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Perfect Draft: 14-Team Non-PPR (Updated Sept. 2)

By Kevin English 10:53am EDT 9/2/22


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 all new Draft War Room 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 Draft War Room and ADP to get an idea of where the value will be in each round.

This is the 14-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 Draft War Room will help you adjust your strategy if your league settings are different.

As you know, ADPs can vary from site to site and draft to draft. So if you don’t see a player available in a given round, head to the next one for your selection. (Remember, we’re shooting for an optimistic outcome!)

Note: Sept. 2 updates are in bold. Remember to check your Draft War Room for the most up-to-date rankings customized to your league's rules.


PICK 1, 2 OR 3

Round 1

QB:

RB: Jonathan Taylor, Christian McCaffrey, Derrick Henry

WR: Cooper Kupp

TE:

No mystery up top, as Taylor sits 58.4 DMVP points ahead of McCaffrey. (A player’s DMVP takes into account his projection, your league scoring rules and your team needs.)

The intrigue starts at 3rd overall. Our projections have Henry — who’s projected for ~14 TDs — in that spot now. But understand how his age, career workload and 2021 foot injury makes him a more volatile pick than Kupp.

If you value safety in Round 1, opt for the Ram here.

Round 2

QB:

RB: Nick Chubb, James Conner, Alvin Kamara, Leonard Fournette, Aaron Jones

WR: Tee Higgins, Mike Evans

TE: Mark Andrews

Chubb gets a sizable boost in non-PPR; he’s projected for only ~24 catches. He might be gone here, as RBs get pushed up draft boards in large non-PPR formats. But if he drops... pounce.

If the Brown is gone, we’re still aiming for a RB here, even if you led off with one. The position simply dries up quickly over the next round or so.

Round 3

QB:

RB:

WR: Tee Higgins, Mike Williams, D.J. Moore, A.J. Brown, Michael Pittman

TE:

You’re likely entering this round with 2 RBs. Fortunately, the time is right to add a WR1. Take the best available option and move along.

Round 4

QB:

RB: A.J. Dillon

WR: Allen Robinson, Brandin Cooks, Jerry Jeudy

TE:

WRs are the strength of this round, too. Each of Cooks, Robinson, and Jeudy make for ideal WR2s, with Jeudy's value gaining extra security following Tim Patrick’s ACL tear.

Exiting this round, you can realistically have a balanced start of Christian McCaffrey, James Conner, Mike Williams and Jerry Jeudy.

Round 5

QB: Lamar Jackson, Kyler Murray

RB: Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Tony Pollard, Dameon Pierce

WR: Jerry Jeudy, Marquise Brown, Gabriel Davis

TE:

This might be your last chance to snag a high-upside QB1, if the 2 passers above are even available.

Otherwise, Davis pops as a high-upside TD producer alongside Josh Allen. Current projections have the 3rd-year WR for ~8 scores.

Pierce is ascending in Houston, and it seems like he's locked up the team's RB1 role.

Round 6

QB:

RB: Rhamondre Stevenson, Kareem Hunt, Chase Edmonds

WR: Rashod Bateman, JuJu Smith-Schuster

TE: Dallas Goedert

Goedert is one of our top TE targets because of his price, talent and past production. In an offense that should lean pass more — with a young, ascending QB — he should out-produce a TE8 ADP.

He’s one of the few remaining TEs that stands out. And he potentially completes your starting lineup at the skill spots.

This range also includes our 2022 Breakout Pick and a trio of RBs that make ideal RB3s.

***Going into the turn, it’s a good reminder to always check and see which league-mates need — or already have — a certain position (QB? TE?) and draft accordingly.

Round 7

QB: Tom Brady

RB: Darrell Henderson, Melvin Gordon, Dameon Pierce

WR: Tyler Lockett, Drake London, Brandon Aiyuk, DeVonta Smith

TE: Dawson Knox

Brady enters the discussion at QB. But with some O-line concerns and a shake-up at pass catcher, we’re not calling the 45-year-old a “must have” here.

Henderson’s injury past is concerning, but it sounds like there’s a chance he can have some standalone value in L.A. And we certainly want pieces of the Rams offense when the price is right.

