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 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
RB: Christian McCaffrey, Saquon Barkley, Ezekiel Elliott, Alvin Kamara, Dalvin Cook
WR: Michael Thomas
Most scoring systems will find your board recommending RBs at the first 5 spots. If you need to start 3 wideouts, then Michael Thomas will likely pass Dalvin Cook for that 5th spot.
Kamara still makes our top 4 but falls behind Elliott now and carries additional risk -- especially with the report of getting an epidural. So there's something going on physically, even if we don't know what that is.
Cook is also without an extension still. The situations with him and Kamara leave more room for personal preference at that 4th spot -- including the option of taking Thomas' relative safety.
QB: Patrick Mahomes
RB: James Conner, Todd Gurley, Melvin Gordon
WR: Chris Godwin
TE: Travis Kelce, George Kittle
Travis Kelce or George Kittle is a nice option in this range, especially if you only need to start 2 wideouts. (Kelce's ADP has apparently slid a little since our initial post.) Beyond the TEs, you’re likely looking at a 2nd RB at this turn. If the TEs are gone and you’d prefer Godwin (or another WR that slides to you), then you could wait until Round 3 for that 2nd RB. Most of the guys near the top of your RB board at this turn are likely to make it back to you in Round 3, according to ADP. Just don't count on Conner making back to you around the turn. His ADP has climbed into Round 2.