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

By Kevin English 5:09am EDT 9/2/20


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 14-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 or 3

Round 1

QB:

RB: Christian McCaffrey, Saquon Barkley, Ezekiel Elliott

WR:

TE:

Alvin Kamara vs. Ezekiel Elliott is close to a coin flip. Back and contract issues from the Saint have us leaning Zeke.


Round 2

QB:

RB: Aaron Jones, James Conner, Todd Gurley, Melvin Gordon

WR: Chris Godwin

TE: George Kittle

You’re likely looking at another RB here; that’s where the depth lies now. Plus, we’ll find plenty of strong WRs later on.

Kittle’s an option, too, especially with the thin starting lineup requirements we’re assuming. But again, we’ll find a bevy of young TEs in future rounds.


Round 3

QB:

RB: Melvin Gordon, Chris Carson, David Johnson, Le’Veon Bell

WR: Robert Woods, Amari Cooper, Allen Robinson, Adam Thielen, Odell Beckham Jr.

TE:

It’ll depend on who’s available, but don’t be surprised if the MVP Board ends up recommending a 3-RB start. Each of the 4 backs above looks poised for 250+ carries. Bell did drop behind Johnson in recent days following some concern over his rushing workload.

If you’re looking for a more balanced start, Woods is a discounted WR1. He's hit 130 targets in 2 straight — with positive TD regression a huge factor in his 2020 outlook.


Round 4

QB:

RB:

WR: Courtland Sutton, Tyler Lockett, Terry McLaurin

TE: Zach Ertz

Ertz stands out here as a clear value. He’s hit 106+ targets in 5 straight campaigns, while he’s never missed more than 2 games in a season. The veteran TE screams safety, even with Philly entering the year much deeper at WR.

Sutton and McLaurin, our Breakout Pick, supply ascending talents and high-end upside.


Round 5

QB:

RB: Cam Akers, Kareem Hunt, D’Andre Swift

WR: Terry McLaurin, DeVante Parker, Keenan Allen, A.J. Green, T.Y. Hilton, Marquise Brown

TE:

Akers made our Undervalued list, largely on his pure talent level. We like his chances of taking over the Rams’ backfield before mid-season.

The WR group looks loaded beyond our Breakout pick. Brown pops as a downfield threat who’s buzzed throughout the offseason. I always make sure he's flagged on my MVP Boards.


Round 6

QB:

RB: J.K. Dobbins, James White

WR: Tyler Boyd, Michael Gallup, Will Fuller, Jarvis Landry, Brandin Cooks

TE: Evan Engram

You’re probably entering this round with something like 3 RBs and 2 WRs. If so, it’s a fine time to take a shot on Engram’s big-play upside.

RB really drops off here, so pivoting to WR looks tempting. Boyd’s one of the most underrated players across positions in summer drafts. Landry, as always, is discounted, this time following offseason hip surgery. He's on track for Week 1.


Round 7

QB: Tom Brady

RB: Tevin Coleman, Tarik Cohen, Matt Breida, Kerryon Johnson

WR: Will Fuller, Marvin Jones, Jamison Crowder

TE: Hunter Henry

Brady might be tempting here if you took Chris Godwin (or went off script and selected Mike Evans). But given the QB depth, Brady shouldn’t be atop your list.

Johnson has been talked up as a Week 1 starter because of injury trouble from D'Andre Swift. But the Auburn product brings durability questions of his own.

Fuller looks like a steal if he’s still available. You can overlook the injury risk at this price, and with DeAndre Hopkins gone, it’s easy to see him becoming less boom or bust.


Round 8

QB: Carson Wentz, Josh Allen

RB: Kerryon Johnson, Zack Moss, Antonio Gibson, Damien Harris

WR: Marvin Jones, Jamison Crowder, Christian Kirk, Sterling Shepard, Emmanuel Sanders, Henry Ruggs

TE: Noah Fant

Antonio Gibson stands out here. He’s still a speculative pick following Derrius Guice’s arrest, but there’s plenty of big-play ability in the Round 3 rookie. Adrian Peterson might open as the starter, but he's a low-ceiling fantasy pick as a one-dimensional player.