Aiyuk’s drawn the most summer buzz at WR for SF, as he appears to be the one clicking most with Trey Lance. The 3rd-year WR is still best off as a WR4 to open the season.

TD upside adds to Knox’s appeal in non-PPR. Our projections only have 2 TEs (Travis Kelce and Mark Andrews) projected for more scores.

Round 8

QB: Trey Lance

RB: Melvin Gordon

WR: Christian Kirk, Treylon Burks, Kadarius Toney

TE:

If you’re without a QB, this looks like a fine range to acquire Lance. While his passing performance has been up and down in camp, we have little doubt he’ll be a strong rushing performer. And with George Kittle, Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk as pass targets, he has strong, post-catch talents.

This range also turns up some nice WR3 candidates, including 1 of our favorite WR values in Kirk. Burks and Toney provide high-risk, high-reward options.

Round 9

QB:

RB: Michael Carter, Alexander Mattison, Jamaal Williams

WR: Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Skyy Moore, Garrett Wilson, George Pickens

TE:

The value just isn’t here at QB/TE. We’ll soon find targets at both spots, though.

So change gears and look to add where you’re thin. Carter and Williams should retain low-end standalone value behind Breece Hall and D’Andre Swift, respectively. Mattison is more of a shoot-for-the-moon handcuff in the event of a(nother) Dalvin Cook injury.

Skyy Moore has been among the most hyped players in camp. With an excellent college profile and plenty of athleticism, it wouldn’t surprise us if he hits the ground running alongside Patrick Mahomes. He’s an ideal WR4.

Round 10

QB: Trevor Lawrence, Tua Tagovailoa

RB: Tyler Allgeier, Isiah Pacheco

WR Julio Jones, D.J. Chark, George Pickens

TE: David Njoku, Irv Smith

When it comes to Lawrence and Tua, we love their environments for 2022. Just don’t treat them as weekly starters. And if you landed a Murray or Jackson type, feel free to pass on a QB2 altogether.

At WR — and perhaps across all positions — no star has shined brighter than Pickens’. It’s tough to see the math working for him with a healthy Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool (plus Pat Freiermuth) but at this stage in the draft, you’re simply buying into Pickens’ freakish talent.

Round 11

QB: Trevor Lawrence, Tua Tagovailoa

RB: Raheem Mostert, Khalil Herbert

WR: Jahan Dotson, Parris Campbell, Romeo Doubs

TE: David Njoku, Albert Okwuegbunam

Herbert is one of our favorite bench stash RBs. There’s handcuff value in the event of an injury to David Montgomery. And with a new coaching staff in town, it’s possible we see more of a split backfield. (Note that OC Luke Getsy comes from Green Bay, where Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillon split work almost evenly in 2021.)

Njoku’s value is certainly tied to Deshaun Watson’s status, but any risk there is priced in by now. Albert O gets a slight bump following Tim Patrick’s ACL tear, but it sure sounds like Denver’s staff likes rookie TE Greg Dulcich.

Round 12

QB: Ryan Tannehill

RB: Zamir White, Eno Benjamin, Ke’Shawn Vaughn, Chris Evans

WR: Parris Campbell, Alec Pierce, K.J. Osborn, Josh Palmer, Nico Collins

TE: Evan Engram, Tyler Higbee, Gerald Everett

By now, you likely have something like 1-2 QBs, 4-5 RBs, 5-6 WRs and 1-2 TEs. Determine where you’re thin and shoot for some upside. Benjamin pops as a bench stash behind James Conner. Campbell’s positioned for a contract-year breakout alongside Matt Ryan if he can finally dodge the injury bug.

Rounds 13-16

QB: Carson Wentz

RB: Eno Benjamin, Trey Sermon, Jeff Wilson

WR: Nico Collins, Isaiah McKenzie, Josh Palmer

TE: Tyler Higbee, Gerald Everett

K: Brandon McManus, Dustin Hopkins

DEF: Ravens, Titans

Wait until the final 2 rounds to land a kicker and a defense. Throughout the year, you can use our weekly rankings to help play the matchups at both positions.



