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The Perfect Draft: 12-Team Non-PPR (Updated Aug. 30)

By Jared Smola | Updated on Tue, 23 May 2023 . 1:27 PM EDT


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


Round 1

QBs:

RBs: Todd Gurley, Le’Veon Bell,Ezekiel Elliott, David Johnson

WRs:

TEs:

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.


Round 2

QBs:

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.


Round 3

QBs:

RBs: Jerick McKinnon, Alex Collins

WRs: A.J. Green, Mike Evans, Adam Thielen, T.Y. Hilton

TEs:

Grab 2018 Breakout Pick, Mixon, if he’s still hanging around here. Don’t be afraid to start with 3 RBs in your non-PPR draft. There will be plenty of quality WRs available in the next handful of rounds.

That said, if Mixon is gone, the best value will be at WR.

Don't bank on Joe Mixon being here.

We've added Hilton as an option here with QB Andrew Luck looking healthy.


Round 4

QBs:

RBs: Mark Ingram, Marshawn Lynch

WRs: Allen Robinson, Demaryius Thomas, Marvin Jones, Chris Hogan

TEs: Zach Ertz

There’s a good chance Ingram tops your Suggested Picks here. He’s suspended for the first 4 games of the season and might return to a smaller role than the one he played last year. But it’s also possible that he produces as a RB1 over his final 12 games. Consider him a risk/reward pick in the 4th. (And he’d obviously look a lot better as a 5th-rounder.)

Cooper, our 2018 Comeback Pick, is an excellent value here — although his ADP has crept into the early 4th round.

Cooper's ADP is up to 4.01, so don't bank on him being available. Robinson and Thomas look like the best targets here.


Round 5

QBs:

RBs: Jamaal Williams, Dion Lewis, Rex Burkhead

WRs: Allen Robinson, Demaryius Thomas, Marvin Jones, Chris Hogan

TEs: Zach Ertz

The WRs — particularly Robinson and Thomas — look like the best values here.

If you only have 1 RB at this point, though, Ingram is worth a long look.

Williams' ADP is up to 6.02, but he's a fine value here.


Round 6

QBs:

RBs: Tevin Coleman

WRs: Emmanuel Sanders, Golden Tate, Michael Crabtree

TEs: Greg Olsen

You see how quickly RB dries up, which is why grabbing at least 2 through 5 rounds is highly recommended.

WRs again look like the best values in Round 6. Crabtree is the relative safe bet; Watkins and Davis bring the upside.

Corey Davis' ADP is up to 6.05, so don't expect to see him here.


Round 7

QBs: Cam Newton

RBs: Sony Michel, Tevin Coleman

WRs: Sammy Watkins, Emmanuel Sanders, Golden Tate, Michael Crabtree

TEs: Delanie Walker, Evan Engram

Walker makes sense here if you’re still looking for your TE1.

Williams and Mack are both favorites to lead their backfields in touches.

You might also see Cam Newton pop into your Suggested Picks at this spot. He’s a fine value, but there will be plenty of solid QB options available in the next few rounds.

Michel's ADP is down to 7.11 with his knee trouble. He's a risky-but-high-upside pick here.


Round 8

QBs: Andrew Luck

RBs: Marlon Mack

WRs: Robert Woods, Kenny Stills, Jamison Crowder, Randall Cobb

TEs: Delanie Walker, Jordan Reed

Crowell is a boring pick but should lay a nice volume-based weekly floor all season. He makes for a fine RB3 in non-PPR leagues.

If you don’t have a TE yet, Reed is an intriguing pick at this point. He’s 1 of the biggest injury risks in fantasy football but is a good bet for top 5 production when he’s on the field.

Luck has climbed to 7th in our QB rankings and has the upside to be worth a look here.

Mack's ADP has sunk to the 8th round. Still dealing with his hamstring injury, he's a risk/reward pick.


Round 9

QBs: Matt Stafford

RBs: Tarik Cohen, Chris Thompson

WRs: Robert Woods, Kenny Stills, Jamison Crowder, Randall Cobb

TEs: Jordan Reed

This is a good spot for your QB1. Stafford is a safe pick, finishing as a top 9 fantasy QB in 6 of the last 7 seasons. Luck is risky coming off that shoulder injury but has upside into the top 5.

Don't expect Andrew Luck to still be available at this point.

Stills' ADP is up to 10.09 -- so you might want to lock him up here.


