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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. 9 overall in a standard format …
- 1.9 Lamar Miller , RB, Houston Texans
- 2.16 Allen Robinson , WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
- 3.33 C.J. Anderson , RB, Denver Broncos
- 4.40 Andrew Luck , QB, Indianapolis Colts
- 5.57 Doug Baldwin , WR, Seattle Seahawks
- 6.64 Danny Woodhead , RB, San Diego Chargers
- 7.81 Kevin White , WR, Chicago Bears
- 8.88 Devontae Booker , RB, Broncos
- 9.105 Zach Ertz , TE, Philadelphia Eagles
- 10.112 Kamar Aiken , WR, Baltimore Ravens
- 11.129 Broncos DST
- 12.136 Vincent Jackson , WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- 13.153 Keith Marshall , RB, Washington Redskins
- 14.160 Robbie Gould , K, Bears
Going into your draft knowing you’ll need a miracle to get a top-three receiver or top-three running back stinks. But also knowing you will get two of the top-16 players on your draft board is definitely a perk.
Picking ninth also allows you to structure a strategy based on how you feel about the top-three rushers and receivers. For instance, if you think all the running backs with an ADP between 10 and 20th overall look the same, you can cherry pick your favorite pass catcher and wait on a running back in Round 2. Or you could do the opposite — if you think there’s a drop-off in talent at running back from Round 1 to Round 2, you could roll with a rusher and take the best-available receiver next.
That’s what I did. I was positive a very good receiver would fall to me in Round 2, so I went with Lamar Miller in Round 1. Miller deserves first-round attention because of the offense he plays in. The Texans will give him the workload the Miami Dolphins never gave him. And because the Dolphins didn’t over-use Miller, he has plenty of gas left in the tank. Allen Robinson was a no-brainer in the second round.
It’s not a bad idea to draft your Round 3 player based on the needs of those owners who will pick twice before you’re up again in Round 4. In this league I could tell running backs would be popular in late Round 3 and early Round 4, so I beat those sorry owners to the punch and got C.J. Anderson. Had I taken a non-running back, the best rusher available in Round 4 might have been Carlos Hyde or DeMarco Murray .
The target in Round 4 was a receiver to pair with Robinson, but I didn’t love the names left on the board ( Michael Floyd , John Brown , Golden Tate , Jeremy Maclin ). So I zagged and went safe with Andrew Luck. It might have been the only time this summer where I didn’t feel like I was getting a great bargain at quarterback. Still, Luck’s track record of consistency is strong and further solidifies the nucleus of my team.
It was pretty much a matter of collecting depth from that point. Doug Baldwin as my No. 2 receiver is good enough to start the season but I will eject him from my team if he struggles. I thought at first having Kevin White, Kamar Aiken and Vincent Jackson behind him would be enough, but in retrospect I wish I was a little stronger there. I have no complaints about my running backs — I especially liked getting Devontae Booker to lock up the Denver run game. I think Booker could be very good if he gets an opportunity to start.
The weak spots based on my final roster look to be at tight end and at receiver. That’s OK because those are positions I can improve via waivers. The decision to take Anderson in Round 3 was the right move, using my opponents’ needs against them. Keep that very important factor in mind when you draft from ninth overall.
|ATT: 268||YDS: 1,261||TD: 11||REC: 37||REC YDS: 316||REC TD: 0|
|REC: 109||YDS: 1,447||TD: 10|
|ATT: 395||YDS: 2,219||TD: 28||REC: 11||REC YDS: 91||REC TD: 0|
Source: CBS Sports / 2016 Fantasy Football Draft Prep: Picking at No. 9 overall in a standard league