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

By Kevin English 11:09am EDT 9/2/21


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 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.

Note: September 2 updates in bold.


PICK 1, 2 OR 3

Round 1

QB:

RB: Christian McCaffrey, Dalvin Cook, Alvin Kamara

WR:

TE:

McCaffrey’s in a tier of his own at 411.2 projected PPR points. So is Cook at 340.4.

If you can’t land 1 of those 2, lock in the safety of Kamara’s workload. Current projections have him down for 79 catches — 2nd most among RBs.


Round 2

QB:

RB: Clyde Edwards-Helaire, D’Andre Swift, Chris Carson

WR: Justin Jefferson, A.J. Brown, Keenan Allen, Allen Robinson

TE: Darren Waller, George Kittle

Pretty much everyone here — save for Carson — carries a massive receiving ceiling.

That includes CEH, whose new position coach (Greg Lewis) was an NFL WR and the Chiefs’ WR coach prior to 2021. He looks like your top pick here if available. Any of the top-3 WRs are strong picks, too, especially if you value a balanced start.

The TEs do supply a sizable edge over the field. Waller’s projected for 252 PPR points. Kittle’s down at 237.4, with our #4 TE T.J. Hockenson down at 209.

We’ll find viable TE1 candidates later on — they’re just not locked in weekly starters like the guys above. Taking 1 of Waller or Kittle also means you don’t have to select a TE2.


Round 3

QB:

RB: Chris Carson, James Robinson, David Montgomery, Miles Sanders

WR: Allen Robinson, Robert Woods, Terry McLaurin, Cooper Kupp, CeeDee Lamb, Mike Evans

TE: Darren Waller, George Kittle

An RB-RB or RB-TE start steers you toward a WR here. No problem there, as that's where the strength of this group lies.

We love Robinson’s consistency; it should remain with perhaps the best QB situation of his career. Lamb’s shot up draft boards this summer for his training camp dominance, but the situation in Dallas remains crowded.


Round 4

QB:

RB: Josh Jacobs, Gus Edwards

WR: Cooper Kupp, Tyler Lockett, Chris Godwin, Adam Thielen, D.J. Moore, Diontae Johnson

TE: T.J. Hockenson, Mark Andrews

Jacobs sits 10 points above Edwards because of his receiving work. Still, this is a fine range for Edwards with J.K. Dobbins sidelined for the year.

Kupp probably doesn’t make it back to you, but it’s worth mentioning our 2021 Comeback pick just in case. We love the Matt Stafford addition, while Kupp’s bound for a bounce back in the TD department this fall.

Hockenson profiles as a high-volume asset for a thin Lions passing game. Perfect for PPR upside.


Round 5

QB: Dak Prescott

RB: Damien Harris

WR: Tee Higgins, Jerry Jeudy, Odell Beckham, Chase Claypool

TE: T.J. Hockenson, Mark Andrews

Dak’s shoulder remains something to monitor. But we’re not overly concerned, as he’s our QB5, 22 points ahead of Russell Wilson.

RB will look pretty weak by this point. Harris, though, gets a boost following the release of Cam Newton. That certainly opens up greater TD potential near the goal line.

Still, if you have 2 RBs and 2 WRs already, consider pivoting to a 3rd WR or 1 of the TEs if available.

You know we love Jeudy. And Andrews’ target outlook — at least early on — gets a small boost with the injury to Rashod Bateman.


Round 6

QB:

RB: Trey Sermon

WR: Courtland Sutton, Tyler Boyd

TE:

This looks like the first tough spot in the draft.

Prescott’s almost certainly gone, and the same is likely true for Russell Wilson.

RB is predictably shaky. Sermon will enter the season in a timeshare with Raheem Mostert, although we know the latter's durability isn't an asset.

So focus on the Bronco or Bengal. Boyd is so underrated he could certainly make it around in the 7th. Each of the 3 make for strong WR3s.


Round 7

QB: Tom Brady

RB: Leonard Fournette, Sony Michel

WR: Tyler Boyd, Brandin Cooks, Laviska Shenault

TE: Noah Fant

Brady is in a tier of his own at 399 projected points. That’s 14 points ahead of Aaron Rodgers. We don’t forecast much of a drop off from the Buc (or Packer, frankly).

Fournette finished strong last year but figures to lose early-down work to Ronald Jones and passing snaps to Gio Bernard. The former Jag figures to be tough to rely on from week to week. Michel's value received a nice boost with the trade to L.A. He'll carry TD upside in a loaded Rams offense.

