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Perfect Draft: 12-Team Non-PPR (Updated Sept. 3)

By Matt Schauf 12:09am EDT 9/3/20


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 12-Team non-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

Round 1

RB: Christian McCaffrey, Ezekiel Elliott, Saquon Barkley

The RB run to start your non-PPR draft will probably go more than 3 deep. But there’s a gap between the top trio in our rankings and the other 1st-round backs -- to the point that Tyreek Hill shows up 4th in my DMVP recommendation tiles on this board.

If you’re picking anywhere in the top 3, grab 1 of these stud RBs and feel good.


Round 2-3

QB: Patrick Mahomes
RB: Chris Carson, James Conner, Todd Gurley, David Johnson
TE: Travis Kelce, George Kittle

It was no accident that I listed 0 WRs here. No one at the position enters view at the Round 2 turn in this format, whether we’re set to start 2 wideouts or 3. And the 1st guy who creeps in for Round 3 is Robert Woods. His non-PPR ADP sits at 5.03, according to our feed. So you definitely don’t need to consider him in this range.

If loading up on work-assured RBs makes sense at the top of a PPR draft, it makes even more sense when we take away reception scoring.

Of course, RBs aren’t the only guys in play here.

Drafting a QB late in Round 2 seems wrong … unless it’s Mahomes. You could certainly do worse than a RB-Mahomes-RB start. And you’ll likely find at least 1 of the 4 RBs listed above still available at your Round 3 pick.

And if you can’t bring yourself to draft a top-2 QB, then either of the top-shelf TEs also fits comfortably in this range. Even without reception points, Kelce and Kittle sit a shelf above #3 Mark Andrews and #4 Zach Ertz … and a couple of floors above the rest of the position.

The board will probably favor Kittle or Mahomes over a 3rd RB at your Round 3 turn, if you already drafted 2 RBs and either guy makes it back to you. If they’re gone, the board will most likely recommend a 3rd RB.

So, you should leave Round 3 with at least 2 RBs. That 3rd spot can be your choice among a 3rd RB, Mahomes or an elite TE.


Round 4-5

QB: Dak Prescott
RB: Jonathan Taylor, Raheem Mostert
WR: Robert Woods, Odell Beckham, Allen Robinson, D.J. Moore, Courtland Sutton, Terry McLaurin
TE: Zach Ertz

If you get here with fewer than 3 RBs on your roster, then Taylor looks good. Don’t trust that he’s making it to late Round 4 in a 12-team draft, though. The rookie has been generating buzz in camp. His ADP has now climbed into late Round 3.

Behind him, we wouldn’t push Mostert as a 4th-rounder. Ronald Jones used to appear here as well, but the Leonard Fournette signing knocked him down our RB rankings a bit.

Woods, on the other hand, makes for a nice WR1 at this point. If you want to double up at WR around this turn, then Woods has a better shot of making it back in Round 5 than several other wideouts around him. Don’t make such a move, though, unless you’re OK with losing that player.

In that case, we’d generally go ahead and draft Woods. Moore, Sutton and McLaurin all have decent-to-good shots of making it back to you. And current non-PPR ADP has Beckham behind Woods as well. JuJu Smith-Schuster has disappeared from this turn with an ADP that sits early in Round 4.

If you didn’t take an elite TE or Mahomes earlier, then Prescott and Ertz enter view here as well. If you face that decision in the 4th or 5th, we’d lean Prescott. His combo of rushing production, surrounding talent and strong offense give the Dallas QB upside to even challenge Mahomes and Lamar Jackson for the top spot this year.

Of course, both Prescott and Ertz hail from deep fantasy positions. So don’t feel compelled to reach for either player against your will.


Round 6-7

RB: J.K. Dobbins, Tevin Coleman, Jordan Howard, Ronald Jones
WR: Courtland Sutton, DeVante Parker, Will Fuller, Michael Gallup, Tyler Boyd
TE: Evan Engram

If you get here with 2 WRs and only need to start 2, the board says it’s RB time again -- even if you already have 3.