PICK 4, 5 OR 6

Round 1

QB:

RB: Austin Ekeler, Derrick Henry, Joe Mixon

WR: Cooper Kupp, Justin Jefferson

TE:

We can’t expect McCaffrey or Taylor to fall here. The group is tightly projected behind those guys, with Henry, Ekeler, Kupp and Mixon leading the pack.

Round 2

QB:

RB: Nick Chubb, James Conner, Alvin Kamara, Leonard Fournette, Aaron Jones

WR: Tyreek Hill, Tee Higgins, Mike Evans

TE: Mark Andrews

I’m focusing on another RB or a TE here given the depth we’ll encounter at WR (and the 2-WR starting setup). Chubb’s ranking jumps up 6 spots moving from PPR to Non-PPR. He’s projected for almost 12 total scores. Andrews is a relatively safe target, especially with Marquise Brown out of the picture. Only 27, Andrews is in his prime years.

Round 3

QB:

RB:

WR: Mike Williams, D.J. Moore, Michael Pittman, D.K. Metcalf

TE:

Let’s say you started with Ekeler and Andrews. Good news: This round looks ripe with WR talent.

Recall that Williams was the #1 WR in all of fantasy for the first 5 weeks of 2021. Moore gets a nice QB upgrade with the arrival of Baker Mayfield.

Round 4

QB:

RB: A.J. Dillon

WR: Allen Robinson, Brandin Cooks, Courtland Sutton

TE:

WRs are the strength of this round once again. Each of Cooks, Robinson and Sutton make for ideal WR2s, with Sutton’s value gaining extra security following Tim Patrick’s ACL tear.

Dillon’s best off as an RB3, but it sounds like Green Bay wants to use both him and Aaron Jones a good bit in the passing game.

Round 5

QB: Lamar Jackson, Kyler Murray

RB: Tony Pollard, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Dameon Pierce

WR: Jerry Jeudy, Gabriel Davis, Rashod Bateman, Adam Thielen

TE:

We love Jalen Hurts as a Round 6 target, but he’s unlikely to make it to you late in the round. So this might be the last chance to snag a high-upside QB1, if the 2 passers above are even available.

Otherwise, Davis pops as a high-upside TD producer alongside Josh Allen. Current projections have the 3rd-year WR for ~8 scores.

Each of the RBs are ideal RB3s, with Pollard the one who’s generated substantial summer buzz.

Round 6

QB: Jalen Hurts

RB: Rhamondre Stevenson, Cordarrelle Patterson, Kareem Hunt, Chase Edmonds

WR: Rashod Bateman, JuJu Smith-Schuster

TE: Dallas Goedert

Goedert is one of our top TE targets because of his price, talent and past production. In an offense that should lean pass more — with a young, ascending QB — he should out-produce a TE8 ADP.

He’s one of the few remaining TEs that stands out. And he potentially completes your starting lineup at the skill spots.

This range also includes our 2022 Breakout Pick and a Chiefs WR with a real shot at re-emerging as a WR2 alongside Patrick Mahomes. JuJu’s only 25.

***Going into the turn, it’s a good reminder to always check and see which league-mates need — or already have — a certain position (QB? TE?) and draft accordingly.

Round 7

QB: Tom Brady

RB: Darrell Henderson, Melvin Gordon

WR: Tyler Lockett, Drake London, Brandon Aiyuk, DeVonta Smith

TE: Dawson Knox

Brady enters the discussion at QB. But with some O-line concerns and a shake-up at pass catcher, we’re not calling the 45-year-old a “must have” here.

Henderson’s injury past is concerning, but it sounds like there’s a chance he can have some standalone value in L.A. And we certainly want pieces of the Rams offense when the price is right.

Aiyuk’s drawn the most summer buzz at WR, as he appears to be the one clicking most with Trey Lance. The 3rd-year WR is still best off as a WR4 to open the season.

TD upside adds to Knox’s appeal in non-PPR. Our projections only have 2 TEs (Travis Kelce and Mark Andrews) projected for more scores. O.J. Howard hasn’t yet proven to be a major threat to Knox’s role.