Noah Fant certainly isn’t short on playmaking talent. Drops and play strength were year 1 issues, but a 2nd-year jump is fully expected with some QB continuity.


Round 9

QB: Jared Goff, Daniel Jones, Matt Stafford

RB: Latavius Murray, Duke Johnson, Darrell Henderson, Damien Harris

WR: Mike Williams, DeSean Jackson, Preston Williams

TE: Jonnu Smith

This looks like a sweet spot to start considering your QB1. Goff and Stafford have stacking options that we’re actively targeting in drafts (Robert Woods and Marvin Jones).

Smith is one of my personal favorites across any position and one of several guys you can wait on at the TE. He’s a dynamic athlete who’s proven capable of maximizing his opportunities. If he reaches the neighborhood of 90 targets with Delanie Walker now gone, look out.


Round 10

QB: Joe Burrow, Baker Mayfield

RB: Duke Johnson, Boston Scott, Chase Edmonds, Chris Thompson

WR: Sammy Watkins, Preston Williams, Allen Lazard, Justin Jefferson, Brandon Aiyuk, Bryan Edwards

TE: Jonnu Smith, Austin Hooper, Blake Jarwin

We’re down to handcuff types at RB. Consider drafting handcuffs to RBs you don’t own to maximize your upside.

Williams looks ready to return from a November ACL tear, and Miami’s thin WR corps bodes well for his year 2 productivity. The two rookies profile as Week 1 starters and could quickly factor into the WR3 mix.


Round 11

QB: Derek Carr, Ryan Tannehill, Drew Lock

RB: Darrynton Evans, DeAndre Washington

WR: John Brown, Golden Tate, Anthony Miller

TE: Blake Jarwin, Jack Doyle, Dallas Goedert, Chris Herndon

A Derrick Henry injury would unlock RB2 upside for Evans, an electric open-field athlete. Tennessee’s backfield is paper thin behind the rookie.

Jarwin, now a full-time starter, has garnered plenty of offseason praise. There’s room for him to sneak into TE1 range on one of the league’s best pass offenses.


Round 12

QB: Kirk Cousins

RB: Anthony McFarland Jr., Bryce Love, Frank Gore

WR: Corey Davis, Breshad Perriman, Laviska Shenault, N’Keal Harry

TE: Chris Herndon, Irv Smith, Jace Sternberger, Eric Ebron

It's unlikely, but Love just might end up leading Washington in carries. Adrian Peterson’s role on a rebuilding team — under new HC Ron Rivera — is unclear. This is a fine time to take a shot on a young, tremendously productive college back.

Recent reports have the Vikings interested in playing Smith on the outside. Smart move considering their WR depth. It’s a reminder that even if Kyle Rudolph sticks around, the 2nd-year ‘Bama product could show us a breakout.


Round 13

QB: Teddy Bridgewater, Gardner Minshew

RB: Anthony McFarland Jr., Bryce Love, Frank Gore, Lynn Bowden

WR: Parris Campbell, Miles Boykin, Steven Sims, Russell Gage, K.J. Hamler

TE: Jace Sternberger, Eric Ebron, Tyler Eifert

You’re hunting for upside here. Campbell and Boykin are 2 excellent late-round targets; Campbell for his skill set and QB upgrade, Boykin for his athleticism and placement as potentially Lamar Jackson’s 3rd target.

At TE, it sounds like Sternberger has a ways to go to earn Green Bay’s lead TE job. Still, at this point in the draft, there’s no risk in selecting him.


Rounds 14-16

In most cases, your final 3 turns should include your kicker and D/ST picks, along with picks at any position you still need to fill in.

Here are some Ks and DSTs with nice Week 1 matchups to consider:

Will Lutz (vs. Tampa Bay)

Greg Zuerlein (at Rams)

Robbie Gould (vs. Arizona)

Jason Myers (at Atlanta)


Bills (vs. Jets)

Patriots (vs. Dolphins)

Eagles (at Washington)

Chargers (at Bengals)


Pick 4, 5, 6 or 7

Round 1

QB:

RB: Ezekiel Elliott, Alvin Kamara, Dalvin Cook, Derrick Henry, Joe Mixon

WR: Michael Thomas

TE:

Kamara, Elliott or Cook would be ideal here. Our most recent update has Zeke moving ahead of Kamara following back and contract issues. The MVP Board has Mixon and Henry popping up ahead of Thomas.


