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Perfect Draft: 10-Team PPR (Updated Sept. 2)

By Jared Smola 9:09am EDT 9/2/20


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.

Note: September 2 updates in bold.


Pick 1, 2, 3 or 4

Round 1

RB: Christian McCaffrey, Saquon Barkley, Ezekiel Elliott, Alvin Kamara, Dalvin Cook, Derrick Henry

Don’t overthink this. Grab your stud RB and start lining up your next 2 picks.

The #4 pick is trickier now with talk of a Kamara holdout. We still expect him on the field come Week 1 and have him ranked 4th. But if you wanna play it safe, you can take Cook or even Henry.


Rounds 2 and 3

RB: Nick Chubb, Aaron Jones, James Conner

WR: Tyreek Hill, Chris Godwin

TE: Travis Kelce, George Kittle

We love the idea of grabbing Kelce or Kittle here. That’d give you an elite player at 2 different positions.

Otherwise, RB looks like your best bet. (You’ll like the WRs better at the 4th/5th-round turn.)


Rounds 4 and 5

RB: Melvin Gordon

WR: Robert Woods, Amari Cooper, Allen Robinson, D.J. Moore, JuJu Smith-Schuster

TE: Zach Ertz, Mark Andrews

Ideally, you have either 2 RBs and a TE or 3 RBs at this point. If it’s the former, grab a couple of the WRs listed above, who are all strong values. If you started with 3 RBs, a WR and TE looks good here.

If you have just 1 RB, Gordon makes sense.


Rounds 6 and 7

QB: Dak Prescott

RB: Cam Akers, Kareem Hunt

WR: Courtland Sutton, Tyler Lockett, Terry McLaurin, DeVante Parker

Like the last turn, the WRs look like the best values at this spot. That group includes our 2020 Breakout Player.

Akers, Jones and Hunt all boast intriguing upside. Grab 1 of those guys if you only have 1 RB at this point.

If you feel comfortable with your depth at RB and WR, Prescott is a nice value here.


Rounds 8 and 9

QB: Tom Brady

RB: J.K. Dobbins, James White, Zack Moss

WR: Tyler Boyd, Will Fuller, Michael Gallup, Jarvis Landry

TE: Evan Engram

Dobbins figures to be 1 of the top Suggested Picks here, unless you already have 4 RBs. We love the rookie’s upside in Baltimore’s top-notch running game.

Pick your favorite flavor of WR here. Boyd and Landry are safe plays. Brown and Fuller come with more risk — but also more weekly and season-long upside.

Added James White and Zack Moss as a RB considerations here. White figures to open the season as the #2 option in New England's passing game (and might maintain that spot all year). Moss continues to look like a good bet to play a big role right out of the gate.


Rounds 10 and 11

QB: Carson Wentz

RB: Tevin Coleman, Matt Breida, Damien Harris, Latavius Murray

WR: Marvin Jones, Jamison Crowder, Diontae Johnson

TE: Hunter Henry, Tyler Higbee

If you don’t have a QB yet, this is a good time to grab Wentz, 1 of our favorite values at the position.

Lots of strong options at RB and WR at this spot. Coleman and Jones appeared on our recent Undervalued Players article. We highlighted Moss and Crowder as Sleepers.

Henry and Higbee are nice values here, although you can still afford to wait until next turn for your TE1.

Breida's ADP has sunk, so he might be available in the 10th.

Harris has shot up our RB rankings over the past few weeks, looking like the favorite to lead the Patriots in carries.

And Murray is worth a shot here if you believe in the Alvin Kamara holdout/trade story.


Rounds 12 and 13

QB: Daniel Jones, Matt Stafford

RB: Chris Thompson

WR: Christian Kirk, Sterling Shepard, DeSean Jackson, Jalen Reagor

TE: Noah Fant, Jared Cook, Blake Jarwin, Jonnu Smith

This is why you can afford to wait, wait, wait on TE. Fant, Jarwin and Smith are all breakout candidates this season. Cook should remain an integral part of a strong Saints passing game.

Jackson, 1 of the top values at his position, might make it back to you at the next turn. But grab him here if you wanna make sure you get him.