Round 10

QBs: Marcus Mariota, Patrick Mahomes, Philip Rivers

RBs: Duke Johnson, Bilal Powell

WRs: Kenny Stills, Pierre Garcon, Sterling Shepard

TEs: Jack Doyle, Tyler Eifert, David Njoku

Still plenty of quality QB options hanging around here. Rivers is the safe pick; Mahomes has the upside. Mariota brings the best blend of ceiling and floor.

Powell looks set to play a much bigger role than we initially anticipated, so he's worth considering starting in Round 10.


Round 11

QBs: Marcus Mariota, Patrick Mahomes

RBs: Duke Johnson, Bilal Powell, Ty Montgomery

WRs: Kenny Stills, Sterling Shepard, DeVante Parker, John Brown, Kenny Golladay

TEs: Jack Doyle, Tyler Eifert

“Pass-catching backs” like the guys listed above still have value in non-PPR leagues. We’d especially consider grabbing Bernard as a quasi-handcuff if you drafted Joe Mixon earlier.

Brown's ADP is up to 12.04, so grab him here if you want him.


Round 12

QBs: Alex Smith

RBs: Bilal Powell, Giovani Bernard

WRs: Josh Doctson, Mike Williams, Cameron Meredith, Tyler Lockett

TEs: Jack Doyle, Tyler Eifert

Aim for upside with these later picks. All 4 WRs listed above have a shot to provide at least WR3 production this season.


Round 13

QBs: Alex Smith

RBs: Bilal Powell, Giovani Bernard, Matt Breida

WRs: Josh Doctson, Mike Williams, Keelan Cole, Tyler Lockett, Chris Godwin, Taywan Taylor

TEs: Jack Doyle, Tyler Eifert

If you still don’t have a QB, grab Smith here. Otherwise, continue building depth at RB or WR.

Lots of exciting, upside WRs to target here.


Round 14

QBs: Mitchell Trubisky, Jameis Winston

RBs: Giovani Bernard, Theo Riddick, Austin Ekeler

WRs: Chris Godwin, Taywan Taylor, DeSean Jackson, Rishard Matthews, John Ross

TEs: Cameron Brate, Austin Hooper, O.J. Howard, Ricky Seals-Jones

Add another high-ceiling bench stash with this pick.


Rounds 15 and 16

Grab your kicker and defense with your last 2 picks. You’ll likely be playing matchups at both positions throughout the season.

The Ravens (vs. Bills), Lions (vs. Jets) and Saints (vs. Winston-less Bucs) are intriguing Week 1 plays. At kicker, Wil Lutz, Matt Prater and Graham Gano each enter solid Week 1 matchups at home.



Pick 5, 6, 7 or 8


Round 1

QBs:

RBs: Saquon Barkley, Alvin Kamara, Leonard Fournette, Melvin Gordon

WRs: Antonio Brown

TEs:

If Todd Gurley, Le’Veon Bell, David Johnson or Ezekiel Elliott makes it to you here, run to the podium to select him.

Otherwise, you’ll see the 4 RBs above topping your Suggested Picks. All give you an elite guy at a thin position.

Brown won’t appear as a top Suggested Pick, but his relative safety makes him a solid choice in the mid 1st.


Round 2

QBs:

RBs: Joe Mixon, Jordan Howard, Devonta Freeman

WRs: Julio Jones, Keenan Allen, A.J. Green, Michael Thomas

TEs: Rob Gronkowski

There’s a good chance Gronkowski is the top Suggested Pick 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 you don’t feel comfy with Gronk, Jones is an excellent value anywhere in the 2nd.

Mixon, our 2018 Breakout Player, has seen his ADP climb to 2.08 — so take him here if you want him.

Howard passed Freeman in our non-PPR rankings after an encouraging preseason.


Round 3

QBs:

RBs: Jerick McKinnon, Alex Collins

WRs: Adam Thielen, Tyreek Hill, T.Y. Hilton

TEs: Travis Kelce

If you don’t have 2 RBs by now, grab 1 of the guys listed above.

Mark Ingram might appear in your Suggested Picks here, but we wouldn’t take the suspended RB until the 4th round at the earliest.

If you started RB-RB, consider Thielen or Kelce.

McKinnon's ADP has dropped to 3.08 with his calf injury, so he might be staring you in the face here.

We're comfier with Hilton as a 3rd-rounder with Andrew Luck looking healthy.