Round 2

QB:

RB: Josh Jacobs, Aaron Jones, Austin Ekeler

WR: Tyreek Hill, Julio Jones, Chris Godwin, DeAndre Hopkins

TE: Travis Kelce, George Kittle

If Jacobs is somehow available, he’s your pick. Otherwise, Kelce will likely show up as your top suggested pick here, followed by Aaron Jones and George Kittle.

If you want to wait on TE, you'll certainly find enticing options 6+ rounds later.


Round 3

QB:

RB: Melvin Gordon, Chris Carson, David Johnson, Le’Veon Bell

WR: Robert Woods, Amari Cooper, Allen Robinson, Adam Thielen, Odell Beckham Jr.

TE:

Round 3 will likely involve a run on RBs. Each comes with questions, but you’re also locking up someone with a clear path to 250+ carries. Carson at least looks 100% healthy entering Week 1.

We love Woods. He’s a steady, reliable PPR target with 130 targets on layaway. Thielen also profiles similarly now that he’s healthy — and with Stefon Diggs now in Buffalo.

With Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson gone, we’ll keep waiting on a QB for at least a couple more rounds.


Round 4

QB:

RB: Devin Singletary, Cam Akers

WR: Robert Woods, Courtland Sutton, Tyler Lockett

TE: Zach Ertz

Singletary lines up well looking at our projections and ADP. But we’re not too excited about his year 2 upside with Josh Allen stealing goal line work and Zach Moss a threat both in close and beyond.

If you started with 3 straight RBs, Sutton or Lockett look fine as WR1s.


Round 5

QB:

RB: Cam Akers, Kareem Hunt, D’Andre Swift

WR: Terry McLaurin, DeVante Parker, A.J. Green, T.Y. Hilton, Marquise Brown

TE:

Akers made our Undervalued list, largely on his pure talent level. We like his chances of taking over the Rams’ backfield before mid-season.

The WR group looks loaded beyond our Breakout pick. Brown pops as a downfield threat who’s buzzed throughout the offseason and nearly earned the Breakout pick label himself.


Round 6

QB:

RB: J.K. Dobbins, James White

WR: Tyler Boyd, Michael Gallup, Will Fuller, Jarvis Landry, Brandin Cooks

TE: Evan Engram

You’re probably entering this round with something like 3 RBs and 2 WRs. If so, it’s a fine time to take a shot on Engram’s big-play upside.

RB really drops off here, so pivoting to WR looks appealing. Boyd’s one of the most underrated players across positions in summer drafts.


Round 7

QB: Tom Brady

RB: Tevin Coleman, Tarik Cohen, Matt Breida

WR: Will Fuller, Marvin Jones, Jamison Crowder

TE: Hunter Henry

Brady might be tempting here if you took Chris Godwin (or went off script and selected Mike Evans). But given the QB depth, Brady shouldn’t be atop your list.

Fuller looks like a steal if he’s still available. You can overlook the injury risk at this price, and with DeAndre Hopkins gone, it’s easy to see him becoming less boom or bust.


Round 8

QB: Carson Wentz, Josh Allen

RB: Kerryon Johnson, Zack Moss, Antonio Gibson

WR: Marvin Jones, Jamison Crowder, Christian Kirk, Sterling Shepard, Emmanuel Sanders

TE: Noah Fant

Antonio Gibson stands out here. He’s still a speculative pick following Derrius Guice’s arrest, but there’s plenty of big-play ability in the Round 3 rookie.

Crowder won't make many plays downfield, but his weekly PPR production might be the most consistent among mid-round targets. He showed an awesome rapport with Sam Darnold last year, with the Jets remain thin at the pass catching spots.

Noah Fant certainly isn’t short on playmaking talent. Drops and play strength were year 1 issues, but a 2nd-year jump is fully expected with some QB continuity.