Round 8

QB: Trey Lance

RB: Michael Carter

WR: Christian Kirk, Treylon Burks, Kadarius Toney

TE:

If you’re without a QB, this looks like a fine range to acquire Lance. While his passing performance has been up and down in camp, we have little doubt he’ll be a strong rushing performer. And with George Kittle, Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk as pass targets, he has 3 strong, post-catch talents.

This range also turns up some WR3 candidates, including 1 of our favorite WR values in Kirk. Burks brings a wider range of outcomes but might struggle for immediate consistency. Like Toney, he’s best off as a WR4 to open the season.

Round 9

QB:

RB: Michael Carter, Alexander Mattison, Jamaal Williams

WR: Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Skyy Moore, Garrett Wilson, George Pickens

TE:

The value just isn’t here at QB/TE. We’ll soon find targets at both spots, though.

So change gears and look to add where you’re thin. Carter and Williams should retain low-end standalone value behind Breece Hall and D’Andre Swift, respectively. Mattison is more of a shoot-for-the-moon handcuff in the event of a(nother) Dalvin Cook injury.

Skyy Moore has been among the most hyped players in camp. With an excellent college profile and plenty of athleticism, it wouldn’t surprise us if he hits the ground running alongside Patrick Mahomes. He’s an ideal WR4.

Round 10

QB: Trevor Lawrence, Tua Tagovailoa

RB: Tyler Allgeier, Isiah Pacheco

WR Julio Jones, D.J. Chark, George Pickens

TE: David Njoku, Irv Smith

When it comes to Lawrence and Tua, we love their environments for 2022. Just don’t treat them as weekly starters. And if you landed a Murray or Jackson type, feel free to pass on a QB2 altogether.

At WR — and perhaps across all positions — no star has shined brighter than Pickens’. It’s tough to see the math working for him with a healthy Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool (plus Pat Freiermuth) but at this stage in the draft, you’re simply buying into Pickens’ freakish talent.

Round 11

QB: Trevor Lawrence, Tua Tagovailoa

RB: Raheem Mostert, Khalil Herbert

WR: Jahan Dotson, Parris Campbell, Romeo Doubs

TE: David Njoku, Albert Okwuegbunam

Herbert is one of our favorite bench stash RBs. There’s handcuff value in the event of an injury to David Montgomery. And with a new coaching staff in town, it’s possible we see more of a split backfield. (Note that OC Luke Getsy comes from Green Bay, where Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillon split work almost evenly in 2021.)

Dotson could enter the season at Washington’s WR2 — especially if Curtis Samuel struggles to remain healthy. With Round 1 draft capital, the team clearly sees an impact player.

Njoku’s value is certainly tied to Deshaun Watson’s status, but any risk there is priced in by now. Albert O gets a slight bump following Tim Patrick’s ACL tear, but it sure sounds like Denver’s staff likes rookie TE Greg Dulcich.

Round 12

QB: Ryan Tannehill

RB: Tyrion Davis-Price, Zamir White, Eno Benjamin, Ke’Shawn Vaughn, Chris Evans

WR: Parris Campbell, Alec Pierce, K.J. Osborn, Josh Palmer, Nico Collins

TE: Evan Engram, Tyler Higbee, Gerald Everett

By now, you likely have something like 1-2 QBs, 4-5 RBs, 5-6 WRs and 1-2 TEs. Determine where you’re thin and shoot for some upside. Benjamin pops as a bench stash behind James Conner. Campbell’s positioned for a contract-year breakout alongside Matt Ryan if he can finally dodge the injury bug.

Rounds 13-16

QB: Ryan Tannehill, Carson Wentz

RB: Eno Benjamin, Trey Sermon, Jeff Wilson

WR: Nico Collins, Isaiah McKenzie, Josh Palmer

TE: Tyler Higbee, Gerald Everett

K: Brandon McManus, Dustin Hopkins

DEF: Ravens, Titans

Wait until the final 2 rounds to land a kicker and a defense. Throughout the year, you can use our weekly rankings to help play the matchups at both positions.



PICK 7, 8, 9 OR 10

Round 1

QB:

RB: Joe Mixon, Dalvin Cook, Najee Harris, Saquon Barkley

WR: Justin Jefferson

TE:

Jefferson’s likely gone, but the board should have you starting off with the top RBs in this format, regardless. Take the best available — and perhaps cross your fingers our Comeback Pick makes it to you in the 2nd.