Dobbins faces more of a challenge on that front. We’re betting on the rookie to ultimately lead Baltimore RBs in scoring, but Mark Ingram’s strong 2019 and continued presence could make that more of a slow build. Jones wasn't making it to this range before the Bucs added Leonard Fournette. That moved him down our rankings, but Jones remains a find shot to take if he gets to you here. He might even still beat Coleman and Howard on upside. After all, it's just a 1-year deal worth a max of $3.5 million for Fournette.

The WRs remain strong around this turn. You can comfortably leave Round 7 with 4 RBs and 3 WRs -- even in a league that starts 3.

If you get here without a QB and want Tom Brady, then you can consider him in Round 7. He certainly could make it back to you around the 8-9 turn, though. And we like other QBs in that range as well if he doesn’t.

Engram is a solid TE option if you opt away from TE through 6 rounds. But there’s also nothing wrong with grabbing your 3rd wideout in Round 7, to accompany 4 RBs. Even if Parker doesn’t make it around the turn, there’s upside in Fuller and safety in Boyd.


Round 8-9

QB: Tom Brady, Carson Wentz
RB: Matt Breida, James White, Zack Moss, Damien Harris, Leonard Fournette, Latavius Murray
WR: Marvin Jones, Henry Ruggs, Diontae Johnson
TE: Noah Fant, Tyler Higbee

Round 8 looks like the QB turn. Brady easily leads your board if he makes it here, and his ADP has remained surprisingly unaggressive. If he’s gone, Wentz follows in the DMVP recommendations (though Wentz’s ADP sits earlier in this format).

Round 9 looks like TE time, assuming you didn’t already draft one, of course. Fant and Higbee present easy upside with little risk in this range. There will be more than enough insurance options available throughout the rest of the draft.

If you did already get your TE and/or QB -- or would rather keep waiting on either position -- there are options at RB and WR. Some of the names have changed since last time.


Round 10-11

QB: Jared Goff, Joe Burrow, Baker Mayfield
RB: Arian Peterson, Tarik Cohen
WR: Henry Ruggs, Jamison Crowder, Mike Williams, DeSean Jackson, Sterling Shepard
TE: Tyler Higbee, Jonnu Smith, T.J. Hockenson, Hayden Hurst

Your most likely targets in this range are upside RB and WR options, and you can find both (with WR especially plentiful).

That said, if you chose to wait on QB or TE, you could double up on either position in the double-digit rounds and find upside there as well.


Round 12-13

QB: Joe Burrow, Cam Newton, Jimmy Garoppolo, Drew Lock
RB: Adrian Peterson, Tarik Cohen, Duke Johnson, Boston Scott, Damien Harris
WR: Jamison Crowder, DeSean Jackson, Curtis Samuel, Preston Williams, Anthony Miller
TE: Jonnu Smith, T.J. Hockenson, Blake Jarwin, Mike Gesicki

The board says grab your backup QB here. We say that depends on what you have at the position so far. If you took an early QB, then you might not need to bother with a 2nd. If you waited until Round 10 or so, then go ahead and grab another. Check our QB Strength of Schedule article for early QB schedules that align.


Round 14-16

Time for another upside player at whichever position needs a little more attention, plus your starters at kicker and defense.

Here are some worthwhile D/ST options with positive early matchups:

Bills (vs. Jets, at Dolphins)
Colts (at Jaguars, vs. Vikings, vs. Jets, at Bears)
Patriots (vs. Dolphins)
Eagles (at Washington)
Chargers (at Bengals; vs. Panthers in Week 3)


Pick 4, 5, 6 or 7

Round 1

RB: Dalvin Cook, Derrick Henry, Alvin Kamara, Joe Mixon, Nick Chubb, Josh Jacobs

It’s RB for a while in the 1st round of a non-PPR draft this year, especially if you only need to start 2 wideouts. Even our First Round Bust, Nick Chubb, pops into the recommended picks in the middle of Round 1 in this format. Contract questions for Cook and Kamara now have Henry going 4th in ADP in this format.