Round 9

QB: Jared Goff, Daniel Jones, Matt Stafford

RB: Latavius Murray, Duke Johnson, Darrell Henderson, Damien Harris

WR: Mike Williams, Henry Ruggs, DeSean Jackson

TE: Jonnu Smith

This looks like a sweet spot to start considering your QB1. Goff and Stafford have stacking options that we’re actively targeting in drafts (Robert Woods and Marvin Jones).

Smith is one of my personal favorites across any position and one of several guys you can wait on at the position. He’s a dynamic athlete who’s proven capable of maximizing his opportunities. If he reaches the neighborhood of 90 targets with Delanie Walker gone, look out.

Ruggs is another standout here. Oakland’s WR depth chart looks less crowded with Tyrell Williams done for the year. Ruggs — the first WR drafted in the spring — should be considered the favorite for WR targets.


Round 10

QB: Joe Burrow, Baker Mayfield

RB: Duke Johnson, Boston Scott, Chase Edmonds, Chris Thompson

WR: Sammy Watkins, Preston Williams, Allen Lazard, Justin Jefferson, Brandon Aiyuk, Bryan Edwards

TE: Jonnu Smith, Austin Hooper, Mike Gesicki

We’re down to handcuff types at RB. Consider drafting handcuffs to RBs you don’t own, though, to maximize your upside.

Williams looks ready to return from a November ACL tear. Miami’s thin WR corps bodes well for his year 2 productivity. The two rookies profile as Week 1 starters and could quickly factor into the WR3 mix. Aiyuk recently lost target competition Jalen Hurd to an ACL tear.


Round 11

QB: Derek Carr, Ryan Tannehill, Drew Lock

RB: Darrynton Evans, DeAndre Washington

WR: John Brown, Golden Tate, Anthony Miller, Bryan Edwards

TE: Blake Jarwin, Jack Doyle, Dallas Goedert

A Derrick Henry injury would unlock RB2 upside for Evans, a dynamic open-field athlete. Tennessee’s backfield is paper thin behind the rookie.

Jarwin, now a full-time starter, has garnered plenty of offseason praise. There’s room for him to sneak into TE1 range on one of the league’s best pass offenses.


Round 12

QB: Kirk Cousins

RB: Anthony McFarland Jr., Bryce Love

WR: Corey Davis, Breshad Perriman, Laviska Shenault

TE: Irv Smith, Jace Sternberger, Eric Ebron

It's unlikely, but Love just might end up leading Washington in carries. Adrian Peterson’s role on a rebuilding team — under new HC Ron Rivera — is unclear. This is a fine time to take a shot on a young, tremendously productive college back.

Recent reports have the Vikings interested in playing Smith on the perimeter. Smart move considering their WR depth. It’s a reminder that even if Kyle Rudolph sticks around, the 2nd-year ‘Bama product could show us a breakout.


Round 13

QB: Teddy Bridgewater, Gardner Minshew, Philip Rivers

RB: Anthony McFarland Jr., Bryce Love, Frank Gore, Lynn Bowden

WR: Parris Campbell, Miles Boykin, Steven Sims, Russell Gage, K.J. Hamler

TE: Jace Sternberger, Tyler Eifert

You’re hunting for upside here. Campbell and Boykin are 2 excellent late-round targets; Campbell for his skill set and QB upgrade, Boykin for his athleticism and placement as potentially Lamar Jackson’s 3rd target.

At TE, it sounds like Sternberger has a ways to go to earn Green Bay’s lead TE job. Still, at this point in the draft, there’s no risk in selecting him.


Rounds 14-16

In most cases, your final 3 turns should include your kicker and D/ST picks, along with upside picks at any position you still need to fill in.

Here are some Ks and DSTs with nice Week 1 matchups to consider:

Will Lutz (vs. Tampa Bay)

Greg Zuerlein (at Rams)

Robbie Gould (vs. Arizona)

Jason Myers (at Atlanta)


Bills (vs. Jets)

Patriots (vs. Dolphins)

Eagles (at Washington)

Chargers (at Bengals)



Pick 8, 9, 10 or 11

Round 1

QB:

RB: Derrick Henry, Joe Mixon, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Miles Sanders, Kenyan Drake

WR: Michael Thomas

TE:

Henry and Mixon top your list of priorities here. We especially love Cincinnati’s offseason upgrades.

