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 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 23 updates in bold.
Pick 1, 2, 3 or 4
RB: Todd Gurley, Le’Veon Bell, Ezekiel Elliott, David Johnson
Playing with no reception scoring only adds separation between the top 4 RBs and the rest of the pack. This format also favors Elliott over Johnson on our board. Take whichever of the big 4 reaches you.
Rounds 2 and 3
RB: Jerick McKinnon, LeSean McCoy, Alex Collins, Jay Ajayi
WR: Mike Evans, Adam Thielen
TE: Travis Kelce
Whether you start 2 WRs or 3, let’s plan to take a 2nd RB at this turn. Some of the RB options from the 1st round of these articles have no chance of reaching you at this point. The rest of the group doesn’t present much separation among them, though Ingram’s 4-game suspension adds subjectivity to his outlook. Not comfy taking him this early? We get it.
You could get away with 2 more RBs at this turn if you want, but Evans or Thielen would also make for a solid WR1 in a 14-team league. Tyreek Hill, T.Y. Hilton and Amari Cooper are worth a look in this range as well. They almost certainly won’t find you in Round 4.
Kelce jumps into the pick recommendations in Round 3 as well, but you can wait on that position in a 14-team, non-PPR league.