The NFL season is almost upon us, and that means fantasy football drafts are happening! Having a strategy going into your draft is extremely important as it sets the stage for a championship winning season. Each and every draft is different, and strategies will vary based on the draft slot. I’m here to show some strategies based off the slots you could be drafting from to help win your league!
Onto the #4 pick where things get really interesting. There are several ways different players like to go here with no sure pick. Sleeper’s 12 team PPR draft is platform I will use for the mock draft.
I am going to try and build an elite RB group from this pick. Hopefully I can grab two good ones with my first couple picks with a third RB soon after. If a top RB2 doesn’t fall to my 2nd rounder, I know I will be able to grab one of the best WR in the game. I am very comfortable drafting from this slot even with some uncertainty in the 1st round.
Derrick Henry is my 1st round pick. Ezekiel Elliot was given some thought, and it is still too early for Travis Kelce or a WR. Many people say Henry will regress and that makes him not worth the pick, but even if he loses 500 rush yards, that still puts him at 1,500. And we all know the double digit touchdowns will come. Henry doesn’t do much in the passing game which sours some against him, but I believe he is still well worth the pick. He gives one of the highest floors in the game with potential for more and makes for a great cornerstone.
With my 2nd rounder I selected Antonio Gibson. Calvin Ridley was an option, but I stuck with my strategy of building that RB group. Gibson slid a little bit and my team benefits from it. Him and Henry provide an incredible floor with even more upside for my team.
James Robinson was someone I considered taking here in the 3rd. Having that 3 headed monster at RB is really appealing, but Terry McLaurin was sitting there. So I doubled down on Washington players. Scary Terry is more of a high ceiling WR1 that a safe pick, but he has the talent to get there. Should he get there with expected improved QB play, getting him in the 3rd round is a steal.
Taking McLaurin led me to seek out a safe WR2 in the 4th. Cooper Kupp gives me just that. Diontae Johnson was a name that I looked at as well, but Kupp gives me that great floor with potential for even more with the upgrade at QB for the Rams. Getting Kupp also gets me even more excited for that McLaurin pick.
Gus Edwards was available at my previous pick, but I decided I’d wait for him based on his ADP. I bet correctly and was able to snag him here in the 5th. He will serve as my RB3 and gives me as good a trio as anyone in the league. Getting 3 RBs of that caliber in the first 5 rounds is exactly what I wanted. From here I will focus on WR with an emphasis on high ceiling guys.
In the 6th round I snagged Chase Claypool. He gives me a great start on that super high ceiling I’m looking for. His boom potential is great for this team and could take it to the next level if he truly breaks out.
To balance out the ceiling Claypool has, I grabbed grossly under-drafted Robby Anderson in the 7th. Getting a guy with 90 receptions and over 1,000 yards last season in the mid rounds is a steal. He probably will regress some, but his touchdowns will most likely to up as he only has 2 last season. His connection with Sam Darnold is already solid as well. Adding him gives me a great WR core.
With a great start at RB and WR, I took Ryan Tannehill here in the 8th. He was the last top tier QB available, and gives great value at this spot. Tennessee’s offense will be elite again, so I expect him to replicate last season’s performance.
Tyler Higbee was a guy I looked at in round 8, but the teams ahead of me had their TE spot covered so I waited until round 9. Logan Thomas was someone I looked at, but I couldn’t justify having three starters all from Washington. Robert Tonyan was also available. I’m higher on Higbee than those guys though with Matthew Stafford as his new QB. He will get a good amount of targets in that offense which gives him good value here.
In the 10th round I ended my RB search with Devin Singletary. I think the Bills are going to throw more than anyone this season and Singletary will benefit more from it than Zach Moss. He won’t have to be a vital part of my team so I am willing to take a chance on him excelling in a pass catching role in this offense.
Here in the 11th I doubled down on TE and grabbed Jonnu Smith. Smith could be a great safety net for Mac Jones in that offense, especially with Hunter Henry injured for the first few weeks. There were some WR available here that offered good value, but I felt Smith offered more with the situation he is in. I also can find great value at WR in the coming rounds.
If Marvin Jones is the WR1 in Jacksonville like I think he will be, then he will be a steal here in the 12th. He is a very underrated WR who offers good spot start value will some upside as well. I snagged him with this pick.
Marquez Callaway was my choice in the 13th round. He has built a good connection with Jameis Winston and could be a super late round break out. I really like the potential value he offers at this pick.
The last WR I selected was Jalen Reagor. He has had a great camp and could see a lot of targets in that offense. Even with the addition of DeVonta Smith, Reagor will be heavily included in the Eagles scheme. He gives great value here in the 14th round.
I grabbed Robbie Gould and the Carolina Panthers’ defense with my last two picks. Gould will get a solid amount of opportunities with an improved offense, and the Panthers play the Jets week 1. I will most likely stream these positions so I waited until the end to grab them.
I was able to stick with my strategy early in the draft while still getting some studs at WR. I really like how the entire draft ended up out of that 4th pick. My team has a good floor with some great upside. I see this as a league winner.
- QB: Ryan Tannehill
- RB: Derrick Henry
- RB: Antonio Gibson
- WR: Terry McLaurin
- WR: Cooper Kupp
- TE: Tyler Higbee
- FLEX: Gus Edwards
- D/ST: Carolina Panthers
- K: Robbie Gould
- Bench: Chase Claypool
- Robby Anderson
- Devin Singletary
- Jonnu Smith
- Marvin Jones
- Marquez Callaway
- Jalen Reagor
Below is the entire draft board to see how it all went down.
I hope this helped you gain some clarity and build some strategy when you draft from this slot. Thanks for reading and good luck in your draft!