Even if the Bengal and Titan are gone, the MVP Board will still have you targeting a RB.


Round 2

QB:

RB: Josh Jacobs, Austin Ekeler

WR: Tyreek Hill, Julio Jones

TE: Travis Kelce, George Kittle

Kelce and Kittle pop here because of the massive edge they provide at TE. But getting a second lead back — especially Jacobs — would be tough to pass up.

Hill and Jones supply rare week-winning upside regardless of matchup, but we’ll see how loaded the WR position is shortly.


Round 3

QB:

RB: Melvin Gordon, Chris Carson, David Johnson, Le’Veon Bell, Jonathan Taylor

WR: Robert Woods, Amari Cooper, Allen Robinson, Adam Thielen, Odell Beckham Jr.

TE:

If you’re out on the veteran backs, Taylor provides some fresh blood worth considering. Some Indy beat writers forecast a fairly even timeshare with Marlon Mack come September. But even if that’s the case, we don’t see it lasting. So practice patience if you pull the trigger with Taylor — we see it paying off.

WR looks ripe with stud targets. Woods remains a discount WR1. Robinson has proven that no QB can drag him down, while Beckham — currently healthy — brings monster upside in new HC Kevin Stefanski’s system.


Round 4

QB:

RB: Devin Singletary, Cam Akers, David Montgomery

WR: Robert Woods, Courtland Sutton, Tyler Lockett, Terry McLaurin

TE: Zach Ertz

Singletary lines up well looking at our projections and ADP. But we’re not too excited about his year 2 upside with Josh Allen stealing goal line work and Zach Moss a threat both in close and beyond.

If you started with 3 straight RBs, Sutton or Lockett look more than OK as WR1s. Ertz also enters the mix here; any early-round TE will help avoid a potential problem of waiting too long at the position and being forced to play the matchups in-season.


Round 5

QB: Dak Prescott

RB: Cam Akers, D’Andre Swift

WR: Terry McLaurin, DeVante Parker, A.J. Green, T.Y. Hilton, Marquise Brown

TE:

We’re usually out on QBs this early. We’ll make an exception for Dak given his rushing consistency and (perhaps) the league’s best pass catching corps.

Akers made our Undervalued list, largely on his pure talent level. We like his chances of taking over the Rams’ backfield before mid-season.

The WR group looks loaded beyond our Breakout pick. Brown pops as a downfield threat who’s buzzed throughout the offseason.


Round 6

QB:

RB: J.K. Dobbins, James White

WR: Tyler Boyd, Michael Gallup, Will Fuller, Jarvis Landry, Brandin Cooks

TE: Evan Engram

You’re probably entering this round with something like 3 RBs and 2 WRs or. If so, it’s a fine time to take a shot on Engram’s big-play upside.

RB really drops off here, so pivoting to WR looks tempting. Boyd’s one of the most underrated players across positions in summer drafts. We look for Joe Burrow to provide an instant upgrade.


Round 7

QB: Tom Brady

RB: Tevin Coleman, Tarik Cohen, Matt Breida

WR: Will Fuller, Marvin Jones, Jamison Crowder

TE: Hunter Henry

Brady might be tempting here if you took Chris Godwin (or went off script and selected Mike Evans). But given the QB depth, Brady shouldn’t be atop your list.

Fuller looks like a steal if he’s still available. You can overlook the injury risk at this price, and with DeAndre Hopkins gone, it’s easy to see him becoming less boom or bust.


Round 8

QB: Carson Wentz, Josh Allen

RB: Kerryon Johnson, Zack Moss, Antonio Gibson

WR: Marvin Jones, Jamison Crowder, Christian Kirk, Sterling Shepard, Emmanuel Sanders

TE: Noah Fant

Antonio Gibson stands out here. He’s still a speculative pick following Derrius Guice’s arrest, but there’s plenty of big-play ability in the Round 3 rookie.

