y’all — it’s draft season!

I just entered my 1st real-money league of the year: an FFPC Draft Experts. This is a best-ball league, so no lineup-setting, no waivers and no trades. Draft and you’re done.

If you’re not familiar with FFPC rules, here’s a quick rundown …

  • Standard PPR scoring, except TEs receive 1.5 points per catch
  • Start 1 QB, 2 RBs, 2 WRs, 1 TE, 2 Flex, 1 K, 1 DEF

You better believe I’ll be using our rankings and the MVP Board as the backbone of my strategy. I’ll also be leaning on our prior best-ball research to help with draft decisions.

Join me for running pick-by-pick analysis throughout this 28-round draft.

1.06 - Julio Jones, WR, Falcons

Jones’ durability problems — he’s missed 17 games through 6 NFL seasons and is coming off relatively minor offseason foot surgery — are less worrisome in this best-ball format with super deep rosters. When on the field, he’s produced as a top 6 WR in PPR points per game each of the last 4 years.

2.07 - Todd Gurley, RB, Rams

The MVP Board was screaming at me to take Gurley here -- a bit surprising with Dez Bryant on the board.

Based on our projections, though, only 8.3 points separate Bryant and Demaryius Thomas, who's ranked 4 spots below him and has a good chance to be available in the 3rd round. Gurley, meanwhile, is projected for 11.4 more points than the next best available RB.

The Rams workhorse brings a comfy floor. Even in last year's uber-disappointing season, he finished 15th among RBs in this scoring format. And we've seen the upside when he ranked 2nd at his position over the final 13 weeks of the 2015 fantasy season.

I got him here as the 10th RB off the board.

3.06 - Isaiah Crowell, RB, Browns

Crow ranked 14th among RBs in this scoring system last year -- despite playing on a 1-15 Browns squad that finished dead last in rushing attempts.

Cleveland should take a step forward in 2017 (it'd be tough to be worse). And they upgraded the offensive line by adding G Kevin Zeitler and C J.C. Tretter.

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