Round 4

QBs:

RBs: Jay Ajayi, Kenyan Drake, Mark Ingram

WRs: Adam Thielen, Amari Cooper

TEs: Zach Ertz

This is an excellent spot to grab 2018 Comeback Pick, Cooper.

Ertz presents your last chance to secure an elite TE.

Cooper's ADP has climbed to 4.01. Thielen's, on the other hand, has dropped to 4.04.


Round 5

QBs:

RBs: Jamaal Williams, Dion Lewis, Rex Burkhead

WRs: Allen Robinson, Demaryius Thomas, Marvin Jones, Chris Hogan

TEs:

You ideally have 3 RBs by the end of the 5th round. Michel brings the highest ceiling of the trio; Lewis is the safest.

Burkhead is a risk/reward pick here. He's the favorite to open the season as New England's lead back but is reportedly playing through a "slight tear" in his knee.

Williams might be the top-ranked RB available here. And his ADP has climbed to 6.02.


Round 6

QBs:

RBs: Jamaal Williams, Dion Lewis

WRs: Marvin Jones, Emmanuel Sanders, Corey Davis

TEs: Greg Olsen

Upside galore with the WR targets here.

Olsen is a nice value in the 6th if you’re still looking for your TE1.


Round 7

QBs: Cam Newton

RBs: Sony Michel, Tevin Coleman

WRs: Sammy Watkins, Emmanuel Sanders, Golden Tate, Michael Crabtree

TEs: Delanie Walker, Evan Engram

Walker makes sense here if you’re still looking for your TE1.

Williams and Mack are both favorites to lead their backfields in touches.

You might also see Cam Newton pop into your Suggested Picks at this spot. He’s a fine value, but there will be plenty of solid QB options available in the next few rounds.

Michel's ADP is down to 7.11 with his knee trouble. He's a risky-but-high-upside pick here.


Round 8

QBs: Andrew Luck

RBs: Marlon Mack

WRs: Robert Woods, Kenny Stills, Jamison Crowder, Randall Cobb

TEs: Delanie Walker, Jordan Reed

Crowell is a boring pick but should lay a nice volume-based weekly floor all season. He makes for a fine RB3 in non-PPR leagues.

If you don’t have a TE yet, Reed is an intriguing pick at this point. He’s 1 of the biggest injury risks in fantasy football but is a good bet for top 5 production when he’s on the field.

Luck has climbed to 7th in our QB rankings and has the upside to be worth a look here.

Mack's ADP has sunk to the 8th round. Still dealing with his hamstring injury, he's a risk/reward pick.


Round 9

QBs: Matt Stafford

RBs: Tarik Cohen, Chris Thompson

WRs: Robert Woods, Kenny Stills, Jamison Crowder, Randall Cobb

TEs: Jordan Reed

This is a good spot for your QB1. Stafford is a safe pick, finishing as a top 9 fantasy QB in 6 of the last 7 seasons. Luck is risky coming off that shoulder injury but has upside into the top 5.

Don't expect Andrew Luck to still be available at this point.

Stills' ADP is up to 10.09 -- so you might want to lock him up here.


Round 10

QBs: Marcus Mariota, Patrick Mahomes, Philip Rivers

RBs: Duke Johnson, Bilal Powell

WRs: Kenny Stills, Pierre Garcon, Sterling Shepard

TEs: Jack Doyle, Tyler Eifert, David Njoku

Still plenty of quality QB options hanging around here. Rivers is the safe pick; Mahomes has the upside. Mariota brings the best blend of ceiling and floor.

Powell looks set to play a much bigger role than we initially anticipated, so he's worth considering starting in Round 10.


Round 11

QBs: Marcus Mariota, Patrick Mahomes

RBs: Duke Johnson, Bilal Powell, Ty Montgomery

WRs: Kenny Stills, Sterling Shepard, DeVante Parker, John Brown, Kenny Golladay

TEs: Jack Doyle, Tyler Eifert

“Pass-catching backs” like the guys listed above still have value in non-PPR leagues. We’d especially consider grabbing Bernard as a quasi-handcuff if you drafted Joe Mixon earlier.

Brown's ADP is up to 12.04, so grab him here if you want him.


Round 12

QBs: Alex Smith

RBs: Bilal Powell, Giovani Bernard

WRs: Josh Doctson, Mike Williams, Cameron Meredith, Tyler Lockett

TEs: Jack Doyle, Tyler Eifert

Aim for upside with these later picks. All 4 WRs listed above have a shot to provide at least WR3 production this season.


