Draft Strategy

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

By Jared Smola 6:08am 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 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


Thank the Fantasy Gods if you’re able to land Johnson or Bell. They’re dominant forces at a relatively thin position.

If those guys go 1-2 and you’re holding the 3rd pick, you’ll see Elliott as the top Suggested Pick. He obviously carries some risk with a suspension potentially looming. A 1- or 2-game ban would make him a fine pick here. Anything more would dump him down our rankings at least a few spots.

Brown is the safe pick at 1.03 — and probably the safest pick in the 1st round.

Elliott is no longer in play here with his 6-game suspension. Your top 3: Johnson, Bell, Brown.

Round 2


RB: DeMarco Murray, Ezekiel Elliott

WR: Dez Bryant, Brandin Cooks

TE: Travis Kelce

Murray might lose more work to Derrick Henry this season but would be an excellent value if he’s still available in the late 2nd. (His ADP is at 2.10.)

Otherwise, you’re looking WR or Travis Kelce here.

Murray is less likely to be available here with his ADP up to 2.08. Ditto for Bryant at 2.07.

You'll likely see Ezekiel Elliott topping your MVP Board if he's still available at this point.

Don't count on Cooks making it to you here after Julian Edelman's season-ending injury.

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