Draft Strategy

Perfect Draft: 14-Team Non-PPR (Updated Aug. 31)

By Jared Smola 5:08am EDT 8/31/17

It’s important to go into your fantasy draft with a plan. You’ll of course need to be able to adjust throughout the draft and pounce wherever value presents itself. The dynamic MVP Board with Suggested Picks feature will help with that.

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 14-Team Non-PPR Perfect Draft. All of these strategy guides assume 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: Updates are in bold.

Pick 1, 2 or 3

Round 1


RB: David Johnson, Le’Veon Bell

WR: Antonio Brown


Don’t overthink a top-2 pick: Take Johnson or Bell.

Elliott will appear as the clear #3 option on your MVP Board. He obviously comes with the risk of a potential suspension, though, so Brown is in play as a safer pick.

Elliott is out of the picture with his 6-game suspension. It makes this an easy pick now. Your top 3: Johnson, Bell, Brown.

Round 2


RB: DeMarco Murray, Ezekiel Elliott

WR: Dez Bryant, Brandin Cooks


Murray, whose ADP is sitting at 2.10, would be the ideal pick here. If he doesn’t make it to you, the top value will likely be at WR with either Bryant or Cooks.

We’d have no issue starting with a pair of Cowboys in Elliott and Bryant.

Murray's ADP is up to 2.08, so there's a decent chance he's not here for you. Elliott starts to make sense here, too, if you're willing to take on his 6-game suspension.

We removed Fournette from consideration at this spot because of his injury and supporting-cast concerns.

Cooks is less likely to make it to you here after Julian Edelman's season-ending injury.

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