Thompson's pass-catching role is even more secure now with Leonard Fournette out of the way.

Jackson only looks better with Jalen Reagor's recent shoulder injury. Reagor himself is also worth a look here, even though he's expected to miss the first game or 2 of the season.


Rounds 14 and 15

QB: Jared Goff, Joe Burrow

RB: Adrian Peterson, Chris Thompson, Nyheim Hines, Ryquell Armstead, Duke Johnson, Jamaal Williams, Boston Scott

WR: DeSean Jackson, John Brown, Preston Williams, Curtis Samuel, Mike Williams, Sammy Watkins, Brandon Aiyuk

TE: Blake Jarwin, Jonnu Smith, T.J. Hockenson

Grab 1 more high-upside bench stash before taking a K or DST.

Here are some Ks and DSTs with favorable Week 1 matchups:

Wil Lutz (vs. Tampa Bay)

Greg Zuerlein (at Rams)

Robbie Gould (vs. Arizona)

Jake Elliott (at Washington)

Jason Myers (at Atlanta)

Younghoe Koo (vs. Seattle)


Bills (vs. Jets)

Patriots (vs. Dolphins)

Chiefs (vs. Houston)

Eagles (at Washington)

Chargers (at Bengals)


Round 16

Grab your K or DST from the list above.



Pick 5, 6 or 7

Round 1

RB: Alvin Kamara, Dalvin Cook, Derrick Henry, Joe Mixon

WR: Michael Thomas

If 1 of the top 4 RBs drop to you here, pounce.

Otherwise, your top Suggested Picks, in order, will be: Dalvin Cook, Michael Thomas, Joe Mixon, Derrick Henry.

Thomas is the safe pick. But the RBs hold more positional value thanks to the greater relative depth at WR.

There's a chance Kamara falls to you here with the concerns over his back and contract. He comes with elevated risk but could pay off big time.


Round 2

RB: Joe Mixon, Miles Sanders, Kenyan Drake

WR: Tyreek Hill, Julio Jones

TE: Travis Kelce

You’ll likely see Sanders and Drake atop your Suggested Picks here. We’d definitely grab 1 of them if you started your draft with Michael Thomas.

We’d lean toward Kelce over the WRs just because there will be so many quality WR options available in the next handful of rounds.

Mixon's ADP has slid into the mid 2nd -- although there's a chance that climbs again now that he has a new contract.


Round 3

RB: James Conner, Todd Gurley

WR: Chris Godwin

TE: George Kittle

We show Kittle with a mid-3rd-round ADP. He’s an absolute steal if he makes it to you here, although we wouldn’t be counting on it.

If Kittle is gone, turn your attention to Conner, our 2020 honorable mention Comeback Player.


Round 4

RB: Melvin Gordon

WR: Robert Woods, Amari Cooper, Allen Robinson, Adam Thielen

We love the WRs here. Woods is the highest ranked, but there’s a chance he’s still available in the 5th. So you might want to gamble and grab Cooper, Robinson or 2020 Comeback Player Thielen instead.


Round 5

RB: Jonathan Taylor

WR: Robert Woods, Calvin Ridley

TE: Zach Ertz, Mark Andrews

This looks like another WR round. Even if Woods is gone, Moore and Ridley are guys with top 12 upside.

If you like your WR group, Ertz and Andrews are excellent values.

If you only have 1 RB through 4 rounds, consider Taylor here.

Jonathan Taylor's ADP has climbed into Round 4, so don't expect to see him here. Ditto for D.J. Moore. Woods remains your top target in the 5th.


Round 6

RB: Cam Akers, Kareem Hunt

WR: Courtland Sutton, Tyler Lockett, Terry McLaurin

Akers, Jones and Hunt are upside plays worth considering here if you don’t already have 3 RBs.

The WRs are safer bets (and better pure values). The group includes our 2020 Breakout Player.


Round 7

QB: Dak Prescott

RB: D’Andre Swift, J.K. Dobbins

WR: Courtland Sutton, DeVante Parker, Marquise Brown

TE: Evan Engram

There’s a good chance Prescott tops your Suggested Picks here. We like the value on him in the 7th, assuming you’re comfortable with your RB and WR depth.