Fant’s only in play if you’ve yet to take 1 of the Broncos WRs. With questions at QB, we’re not looking to count on multiple pieces of this passing game each week. Individually, though, they’re all coming at fair prices.


Round 8

QB: Jalen Hurts, Matt Stafford, Ryan Tannehill

RB: Jamaal Williams, Kenyan Drake

WR: Jarvis Landry, Antonio Brown, Michael Gallup, Mike Williams

TE: Tyler Higbee, Mike Gesicki

While Deshaun Watson rumors persist, we have to proceed as if Hurts will be Philly’s 2021 starter. If you want to dodge that risk, Stafford sits just 3.3 points behind. He’s also projected for 72 more attempts.

Tannehill’s a tier below the others. But the only real question for 2021 is just how critical former OC Arthur Smith was to Tannehill’s success.

TE should be in play if you remain without a starter. Higbee is particularly enticing with Jared Goff (and Gerald Everett) out and Stafford in.


Round 9

QB: Trey Lance

RB: Nyheim Hines, James White

WR: Michael Pittman, Curtis Samuel, Elijah Moore, Corey Davis

TE: Mike Gesicki

Lance would be a QB1 if we had confirmation he’d start right away. Regardless, we expect him to hit the field early on. So you’ll just need to secure a backup — like the Viking below — while the SF QB battle plays out.

Pittman’s ADP was on the rise before Carson Wentz’s foot injury. If Wentz can return by early in the season — as recent word suggests — Pittman could turn into a value. He checks boxes for size (6’4, 223), athleticism and opportunity. Samuel’s recent return means his ADP will likely rise.


Round 10

QB: Trey Lance, Kirk Cousins, Justin Fields

RB: James White, Alexander Mattison

WR: Marvin Jones, Darnell Mooney, Jakobi Meyers, Rondale Moore, Henry Ruggs

TE: Jonnu Smith

Fields is in the same boat as Lance. They’re both highly skilled passers with rushing upside — and no guarantees on when they’ll hit the field.

Cousins looks like a strong bridge with 1 of the rookies. He made our Undervalued article due in part to a sweet-looking early-season schedule.

You probably have 3 or 4 RBs to this point, and there’s nothing all that tempting in the pair of backs above. White gets a boost with Mac Jones under center. Mattison, of course, is an upside handcuff.

The rest of the crew brings young standouts like Moore and Mooney. The Jet has excited us since the pre-draft process, but he’ll need to continue shining to carve out a consistent role in New York.


Round 11

QB: Kirk Cousins, Justin Fields

RB: Devin Singletary, Darrel Williams

WR: Marvin Jones, Jakobi Meyers, Emmanuel Sanders, Sterling Shepard, Rondale Moore

TE: Austin Hooper

ADP says this is your last chance to get Cousins. Ditto on Fields.

At this point in the draft, we’re hunting for upside — especially at WR in this PPR format. (Around this time in your draft, Upside Mode will automatically toggle on inside the Draft War Room.)

Jones has an outside shot at finishing 1st on Jacksonville in targets. Sanders provides access to a high-volume, high-scoring Bills O.


Round 12

QB: Tua Tagovailoa

RB: Tevin Coleman, Rashaad Penny, Justin Jackson, Gio Bernard, Ty'Son Williams

WR: Sterling Shepard, Bryan Edwards, Jalen Reagor

TE: Austin Hooper, Gerald Everett

When you take your 2nd QB will depend on the strength of your #1. Take a top-5 or 6 guy and roll with just 1 at the position until the bye week hits.

Of course, look around and evaluate the QB needs of your league-mates throughout the draft.

Beyond that, we’re looking to identify any spots you’re thin at and draft accordingly. Coleman and Bernard bring potential Week 1 opportunity. Penny — healthy for now — looks enticing as a stash behind Chris Carson.

Reagor boasts a Round 1 pedigree and a likely starting role. He’s largely underwhelmed this offseason, though. The opposite is true of Edwards, who’s a candidate to finish 2nd on the Raiders in targets.

Everett pops as a premier free agent add for Seattle. And he plays in a hyper-efficient passing game. Just don’t rely on him as a weekly starter.


Round 13

QB: Ryan Fitzpatrick

RB: Damien Williams, Kenneth Gainwell, Tony Jones

WR: A.J. Green, Marques Valdez-Scantling, Tyrell Williams, Nelson Agholor

TE: Anthony Firkser, Cole Kmet

This guy probably won’t last long on your roster — so swing for the fences.