Round 2

QB: Patrick Mahomes
RB: Kenyan Drake, Chris Carson, James Conner
TE: Travis Kelce

Time for a 2nd RB here. Drake might get to you anywhere in this range if you draft before he's back to full practices. ADPs for Carson and Conner have climbed to the level that neither looks likely to make it back to you in Round 3.

Mahomes enters the recommended picks but isn’t likely to climb to the front.


Round 3

RB: Todd Gurley, David Johnson, Melvin Gordon
WR: Robert Woods, Mike Evans, Amari Cooper, Odell Beckham, Adam Thielen

Even if you started with a pair of RBs, the board likely wants you to add a 3rd at this point -- even if you start 3 WRs. Why? Because touch certainty evaporates quickly as we move through the draft. WR value, on the other hand, does not.

The absurd availability of Robert Woods also might contribute to the RB recommendations.


Round 4

QB: Dak Prescott
WR: Robert Woods, Odell Beckham, Allen Robinson, JuJu Smith-Schuster, D.J. Moore
TE: Zach Ertz

Get here with 3 RBs, and you just might find worthwhile options across the other positions. It’s really Robert Woods time, though there are other WRs if you have something against him. Smith-Schuster carries the earliest ADP among these WR options.

Round 5

QB: Dak Prescott
RB: Cam Akers, J.K. Dobbins, D'Andre Swift
WR: Odell Beckham, D.J. Moore, Courtland Sutton, Terry McLaurin, DeVante Parker, Marquise Brown

Prescott comes up as a strong recommendation at this turn, even if you only have 1 WR rostered and need to start 3. We’ve long been on the side of waiting for your QB, but fantasy drafters now tend to wait longer than they used to. So don’t be afraid to draft Prescott, who finished 2nd among fantasy QBs last year and has the upside to challenge for the top spot.

If you can’t bring yourself to go QB this early, then WR looks loaded. If you didn't draft a 3rd RB yet, then 1 of these rookies could help. All have upside but aren't quite as sure to lead their backfields as the earlier options.


Round 6

RB: Cam Akers, J.K. Dobbins, David Montgomery
WR: Cortland Sutton, DeVante Parker, Will Fuller, Michael Gallup
TE: Evan Engram, Darren Waller

WR time here. Sutton and Parker look likely to lead their teams in targets. Fuller could, if he can stay healthy. Gallup carries upside in a top offense even if he doesn’t lead the target count.

If you get here with 3 RBs and 2 WRs, or with fewer than 3 RBs, then Akers would fit well as your RB3.


Round 7

RB: Tevin Coleman, Jordan Howard, Ronald Jones
WR: Will Fuller, Michael Gallup, Tyler Boyd
TE: Hunter Henry

The RB options likely to face you at this turn have gotten weaker. Jones remains intriguing and the likely leader of Tampa Bay's backfield. But Leonard Fournette's arrival obviously complicates his outlook. Still, Jones would be a fine shot at this turn. Otherwise, the WRs look just fine. And Henry works as a starting TE.


Round 8

QB: Tom Brady, Carson Wentz
RB: Jordan Howard, Ronald Jones, Matt Breida
WR: Tyler Boyd, Marvin Jones, Henry Ruggs, Diontae Johnson
TE: Noah Fant, Tyler Higbee

The recommendations here figure to turn on what you drafted previously.

Boyd is the most likely candidate to lead your recommended picks here, and you can’t go wrong with him in Round 8.

If you get here without a QB, though, either Brady or Wentz looks good.

There’s also upside in the TE options if you’re in good shape elsewhere and want to go that route.


Round 9

QB: Carson Wentz
RB: Adrian Peterson, James White
WR: Henry Ruggs, Diontae Johnson
TE: Noah Fant, Tyler Higbee, Jonnu Smith

It’s TE time if you haven’t taken one yet (and have treated every other position).