Engram is a fine pick at this point — although we prefer waiting a few more rounds at TE if you didn’t grab 1 of the top 4.

Added Dobbins to the list of targets here. His ADP has climbed to 7.10. Brown's price has also climbed into Round 7.


Round 8

RB: James White

WR: DeVante Parker, Tyler Boyd, Will Fuller, Michael Gallup

TE: Evan Engram

Dobbins figures to be 1 of the top Suggested Picks here, unless you already have 4 RBs. We love the rookie’s upside in Baltimore’s top-notch running game.

White looks like your best bet at RB in this round now. But we prefer the WR group, which now includes Boyd, Fuller and Gallup.


Round 9

QB: Tom Brady

RB: Tevin Coleman, Matt Breida, Jordan Howard, Zack Moss

WR: Tyler Boyd, Jarvis Landry

WR looks like your best bet here, with all 4 guys listed above capable of returning big value on a 9th-round price tag. Boyd and Landry are the safe bets. Fuller is the upside play.

Removed Will Fuller and Michael Gallup as options here. Both have climbed into Round 8.


Round 10

QB: Carson Wentz

RB: Tevin Coleman, Latavius Murray

WR: Marvin Jones, Diontae Johnson

TE: Hunter Henry, Tyler Higbee

Wentz’s ADP is sitting in the 11th round, but we’d have no problem reaching to make sure you land him.

Henry and Higbee are nice values here, although you can still afford to wait another 2-3 rounds at TE.

Murray is worth a shot here if you believe in the Alvin Kamara holdout/trade story.


Round 11

QB: Carson Wentz

RB: Kerryon Johnson, Damien Harris

WR: Jamison Crowder, Henry Ruggs, Emmanuel Sanders

TE: Hunter Henry

Johnson and Moss could both play bigger roles this season than most seem to expect. They’re good targets here if you’re still looking for an RB4.

We highlighted both Crowder and Ruggs in our Sleepers article.

Removed Zack Moss and added Damien Harris, who has shot up our RB rankings over the past few weeks.


Round 12

QB: Daniel Jones, Matt Stafford

WR: Christian Kirk, Sterling Shepard, DeSean Jackson

TE: Noah Fant, Jared Cook, Blake Jarwin, Jonnu Smith

Here’s why you can afford to wait on TE. Fant, Jarwin and Smith are all breakout candidates this season. Cook should remain an integral part of a strong Saints passing game.


Round 13

QB: Daniel Jones, Cam Newton

WR: Sterling Shepard, DeSean Jackson, Jalen Reagor, Sammy Watkins

TE: Noah Fant, Blake Jarwin, Jonnu Smith, T.J. Hockenson

We wrote about why Jackson is such a big value in our Sleepers article.


Round 14

QB: Jared Goff, Joe Burrow

RB: Chris Thompson, Nyheim Hines, Ryquell Armstead, Duke Johnson, Jamaal Williams, Boston Scott

WR: DeSean Jackson, John Brown, Preston Williams, Curtis Samuel, Mike Williams, Sammy Watkins, Brandon Aiyuk

TE: Blake Jarwin, Jonnu Smith, T.J. Hockenson

Grab 1 more high-upside bench stash here.


Rounds 15 and 16

Get your K and DST. Here are some with favorable Week 1 matchups:

Wil Lutz (vs. Tampa Bay)

Greg Zuerlein (at Rams)

Robbie Gould (vs. Arizona)

Jake Elliott (at Washington)

Jason Myers (at Atlanta)

Younghoe Koo (vs. Seattle)


Bills (vs. Jets)

Patriots (vs. Dolphins)

Chiefs (vs. Houston)

Eagles (at Washington)

Chargers (at Bengals)



Pick 8, 9 or 10

Rounds 1 and 2

RB: Alvin Kamara, Derrick Henry, Joe Mixon, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Miles Sanders, Kenyan Drake

WR: Davante Adams, Tyreek Hill, Julio Jones

TE: Travis Kelce

Lots of different directions to go here. We prefer grabbing at least 1 RB since that position dries up quickly.