Round 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:

Matt Gay (vs. Bears)

Robbie Gould (at Lions)

Jason Myers (at Colts)

Rams (vs. Bears)

49ers (at Lions)


PICK 4, 5, 6 OR 7

Round 1

QB:

RB: Alvin Kamara, Ezekiel Elliott, Derrick Henry, Austin Ekeler

WR: Tyreek Hill

TE: Travis Kelce

Beyond Kamara and Elliott, Kelce looks like your #1 option.

You might not be used to taking a TE this high. But Kelce brings a proven track record of success, and his 2021 projection puts him 64 points ahead of our TE2, Darren Waller.

It’s the 2nd biggest side-by-side gap according to our numbers. And you know how thin the TE position looks — especially up top.


Round 2

QB:

RB: Joe Mixon, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, D’Andre Swift, Chris Carson

WR: Calvin Ridley, Justin Jefferson, A.J. Brown

TE:

Starting with Kelce will have the board suggesting a RB here. Mixon and CEH aren’t likely to make it to you, but they’re worth noting just in case.

D’Andre Swift and Chris Carson are next up at RB. Swift’s groin issue isn’t ideal, but it does present a chance to buy low on an ultra-talented back.

If you started with a stud RB and value balance, pivot to a high-end WR. Just note that we’ll see a drop-off in quality RBs over the next couple of rounds.


Round 3

QB:

RB: Chris Carson, James Robinson, David Montgomery, Miles Sanders

WR: Allen Robinson, Robert Woods, Terry McLaurin, Cooper Kupp

TE: Darren Waller, George Kittle

Here’s a prime spot to add a WR. At least 1 of the top-3 guys will likely be available, and each of them profiles inside our top-13. Kupp made the cut as our 2021 Comeback pick.

If you passed on Kelce up top, Waller and Kittle still supply a clear advantage over the rest of the field. Waller’s 252 points sit 14.6 points ahead of Kittle. Kittle’s 237.4 points are 28.4 ahead of our TE4, T.J. Hockenson.


Round 4

QB:

RB: Josh Jacobs, Gus Edwards

WR: Tyler Lockett, Chris Godwin, Adam Thielen, D.J. Moore

TE:

QB and TE are out of play here, so grab a RB or WR. Jacobs sits 10 points above Edwards because of his receiving work. Still, this is a fine range for Edwards with J.K. Dobbins sidelined for the year.

If you’re sitting on 2 RBs, Lockett or Godwin make for ideal WR2 picks. Thielen and Moore also sit inside our top-20 WRs.


Round 5

QB: Dak Prescott

RB: Chase Edmonds, Damien Harris

WR: Tee Higgins, Jerry Jeudy, Odell Beckham, Chase Claypool

TE: T.J. Hockenson, Mark Andrews

Dak’s shoulder remains something to monitor. But we’re not overly concerned, as he’s our QB5, 22 points ahead of Russell Wilson.

Harris pops up following the release of Cam Newton. The Patriot sits 9 PPR points behind Edmonds, who's projected for 36 more catches.

Jeudy's our 2021 Breakout pick. All 4 WRs look like weekly high ceiling options.

The TEs might be unavailable, but note the gap between this duo and our TE7, Noah Fant. It’s 25 points, 1 of the largest side by side disparities in our ranks across all positions.


Round 6

QB: Russell Wilson

RB: Trey Sermon

WR: Robby Anderson, Courtland Sutton, Tyler Boyd

TE:

This looks like the first tough spot in the draft.

Prescott’s almost certainly gone, and Wilson’s not 50/50 to make it back with a 5.11 ADP.

RB is predictably shaky. Sermon brings loads of talent, but expect him to split touches with Raheem Mostert -- at least early on.

So we’d focus on the WRs here. Boyd is so underrated he could certainly make it around in the 7th. Any of the names above make for strong WR3s.


Round 7

QB: Tom Brady

RB: Leonard Fournette, Sony Michel

WR: Tyler Boyd, Brandin Cooks, Laviska Shenault

TE: Noah Fant

Brady is in a tier of his own at 399 projected points. That’s 14 points ahead of Aaron Rodgers. We don’t forecast much of a drop off from the Buc (or Packer, frankly).

Fournette finished strong last year but figures to lose early-down work to Ronald Jones and passing snaps to Gio Bernard. The former Jag figures to be tough to rely on from week to week. Michel's value received a nice boost with the trade to L.A. He'll carry TD upside in a loaded Rams offense.