Already got your TE? Then there’s a QB (if you still need 1 of those) or options at RB/WR.


Round 10

QB: Jared Goff, Joe Burrow, Baker Mayfield, Cam Newton
RB: Adrian Peterson, Tarik Cohen
WR: Jamison Crowder, Mike Williams, DeSean Jackson, Sterling Shepard
TE: Tyler Higbee, Jonnu Smith

What do you need at this point?

WR remains the most loaded. And in a 2-WR league, you might very well reach this point with just 3 rostered. That would make this a good range in which to add several.

Peterson, Moss and Gibson present upside, though you can’t count on any of them to reach this range.

TE and QB each continue to present potential fantasy starters as well.


Round 11

QB: Jared Goff, Joe Burrow, Cam Newton
RB: Tarik Cohen, Duke Johnson, Boston Scott
WR: Jamison Crowder, Mike Williams, DeSean Jackson, Sterling Shepard, Curtis Samuel
TE: Jonnu Smith

Let’s hit WR again here, especially with upside in Ruggs and D-Jax


Round 12-13

QB: Joe Burrow, Derek Carr, Jimmy Garoppolo
RB: Tarik Cohen, Duke Johnson, Boston Scott
WR: Jamison Crowder, DeSean Jackson, Curtis Samuel, Preston Williams, Anthony Miller, Allen Lazard
TE: Jonnu Smith, T.J. Hockenson, Blake Jarwin

The board wants you to draft a 2nd QB in this range. That would be fine. Check out our QB strength-of-schedule article for potential QB matches.

Otherwise, chase upside elsewhere again. The “ceiling” projections on your MVP Board can help you judge that.


Round 14-16

Grab 1 more upside player in this range at the position of your choice. Then get your starting kicker and defense.

Here are some worthwhile D/ST options with positive early matchups:

Bills (vs. Jets, at Dolphins)
Colts (at Jaguars, vs. Vikings, vs. Jets, at Bears)
Patriots (vs. Dolphins)
Eagles (at Washington)
Chargers (at Bengals; vs. Panthers in Week 3)


Pick 8, 9 or 10

Round 1

RB: Nick Chubb, Joe Mixon, Josh Jacobs, Kenyan Drake, Miles Sanders
WR: Tyreek Hill

It’s almost definitely RB in Round 1, at least through this range -- even if you start 3 WRs. Tyreek Hill, however, does come into view toward the end of this range.


Round 2

QB: Patrick Mahomes
RB: Kenyan Drake, Miles Sanders, Aaron Jones
WR: Tyreek Hill, Davante Adams, Julio Jones
TE: Travis Kelce

If you only need to start 2 WRs, then you’re probably looking at another RB here. Mahomes and Kelce come into view, but they’ll likely sit at the end of your recommended picks. Injury questions for Drake and Sanders could give you a shot at either or both players, who had been working their way into most 1st rounds.

If you start 3 WRs, then Hill just might lead your recommendations. He's our top-ranked non-PPR wideout but sits just 3rd at the position in ADP.


Round 3

RB: Todd Gurley, David Johnson, Melvin Gordon, Jonathan Taylor
WR: Robert Woods, Amari Cooper, Odell Beckham, Adam Thielen, Allen Robinson

Even if you have 2 RBs already rostered, the RBs likely lead recommendations at this turn as well. Part of that is Robert Woods almost certainly remaining available until at least your next turn. RBs, meanwhile, have been flying off the board.

Of course, you could rest on your 2-RB start for now and opt for WRs in Round 3 and Round 4.


Round 4

QB: Dak Prescott
WR: Robert Woods, Odell Beckham, Allen Robinson
TE: Mark Andrews, Zach Ertz

If you spent your 1st 3 picks on RBs, then Andrews and Prescott likely lead the recommended picks at this turn. (Though, if you start 3 WRs, Woods jumps ahead of them.)

