You should go into every fantasy draft with a general plan of attack.
Of course, you’ll need to be able to adjust throughout the draft and pounce on value wherever it presents itself. That’s where the dynamic MVP Board with Suggested Picks comes in.
But building a round-by-round strategy beforehand certainly helps. That’s exactly what we’re doing with the Perfect Draft series — using the MVP Board and ADP to get an idea of where the value will be in each round.
This is the 10-Team PPR Perfect Draft. Each strategy guide assumes 16-round drafts and starting lineups of 1 QB, 2 RBs, 2 WRs, 1 TE, 1 Flex, 1 K and 1 DEF. The MVP Board will help you adjust your strategy if your league settings are different.
Pick 1, 2, 3
RB: Saquon Barkley, Christian McCaffrey, Alvin Kamara
This had been the area for the Big 4 RBs. Ezekiel Elliott's extended vacation has changed that, at least according to our rankings. If you want to continue drafting him in this range, then the reward potential is certainly still there. Otherwise, go ahead and start with either your favorite among these studs or whichever guy makes it to you.
Rounds 2 and 3
RB: Joe Mixon, Nick Chubb, Melvin Gordon, Kerryon Johnson
WR: Mike Evans, Adam Thielen, Keenan Allen
TE: Zach Ertz
The 2nd round is muddled enough that you might see others such as Todd Gurley, Dalvin Cook, JuJu Smith-Schuster or even Travis Kelce get here -- and any of the guys listed above leave the board before your turn.
If Kelce gets to this point, he's a strong choice. Your 10-team league will present enough value at RB or WR to make up for spending a 2nd-rounder on the clear top TE and 1 of fantasy's surest things for 2019.
If your league follows ADP and leaves you with the options above, we're ranking them Mixon-Chubb-Evans. The Duke Johnson trade puts Chubb close enough to Mixon that you could buy into the Browns' offense instead of the Bengals', if you'd prefer.
If your league starts 3 WRs instead of 2, then Evans jumps ahead of Mixon and Adam Thielen vaults to between Mixon and Chubb. If Kelce isn't an option here -- or you just don't want a TE so early -- then any combo of 1 RB and 1 WR among the players above (or others who slide) will serve your team just fine.
Regardless of whether you start 2 wideouts or 3, the board will want you to select a RB on 1 side and a pass-catcher on the other. If you go RB first, Ertz and Adam Thielen will likely lead your board on the other side (unless Evans remains available). If you take Evans (or another WR) in the 2nd, then Gordon will likely be staring at you in the 3rd.
If you're not sure whether you'd like to take Ertz this early, test the approach in our Mock Draft Trainer to see what you think of your final roster.