Fant’s only in play if you’ve yet to take 1 of the Broncos WRs. With questions at QB, we’re not looking to count on multiple pieces of this passing game each week. Individually, though, they’re all coming at fair prices.


Round 8

QB: Jalen Hurts, Matt Stafford, Ryan Tannehill

RB: Jamaal Williams, James Conner, Kenyan Drake

WR: Brandin Cooks, Jarvis Landry, Antonio Brown, Michael Gallup, Mike Williams

TE: Tyler Higbee

While Deshaun Watson rumors persist, we have to proceed as if Hurts will be Philly’s 2021 starter. If you want to dodge that risk, Stafford sits just 3.3 points behind. He’s also projected for 72 more attempts.

Tannehill’s a tier below the others. But the only real question for 2021 is just how critical former OC Arthur Smith was to Tannehill’s success. You have to love the addition of Julio Jones.

TE should be in play if you remain without a starter. Higbee is particularly enticing with Jared Goff (and Gerald Everett) out and Stafford in.


Round 9

QB: Trey Lance

RB: Nyheim Hines, James White

WR: Michael Pittman, Curtis Samuel, Elijah Moore

TE: Mike Gesicki, Jonnu Smith

Lance would be a QB1 if we had confirmation he’d start right away. Regardless, we expect him to hit the field early on. So you’ll just need to secure a backup — like the Viking below — while the SF QB battle plays out.

Pittman’s ADP was on the rise before Carson Wentz’s foot injury. If Wentz can return by early in the season — as recent word suggests — Pittman could turn into a value. He checks boxes for size (6’4, 223), athleticism and opportunity. Samuel’s recent return means his ADP will likely rise.


Round 10

QB: Kirk Cousins, Justin Fields

RB: James White, Alexander Mattison

WR: Elijah Moore, Corey Davis, Marvin Jones, Darnell Mooney, Jakobi Meyers, Rondale Moore, Henry Ruggs

TE: Jonnu Smith

Fields is in the same boat as Lance. They’re both highly skilled passers with rushing upside — and no guarantees on when they’ll hit the field.

Cousins looks like a strong bridge with 1 of the rookies. He made our Undervalued article due in part to a sweet-looking early-season schedule.

You probably have 3 or 4 RBs to this point, and there’s nothing all that tempting in the pair of backs above. Still, White getting Mac Jones under center right away is helpful for the RB's PPR value. Mattison is an upside handcuff.

The rest of the crew brings young standouts like Moore and Mooney. The Jet has excited us since the pre-draft process, but he’ll need to continue shining to carve out a consistent role in New York.


Round 11

QB: Kirk Cousins, Justin Fields

RB: Devin Singletary, Darrel Williams, Gio Bernard

WR: Marvin Jones, Jakobi Meyers, Emmanuel Sanders, Sterling Shepard, Terrace Marshall

TE: Austin Hooper

ADP says this is your last chance to get Cousins. Ditto on Fields.

At this point in the draft, we’re hunting for upside — especially at WR in this PPR format. (Around this time in your draft, Upside Mode will automatically toggle on inside the Draft War Room.)

The league’s division of labor at RB further pushes WRs into the FLEX discussion.

Jones has an outside shot at finishing 1st on Jacksonville in targets. Sanders provides access to a high-volume, high-scoring Bills O.


Round 12

QB: Tua Tagovailoa

RB: Tevin Coleman, Rashaad Penny, Justin Jackson, Ty'Son Williams

WR: Sterling Shepard, Bryan Edwards, Jalen Reagor

TE: Austin Hooper, Gerald Everett

When you take your 2nd QB will depend on the strength of your #1. Take a top-5 or 6 guy and roll with just 1 at the position until the bye week hits.

Of course, look around and evaluate the QB needs of your league-mates throughout the draft. Tua enters a critical season with a much improved supporting cast, so he brings intrigue as a "wait and see" stash.

Beyond that, we’re looking to identify any spots you’re thin at any draft accordingly. Coleman and Jackson bring potentially cheap opportunity. Penny — healthy for now — looks enticing as a stash behind Chris Carson.

Reagor boasts a Round 1 pedigree and a likely starting role. He’s largely underwhelmed this offseason, though. The opposite is true of Edwards, who’s a candidate to finish 2nd on the Raiders in targets.

Everett pops as a high-dollar free agent add. Just don’t rely on him as a weekly starter.


