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Fantasy Football Draft Strategy: #5 Pick

Fantasy Draft Strategy
Ezekiel Elliott fantasy football team names for the 2021 season. / Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

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!

The 5th pick is a tough one for sure. To me the top 4 picks are pretty clear, but these mid 1st rounders are pretty cloudy. I’ll be using Sleeper and a 12 team PPR mock draft to help develop some strategy for your draft.

Pre-draft Strategy

This is a tough spot with many the guys being taken in this area have a lot of question marks. I will be looking to build up my RB group as much as possible to mitigate some risk I will take on in the 1st round. I will also be on the look for a top TE to gain some positional advantage over the other teams.

Round 1

The 5th pick is too early to take Travis Kelce or a top WR. I don’t trust Saquon Barkley at all, so I stay away from him at all costs. Nick Chubb is an interesting name, but his lack of work in the passing game makes this too early for him. Ezekiel Elliot is the guy I ended up taking here. He was a top end RB1 until Dak Prescott was injured so there is some solid potential for him to give great value at this spot. I am not super confident with him here, but Zeke will do.

Rounds 2-5

I was incredibly fortunate as Najee Harris slid to my 2nd round pick. He makes me so much more comfortable in my RB squad and some low end RB1 potential. He was such an easy choice and lets me follow my pre-draft strategy.

My luck continued into the 3rd round with Darren Waller slipping to my pick. He was an obvious choice with the advantage he gives my team at the TE position. This draft couldn’t have started any better for me with the situation I was in.

With my 4th round pick I selected Chris Godwin who will serve as my WR1. He is a solid filler there if he stays healthy. His projected stats over a full season last year were very good. I will be looking for a good balance between upside and safety to fill my WR2 spot as the draft continues

There were some solid WRs available in the 5th round. But Gus Edwards was here too and he provides even more firepower to my RBs. Getting him to fill that 3rd spot was too much to pass up on. My RBs are now really solid and I’m excited with who I got.

Rounds 6-9

My 6th rounder was spent on Chase Claypool. He gives me that really high ceiling I was looking for in my WR spot. I love grabbing him overall, but he is extra valuable to this team because of this specific situation because of his upside.

Robby Anderson was my pick here in the 7th. He will have a big role in the Panthers’ offense and his touchdowns should improve. He is a great plug in guy for my team who is pretty safe with possible upside.

With my 8th round pick, I grabbed a guy who was on pace for 110 receptions before his QB was injured. That guy is Tyler Boyd. He was Joe Burrow’s preferred target for the duration of his season. Boyd isn’t as flashy as Tee Higgins or rookie Ja’Marr Chase, but he remains a great and consistent target in that offense. He could be a huge steal this late, especially in PPR formats.

In the 9th round I grabbed Ryan Tannehill. He leads an elite offense that added a massive weapon in Julio Jones. Tannehill is a great selection and solves my QB spot at a great value spot.

Rounds 10-16

Rookie Elijah Moore was my 10th pick. He has gotten a ton of hype in camp and could be a solid option as the season progresses. He most likely won’t start as the top target, but could force his way into the mix heavily. Moore is very talented and is worth the shot here.

In the 11th round I drafted Lions RB Jamaal Williams. He could provide great value should D’Andre Swift miss any time. Getting him here is a solid choice as he can be stashed on the bench for most of the season.

Marquez Callaway gives me a lot of the upside I am looking for here in the 12th. He doesn’t need to be a huge part of my team, but should he break out early season he would be a steal at this spot. Taking the late round flier on him is exactly what I wanted.

With my 13th rounder I selected Chuba Hubbard. He most likely will not be used, but should McCaffrey miss time again this season, Hubbard gives me great value. I could even trade him if that scenario happens. The risk here is nothing as late as it is.

The Lions don’t have much to offer at WR, but taking the flier in the 14th on Amon-Ra St. Brown could be worth it. He has the potential to receive a fair share of targets and is one of the better talents on the team. I decided to get him in the off chance he breaks out.

My final two picks were the Panthers defense as they play the Jets week 1 and Daniel Carlson. Decent options at their respective positions that I can stream whenever I choose to do so.

Final Result

I still don’t like the 5th overall pick, but this draft ended going very well for me. I would feel very comfortable going into a season with this team, and should things fall my way I could see it as a top team in the league.

  • QB: Ryan Tannehill
  • RB: Ezekiel Elliott
  • RB: Najee Harris
  • WR: Chris Godwin
  • WR: Chase Claypool
  • TE: Darren Waller
  • FLEX: Gus Edwards
  • D/ST: Carolina Panthers
  • K: Daniel Carlson
  • Bench: Robby Anderson
  • Tyler Boyd
  • Elijah Moore
  • Jamaal Williams
  • Marquez Callaway
  • Chuba Hubbard
  • Amon-Ra St. Brown

Below is the entire draft board to see how it all went down.

I hope this was helpful as you draft from the 5th pick! Remember to stick with your personal rankings. This spot can be tricky and uncertain, so stick to what you believe. Thanks for reading and good luck with your draft!

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