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By now, you have a pretty good idea of how the first couple of rounds will look in a PPR league. It’s going to be receiver heavy with some running backs sprinkled in, and of course someone will draft Rob Gronkowski .

That was the case in this PPR league, and we’re looking at No. 3 overall in our pick-by-pick series. There were 15 receivers drafted in the first two rounds, including Julio Jones and Alshon Jeffery with my first two selections.

But we know at some point running backs are going to come into play, and you have to figure out the ones you want to target in PPR leagues. The running backs drafted by the time my pick was up in Round 3 were, in order, David Johnson , Todd Gurley , Lamar Miller , Adrian Peterson , Ezekiel Elliott , Jamaal Charles , Le’Veon Bell , Eddie Lacy and Devonta Freeman .

I don’t agree with that order, but that’s the general group of running backs that will be selected in the first two rounds — or in this case the first 26 overall picks. My turn was up, and the easy choice was Mark Ingram , who had 50 catches in 2015 and should remain heavily involved in the passing game for the New Orleans Saints again this year.

I wanted running backs who have the chance for plenty of receptions, so I went after Ameer Abdullah , Charles Sims , Theo Riddick and Tim Hightower , who is the handcuff for Ingram. Riddick was second among running backs with 80 catches last season, and Sims was No. 7 with 51. I expect Abdullah to be more involved in the passing game this year after 25 catches as a rookie for the Detroit Lions , and Hightower could have plenty of value if Ingram got hurt.

Here’s the rest of my roster …

  • 1.3 Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons
  • 2.22 Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago Bears
  • 3.27 Mark Ingram, RB, Saints
  • 4.46 Donte Moncrief , WR, Indianapolis Colts
  • 5.51 Andrew Luck , QB, Colts
  • 6.70 Ameer Abdullah, RB, Lions
  • 7.75 Charles Sims, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • 8.94 Theo Riddick, RB, Lions
  • 9.99 Stefon Diggs , WR, Minnesota Vikings
  • 10.118 Michael Thomas , WR, Saints
  • 11.123 Tim Hightower, RB, Saints
  • 12.142 Eric Ebron , TE, Lions
  • 13.147 Houston Texans DST
  • 14.166 Dan Bailey , K, Dallas Cowboys

You don’t need to load up on running backs in PPR leagues, so five is certainly enough in a 14-round draft. I also have five receivers, and I love this group of Jones, Jeffery, Moncrief, Diggs and Thomas.

Jones and Jeffery are locked in as starters, and Moncrief is an excellent flex, especially if he has the breakout season I’m expecting for him in 2016. And Diggs and Thomas are two solid receivers to speculate on with late-round picks.

You can wait on a quarterback in PPR leagues, and Luck should rebound in a big way from last year’s injury-plagued campaign. And while my tight end is a questionable starter in Ebron, I can easily stream the position, and the Lions have a favorable matchup in Week 1 with the Colts.

Andrew Luck QB / Indianapolis Colts (2015 stats)

CMP %: 55.3YDS: 1,881TD: 15INT: 12RUSH YDS: 196
Luck could be the best Fantasy quarterback this season now that he’s back from last year’s kidney injury. His weapons are awesome with T.Y. Hilton, Moncrief, Dwayne Allen and Phillip Dorsett, and the Colts could be in plenty of shootouts with a suspect defense. I have Luck ranked No. 3 behind Aaron Rodgers and Cam Newton, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s the best of the bunch, And the nice thing is you can draft him in Round 3 or later in most leagues.

Theo Riddick RB / Detroit Lions (2015 stats)

ATT: 43YDS: 133TD: 0YPC: 3.1REC: 80REC YDS: 697REC TD: 3
Riddick is a fine pick in PPR leagues, but he’s so one-dimensional that he’s hard to get excited about. He’s basically a receiver with the role he plays, and he’s never averaged more than 3.1 yards per carry in three seasons. Abdullah could also cut into his reception total, and I would have liked to wait another round or two to draft Riddick in this league.

Sammy Watkins WR / Buffalo Bills (2015 stats)

TAR: 96REC: 60YDS: 1,047TD: 9
Watkins appears to be over his foot surgery from the offseason, but the issue downgraded his Fantasy value to make him fall to the third round in the majority of leagues. I almost made him my third receiver behind Jones and Jeffery if he fell two more spots to No. 27 overall. Had he been there, I would have started my team WR-WR-WR, which I don’t mind in a PPR league with a flex spot. Watkins, when healthy, has the chance for a big year.


Source: CBS Sports Headlines / 2016 Fantasy Football Draft Prep: Picking at No. 3 overall in a PPR league