Round 13

QBs: Alex Smith

RBs: Bilal Powell, Giovani Bernard, Matt Breida

WRs: Josh Doctson, Mike Williams, Keelan Cole, Tyler Lockett, Chris Godwin, Taywan Taylor

TEs: Jack Doyle, Tyler Eifert

If you still don’t have a QB, grab Smith here. Otherwise, continue building depth at RB or WR.

Lots of exciting, upside WRs to target here.


Round 14

QBs: Mitchell Trubisky, Jameis Winston

RBs: Giovani Bernard, Theo Riddick, Austin Ekeler

WRs: Chris Godwin, Taywan Taylor, DeSean Jackson, Rishard Matthews, John Ross

TEs: Cameron Brate, Austin Hooper, O.J. Howard, Ricky Seals-Jones

Add another high-ceiling bench stash with this pick.


Rounds 15 and 16

Grab your kicker and defense with your last 2 picks. You’ll likely be playing matchups at both positions throughout the season.

The Ravens (vs. Bills), Lions (vs. Jets) and Saints (vs. Winston-less Bucs) are intriguing Week 1 plays. At kicker, Wil Lutz, Matt Prater and Graham Gano each enter solid Week 1 matchups at home.



Pick 9, 10, 11 or 12


Round 1

QBs:

RBs: Alvin Kamara, Leonard Fournette, Melvin Gordon, Dalvin Cook

WRs: DeAndre Hopkins, Julio Jones

TEs:

You’ll very likely see RBs topping your Suggested Picks here.

Hopkins and Jones are in the mix but lose value due to the relative depth at WR vs. RB. (Jones might also be available for you in the 2nd round.)


Round 2

QBs:

RBs: Dalvin Cook, Joe Mixon, Jordan Howard, Devonta Freeman

WRs: Julio Jones, Odell Beckham

TEs: Rob Gronkowski

Gronkowski might just be the top Suggested Pick 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 you don’t feel comfy with Gronk, Jones and Beckham are excellent values anywhere in the 2nd.

Cook's ADP has sunk to 2.01, so he might be available. Mixon, our 2018 Breakout Player, has seen his ADP climb to 2.08 — so take him here if you want him.


Round 3

QBs:

RBs: Jerick McKinnon, Jay Ajayi, Kenyan Drake

WRs: Adam Thielen, Amari Cooper

TEs: Travis Kelce

If you don’t have 2 RBs by now, grab 1 of the guys listed above.

Mark Ingram might appear in your Suggested Picks here, but we wouldn’t take the suspended RB until the 4th round at the earliest.

If you started RB-RB, consider Thielen or Kelce.

McKinnon's ADP has dropped to 3.08, so you might see him hanging around here.


Round 4

QBs:

RBs: Jay Ajayi, Kenyan Drake, Mark Ingram, Lamar Miller

WRs: Adam Thielen, Amari Cooper

TEs: Zach Ertz

This is an excellent spot to grab 2018 Comeback Pick, Cooper.

Ertz presents your last chance to secure an elite TE.


Round 5

QBs:

RBs: Jamaal Williams, Dion Lewis, Rex Burkhead

WRs: Allen Robinson, Demaryius Thomas, Marvin Jones

TEs:

You want at least 2 RBs rostered by the end of the 5th round.

If you already have 2 (or 3) at this point, Robinson presents nice value as the #1 WR in what should be a much-improved Bears passing game.

Burkhead is a risk/reward pick here. He's the favorite to open the season as New England's lead back but is reportedly playing through a "slight tear" in his knee.

Williams might be the top-ranked RB available here. And his ADP has climbed to 6.02.


Round 6

QBs:

RBs: Jamaal Williams, Dion Lewis, Rex Burkhead

WRs: Marvin Jones, Emmanuel Sanders, Corey Davis

TEs: Greg Olsen

Focus on WR here, with all 3 guys above presenting big weekly upside.

If you already have 3 WRs, Olsen is a nice value as your TE1.

Sanders' ADP has climbed to 7.04, so consider him here.


Round 7

QBs: Cam Newton

RBs: Sony Michel, Tevin Coleman

WRs: Sammy Watkins, Emmanuel Sanders, Michael Crabtree

TEs: Delanie Walker, Evan Engram

Walker makes sense here if you’re still looking for your TE1.

Williams and Mack are both favorites to lead their backfields in touches.

