Fantasy football draft season is upon us, and with it comes the quest to assemble a championship-caliber team. With the right draft strategy, you can set yourself up for success from the fifth overall pick. In this article, we will guide you through the best fantasy football draft strategy for each pick in 15 rounds, ensuring you build a competitive team capable of dominating your league.
Round 1: Jefferson Time
The safe top tier RBs and Kelce are gone at this point. While it’s hard to pass on a RB in the first, Jefferson is a safe elite option who can give you a weekly advantage.
Pick: Justin Jefferson
Round 2: High Usage RB
While there are plenty of good receivers here, I can still get a good one next round. I want to take a RB who has a high floor and is the goal line back so he also has a decent ceiling.
Pick: Najee Harris
Round 3: A WR 1 for your WR 2
A lot of high end WRs are left and a bunch like Higgins and Smith are the second fiddle on their team. I want the main guy who has a decent QB to pair with Jefferson for a safe yet high floor.
Pick: Amari Cooper
Round 4-5: Bully WR
We’re going to full on fade RBs and stock up on high end target hogs in good situations.
Picks: Keenan Allen & Drake London
Round 6-8: RB Frenzy
We faded RB so we are going to dart throw high upside RBs. Safe high floor and low ceiling guys are valuable and you can take one here but if you fade RB you need to hit on guys late who will pay dividends.
Pick: Alvin Kamara, Khalil Herbert, & De’Von Achane
Round 9: High Upside QB
We are getting our QB late so we want a guy who has a massive number of weapons and has the talent to get them the ball. These guys might be older, but they can still ball.
Pick: Aaron Rodgers
Round 10-14: RB and WR Express
It’s time to start stock piling depth. This area is where you should draft on a players opportunity share. There are a lot of talented guys, but if you don’t get the ball then what’s the point?
Picks: Dalton Schultz, Adam Thielen, Tyjae Spears, Kareem Hunt
Round 15: It’s Kicker Time
Even in a perfect world where every team waits until the final two rounds to draft a K and Def, you aren’t getting the best of either. That’s ok. Both of these positions are extremely stream able and should be streamed according to circumstance. I lean taking a K first as weather is the main thing that turns me off from a kicker. A good defense match up could mean more FG opportunities, so it balances out. I don’t care if I have the best defense in fantasy, I’m not playing them against Mahomes or any top tier talented offense. If you stream whichever defense plays Arizona each week this season, I guarantee you will have more points than whatever the top scoring DST team gets. Shoot for Kickers who play in domes. Otherwise, just get the kicker linked to the best offense available.
Pick: Greg Zuerlein
Round 16: Draft your Week 1 DST
You’re going to stream defense all year, and you can because you’ll have time since the rest of your team is solid. Look at the Week 1 schedule and pick which teams are playing offenses that should be bad due to either a rookie QB or lack of play making options. The top options will be gone but you can get a team like the Commanders who have a good defense and are playing the Cardinals offense with their QB coming off a torn ACL and an offense in general disarray.
Pick: Washington Commanders
Congrats, you have a team ready to compete for a championship!
1:05 Justin Jefferson
2:08 Najee Harris
3:05 Amari Cooper
4:08 Keenan Allen
5:05 Drake London
6:08 Alvin Kamara
7:05 Khalil Herbert
8:08 De'Von Achane
9:05 Aaron Rodgers
10:08 Dalton Schultz
11:05 Adam Thielen
12:08 Tyjae Spears
13:05 Kareem Hunt
14:08 Greg Zuerlein
15:05 Washington Commanders
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