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 final pick in the draft is a good one to have. There are several different ways to go here which is why it is such a fun pick. I will use Sleeper’s 12 team PPR mock drafts to show my strategy and how it plays out.
As I said, this pick can go multiple different directions. I will head into the draft looking to grab one of the top 3 pass catchers in fantasy football and then a solid couple RBs in the next couple rounds. WR can be found a little bit later, so I plan on waiting a little bit on them
I feel very fortunate as Austin Ekeler slid to the final pick. Him being a pretty safe RB1 makes him a really easy choice here. I consider grabbing my top RB this late in the first as an absolute steal and a huge win even with the small pivot in strategy.
With my 2nd round pick I grabbed Travis Kelce. He is the best TE1 there is and gives me an immediate positional advantage over the rest of my league. In fact he gives me the best positional advantage in football. I am very excited with how my draft has started.
At this point I pivoted even more with Amari Cooper as my 3rd rounder. He was the last elite guy as his position I liked to fill my WR1 slot. Getting the guys I have so far makes me very excited about the direction of this team.
In round 4 I had the opportunity to get another great WR, but I decided to go back to my strategy a bit and look for some guys later. So I went with James Robinson. He gives me a very good RB2 with upside for more. He and Ekeler create a really good RB duo I can ride for a while.
With my 5th round pick I selected Gus Edwards. I didn’t trust that he would get back to me in the next round, so I grabbed him here. He gives me a great trio of RBs that will make up the core of my team. I also expect Edwards to get a ton of carries in the Ravens’ offense and use his efficiency to become a fantasy football stud.
Javonte Williams was my 6th round pick. He offers massive upside at the RB spot and could take over as the starter quickly in Denver. He gives me my third straight RB, but his ceiling is worth it. Williams can come into my starting lineup late in the year and help carry me into the playoffs. I went heaby RB early, but I can easily make it up later in the draft.
It was time to look for some WRs for the rest of this fantasy football draft. Here in the 7th was Tyler Boyd who can slide in as my WR2 easily. He was on pace for 110 receptions before Joe Burrow was injured, and I think he will be the main target for a while on the Bengals. Boyd isn’t the flashiest, but he is a safe pick that gets the job done.
In the 8th round I grabbed Ryan Tannehill. He was the last good QB I consistently trust available. He will be a steal at this point as well as he leads an elite offense in Tennessee. I am very comfortable spending this pick on a QB.
Corey Davis was my 9th rounder. He will start a run on high ceiling WRs for me hopefully. Davis brings me a lot of upside in the Jets offense as their top target. Elijah Moore is very talented, but Davis is the experienced guy coming off a career year. I consider him a steal at this point.
Michael Gallup is a great insurance option for me if Amari Cooper goes down. He also offers some solid upside should Dallas’ offense live up to the hype it has received. Gallup is an underrated guy who could be a steal in the 10th round.
In the 11th round I selected Marquez Callaway. He gives this team a ton of upside, especially in the first few weeks. Michael Thomas will return, but I expect Callaway’s connection with Jameis Winston to last most of the season. Grabbing him here gives me a ton of value as he could slide in as starter at any point.
With my 12th pick I went with Elijah Moore. Similar to Gallup he gives me some insurance for Corey Davis, but with even more upside. Moore has dealt with some injuries, but he is incredibly talented and I expect him to step into a large role in the offense sooner rather than later.
I considered guys like Jakobi Meyers and Marvin Jones here, but I ended up drafting Rondale Moore with my 13th pick. He has a much lower floor than those guys, but an infinitely higher ceiling should be be used in the offense a lot. Because of that ceiling, I decided to take a later round flier on him. Should he pay off, Moore will be a massive steal.
I snagged Jalen Reagor as my final bench piece here in the 14th. He ends the run of high upside WR I was looking for. Reagor has so much talent and will receive a heavy dose of targets from Jalen Hurts. Eagles camp has been raving about Reagor and he has made some highlight reel catches. I will take the chance on that carrying over into the regular season.
My final picks were the New England Patriots defense and Matt Prater. Both are solid options for the time being, but I will end up streaming the position week to week fairly soon.
I really love this pick and how this team ended up drafting from it. My starters are very good, especially as the RB spot. My WRs are highly reliant on upside, but if any of them hit, my team is elite. I was able to have a good mix of flexibility and sticking to strategy, but the key here was staying with my rankings and who I think is best where. I definitely see this team as a league favorite to win the whole thing.
- QB: Ryan Tannehill
- RB: Austin Ekeler
- RB: James Robinson
- WR: Amari Cooper
- WR: Tyler Boyd
- TE: Travis Kelce
- FLEX: Gus Edwards
- D/ST: New England Patriots
- K: Matt Prater
- Bench: Javonte Williams
- Corey Davis
- Michael Gallup
- Elijah Moore
- Marquez Callaway
- Rondale Moore
- Jalen Reagor
Below is the entire draft board to see how it all went down.
Thanks for reading and I hope this was helpful as you draft from the 12 spot. Remember to stay flexible and stick to your rankings even after developing that strategy! If you do that you will have a very good fantasy football season. Happy drafting!