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It’s easy to select Antonio Brown with the No. 1 overall pick in any format, especially PPR, because he should be dominant once again. But we’re not here to help you with the easy part. You want to know what to do from Round 2 on in your draft.

I had the No. 1 overall selection in our pick-by-pick series for PPR leagues, and my usual plan after drafting Brown is to take one or two receivers with the Round 2-3 swing. But I’m never going to pass on a talented running back if one falls in my lap, especially if there’s a big run on receivers before No. 24 overall.

That happened here with 15 receivers selected in the first 23 overall picks. My No. 16 receiver is Sammy Watkins , and I planned to draft him in this spot. And I paired him with Eddie Lacy , who I expect to have a huge bounce-back season.

The receivers I passed on were Demaryius Thomas , Randall Cobb , Kelvin Benjamin and Jarvis Landry , and I like Lacy better than those options, even in PPR. I also took Lacy ahead of Devonta Freeman , Mark Ingram and Doug Martin , but I value Lacy more in 2016.

We’ll see if that was the smart move, but these were the top players available with my second and third picks. And I’m fine with this trio of Brown, Lacy and Watkins to start my team.

Here’s the rest of my roster …

  • 1.1 Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
  • 2.24 Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers
  • 3.25 Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo Bills
  • 4.48 Cam Newton , QB, Carolina Panthers
  • 5.49 Michael Floyd , WR, Arizona Cardinals
  • 6.72 Frank Gore , RB, Indianapolis Colts
  • 7.73 Jonathan Stewart , RB, Panthers
  • 8.96 Zach Ertz , TE, Philadelphia Eagles
  • 9.97 Michael Crabtree , WR, Oakland Raiders
  • 10.120 Devin Funchess , WR, Panthers
  • 11.121 Josh Ferguson , RB, Colts
  • 12.144 James Starks , RB, Packers
  • 13.145 Panthers DST
  • 14.168 Brandon McManus , K, Denver Broncos

Once I had my top two receivers and No. 1 running back locked up then it was easy to look at best-player available, which was Newton in Round 4. He could easily repeat as the No. 1 Fantasy quarterback this year, and this is a great spot for him in a PPR league.

Floyd should be my flex option to open the season, and his outlook looks better with John Brown (concussion) and Larry Fitzgerald (knee) battling injuries. I also like my reserve receivers in Crabtree and Funchess, and this is an excellent group led by Brown.

Clearly, running back is a concern with Lacy my only one through Round 5, but it’s nice to have Gore and Stewart to rotate as my No. 2 option and flex. Both aren’t exciting, but they should be steady options as the No. 1 guys in their respective backfields.

I’m expecting Gore to rebound from last year’s down campaign with Andrew Luck (kidney) back at full strength, and I made sure to handcuff him with Ferguson and Lacy with Starks. This backfield is more than suitable given my talent at receiver and quarterback.

Ertz makes for a solid tight end, especially in PPR, and hopefully he picks up where last season ended when he was a monster in his final four games. As long as my running backs are successful then this team should compete for the playoffs.

Michael Floyd WR / Arizona Cardinals (2015 stats)

TAR: 89REC: 52YDS: 849TD: 6
Floyd has the chance to be the No. 1 receiver for the Cardinals this year, and that’s with Brown and Fitzgerald expected to be fine for Week 1. He was a standout option last year from Week 5 on after he got over his hand injury from the preseason, and he should benefit from being in a contract year. Let other owners reach for Fitzgerald or Brown, but the Cardinals receiver you should target is Floyd.

Josh Ferguson RB / Indianapolis Colts (2015 stats at Illinois)

ATT: 129YDS: 708TD: 3REC: 37REC YDS: 280REC TD: 2
I still expect Ferguson to play an important role for the Colts this year, and his value is better in PPR leagues. But he’s been uninspiring in the preseason and could lose the No. 2 job to Robert Turbin in Indianapolis. Gore is 33, so the handcuff for him could be valuable. But the better move is to pick another player and avoid Gore’s handcuff because if he goes down you might have a better replacement from another team.

Christine Michael RB / Seattle Seahawks (2015 stats)

ATT: 54YDS: 243TD: 0REC: 3REC YDS: 16
Michael is a lottery ticket and could be a star if Thomas Rawls gets hurt, but even if Rawls is healthy we could see Michael play a prominent role. He didn’t get back to me in Round 10, but I would have loved him on my roster instead of Ferguson. In most leagues, I try to draft Michael whenever possible because he could be a huge difference maker in 2016.


Source: CBS Sports Headlines / 2016 Fantasy Football Draft Prep: Picking at No. 1 overall in a PPR league