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Fantasy Football Draft Strategy: #8 Pick

Fantasy Draft Strategy
by: Aaron Montes, Devin Willems Posted: Aug 6, 2021 / 05:37 AM CDT / Updated: Aug 6, 2021 / 05:37 AM CDT

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 8th pick is not the easiest, but the fog begins to dissipate here somewhat. The guys taken around this spot are much easier to justify right off the bat. I will use a 12 team PPR mock draft from Sleeper to check out some strategy from the 8th pick.

Pre-draft Strategy

With none of the top options expected to drop here, I will be looking for one of the lower end RB1s. I will hope to pair him with a high end RB2 while looking for some safer options at WR to negate some of the RB risk. If I can build a strong core there I will be ecstatic.

Round 1

Aaron Jones was my 1st selection, and I think he is a really solid pick here. I selected him over Austin Ekeler as he offers more in the rush game while still being involved in the pass game. I won’t select a position other than RB at this point in the draft. Jonathan Taylor was considered here, but I tend to stay away from him. I am very pleased with Aaron Jones here.

Rounds 2-5

I thought about taking Antonio Gibson here, but I pivoted and went with DeAndre Hopkins. He is one of the top WR in fantasy football who I was very comfortable taking. The RB duo would have been nice, but Hopkins gives me so much consistency with a ton of upside as well at the WR position.

At this point I completely pivoted from my strategy. I snagged Allen Robinson here in the 2nd as he offered the most value at this spot. He is a super safe option at WR2 and could give me more than that with better QBs now in Chicago.

Amari Cooper was available for me in the 4th. He is worth the pick here in any fantasy football draft. I grabbed him for my FLEX and he gives me an elite WR core. I love the pivot in strategies I made and how it has ended up for my roster.

Typically I don’t like drafting for need over value. Fantasy football is all about value. The RBs here I think could be available in the next round and that is a risk I was willing to take. I drafted Mark Andrew with my 5th pick who offered more value to my team than any of the WRs here. He also fills a need which ends up being the best of both worlds. I went heavy pass catchers these past several rounds and came out with an elite group.

Rounds 6-9

The risk I took paid off as Gus Edwards fell to my 6th round pick. He fills my RB2 slot nicely. He does lack some upside, but the floor he gives in the Ravens’ offense pairs well with the pass catchers I have already drafted. I am very pleased getting him here. For the rest of the draft I will look for some high upside WR and a couple solid guys to fill out my RBs.

I didn’t like the value of anyone here, so I went with Damien Harris. He fills in nicely as my RB3 with potential for more if he gets more goal line work. He doesn’t have to be a vital part of my team so he is a solid pick here in the 7th.

Once again I didn’t love the value of anyone here in the 8th, so I went with Ryan Tannehill. He is at the helm of an elite offense, and I expect him to replicate his stats from last season. He has the potential for more as well. Tannehill was the final QB in his tier so the pick was a solid one.

With my 9th round pick, I grabbed some insurance for Jones with AJ Dillon. In the games Jones has missed, Dillon has been extremely fantasy relevant. I like the value he brings to my team here. He most likely rounds out my RB search.

Rounds 10-16

With my 10th round pick I selected Mike Williams. I like him boom potential as the Chargers are looking to push the ball down the field. He also is eager to prove himself in a contract season. Should he breakout in a big way, I want him on my team. He gives great value with this pick.

Elijah Moore has similar breakout potential, especially if he gets healthy. Rookie WRs don’t have the greatest track records in fantasy football, but Moore is talented enough that the 11th round flier on him is worth it.

With my 12th rounder I went with Jonnu Smith. I don’t expect him to play at all with Andrews locked into my TE spot, but should Smith excel in New England I can use him as trade bait. That or he is another great player to have around ready at any moment.

In the 13th round I grabbed another Patriot Jakobi Meyers. He could be the main target for Mac Jones and steal if he gets the majority of them. His value here is really good and well worth the pick.

For my final bench spot I snagged Terrace Marshall Jr. He has some really solid red zone potential and could be a huge value at this spot if one of Carolina’s other WR goes down. Getting him in the 14th could pay huge dividends for my team.

With my final two picks I grabbed 49ers kicker Robbie Gould and the Panthers’ defense. Gould is a really solid kicker who will get a lot of opportunities and the Panthers play the Jets week 1. I will most likely end up streaming the positions, but these are really solid starts.

Final Result

The pivot was made early, but it ended up paying off very well I think. The flexibility i had game me a very good RB core with a solid base. My WRs are elite though and will definitely carry me this season. I think this is a top team in the league that will absolutely contend for the league title.

  • QB: Ryan Tannehill
  • RB: Aaron Jones
  • RB: Gus Edwards
  • WR: DeAndre Hopkins
  • WR: Allen Robinson
  • TE: Mark Andrews
  • FLEX: Amari Cooper
  • D/ST: Carolina Panthers
  • K: Robbie Gould
  • Bench: Damien Harris
  • AJ Dillon
  • Mike Williams
  • Elijah Moore
  • Jonnu Smith
  • Jakobi Meyers
  • Terrace Marshall Jr.

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

Thanks for reading and I hope this helped you are you draft from the 8th pick! Remember to stay flexible and let the draft come to you. Stick to your rankings when you draft, and good luck on your season!

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