Round 2

QB:

RB: Nick Chubb, James Conner, Alvin Kamara, Leonard Fournette, Aaron Jones

WR: CeeDee Lamb, Tyreek Hill, Tee Higgins, Mike Evans

TE: Mark Andrews

I’m focusing on another RB or TE here given the depth we’ll encounter at WR. Chubb’s ranking jumps up 6 spots moving from PPR to Non-PPR. He’s projected for almost 12 total scores.

Andrews is a relatively safe target, especially with Marquise Brown out of the picture. Only 27, Andrews is in his prime years. Acquiring him also ensures you won’t be tasked with streaming TEs in such a deep format.

Lamb and Hill are fine values here, but you’re not getting any type of discount on Higgins or Evans.

Round 3

QB:

RB: Breece Hall

WR: Mike Williams, D.J. Moore, D.K. Metcalf

TE:

Let’s say you started with Mixon and Andrews. This round looks ripe with WR talent, especially with Hall no lock to remain on the board.

Recall that Williams was the #1 WR in all of fantasy for the first 5 weeks of 2021. We’re optimistic on Baker Mayfield at least supplying a small QB upgrade for Moore. Metcalf’s discounted because of the QB downgrade, but we’re buyers at this price. We expect Seattle to encounter a lot of trailing game scripts this fall.

Round 4

QB:

RB:

WR: Allen Robinson, Brandin Cooks, Jerry Jeudy

TE: Darren Waller

WRs are the strength of this round once again. Each of Cooks, Robinson and Jeudy make for ideal WR2s, with Jeudy’s value gaining extra security following Tim Patrick’s ACL tear.

Waller makes sense if you want to pass on selecting a TE2 and opt for an upside option later. His selection also helps you pass on streaming TEs in-season. Just note the opportunity cost of a few guys with WR1 potential.

Round 5

QB: Lamar Jackson, Kyler Murray

RB: Tony Pollard, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Dameon Pierce

WR: Gabriel Davis, Rashod Bateman, Adam Thielen

TE:

We love Jalen Hurts as a Round 6 target, but he’s no lock to make it there. So this might be the last chance to snag a high-upside QB1, if the 2 passers above are even available.

Otherwise, Davis pops as a high-upside TD producer alongside Josh Allen. Current projections have the 3rd-year WR for ~8 scores.

Each of the RBs are ideal RB3s, with Pollard the one who’s generated substantial summer buzz. Look for him to spend plenty of time at WR.

***Going into the turn, it’s a good reminder to always check and see which league-mates need — or already have — a certain position (QB? TE?) and draft accordingly.

Round 6

QB: Jalen Hurts

RB: Rhamondre Stevenson, Cordarrelle Patterson, Kareem Hunt, Chase Edmonds

WR: Rashod Bateman, JuJu Smith-Schuster

TE: Dallas Goedert

Goedert is one of our top TE targets because of his price, talent and past production. In an offense that should lean pass more — with a young, ascending QB — he should out-produce a TE8 ADP.

He’s one of the few remaining TEs that stands out. And he potentially completes your starting lineup at the skill spots.

Pierce is ascending in Houston, and it seems like he's locked up the team's RB1 role.

This range also includes our 2022 Breakout Pick and a Chiefs WR with a real shot at re-emerging as a WR2 alongside Patrick Mahomes. JuJu’s only 25.

Round 7

QB: Tom Brady

RB: Cordarrelle Patterson, Chase Edmonds, Darrell Henderson, Rhamondre Stevenson

WR: Tyler Lockett, Drake London, Christian Kirk, Brandon Aiyuk

TE: Dawson Knox

Brady enters the discussion at QB. But with some O-line concerns and a shake-up at pass catcher, we’re not calling the 45-year-old a “must have” here.

Aiyuk’s drawn the most summer buzz at WR, as he appears to be the one clicking most with Trey Lance. The 3rd-year WR is still best off as a WR4 to open the season.

TD upside adds to Knox’s appeal in non-PPR. Our projections only have 2 TEs (Travis Kelce and Mark Andrews) projected for more scores. O.J. Howard hasn’t yet proven to be a major threat to Knox’s role.

