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 10th pick starts a solid run of slots that are wonderful to select from. The ability to grab a couple elite players coupled with the picks at the turn make this an attractive pick to have. Low end RB1s often slide down to these picks if some of the team in front pick WR or TE first, which makes me love this spot. I will use Sleeper’s 12 team PPR mock draft to examine some strategy and how it works in a draft.
I will go into this draft looking to grab an RB1 if he slips. If not then this is the point in the draft where I am comfortable taking a top WR or TE. I will try to build a great RB core early as it is tough to get great ones later on from this slot. Equally important to me is looking for steals and high upside guys at WR in the mid rounds.
With my 1st round pick I grabbed Austin Ekeler. The top guys at other positions were available, but I will always take a good RB1 over them. Ekeler fills that role very well. He was a fantasy football force when healthy last season. With him securing my RB1 spot, I will hope that one of the top pass catchers fall to me with my next pick.
I got very lucky as Travis Kelce fell to my 2nd rounder. Getting a WR1 or top tier RB2 here is fine, but Kelce offers so much value with his consistent TE1 pedigree. Not to mention this is well below his ADP. I made out pretty well with my first two picks.
James Robinson was a pretty obvious 3rd round choice to me here. All the obvious WR1 guys were selected by this point. Similarly, Robinson offered the most value here as he other RBs available have more question marks. He slides in as my RB2 which I am very comfortable with.
In the 4th round I was debating between taking Amari Cooper or his teammate CeeDee Lamb. I went with Cooper because of his prior success with Dak Prescott at the helm, and he was one of the best fantasy football WR in the NFL last season before Dak went down. Getting him as my WR1 in the 4th is honestly a steal and makes me really happy.
Myles Gaskin was snipped one pick ahead of me which unfortunately happens in fantasy football. So I went with Diontae Johnson here in the 5th. Getting him with his incredibly high floor is great for my team and I love the safety Johnson gives week to week. I also expect him to lead his team in targets.
I was hoping Brandon Aiyuk would slip after the turn, but he did not. Gus Edwards ended up being my pick here which I am pleased with. He gives me a really solid trio of RBs in the first 6 rounds that I am very comfortable with.
With my 7th round pick I went with Robby Anderson. He was easily the best of the WR left. He brings his former connection with Sam Darnold to Carolina and could become his top target. If Anderson’s touchdown rate goes up, he will give even more value from this spot. He gives me a great FLEX option for the season.
I snagged Ryan Tannehill with my 8th round pick. To me his felt early for a QB, but I didn’t think any of the QBs I think are worth drafting would get back to me. So I decided to pull the trigger on him. He still offers really solid value as he leads an elite Titans’ offense. He has the best weapons he has ever has as well which works to his benefit. Even thought it doesn’t feel great, the fact is Tannehill is a solid pick here.
I was able to snag Michael Gallup with my 9th round pick. He gives me some insurance if Cooper goes down, and many forget he was a 1,000 yard receiver a couple season ago. He gets lost in the Cowboys’ WR room, but is still extremely talented and has the trust of Dak. I like having him on my bench and could be a spot start guys for me at any point.
With my 10th round pick I grabbed some RB depth in AJ Dillon. If Aaron Jones misses any time then Dillon’s stock will explode. Injuries always happen which affects your fantasy football team. Having Dillon on my roster should Jones miss that time could be clutch. thought about Michael Pittman here, but I like the depth and potential Dillon gives me.
Elijah Moore was my 11th round pick. Corey Davis is expected to be the top target in New York, but Moore is extremely talented. He is dealing with some injuries at the moment, but I think he will come back and be a vital part of the offense quickly. I have also been warming up to Zach Wilson and his ability to get the ball to his playmakers which raises Moore’s stock in my mind. His boom potential gives him great value late in any fantasy football draft.
To be honest I am not super high on Henry Ruggs. I don’t think he will ever be anything great in the NFL and the Raiders messed up that pick, but I selected him here in the 12th anyway. If he does break out and proves me wrong, I will be a part of that. I will stash him on my bench as he doesn’t have to be a key part of my rotation.
I went with Sony Michel in the 13th. Darrell Henderson will probably open as the lead back, but I expect Michel to work his way into the lineup quickly. He gives me some solid depth and could be more if he takes over as the top RB in LA.
In the 14th round I selected Rondale Moore. There are a lot of guys in the Cardinals’ WR room, but I see Moore separating himself from the pack quickly. Arizona wants to get him involved in the offense in as many ways as possible so this makes the pick worth it. He gives me a good late round flier who could break out as the season progresses.
I grabbed the Panthers’ defense with my 15th pick and Robbie Gould with my 16th pick. Gould offers solid production on a good offense. Carolina plays the Jets week 1 which is a good matchup, but I will end up streaming the position week to week.
I absolutely love this team. I was able to stick to get some really solid receivers in the mid rounds while sticking to my strategy early. Not to mention the solid mix of high ceiling and floor on my bench. The early core I built in addition to the WR I was able to steal have me feeling like this is a league winner.
- QB: Ryan Tannehill
- RB: Austin Ekeler
- RB: James Robinson
- WR: Amari Cooper
- WR: Diontae Johnson
- TE: Travis Kelce
- FLEX: Gus Edwards
- D/ST: Carolina Panthers
- K: Robbie Gould
- Bench: Robby Anderson
- Michael Gallup
- AJ Dillon
- Elijah Moore
- Henry Ruggs
- Sony Michel
- Rondale Moore
Below is the entire draft board to see how it all went down.
Thanks for reading and I hope his helped as you draft from the 10th pick! Remember to stay flexible, but stick to your rankings as well. Good luck on your draft and your league!