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 12-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 MVP Board will help you adjust your strategy if your league settings are different.
Note: August 30 updates are in bold.
Pick 1, 2, 3 or 4
RBs: Todd Gurley, Le’Veon Bell, Ezekiel Elliott, David Johnson
Don’t get cute here. Grab your stud RB and be on your way.
Bell re-passed Elliott in our non-PPR rankings with some injury concerns on Dallas' offensive line.
RBs: Joe Mixon, Devonta Freeman
WRs: Keenan Allen, A.J. Green, Davante Adams
TEs: Rob Gronkowski
Gronkowski will almost certainly top your Suggested Picks if he’s available here. He still provides a big weekly advantage, out-scoring the #2 TE (Travis Kelce) by 1.8 non-PPR points per game last year.
If Gronk is off the board, you’re likely going RB here. Note that Mixon sits highest in our rankings but has the lowest ADP of the 4 guys listed above. So you could gamble that he makes it back to you in the 3rd round.
Mixon's ADP is now up to 2.08, so grab him here if you want him.