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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 non-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. 1 overall in a standard format …
- 1.11 DeAndre Hopkins , WR, Houston Texans
- 2.14 Jamaal Charles , RB, Kansas City Chiefs
- 3.35 Thomas Rawls , RB, Seattle Seahawks
- 4.38 Kelvin Benjamin , WR, Carolina Panthers
- 5.59 Matt Forte , RB, New York Jets
- 6.62 Allen Hurns , WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
- 7.83 Tom Brady , QB, New England Patriots
- 8.86 Delanie Walker , TE, Tennessee Titans
- 9.107 Sammie Coates , WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
- 10.110 Derek Carr , QB, Oakland Raiders
- 11.131 Seahawks DST
- 12.134 Darren Sproles , RB, Philadelphia Eagles
- 13.155 Justin Tucker , K, Baltimore Ravens
- 14.158 Jonathan Williams , RB, Buffalo Bills
In a 12-team league, picking 11th also means picking 14th. Two of the top 15 players to start your Fantasy team? Sounds good to me.
But the best part about picking 11th is using a little strategy to make the most sensible first-round pick. Because you pick three spots later, you can take an educated guess on what position will be deeper when you’re up in Round 2.
Of course, who’s drafting at Nos. 12 and 13 overall also plays a major role.
Typically when I pick from No. 11, I’m taking a running back first because I know I won’t like the rushers left by comparison to the receivers when I am up in Round 2. So guys like Ezekiel Elliott and Jamaal Charles are OK first-round picks in non-PPR leagues with the caveat that a receiver like Allen Robinson is in line for Round 2.
However, in this specific example, I knew the guy picking at 12th (and 13th) — my buddy Jamey Eisenberg — would take two receivers with those picks. So why let him get DeAndre Hopkins?! Sure enough, I took Nuk, he took two receivers and Jamaal Charles fell into my lap in Round 2.
I was then able to use Jamey’s needs against him with subsequent picks. When I was up in Round 3 I knew he’d look at running backs since he had none. I took Thomas Rawls before he could get him, then I nabbed Kelvin Benjamin in Round 4 after he took Carlos Hyde and Randall Cobb .
A little manipulation never hurt anyone on Draft Day, right?
I even kept it up in Round 5, getting Matt Forte to be my third running back before Jamey settled in on two other backs, and again in Round 7, taking Tom Brady before he could take a quarterback.
It’s not all about making picks based on what other teams are doing, of course. You do have to build a team you really like. If you’re ever up and you really want or need a specific player or position, don’t hesitate. That’s what I did when Delanie Walker fell in my lap in Round 8 and Derek Carr in Round 10.
But this whole roster was built with running back and wide receiver first and foremost. It’s hard to fault anyone for going with one of each position through six picks. That’s how you build the best depth you can. Getting quarterbacks and tight ends past 80th overall helped a lot.
|CMP%: 64.4||YDS: 4,770||TD: 36||INT: 7||RUSH ATT: 34||RUSH YDS: 53||RUSH TD: 3|
|TAR: 3||REC: 2||YDS: 61||TD: 0|
|TAR: 103||REC: 65||YDS: 816||TD: 4|
Source: CBS Sports / 2016 Fantasy Football Draft Prep: Picking at No. 11 overall in a standard league