Noah Fant certainly isn’t short on playmaking talent, either. Drops and play strength were year 1 issues, but a 2nd-year jump is fully expected with some QB continuity.


Round 9

QB: Jared Goff, Daniel Jones, Matt Stafford

RB: Latavius Murray, Duke Johnson, Darrell Henderson, Damien Harris

WR: Mike Williams, Henry Ruggs, DeSean Jackson

TE: Jonnu Smith

This looks like a sweet spot to start considering your QB1. Goff and Stafford have stacking options that we’re actively targeting in drafts (Robert Woods and Marvin Jones). All 3 guys have deep pass catching corps.

Smith is one of my personal favorites across any position and one of several guys you can wait on at the position. He’s a dynamic athlete who’s proven capable of maximizing his opportunities. If he reaches the neighborhood of 90 targets, look out.

Ruggs is another standout here. Oakland’s WR depth chart looks less crowded with Tyrell Williams done for the year. Ruggs — the first WR drafted in the spring — should be considered the favorite for WR targets.

Round 10

QB: Joe Burrow, Baker Mayfield

RB: Duke Johnson, Boston Scott, Chase Edmonds, Chris Thompson

WR: Sammy Watkins, Preston Williams, Allen Lazard, Justin Jefferson, Brandon Aiyuk, Bryan Edwards

TE: Jonnu Smith, Austin Hooper, Mike Gesicki

We’re down to handcuff types at RB. Consider drafting handcuffs to RBs you don’t own, though, to maximize your upside.

Williams looks ready to return from a November ACL tear. Miami’s thin WR corps bodes well for his year 2 productivity. The two rookies profile as Week 1 starters and could quickly factor into the WR3 mix.


Round 11

QB: Derek Carr, Ryan Tannehill, Drew Lock

RB: Darrynton Evans, DeAndre Washington

WR: John Brown, Golden Tate, Anthony Miller, Bryan Edwards

TE: Blake Jarwin, Jack Doyle, Dallas Goedert, Chris Herndon

A Derrick Henry injury would unlock RB2 status for Evans, a dynamic open-field athlete. Tennessee’s backfield is paper thin behind the rookie.

Jarwin, now a full-time starter, has garnered plenty of offseason praise. There’s room for him to sneak into TE1 range on one of the league’s best pass offenses. We wouldn't wait much longer at TE.


Round 12

QB: Kirk Cousins

RB: Anthony McFarland Jr., Bryce Love

WR: Corey Davis, Breshad Perriman, Laviska Shenault, N’Keal Harry,

TE: Irv Smith, Jace Sternberger, Eric Ebron

It's unlikely, but Love just might end up leading Washington in carries. Adrian Peterson’s role on a rebuilding team — under new HC Ron Rivera — is unclear. This is a fine time to take a shot on a young, tremendously productive college back.

Recent reports have the Vikings interested in playing Smith on the perimeter. Smart move considering their WR depth. It’s a reminder that even if Kyle Rudolph sticks around, the 2nd-year ‘Bama product could show us a breakout.


Round 13

QB: Teddy Bridgewater, Gardner Minshew, Philip Rivers

RB: Anthony McFarland Jr., Bryce Love, Frank Gore, Lynn Bowden

WR: Parris Campbell, Miles Boykin, Steven Sims, Russell Gage, K.J. Hamler

TE: Jace Sternberger, Tyler Eifert

You’re hunting for upside here. Campbell and Boykin are 2 excellent late-round targets; Campbell for his skill set and QB upgrade, Boykin for his athleticism and placement as potentially Lamar Jackson’s 3rd target.

At TE, it sounds like Sternberger has a ways to go to earn Green Bay’s lead TE job. Still, at this point in the draft, there’s no risk in selecting him.


Rounds 14-16

In most cases, your final 3 turns should include your kicker and D/ST picks, along with upside picks at any position you still need to fill in.