Andrews jumps ahead of Prescott in my DMVP tiles because listed ADP says the QB will get back to me in Round 5. It’s fine to follow that and grab the Baltimore TE. Just know that you can’t count on Prescott coming back around.

You could ignore both positions and start your WR corps, though attractive WR options are likely to find you at the next 2 turns as well.

If you get here with 2 (or even fewer) RBs, then you're likely looking at unattractive options.


Round 5

QB: Dak Prescott
RB: Cam Akers, J.K Dobbins, D'Andre Swift
WR: Courtland Sutton, Terry McLaurin, DeVante Parker, Marquise Brown, D.J. Chark

If you passed on Prescott at the last turn and he makes it back to you, then he likely leads your recommended picks by a healthy margin. Still seem early to draft a QB? Hey, we agree. But fantasy drafters in general are letting QBs slide further down the board these days.

Prescott finished 2nd only to Lamar Jackson in fantasy points last year, without any outlandishly inflated categories. He has the upside to challenge Jackson and Patrick Mahomes for the top spot in 2020. So if he’s on the board late in the 5th, Prescott is well worth a look.

If he’s not, then go for the top RB or WR, depending on your roster makeup to this point.

If you have any specific favorites among the WRs, take a look at the player ADPs on the site where you’re drafting. You might need to reach over a couple of higher-ranked WRs to get Brown or Chark, for example, if you covet either player. This WR group isn’t separated by a lot in our rankings, so it’s OK to shuffle the order a bit and go after your guy.


Round 6

RB: Cam Akers, J.K. Dobbins
WR: Courtland Sutton, Terry McLaurin, DeVante Parker, Will Fuller, Michael Gallup

If you’ve followed the MVP Board’s top recommendations to this point, it’s entirely possible that you arrive here with 3 RBs, 1 TE and 1 QB rostered. And the WRs expected to be available at this turn make that just fine. Of course, ADPs and actual draft order at the position could vary quite a bit. But even if you don’t find this specific group still on the board, you will find a buffet of upside at the position. Take your favorite, such as Breakout Player McLaurin. McLaurin's non-PPR ADP now sits at 5.12, though. So if you covet him, get him in Round 5.

If you arrive here without a TE or QB, the likely available options don’t match up well at this turn. You could reach a little for Evan Engram, though there’s no need. You can’t count on him making it back to you, but there’s less separation between him and the ensuing TEs than you’ll find between him and the top 4.

The RB options look nice in this round as well, if you arrive with just 2 or simply want to secure your 4th early. Jones, however, is far from a lock to last this long amid a buzzy summer.


Round 7

RB: Tevin Coleman, Jordan Howard, Ronald Jones
WR: Will Fuller, Tyler Boyd, Jarvis Landry
TE: Hunter Henry

If Dobbins makes it this far, then he likely leads your recommended picks by a healthy DMVP margin. He looks ideal as a 4th RB, where he shouldn’t need to deliver right away for your fantasy team. Just don't bet on him getting here. That's why he no longer sits among the Round 7 options in this article.

That said, Fuller also looks like an ideal WR2 in non-PPR. His scoring valleys will matter less amid weaker overall scoring consistency at the position.

Either player would make a nice addition to your roster at this stage. If you start 3 WRs, then going wideout here makes even more sense.


Round 8

QB: Tom Brady, Carson Wentz
RB: Tevin Coleman, Jordan Howard, Matt Breida
WR: Will Fuller, Tyler Boyd, Marvin Jones, Henry Ruggs, Diontae Johnson
TE: Jared Cook

If you passed on -- or missed out on -- Dak Prescott earlier, then this is the next spot where the value aligns at QB. Either Brady or Wentz gives you top-6 upside.

If you don’t need a QB, passed on Fuller at your last turn and still find him available here, congratulations! Leaving Round 8 with 4 RBs, Prescott, Mark Andrews and Fuller as your 2nd WR just might be the ideal start for your 2-WR lineup.

If Fuller doesn’t get to you here, then the other listed WRs are no slouches either.