Round 13

QB: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Derek Carr, Sam Darnold

RB: Damien Williams, Kenneth Gainwell, Tony Jones

WR: A.J. Green, Marques Valdez-Scantling, Tyrell Williams, Nelson Agholor

TE: Anthony Firkser, Cole Kmet

This guy probably won’t last long on your roster — so swing for the fences.


Round 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:

Matt Gay (vs. Bears)

Robbie Gould (at Lions)

Jason Myers (at Colts)

Rams (vs. Bears)

49ers (at Lions)


PICK 8, 9, 10 OR 11

Round 1

QB:

RB: Derrick Henry, Austin Ekeler, Aaron Jones, Saquon Barkley

WR: Tyreek Hill, Davante Adams, Stefon Diggs

TE: Travis Kelce

Kelce’s your top pick here if available.

He brings a proven track record of success, and his 2021 projection puts him 64 points ahead of our TE2, Darren Waller.

It’s the 2nd biggest side-by-side gap according to our numbers. And you know how thin the TE position looks — especially up top.

Beyond Kelce, the board will steer you towards Henry, Ekeler or Jones.


Round 2

QB:

RB: Aaron Jones, Saquon Barkley, Joe Mixon, Najee Harris, Antonio Gibson, Clyde Edwards-Helaire

WR: DeAndre Hopkins, Calvin Ridley, Justin Jefferson, A.J. Brown

TE:

Any one of the top backs look like strong picks — especially if you started with Kelce. If they’ve gone, pivot to the best remaining WR.


Round 3

QB:

RB: James Robinson, David Montgomery, Miles Sanders, Josh Jacobs

WR: Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp, Mike Evans

TE:

Robinson checks in well ahead of Montgomery and Sanders. The Jag carries a much higher reception ceiling with Travis Etienne done for the year.

We’re high on both Rams WRs and Evans. The Bucs figure to continue their pass-heavy ways this season.

Now, if you have 1 RB and 1 TE to this start, the board will likely have you selecting a RB here. That’s simply because of low supply and high demand at the position. If you value a balanced start, though, it’s not like any of the WRs are reaches.


Round 4

QB:

RB: Gus Edwards

WR: Cooper Kupp, Tyler Lockett, Chris Godwin, Adam Thielen, D.J. Moore

TE:

Kupp becomes a strong pick here if available. We made our case for him as the 2021 Comeback pick.

Beyond Kupp, the depth at WR makes it an easy position to target, especially if you’re without a pass catcher through 3 rounds.


Round 5

QB:

RB: Chase Edmonds, Damien Harris

WR: Tee Higgins, Jerry Jeudy, Odell Beckham, Chase Claypool

TE:

Don’t expect much value at QB or TE. Dak Prescott would be a strong pick if available, but he’s likely gone.

Instead, this spot should turn up plenty of WRs. Jeudy’s route-running skills have looked even sharper in training camp, and there’s clearly an outcome where he leads all Broncos in targets. We made our case for the former ‘Bama star as the 2021 Breakout pick.

Higgins, Beckham and Claypool all bring massive weekly ceilings.


Round 6

QB: Russell Wilson

RB: Trey Sermon

WR: Robby Anderson, Odell Beckham, Courtland Sutton, Tyler Boyd

TE:

This looks like the first tough spot in the draft.

Prescott’s almost certainly gone, and the same is likely true for Russell Wilson. If the Seahawk is available, though, he makes for a strong Round 6 pick. We like the arrival of new OC Shane Waldron and TE Gerald Everett.

Boyd, meanwhile, remains so underrated he could certainly make it around in the 7th. Any of the names above make for strong WR3s. We’d just avoid rostering both Jeudy and Sutton on the same team.


Round 7

QB: Tom Brady

RB: Leonard Fournette, Sony Michel

WR: Brandin Cooks, Laviska Shenault, Jarvis Landry, Antonio Brown

TE: Noah Fant, Tyler Higbee

Brady is in a tier of his own at 399 projected points. That’s 14 points ahead of Aaron Rodgers. We don’t forecast much of a drop off from the Buc (or Packer, frankly).

Fournette finished strong last year but figures to lose early-down work to Ronald Jones and passing snaps to Gio Bernard. The former Jag figures to be tough to rely on from week to week. Michel's value received a nice boost with the trade to L.A. He'll carry TD upside in a loaded Rams offense.

Fant’s only in play if you’ve yet to take 1 of the Broncos WRs. With questions at QB, we’re not looking to count on multiple pieces of this passing game each week. Individually, though, they’re all coming at fair prices.


