Mock Draft Monday: 10 Team PPR
Forget Christmas. This the most wonderful time of the year.
The nights are getting cooler and fall is in the air. Thirsty white girls are coming down from their Countryfest high and are running to Starbucks in search of their Pumpkin Spice Latte’s. For us manly men, this time of the year signals two important things: Fantasy Football and Fall Beers. Keep an eye out next week for a Fall Beer article that’ll knock your socks off.
I’ve been doing fantasy football for over ten years now, and not to humble brag but I’ve won my fair share of League Championships. I went 5 for 7 last year so you can trust my sage advice in this subject area.
I did a 10 Team PPR Mock Draft this weekend, and I’ll give some insight as to who I’d be targeting this year in fantasy and give some drafting advice along the way.
First things first, the draft strategy that I have always used and will continue to use is called Value Based Drafting (VBD). VBD has been around for quite some time, and its basic principles are that you draft best available player, regardless of position. Fantasy drafts can be wild and unpredictable, so VBD is the best counter for that. Instead of honing in on one or two players that you want to draft, you just let the board come to you. Oh, there’s a run on running backs and I’m picking in the middle of the round? I’ll take best available Wide Receiver please and thank you. VBD will allow you to get some steals and keep calm when the board can get crazy and hectic.
There’s another draft strategy that is a little more controversial, and I’ve heard a lot of debate in the fantasy community on its merits. Zero-RB Theory has gotten popular in recent years, and it basically means that you stock up on all other positions early, then draft a bunch of mid-round flier running backs and hope that one or two will hit. This strategy works better in PPR leagues than standard leagues.
As you’ll be able to tell with this mock draft, I used both of those draft strategies and was happy with the team that I got. I was assigned the 10th Overall Pick so I’ll be drafting back to back. Let’s get into it.
Coming out of the first two rounds with two stud Wide Receivers is as good of a start as you can have. Mike Evans put up great numbers last season and should be even better this year with DeSean Jackson to loosen the double coverage’s a bit. A.J. Green is a perennial all-star and stud Fantasy Receiver. Pair these two together and we have the start of a formidable PPR team.
To add to Evans and Green, your boy Thrilly Page views drafts Keenan Allen in the third round. That’s three stud Receivers for those counting at home. Sure, Keenan Allen is an injury risk but there’s no denying his value, especially in PPR. He topped 100 targets and 70 catches in each of his first two seasons, and was on pace for 120 targets in each of his last two seasons before getting hurt. As long as he stays healthy, he’ll produce great fantasy numbers as our WR3.
The first pick in the fourth round is where the Zero-RB Theory comes in to play. Relying on a rookie as your RB1 is a risky move, but McCaffrey has all the tools that you’d want in a stud PPR Back. It wouldn’t shock me to see him lead the league in receptions by a Running Back this year. I think he’ll put up good enough numbers to justify his draft position and spot as a RB1 in PPR.
Editors Note: I’ll just skip to my picks for the rest of the draft to cut down on the length of this article.
50. Kareem Hunt
51. Drew Brees
I love the value of Kareem Hunt in the 5th Round. With Spencer Ware out for the year, and Hunt essentially locked in to a three down role, he should return great value at this spot. Don’t be surprised if he finishes the year as a top 10 RB. With Brees, it’s hard to say no to a top 3 QB in the 6th round. He’ll help anchor what is already a stout squad.
70. Paul Perkins
71. Delaine Walker
Again, the Zero-RB Theory at work. Like Hunt, Perkins appears to be locked in to a three down role. Shane Vereen could eat in to some of those touches, but he hasn’t exactly been the model of great health since signing in New York. As our RB3, he fits nicely in to our Zero RB strategy as a mid-round dart throw.
Delaine Walker is the most underrated TE in fantasy. He’s produced 159 catches on 235 targets the past two years. Those are mind boggling numbers at the TE position. He’s a great value at the 71st pick.
90. Tevin Coleman
91. Zay Jones
Doubling down on Zero-RB with another dart throw pick in Tevin Coleman. He’s proved to be adept in the passing game and were Devonta Freeman to miss time, he’d be a top 10 RB.
Zay Jones in the 10th round may seem like a stretch, but as our WR4 I think he’s a nice value here. Jones put up an ungodly 158 catches in his senior season, and only has the oft-injured and inept Jordan Matthews ahead of him on the depth chart.
110. Randall Cobb
111. Chris Thompson
When you’re in the 11th round, you’re searching for potential home-run targets. Randall Cobb fits the bill. We’ve seen what he can do in Green Bay, and even though he’s struggled to stay healthy and has had two down seasons, there’s no denying that if he can stay healthy and start making plays again, he’s a steal in the 11th round.
Chris Thompson is the quintessential bye week fill in RB in PPR. He isn’t a starter by any means, but is a great fill in when you need a RB in a pinch. He’ll get you around 10 points and that is enough to mask a weakness when a starter is on bye.
130. Jack Doyle
131. Cooper Kupp
Jack Doyle will serve as a nice back up TE and bye week starter behind Delaine Walker. Dwayne Allen getting traded to the Pats solidifies his value as the unquestioned starter in Indy.
Cooper Kupp is a name you may have heard of if you’re a football junkie like myself. The third round rookie has been lighting up camp for the Rams and already has shown chemistry with Jared Goff. Now that Jeff Fisher is gone, new Head Coach Sean McVay has installed an actual NFL style offense that will resemble the one he coordinated in Washington. Expect Kupp to play the Jamison Crowder role in the Rams offense and have his share of targets.
150. Bills D/ST
151. Mason Crosby
The #1 rule in Fantasy is to wait until the last two rounds to select your kicker and defense. Do anything other than that, and you’re an idiot. Personally, I like to start a different defense every week and just play the match ups. Since the Bills play the Jets week one, they’re my pick. Kicker is a toss up so just pick whoever the hell you want. I won’t analyse a kicker selection.
That wraps up the mock draft! My final team looked like this:
QB Drew Brees
RB Christian McCaffrey
RB Kareem Hunt
WR Mike Evans
WR A.J. Green
TE Delaine Walker
FLEX Keenan Allen
K Mason Crosby
BN Paul Perkins
BN Tevin Coleman
BN Zay Jones
BN Randall Cobb
BN Chris Thompson
BN Jack Doyle
BN Cooper Kupp
Good luck drafting Apple Nation!
-Will The Thrill-