You’d be reaching well beyond ADP for Kelce, but we still think he’s a good value here for the big edge he gives you at TE.

The WRs are tempting and certainly aren’t bad picks. But we’ll find lots of WR value in the next handful of rounds.

If Kamara drops to you here amid back and contract concerns, we'd pounce.


Rounds 3 and 4

RB: James Conner, Todd Gurley, Melvin Gordon, Chris Carson

WR: Robert Woods, Amari Cooper, Allen Robinson, Adam Thielen, Mike Evans

Conner, our honorable mention Comeback Pick, will likely top your Suggested Picks here. We’d definitely grab him if you didn’t start with 2 RBs — and would still consider him if you did.

And here’s why you can pass on the WRs in Rounds 1 and 2. All 5 of the guys listed above are good bets for top 12 production.

If you’re feeling frisky, you can gamble that Woods makes it back to you in the 5th. His ADP is currently sitting at 5.05.

Conner's ADP has climbed to 3.04, so don't count on seeing him here.


Rounds 5 and 6

RB: Cam Akers

WR: Robert Woods, Courtland, Sutton, Tyler Lockett, Terry McLaurin

TE: Zach Ertz

Ertz and Andrews stand out as strong values here if you didn’t grab Kelce earlier.

Otherwise, plan on adding to your WR depth here.

Added Akers here, although we still prefer the WRs as long as you have at least 2 RBs by this point.

Andrews' ADP has climbed to 5.03.


Rounds 7 and 8

QB: Dak Prescott

RB: D’Andre Swift, J.K. Dobbins

WR: Courtland Sutton, DeVante Parker, Marquise Brown, Will Fuller

This is a good spot to add another RB — ideally your 3rd or 4th. Akers, Jones, Swift and Dobbins all present exciting upside.

Prescott is a value here if he’s still hanging around.

Cam Akers is no longer likely to be available here.


Rounds 9 and 10

QB: Tom Brady, Carson Wentz

RB: Tevin Coleman, Matt Breida, Jordan Howard, Zack Moss

WR: Tyler Boyd, Jarvis Landry

TE: Hunter Henry, Tyler Higbee

This is a good spot to grab your QB1, with Brady and Wentz 2 of our favorite values at the position.

The WRs in this range are more attractive than the RBs.

Henry and Higbee are nice values here, although you can still afford to wait another 2-3 rounds at TE.

Wentz's ADP has dropped to 11.08, so you could gamble that he makes it back to you at the next turn.


Rounds 11 and 12

QB: Carson Wentz

RB: Kerryon Johnson, Damien Harris

WR: Jamison Crowder, Christian Kirk, Henry Ruggs

TE: Hunter Henry

Johnson and Moss could both play bigger roles this season than most seem to expect. They’re good targets here if you’re still looking for an RB4.

We highlighted both Crowder and Ruggs in our Sleepers article.

Removed Zack Moss and added Damien Harris, who has shot up our RB rankings over the past few weeks.


Rounds 13 and 14

QB: Daniel Jones, Jared Goff, Joe Burrow, Cam Newton

RB: Chris Thompson, Nyheim Hines, Ryquell Armstead, Duke Johnson, Jamaal Williams, Boston Scott

WR: Sterling Shepard, DeSean Jackson, John Brown, Preston Williams, Curtis Samuel, Jalen Reagor, Sammy Watkins, Brandon Aiyuk

TE: Noah Fant, Blake Jarwin, Jonnu Smith

Aim for upside with these 2 picks.

You could conceivably wait on TE until this point and pair a couple of breakout candidates.


Rounds 15 and 16

Grab your K and DST with your final 2 picks. Here are some with favorable Week 1 matchups:

Wil Lutz (vs. Tampa Bay)

Greg Zuerlein (at Rams)

Robbie Gould (vs. Arizona)

Jake Elliott (at Washington)

Jason Myers (at Atlanta)

Younghoe Koo (vs. Seattle)


Bills (vs. Jets)

Patriots (vs. Dolphins)

Chiefs (vs. Houston)

Eagles (at Washington)

Chargers (at Bengals)


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