Round 8

QB: Jalen Hurts, Matt Stafford, Ryan Tannehill

RB: Jamaal Williams, James Conner, Kenyan Drake

WR: Jarvis Landry, Michael Gallup, Mike Williams, Michael Pittman

TE: Tyler Higbee

While Deshaun Watson rumors persist, we have to proceed as if Hurts will be Philly’s 2021 starter. If you want to dodge that risk, Stafford sits just 3.3 points behind. He’s also projected for 72 more attempts.

Tannehill’s a tier below the others. But the only real question for 2021 is just how critical former OC Arthur Smith was to Tannehill’s success. You have to love the addition of Julio Jones.

Gallup and Williams enter contract years likely to play elsewhere in 2022. They profile similarly as boom/bust weekly options.

TE should be in play if you remain without a starter. Higbee is particularly enticing with Jared Goff (and Gerald Everett) out and Stafford in.


Round 9

QB: Trey Lance

RB: Nyheim Hines, James White

WR: Michael Pittman, Elijah Moore, Corey Davis, Curtis Samuel

TE: Mike Gesicki

Lance would be a QB1 if we had confirmation he’d start right away. Regardless, we expect him to hit the field early on. So you’ll just need to secure a backup — like the Viking below — while the SF QB battle plays out.

Pittman’s ADP was on the rise before Carson Wentz’s foot injury. If Wentz can return by early in the season — as recent word suggests — Pittman could turn into a value. He checks boxes for size (6’4, 223), athleticism and opportunity. Samuel’s recent return means his ADP will likely rise.


Round 10

QB: Kirk Cousins, Justin Fields

RB: James White, Alexander Mattison

WR: Elijah Moore, Corey Davis, Marvin Jones, Darnell Mooney, Jakobi Meyers, Rondale Moore, Henry Ruggs

TE: Jonnu Smith

Fields is in the same boat as Lance. They’re both highly skilled passes with rushing upside — and no guarantees on when they’ll hit the field.

Cousins looks like a strong bridge with 1 of the rookies. He made our Undervalued article due in part to a sweet-looking early-season schedule.

You probably have 3 or 4 RBs to this point, and there’s nothing all that tempting in the pair of backs above. White at least gets a boost with Mac Jones winning the starting QB job.

The rest of the crew brings young standouts like Moore(x2) and Mooney. The Jet has excited us since the pre-draft process, but he’ll need to continue shining to carve out a consistent role in New York.


Round 11

QB:

RB: Devin Singletary, Darrel Williams, Gio Bernard

WR: Marvin Jones, Jakobi Meyers, Emmanuel Sanders, Sterling Shepard, Terrace Marshall

TE: Austin Hooper

At this point in the draft, we’re hunting for upside — especially at WR in this PPR format. (Around this time in your draft, Upside Mode will automatically toggle on inside the Draft War Room.)

The league’s division of labor at RB further pushes WRs into the FLEX discussion.

Jones has an outside shot at finishing 1st on Jacksonville in targets. Sanders provides access to a high-volume, high-scoring Bills O.


Round 12

QB: Tua Tagovailoa

RB: Tevin Coleman, Rashaad Penny, Justin Jackson, Ty'Son Williams

WR: Sterling Shepard, Bryan Edwards, Jalen Reagor

TE: Austin Hooper, Gerald Everett

When you take your 2nd QB will depend on the strength of your #1. Take a top-5 or 6 guy and roll with just 1 at the position until the bye week hits.

Of course, look around and evaluate the QB needs of your league-mates throughout the draft. Tua enters a critical season with a much improved supporting cast, so he brings intrigue as a "wait and see" stash.

Beyond that, we’re looking to identify any spots you’re thin at any draft accordingly. Coleman and Jackson bring potentially cheap opportunity. Penny — healthy for now — looks enticing as a stash behind Chris Carson.

Reagor boasts a Round 1 pedigree and a likely starting role. He’s largely underwhelmed this offseason, though. The opposite is true of Edwards, who’s a candidate to finish 2nd on the Raiders in targets.

Everett pops as a high-dollar free agent add. Just don’t rely on him as a weekly starter.


Round 13

QB: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Derek Carr, Sam Darnold

RB: Kenneth Gainwell, Tony Jones

WR: A.J. Green, Marques Valdez-Scantling, Tyrell Williams, Nelson Agholor

TE: Anthony Firkser, Cole Kmet

This guy probably won’t last long on your roster — so swing for the fences.