Here are some Ks and DSTs with nice Week 1 matchups to consider:

Will Lutz (vs. Tampa Bay)

Greg Zuerlein (at Rams)

Robbie Gould (vs. Arizona)

Jason Myers (at Atlanta)


Bills (vs. Jets)

Patriots (vs. Dolphins)

Eagles (at Washington)

Chargers (at Bengals)


Picks 12, 13 or 14

Round 1

QB:

RB: Derrick Henry, Joe Mixon, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Miles Sanders, Kenyan Drake, Josh Jacobs

WR: Tyreek Hill

TE: Travis Kelce

The RBs are packed tightly together; Mixon and Drake are separated by just 5 PPR points. Take the highest ranked rusher and move along.


Round 2

QB:

RB: Kenyan Drake, Josh Jacobs, Aaron Jones, Austin Ekeler

WR: Tyreek Hill, Julio Jon

TE: Travis Kelce, George Kittle

A RB-RB start here is easy to pull off. The gap from our RB6 (Joe Mixon) and our RB11 (Josh Jacobs) is only 12 PPR points.

Kelce’s particularly intriguing here because of the edge he (and to a lesser extent Kittle) provides. The Chief sits 36 PPR points ahead of our TE3, Zach Ertz.


Round 3

QB:

RB: Melvin Gordon, Jonathan Taylor

WR: Robert Woods, Amari Cooper, Allen Robinson, Adam Thielen, Odell Beckham Jr.

TE:

RB should be thinning out at this point; names like David Johnson, Le’Veon Bell and Chris Carson probably aren’t available. Taylor at least provides some fresh blood worth considering. Some Indy beat writers forecast a fair even timeshare with Marlon Mack. But even if that’s the case in September, we don’t see it lasting. So practice patience if you pull the trigger with Taylor — we see it paying off.

WR looks ripe with enticing targets. Woods remains a discount WR1. Robinson has proven that no QB can drag him down, while Beckham — currently healthy — brings monster upside in new HC Kevin Stefanski’s system.


Round 4

QB:

RB: Devin Singletary, Cam Akers

WR: Robert Woods, Courtland Sutton, Tyler Lockett, Terry McLaurin

TE:

Singletary lines up well looking at our projections and ADP. But we’re not too excited about his year 2 upside with Josh Allen stealing goal line work and Zach Moss a threat both in close and beyond.

If you started with 3 straight RBs, Sutton or Lockett look more than OK as WR1s.


Round 5

QB: Dak Prescott

RB: D’Andre Swift

WR: DeVante Parker, A.J. Green, T.Y. Hilton, Marquise Brown

TE:

We’re usually out on QBs this early. We’ll make an exception for Dak given his rushing consistency and (perhaps) the league’s best pass catching corps.

Akers made our Undervalued list, largely on his pure talent level. We like his chances of taking over the Rams’ backfield before mid-season.

The WR group looks loaded beyond our Breakout pick. Brown pops as a downfield threat who’s buzzed throughout the offseason.


Round 6

QB:

RB: J.K. Dobbins, James White

WR: Tyler Boyd, Michael Gallup, Will Fuller, Jarvis Landry, Brandin Cooks

TE: Evan Engram

You’re probably entering this round with something like 3 RBs and 2 WRs or. If so, it’s a fine time to take a shot on Engram’s big-play upside.

RB really drops off here, so pivoting to WR looks tempting. Boyd’s one of the most underrated players across positions in summer drafts.


Round 7

QB: Tom Brady

RB: Tevin Coleman, Tarik Cohen, Matt Breida

WR: Will Fuller, Marvin Jones, Jamison Crowder

TE: Hunter Henry

Brady might be tempting here if you took Chris Godwin (or went off script and selected Mike Evans). But given the QB depth, Brady shouldn’t be atop your list.

Fuller looks like a steal if he’s still available. You can overlook the injury risk at this price, and with DeAndre Hopkins gone, it’s easy to see him becoming less boom or bust.


Round 8

QB: Carson Wentz, Josh Allen

RB: Kerryon Johnson, Zack Moss, Antonio Gibson

WR: Marvin Jones, Jamison Crowder, Christian Kirk, Sterling Shepard, Emmanuel Sanders

TE: Noah Fant

Antonio Gibson stands out here. He’s still a speculative pick following Derrius Guice’s arrest, but there’s plenty of big-play ability in the Round 3 rookie.