Round 8

QB: Trey Lance

RB: Michael Carter

WR: Christian Kirk, Kadarius Toney, Robert Woods

TE:

If you’re without a QB, this looks like a fine range to acquire Lance. While his passing performance has been up and down in camp, we have little doubt he’ll be a strong rushing performer. And with George Kittle, Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk as pass targets, he has 3 strong, post-catch talents.

This range also turns up some WR3 candidates, including 1 of our favorite WR values in Kirk. Burks brings a wider range of outcomes but might struggle for immediate consistency. Like Toney, he’s best off as a WR4 to open the season.

Round 9

QB:

RB: Alexander Mattison, Jamaal Williams

WR: Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Skyy Moore, Garrett Wilson, George Pickens

TE:

The value just isn’t here at QB/TE. We’ll soon find targets at both spots, though.

So change gears and look to add where you’re thin. Williams should retain low-end standalone value behind D’Andre Swift. Mattison is more of a shoot-for-the-moon handcuff in the event of a(nother) Dalvin Cook injury.

Skyy Moore has been among the most hyped players in camp. With an excellent college profile and plenty of athleticism, it wouldn’t surprise us if he hits the ground running alongside Patrick Mahomes. He’s an ideal WR4.

Round 10

QB: Trevor Lawrence, Tua Tagovailoa

RB: Tyler Allgeier, Isiah Pacheco

WR Julio Jones, D.J. Chark, George Pickens

TE: David Njoku, Irv Smith

When it comes to Lawrence and Tua, we love their environments for 2022. Just don’t treat them as weekly starters. And if you landed a Murray or Jackson type, feel free to pass on a QB2 altogether.

At WR — and perhaps across all positions — no star has shined brighter than Pickens’. It’s tough to see the math working for him with a healthy Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool (plus Pat Freiermuth) but at this stage in the draft, you’re simply buying into Pickens’ freakish talent.

Round 11

QB: Trevor Lawrence, Tua Tagovailoa

RB: Raheem Mostert, Khalil Herbert

WR: Jahan Dotson, Parris Campbell, Romeo Doubs

TE: David Njoku, Albert Okwuegbunam

Herbert is one of our favorite bench stash RBs. There’s handcuff value in the event of an injury to David Montgomery. And with a new coaching staff in town, it’s possible we see more of a split backfield. (Note that OC Luke Getsy comes from Green Bay, where Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillon split work almost evenly in 2021.)

Dotson could enter the season at Washington’s WR2 — especially if Curtis Samuel struggles to remain healthy. With Round 1 draft capital, the team clearly sees an impact player.

Njoku’s value is certainly tied to Deshaun Watson’s status, but any risk there is priced in by now. Albert O gets a slight bump following Tim Patrick’s ACL tear, but it sure sounds like Denver’s staff likes rookie TE Greg Dulcich.

Round 12

QB: Ryan Tannehill

RB: Tyrion Davis-Price, Zamir White, Eno Benjamin, Ke’Shawn Vaughn, Chris Evans

WR: Parris Campbell, Alec Pierce, K.J. Osborn, Josh Palmer, Nico Collins

TE: Evan Engram, Tyler Higbee, Gerald Everett

By now, you likely have something like 1-2 QBs, 4-5 RBs, 5-6 WRs and 1-2 TEs. Determine where you’re thin and shoot for some upside. Benjamin jumps out as a bench stash behind James Conner. Campbell’s positioned for a contract-year breakout alongside Matt Ryan if he can finally dodge the injury bug. Palmer could be a WR3 if an injury strikes either Keenan Allen or Mike Williams.

Rounds 13-16

QB: Ryan Tannehill, Carson Wentz

RB: Eno Benjamin, Trey Sermon, Jeff Wilson

WR: Nico Collins, Isaiah McKenzie

TE: Tyler Higbee, Gerald Everett

K: Brandon McManus, Dustin Hopkins

DEF: Ravens, Titans

Wait until the final 2 rounds to land a kicker and a defense. Throughout the year, you can use our weekly rankings to help play the matchups at both positions.