You might also see Cam Newton pop into your Suggested Picks at this spot. He’s a fine value, but there will be plenty of solid QB options available in the next few rounds.

Michel's ADP is down to 7.11 with his knee trouble. He's a risky-but-high-upside pick here.


Round 8

QBs: Andrew Luck

RBs: Marlon Mack

WRs: Robert Woods, Kenny Stills, Jamison Crowder, Randall Cobb

TEs: Delanie Walker, Jordan Reed

Crowell is a boring pick but should lay a nice volume-based weekly floor all season. He makes for a fine RB3 in non-PPR leagues.

If you don’t have a TE yet, Reed is an intriguing pick at this point. He’s 1 of the biggest injury risks in fantasy football but is a good bet for top 5 production when he’s on the field.

Luck has climbed to 7th in our QB rankings and has the upside to be worth a look here.

Mack's ADP has sunk to the 8th round. Still dealing with his hamstring injury, he's a risk/reward pick.


Round 9

QBs: Matt Stafford

RBs: Tarik Cohen, Chris Thompson

WRs: Robert Woods, Kenny Stills, Jamison Crowder, Randall Cobb

TEs: Jordan Reed

This is a good spot for your QB1. Stafford is a safe pick, finishing as a top 9 fantasy QB in 6 of the last 7 seasons. Luck is risky coming off that shoulder injury but has upside into the top 5.

Don't expect Andrew Luck to still be available at this point.

Stills' ADP is up to 10.09 -- so you might want to lock him up here.


Round 10

QBs: Marcus Mariota, Patrick Mahomes, Philip Rivers

RBs: Duke Johnson, Bilal Powell

WRs: Kenny Stills, Pierre Garcon, Sterling Shepard

TEs: Jack Doyle, Tyler Eifert, David Njoku

Still plenty of quality QB options hanging around here. Rivers is the safe pick; Mahomes has the upside. Mariota brings the best blend of ceiling and floor.

Powell looks set to play a much bigger role than we initially anticipated, so he's worth considering starting in Round 10.


Round 11

QBs: Marcus Mariota, Patrick Mahomes

RBs: Duke Johnson, Bilal Powell, Ty Montgomery

WRs: Kenny Stills, Sterling Shepard, DeVante Parker, John Brown, Kenny Golladay

TEs: Jack Doyle, Tyler Eifert

“Pass-catching backs” like the guys listed above still have value in non-PPR leagues. We’d especially consider grabbing Bernard as a quasi-handcuff if you drafted Joe Mixon earlier.

Brown's ADP is up to 12.04, so grab him here if you want him.


Round 12

QBs: Alex Smith

RBs: Bilal Powell, Giovani Bernard

WRs: Josh Doctson, Mike Williams, Cameron Meredith, Tyler Lockett

TEs: Jack Doyle, Tyler Eifert

Aim for upside with these later picks. All 4 WRs listed above have a shot to provide at least WR3 production this season.


Round 13

QBs: Alex Smith

RBs: Bilal Powell, Giovani Bernard, Matt Breida

WRs: Josh Doctson, Mike Williams, Keelan Cole, Tyler Lockett, Chris Godwin, Taywan Taylor

TEs: Jack Doyle, Tyler Eifert

If you still don’t have a QB, grab Smith here. Otherwise, continue building depth at RB or WR.

Lots of exciting, upside WRs to target here.


Round 14

QBs: Mitchell Trubisky, Jameis Winston

RBs: Giovani Bernard, Theo Riddick, Austin Ekeler

WRs: Chris Godwin, Taywan Taylor, DeSean Jackson, Rishard Matthews, John Ross

TEs: Cameron Brate, Austin Hooper, O.J. Howard, Ricky Seals-Jones

Add another high-ceiling bench stash with this pick.


Rounds 15 and 16

Grab your kicker and defense with your last 2 picks. You’ll likely be playing matchups at both positions throughout the season.

The Ravens (vs. Bills), Lions (vs. Jets) and Saints (vs. Winston-less Bucs) are intriguing Week 1 plays. At kicker, Wil Lutz, Matt Prater and Graham Gano each enter solid Week 1 matchups at home.


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Jared Smola, Lead Analyst
Jared has been with Draft Sharks since 2007. He’s now Lead Analyst, heading up the preseason and weekly projections that fuel your Draft War Room and My Team tools. He currently ranks 1st among 133 analysts in draft rankings accuracy.
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