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The Perfect Draft: 14-Team PPR (Updated Aug. 30)

By Matt Schauf 6:08am EDT 8/30/18


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: August 23 updates are in bold.


Pick 1, 2, 3 or 4

Round 1

RB: Todd Gurley, Le’Veon Bell, David Johnson, Ezekiel Elliott
WR: Antonio Brown

Let’s start this thing with the 1st 4 spots. If you’ve been drafting already this year, you’ve probably seen the same 4 RBs populate those positions just about every time. The order might vary a little bit, and you can slide Antonio Brown into the 3rd or 4th slot if any of the RBs makes you uncomfortable. But the MVP Board goes with consensus at this point.

Take your favorite among the top 4 RBs -- or whichever guy reaches your draft slot.


Round 2

RB: LeSean McCoy, Kenyan Drake, Alex Collins
WR: Adam Thielen, Mike Evans, Amari Cooper, Larry Fitzgerald, Stefon Diggs
TE: Travis Kelce

The RB picture has changed at this turn. Joe Mixon has climbed a bit and doesn't stand a great chance of reaching your spot. Jerick McKinnon's ADP still sits just ahead of this range, but his injury status gives him a better chance of sliding past ADP.

The MVP Board says take Mixon -- our Breakout Player -- if he gets to you. If he doesn’t, look WR. Doug Baldwin's knee injury has moved him out of this range in our rankings since the original Perfect Draft articles. Cooper and Fitzgerald might make it back to you around the turn. Diggs' ADP has climbed into Round 2, though, in 14-team drafting.

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