PICK 11, 12, 13 OR 14

Round 1

QB:

RB: Joe Mixon, Najee Harris, Saquon Barkley, Nick Chubb, Alvin Kamara

WR: Ja’Marr Chase

TE:

No surprise here, as the board prioritizes RBs in this Non-PPR format. Grab the best one available.

Note: Conner slots ahead of Kamara in raw projection, but the Cardinal stands a much better chance of making it to you around the turn. Kamara's ADP will only rise now that suspension fears have largely subsided.

Round 2

QB:

RB: Saquon Barkley, Nick Chubb, James Conner, Alvin Kamara, Leonard Fournette

WR:

TE: Travis Kelce

We’re very open to a RB-RB start from this spot, as your Round 3/4 RB choices will be dicey at best. Barkley’s the easy pick if available. If not, it’s either best-available RB or rolling with Kelce, who ensures a huge positional advantage (and allows you to avoid the painful task of streaming TEs).

Round 3

QB:

RB: Breece Hall

WR: Mike Williams, D.J. Moore, D.K. Metcalf

TE:

Given the likelihood of a RB-RB start, we’re pivoting to WR here. It’s an easy spot to lock in to with QB and TE turning up little. Williams and Metcalf edge Moore in TD upside, but all 3 guys are strong targets at cost.

Round 4

QB:

RB:

WR: D.K. Metcalf, Allen Robinson, Brandin Cooks, Courtland Sutton

TE: Darren Waller

WRs are the strength of this round once as well. We’re looking at ideal WR2s, with Sutton’s value gaining extra security following Tim Patrick’s ACL tear.

Waller makes sense if you want to pass on selecting a TE2 and opt for an upside option later. His selection also helps you pass on streaming TEs in-season. Just note the opportunity cost of a few guys with WR1 potential.

Round 5

QB: Lamar Jackson, Kyler Murray

RB: Tony Pollard, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Dameon Pierce

WR: Gabriel Davis, Rashod Bateman, Adam Thielen

TE:

We love Jalen Hurts as a Round 6 target, but he’s no lock to make it around the turn. So this might be the last chance to snag a high-upside QB1, if the 2 passers above are even available.

Otherwise, Davis pops as a high-upside TD producer alongside Josh Allen. Current projections have the 3rd-year WR for ~8 scores. Thielen’s TD upside is proven with 3 career seasons of 9+ scores.

Each of the RBs are ideal RB3s, with Pollard the one who’s generated substantial summer buzz. Pierce is ascending in Houston, and it seems like he's locked up the team's RB1 role.

***Going into the turn, it’s a good reminder to always check and see which league-mates need — or already have — a certain position (QB? TE?) and draft accordingly.

Round 6

QB: Jalen Hurts

RB: Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Rhamondre Stevenson, Cordarrelle Patterson

WR: Rashod Bateman, JuJu Smith-Schuster

TE: Dallas Goedert

This round turns up our 2022 Breakout Pick and an ideal WR3 with upside. We’re also not discounting the chance of a huge rebound season from Smith-Schuster alongside Patrick Mahomes.

Goedert is one of our top TE targets because of his price, talent and past production. In an offense that should lean pass more — with a young, ascending QB — he should out-produce a TE8 ADP.

Round 7

QB: Tom Brady

RB: Cordarrelle Patterson, Chase Edmonds, Darrell Henderson

WR: Tyler Lockett, Drake London, Christian Kirk, Brandon Aiyuk

TE:

Brady enters the discussion at QB. But with some O-line concerns and a shake-up at pass catcher, we’re not calling the 45-year-old a “must have” here.

Aiyuk’s drawn the most summer buzz at WR in SF, as he appears to be the one clicking most with Trey Lance. The 3rd-year WR is still best off as a WR4 to open the season.

By the end of the 7th, you could realistically have something like:

S. Barkley

N. Chubb

D.K. Metcalf

B. Cooks

T. Pollard

D. Goedert

B. Aiyuk

Round 8

QB: Trey Lance

RB: Darrell Henderson, James Cook

WR: Christian Kirk, Kadarius Toney, Allen Lazard, Robert Woods

TE:

If you’re without a QB, this looks like a fine range to acquire Lance. While his passing performance has been up and down in camp, we have little doubt he’ll be a strong rushing performer. And with George Kittle, Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk as pass targets, he has 3 strong, post-catch talents.