And even if you opted for WR at the last turn and get here with 3 RBs and 2 WRs instead of 4 and 1, the WR options still look more attractive at this turn. Coleman and the Dolphins pair will likely sport week-to-week workload volatility.


Round 9

QB: Tom Brady, Jared Goff, Matthew Stafford
RB: Adrian Peterson, James White, Damien Harris
WR: Henry Ruggs, Diontae Johnson, Jamison Crowder, Mike Williams, DeSean Jackson
TE: Noah Fant, Tyler Higbee

Here’s why you can lead RB over WR earlier: because the wideout options remain attractive even as we move into the double-digit rounds. Jackson, for example, commonly stays available into Round 12 (or even later) but could very well lead Philly WRs in targets. If you’ve basically followed the MVP Board recommendations to this point, then it’s a good time for your WR3.

At RB here, Peterson looks likely to lead Washington in carries, while Moss brings attractive upside. White lands here based on projections, but we’d reach over him for Moss if you face that decision. He doesn’t sport upside beyond being New England’s likely backfield receiving leader.

If you get here without a QB, don’t expect to get another shot at Brady beyond this round. Either of the listed TEs also makes sense here if you have yet to draft a starter.


Round 10

QB: Jared Goff, Matthew Stafford
RB: Adrian Peterson, James White
WR: Mike Williams, Henry Ruggs, Jamison Crowder, Mike Williams, DeSean Jackson
TE: Noah Fant, Tyler Higbee

With basically the same options likely available at RB and WR, address whichever position you passed on in Round 9.

Note, also, that you could likely wait until this stage at TE and still land a player from our top 12.


Round 11

QB: Jared Goff, Joe Burrow, Cam Newton, Ryan Tannehill
RB: Adrian Peterson, Tarik Cohen, Duke Johnson
WR: Jamison Crowder, DeSean Jackson, Sterling Shepard, Curtis Samuel, Sammy Watkins
TE: Jonnu Smith, T.J. Hockenson, Hayden Hurst

ADP says you’ll still have a shot at Gibson in this range, but don’t believe it. Someone in your league likely drafted him in the single-digit rounds. So if you want to buy into the rookie’s upside, you’ll probably need to reach earlier than this.

The WRs remain attractive here, even if a sharp drafter already plucked Jackson well ahead of ADP.

If you waited until late for your 1st QB, then consider doubling up in this range to compile upside. Options abound at the position, though.


Round 12-13

QB: Joe Burrow, Cam Newton, Ryan Tannehill
RB: Adrian Peterson, Tarik Cohen, Ryquell Armstead, Duke Johnson, Boston Scott
WR: Jamison Crowder, DeSean Jackson, Curtis Samuel, Preston Williams, Anthony Miller, Allen Lazard, Tyrell Williams
TE: Jonnu Smith, T.J. Hockenson, Blake Jarwin

Go after what you need or want at these turns. There are attractive #2 QBs. Starter upside remains at TE. And WR remains bountiful.

Don’t worry about the rankings here. Shoot for upside.


Round 14-16

Spend your final picks on another upside option plus kicker and defense starters.

Here are some worthwhile D/ST options with positive early matchups:

Bills (vs. Jets, at Dolphins)
Colts (at Jaguars, vs. Vikings, vs. Jets, at Bears)
Patriots (vs. Dolphins)
Eagles (at Washington)
Chargers (at Bengals; vs. Panthers in Week 3)


Pick 11 or 12

Round 1-2

RB: Nick Chubb, Joe Mixon, Josh Jacobs, Kenyan Drake, Miles Sanders, Aaron Jones
WR: Tyreek Hill, Davante Adams

The board still says to start RB in Round 1, even if your league starts 3 WRs. And even if the 10-11 picks ahead of you comprise just Michael Thomas and RBs.

There’s room around this turn to either double up on RBs or grab 1 RB + Hill’s ceiling. If you start 3 WRs, then Hill -- our #1 non-PPR WR -- only gets more attractive.