Round 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:

Matt Gay (vs. Bears)

Robbie Gould (at Lions)

Jason Myers (at Colts)

Rams (vs. Bears)

49ers (at Lions)


PICK 12, 13 OR 14

Round 1

QB:

RB: Austin Ekeler, Aaron Jones, Saquon Barkley, Joe Mixon

WR: Tyreek Hill, Davante Adams, Stefon Diggs

TE: Travis Kelce

With a 1.08 ADP, we can’t bank on Kelce being available like we could earlier in Round 1.

And that’s fine. Ekeler, Jones and Mixon stick out as some of our top RB targets. Barkley was an early Round 1 pick back in the spring, and knee concerns could make him a value.

Hill and Adams are also strong values late in the round, but you can't expect them to fall.


Round 2

QB:

RB: Aaron Jones, Saquon Barkley, Joe Mixon, Nick Chubb, Najee Harris

WR: DeAndre Hopkins, Calvin Ridley, Justin Jefferson

TE:

A Kelce start will have the board guiding you towards a RB here. The same is likely the case if you started with a RB like Ekeler or Jones given (1) positional scarcity and (2) the 2 starting WR setup. Plus, the strength of Round 3 will likely be at WR.


Round 3

QB:

RB: James Robinson, David Montgomery, Miles Sanders, Josh Jacobs

WR: Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp, Mike Evans

TE:

Darren Waller and George Kittle have ADPs at 2.09 and 3.02, respectively. So don’t expect either guy to make it back in the late 3rd.

No problem there — especially if you landed Kelce. If not, we’ll hunt for some breakout TEs later on.

Robinson sticks out as a potential RB1 because of what we saw last year -- and the recent injury to Travis Etienne. He's projected for 10 PPR points more than Montgomery. The Rams WRs and Evans each profile as strong WR2s.


Round 4

QB:

RB: Gus Edwards

WR: Cooper Kupp, Tyler Lockett, Chris Godwin, Adam Thielen

TE:

Coming around the turn, you’ll find several intriguing WR options … and not much else.

We’d focus on WR here, though. Even though you’re starting just 2, we’re targeting this position to fill out the FLEX in full PPR. Each of the guys above have the upside to catch ~90+ balls.


Round 5

QB:

RB: Chase Edmonds, Damien Harris

WR: Tee Higgins, Jerry Jeudy, Odell Beckham, Chase Claypool

TE:

Edmonds looks fairly safe as the Cardinals primary pass catching back. But we don’t expect a ton of goal line work here, making him more of a floor than ceiling play.

WR looks intriguing for yet another round. Jeudy’s route-running skills have looked even sharper in training camp, and there’s clearly an outcome where he leads all Broncos in targets. (Current projections have him for a team-high 125 targets.)

We made our case for the former ‘Bama star as the 2021 Breakout pick.

Higgins, Beckham and Claypool all bring massive weekly ceilings but might struggle for weekly consistency — especially the latter two.


Round 6

QB: Russell Wilson

RB: Damien Harris, Trey Sermon

WR: Robby Anderson, Odell Beckham, Courtland Sutton, Tyler Boyd

TE:

This looks like the first tough spot in the draft.

Prescott’s almost certainly gone, and the same might be true for Wilson. If the Seahawk is available, though, he makes for a strong Round 6 pick. We like the arrival of new OC Shane Waldron and TE Gerald Everett.

RB is predictably shaky. Harris might have early-down competition in the form of Sony Michel. Carter’s a Round 4 RB at ~200 pounds. He might max out at ~12 touches per game. Sermon has to intrigue you given the Shanahan scheme and the fact that 29-year-old Raheem Mostert is the primary backfield competition.

Boyd, meanwhile, remains so underrated he could certainly make it around in the 7th. But any of the names above make for strong WR3s. We’d just avoid rostering both Jeudy and Sutton on the same team.


Round 7

QB: Tom Brady, Jalen Hurts

RB: Leonard Fournette, Jamaal Williams, Sony Michel

WR: Tyler Boyd, Brandin Cooks, Laviska Shenault, Antonio Brown

TE: Noah Fant

Brady is in a tier of his own at 399 projected points. That’s 14 points ahead of Aaron Rodgers. We don’t forecast much of a drop off from the Buc (or Packer, frankly).

Williams could be in for a bigger early season role than expected if D'Andre Swift's groin injury limits him or keeps him out.

Fant’s only in play if you’ve yet to take 1 of the Broncos WRs. With questions at QB, we’re not looking to count on multiple pieces of this passing game each week. Individually, though, they’re all coming at fair prices.