This range also turns up some WR3 candidates, including 1 of our favorite WR values in Kirk. Burks brings a wider range of outcomes but might struggle for immediate consistency. The same could certainly be said for Toney, whose health remains a concern. They're best off as WR4s to open the season.

Round 9

QB:

RB: Alexander Mattison, Jamaal Williams

WR: Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Skyy Moore, Garrett Wilson, George Pickens

TE:

The value just isn’t here at QB/TE. We’ll soon find targets at both spots, though.

So change gears and look to add where you’re thin. Williams should retain low-end standalone value behind D’Andre Swift. Mattison is more of a shoot-for-the-moon handcuff in the event of a(nother) Dalvin Cook injury.

Skyy Moore has been among the most hyped players in camp. With an excellent college profile and plenty of athleticism, it wouldn’t surprise us if he hits the ground running alongside Patrick Mahomes. He’s an ideal WR4.

Round 10

QB: Trevor Lawrence, Tua Tagovailoa

RB: Tyler Allgeier, Isiah Pacheco

WR Julio Jones, D.J. Chark, George Pickens

TE: David Njoku, Irv Smith

When it comes to Lawrence and Tua, we love their environments for 2022. Just don’t treat them as weekly starters. And if you landed a Murray or Jackson type, feel free to pass on a QB2 altogether.

At WR — and perhaps across all positions — no star has shined brighter than Pickens’. It’s tough to see the math working for him with a healthy Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool (plus Pat Freiermuth) but at this stage in the draft, you’re simply buying into Pickens’ freakish talent.

Round 11

QB: Trevor Lawrence, Tua Tagovailoa

RB: Raheem Mostert, Khalil Herbert

WR: Jahan Dotson, Parris Campbell, Romeo Doubs

TE: David Njoku, Albert Okwuegbunam

Herbert is one of our favorite bench stash RBs. There’s handcuff value in the event of an injury to David Montgomery. And with a new coaching staff in town, it’s possible we see more of a split backfield. (Note that OC Luke Getsy comes from Green Bay, where Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillon split work almost evenly in 2021.)

New Dolphins HC Mike McDaniel comes from a San Francisco system that churns out productive RBs. Miami's backfield looks like Chase Edmonds-Mostert up top following the release of Sony Michel.

Dotson could enter the season as Washington’s WR2 — especially if Curtis Samuel struggles to remain healthy. With Round 1 draft capital, the team clearly sees an impact player.

Njoku’s value is certainly tied to Deshaun Watson’s status, but any risk there is priced in by now. While Albert O gets a slight bump following Tim Patrick’s ACL tear, it sure sounds like Denver’s staff likes rookie TE Greg Dulcich.

Round 12

QB: Ryan Tannehill

RB: Tyrion Davis-Price, Zamir White, Eno Benjamin, Ke’Shawn Vaughn, Chris Evans

WR: Parris Campbell, Alec Pierce, K.J. Osborn, Josh Palmer, Nico Collins

TE: Evan Engram, Tyler Higbee, Gerald Everett

By now, you likely have something like 1-2 QBs, 4-5 RBs, 5-6 WRs and 1-2 TEs. Determine where you’re thin and shoot for some upside. Benjamin jumps out as a bench stash behind James Conner. Campbell’s positioned for a contract-year breakout alongside Matt Ryan if he can finally dodge the injury bug. Palmer could be a WR3 if an injury strikes either Keenan Allen or Mike Williams.

Engram is an ideal TE2 who’ll likely enter the TE1 mix in positive matchups.

Rounds 13-16

QB: Ryan Tannehill, Carson Wentz

RB: Eno Benjamin, Trey Sermon, Jeff Wilson

WR: Nico Collins, Isaiah McKenzie

TE: Tyler Higbee, Gerald Everett

K: Brandon McManus, Dustin Hopkins

DEF: Ravens, Titans

Wait until the final 2 rounds to land a kicker and a defense. Throughout the year, you can use our weekly rankings to help play the matchups at both positions.


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