Patrick Mahomes might enter your recommended-pick tiles in Round 2, but we’re not looking to go QB quite that early unless it’s a superflex draft. (And Mahomes isn’t making it to Round 2 in that format.)


Round 3-4

QB: Dak Prescott
RB: Chris Carson, James Conner, Todd Gurley, David Johnson, Melvin Gordon, Jonathan Taylor
WR: Robert Woods
TE: Mark Andrews

Round 3 presents a somewhat nebulous group of RBs. The listed ADP suggests you won’t get shots at Carson or Conner late in Round 3. But you could just as easily see Gurley go at the front of the round -- even Taylor.

Bottom line: The board probably wants you to draft another RB here, even if you already have 2 -- and even if you need to start 3 WRs every week. You should find a quality option available.

If you do start 3 WRs, then Round 4 will be Woods time. You could still take Woods even if you only start 2 wideouts. But Prescott and Andrews probably lead your recommended picks in that case. There will be plenty of WR options in the ensuing rounds to support a start of 3 RBs plus Prescott or Andrews.


Round 5-6

QB: Deshaun Watson
RB: Cam Akers, J.K. Dobbins, D’Andre Swift
WR: Odell Beckham, Courtland Sutton, Terry McLaurin, DeVante Parker, Marquise Brown, Will Fuller

If non-PPR ADP holds here, any of these WRs would make a fine #1 on your 2-WR roster. And they’d look even better as your 2nd, if you passed on QB and WR at the last turn.

If you get here without a QB, then Watson’s a decent option. He won’t move as high up the DMVP recommendations as Prescott did, though.

And if you get here with 2 RBs instead of 3, any of these RBs fit as a #3 for fantasy. Ronald Jones has dropped out of this range in our rankings, though you could still take a shot on him as early as Round 6.

If you get here with 3 RBs already rostered, then it’s a good spot to double up at WR. The 6 wideouts listed likely include at least 4 team target leaders.


Round 7-8

QB: Tom Brady, Carson Wentz
RB: Tevin Coleman, Jordan Howard, Ronald Jones, Matt Breida
WR: Will Fuller, Tyler Boyd
TE: Jared Cook

The WR options get a little shallower at this turn, which further supports doubling up on the position at the previous turn.

If you opted away from Dak Prescott earlier, then Brady or Wentz looks good in Round 8.

Cook is also an option in this range, but he’s nothing special. Feel free to wait longer on a TE if you get here without one.

Dobbins and Coleman fit nicely as RB4s at this spot.

Drafting a RB and a WR look good at this turn if you get here with a QB already rostered.


Round 9-10

RB: Adrian Peterson, James White
WR: Henry Ruggs, Jamison Crowder, DeSean Jackson, Christian Kirk
TE: Noah Fant, Tyler Higbee

TE time if you didn’t draft 1 yet. Fant and Higbee sit inside our top 10 at the position.

Beyond that, you can land either a RB or WR, depending on which you need more at this stage.


Round 11-12

QB: Jared Goff, Joe Burrow, Cam Newton
RB: Adrian Peterson, Tarik Cohen, Ryquell Armstead, Duke Johnson, Boston Scott
WR: Jamison Crowder, Mike Williams, DeSean Jackson, Preston Williams, Anthony Miller, Allen Lazard
TE: Jonnu Smith, T.J. Hockenson, Blake Jarwin

Time to shoot for upside, especially at WR.

If you want, you could even wait until this range for your TE starter or to pair up QBs. Check out our QB strength-of-schedule article for schedule matches.


Round 13-16

Use your final few selections for more upside -- ignoring the rankings -- and to grab your starters at kicker and defense.

Here are some worthwhile D/ST options with positive early matchups:

Bills (vs. Jets, at Dolphins)
Colts (at Jaguars, vs. Vikings, vs. Jets, at Bears)
Patriots (vs. Dolphins)
Eagles (at Washington)
Chargers (at Bengals; vs. Panthers in Week 3)


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