Noah Fant certainly isn’t short on playmaking talent, either. Drops and play strength were year 1 issues, but a 2nd-year jump is fully expected with some QB continuity.


Round 9

QB: Jared Goff, Daniel Jones, Matt Stafford

RB: Latavius Murray, Duke Johnson, Darrell Henderson, Damien Harris

WR: Mike Williams, Henry Ruggs, DeSean Jackson

TE: Jonnu Smith

This looks like a sweet spot to start considering your QB1. Goff and Stafford have stacking options that we’re actively targeting in drafts (Robert Woods and Marvin Jones). All 3 guys have deep pass catching corps.

Smith is one of my personal favorites across any position and one of several guys you can wait on at the position. He’s a dynamic athlete who’s proven capable of maximizing his opportunities. If he reaches the neighborhood of 90 targets, look out.

Ruggs is another standout here. Oakland’s WR depth chart looks less crowded with Tyrell Williams done for the year. Ruggs — the first WR drafted in the spring — should be considered the favorite for WR targets.

Round 10

QB: Joe Burrow, Baker Mayfield

RB: Duke Johnson, Boston Scott, Chase Edmonds, Chris Thompson

WR: Sammy Watkins, Preston Williams, Allen Lazard, Justin Jefferson, Brandon Aiyuk, Bryan Edwards

TE: Jonnu Smith, Austin Hooper, Mike Gesicki

We’re down to handcuff types at RB. Consider drafting handcuffs to RBs you don’t own, though, to maximize your upside.

Williams looks ready to return from a November ACL tear. Miami’s thin WR corps bodes well for his year 2 productivity. The two rookies profile as Week 1 starters and could quickly factor into the WR3 mix.


Round 11

QB: Derek Carr, Ryan Tannehill, Drew Lock

RB: Darrynton Evans, DeAndre Washington

WR: John Brown, Golden Tate, Anthony Miller, Bryan Edwards

TE: Blake Jarwin, Jack Doyle, Dallas Goedert

A Derrick Henry injury would unlock RB2 upside for Evans, a dynamic open-field athlete. Tennessee’s backfield is paper thin behind the rookie.

Jarwin, now a full-time starter, has garnered plenty of offseason praise. There’s room for him to sneak into TE1 range on one of the league’s best pass offenses.


Round 12

QB: Kirk Cousins

RB: Anthony McFarland Jr., Bryce Love

WR: Corey Davis, Breshad Perriman, Laviska Shenault, N’Keal Harry

TE: Irv Smith, Jace Sternberger, Eric Ebron

It's unlikely, but Love just might end up leading Washington in carries. Adrian Peterson’s role on a rebuilding team — under new HC Ron Rivera — is unclear. This is a fine time to take a shot on a young, tremendously productive college back.

Recent reports have the Vikings interested in playing Smith on the perimeter. Smart move considering their WR depth. It’s a reminder that even if Kyle Rudolph sticks around, the 2nd-year ‘Bama product could show us a breakout.


Round 13

QB: Teddy Bridgewater, Gardner Minshew, Philip Rivers

RB: Anthony McFarland Jr., Bryce Love, Frank Gore, Lynn Bowden

WR: Parris Campbell, Miles Boykin, Steven Sims, Russell Gage, K.J. Hamler

TE: Jace Sternberger, Tyler Eifert

You’re hunting for upside here. Campbell and Boykin are 2 excellent late-round targets; Campbell for his skill set and QB upgrade, Boykin for his athleticism and placement as potentially Lamar Jackson’s 3rd target.

At TE, it sounds like Sternberger has a ways to go to earn Green Bay’s lead TE job. Still, at this point in the draft, there’s no risk in selecting him.


Rounds 14-16

In most cases, your final 3 turns should include your kicker and D/ST picks, along with upside picks at any position you still need to fill in.

Here are some Ks and DSTs with nice Week 1 matchups to consider:

Will Lutz (vs. Tampa Bay)

Greg Zuerlein (at Rams)

Robbie Gould (vs. Arizona)

Jason Myers (at Atlanta)


Bills (vs. Jets)

Patriots (vs. Dolphins)

Eagles (at Washington)

Chargers (at Bengals)


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