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When it comes to Fantasy Football, it’s your job to be prepared. Every year, it’s our job to help you prepare, which is why Jamey Eisenberg and I take part in a two-man draft. It’s to give you an example of what you might (and might not) expect when it comes to drafting in your 12-team PPR league.

Naturally, there are picks that we love, some we hate and some we wish we could have had. By the time you’re done reading this you should at least have a baseline of what we’d recommend doing from your draft slot.

Here is my team at No. 10 overall in PPR …

  • 1.10 Adrian Peterson , RB, Minnesota Vikings
  • 2.15 Brandin Cooks , WR, New Orleans Saints
  • 3.34 Kelvin Benjamin , WR, Carolina Panthers
  • 4.39 Carlos Hyde , RB, San Francisco 49ers
  • 5.58 Matt Forte , RB, New York Jets
  • 6.63 Russell Wilson , QB, Seattle Seahawks
  • 7.82 DeSean Jackson , WR, Washington Redskins
  • 8.87 Delanie Walker , TE, Tennessee Titans
  • 9.106 Jerick McKinnon , RB, Vikings
  • 10.111 Spencer Ware , RB, Kansas City Chiefs
  • 11.130 Chris Hogan , WR, New England Patriots
  • 12.135 Seahawks DST
  • 13.154 Terrance West , RB, Baltimore Ravens
  • 14.159 Mason Crosby , K, Green Bay Packers

Whether you go with Peterson or not, taking a running back makes sense with the 10th overall pick. In five picks, you’re up again. That’s prime real estate for … well, anything. A receiver for sure, or a running back. But the running backs left at that point in PPR won’t be quite as good as the receivers. So I like taking a running back first to maximize value.

From there my usual plan is to pick up another running back and receiver, if only to solidify the four key cogs of my lineup. I know I can find quarterbacks and tight ends later, I really prefer to be set at the other two major positions where I can start multiples. That mission was accomplished here with Kelvin Benjamin in late Round 3 and Carlos Hyde in early Round 4.

Picking off Russell Wilson in Round 6 was a stroke of luck. When you see a quarterback like that sitting there and you’re on the clock, don’t hesitate.

Drafting Delanie Walker two rounds later was also particularly satisfying. The teams picking after me in Round 7/before me in Round 8 already had tight ends, so I knew I could wait until my pick in Round 8 to get Walker. I could have waited another two rounds and taken a lesser tight end, but Walker should pick up plenty of receptions again.

The last stroke of luck came in Round 9 when Jerick McKinnon fell in my lap. McKinnon is a necessary pick if you draft Peterson, but I typically advise people to grab him in Round 8. Since I couldn’t pass up Walker in Round 8, I had to roll the dice on McKinnon. It worked out.

I’m really happy with the balance and overall talent on this team. This was the classic combination of starting with two running backs and receivers, then playing the rest of the league and sniping great value wherever possible with quarterback and tight end. See you in the playoffs.

Adrian Peterson RB / Minnesota Vikings (2015 stats)

ATT: 327YDS: 1,485TD: 11REC: 30REC YDS: 222REC TD: 0
It stuns me how everyone’s seemingly writing off how good Adrian Peterson is. Consider this: Last year was Fantasy Armageddon at the running back position. Everyone who was believed to be good went down in flames. Except one guy — a guy coming off nearly a full year without football, who took on 327 carries and 30 receptions and led the whole NFL in rushing yards at 30 years of age. There’s just nobody like Peterson. Don’t pass him up.

Chris Hogan WR / New England Patriots (2015 stats)

TAR: 59REC: 36YDS: 450TD: 2
At the time of this draft I was more into Hogan than most Fantasy owners. Since then we’ve seen so many young receivers pass him up. Hogan still might be good, but in a Patriots offense where targets will get hogged by the tight ends and Julian Edelman, Hogan’s ceiling is pretty low. I wish this pick could have been Tajae Sharpe.

Allen Robinson WR / Jacksonville Jaguars (2015 stats)

TAR: 151REC: 80YDS: 1,400TD: 14
Robinson is the type of wideout you want to land in Round 2 if you take a running back in Round 1. There’s nothing that suggests a major regression — he’s clearly the top target in Jacksonville’s offense, and Blake Bortles isn’t about to morph into a cautious quarterback. Brandin Cooks isn’t bad, but Robinson would have been a lot nicer to get after Peterson.

Source: CBS Sports / 2016 Fantasy Football Draft Prep: Picking at No. 10 overall in a PPR league