Round 8

QB: Jalen Hurts, Matt Stafford

RB: Jamaal Williams, James Conner, Kenyan Drake

WR: Laviska Shenault, Jarvis Landry, Michael Gallup, Mike Williams, DeVonta Smith

TE: Tyler Higbee

While Deshaun Watson rumors persist, we have to proceed as if Hurts will be Philly’s 2021 starter. If you want to dodge that risk, Stafford sits just 3.3 points behind. He’s also projected for 72 more attempts.

Jamaal Williams brings pass catching upside for a thin Lions offense. And if D'Andre Swift's groin injury lingers, Williams will benefit.

TE should be in play if you remain without a starter. Higbee is particularly enticing with Jared Goff (and Gerald Everett) out and Stafford in.


Round 9

QB: Trey Lance

RB: Nyheim Hines, James White

WR: Michael Pittman, Curtis Samuel, Elijah Moore, Corey Davis, Darnell Mooney

TE: Mike Gesicki

Lance would be a QB1 if we had confirmation he’d start right away. Regardless, we expect him to hit the field early on. So you’ll just need to secure a backup — like the Viking below — while the SF QB battle plays out.

White receives a nice boost with Mac Jones under center. ~60 catches are in play.

Pittman’s ADP was on the rise before Carson Wentz’s foot injury. If Wentz can return by early in the season — as recent word suggests — Pittman could turn into a value. He checks boxes for size (6’4, 223), athleticism and opportunity. Samuel’s recent return means his ADP will likely rise.


Round 10

QB: Kirk Cousins, Justin Fields

RB: James White, Alexander Mattison

WR: Elijah Moore, Corey Davis, Marvin Jones, Darnell Mooney, Jakobi Meyers, Rondale Moore

TE: Jonnu Smith

Fields is in the same boat as Lance. They’re both highly skilled passes with rushing upside — and no guarantees on when they’ll hit the field.

Cousins looks like a strong bridge with 1 of the rookies. He made our Undervalued article due in part to a sweet-looking early-season schedule.

You probably have 3 or 4 RBs to this point, and there’s nothing all that tempting in the pair of backs above. White at least gets a boost with Mac Jones winning the starting QB job.

The rest of the crew brings young standouts like Moore(x2) and Mooney. The Jet has excited us since the pre-draft process, but he’ll need to continue shining to carve out a consistent role in New York.


Round 11

QB:

RB: Devin Singletary, Darrel Williams, Gio Bernard

WR: Marvin Jones, Jakobi Meyers, Emmanuel Sanders, Sterling Shepard, Terrace Marshall

TE: Austin Hooper

At this point in the draft, we’re hunting for upside — especially at WR in this PPR format. (Around this time in your draft, Upside Mode will automatically toggle on inside the Draft War Room.)

The league’s division of labor at RB further pushes WRs into the FLEX discussion.

Jones has an outside shot at finishing 1st on Jacksonville in targets. Sanders provides access to a high-volume, high-scoring Bills O.


Round 12

QB: Tua Tagovailoa

RB: Tevin Coleman, Rashaad Penny, Justin Jackson, Ty'Son Williams

WR: Sterling Shepard, Bryan Edwards, Jalen Reagor, Terrace Marshall

TE: Austin Hooper, Gerald Everett

When you take your 2nd QB will depend on the strength of your #1. Take a top-5 or 6 guy and roll with just 1 at the position until the bye week hits.

Of course, look around and evaluate the QB needs of your league-mates throughout the draft. Tua enters a critical season with a much improved supporting cast, so he brings intrigue as a "wait and see" stash.

Beyond that, we’re looking to identify any spots you’re thin at any draft accordingly. Coleman and Jackson bring potentially cheap opportunity. Penny — healthy for now — looks enticing as a stash behind Chris Carson.

Reagor boasts a Round 1 pedigree and a likely starting role. He’s largely underwhelmed this offseason, though. The opposite is true of Edwards, who’s a candidate to finish 2nd on the Raiders in targets.

Everett pops as a high-dollar free agent add. Just don’t rely on him as a weekly starter.


Round 13

QB: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Derek Carr, Sam Darnold

RB: Kenneth Gainwell, Tony Jones

WR: A.J. Green, Marques Valdez-Scantling, Tyrell Williams, Nelson Agholor

TE: Anthony Firkser, Cole Kmet

This guy probably won’t last long on your roster — so swing for the fences.


Round 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:

Matt Gay (vs. Bears)

Robbie Gould (at Lions)

Jason Myers (at Colts)

Rams (vs. Bears)

49ers (at Lions)


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