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 sixth 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: Risk the Biscuit
RB is crazy this year. The top guys are all mad about contracts and the rest of the guys have question marks galore. Take the risk on a generational talent who was drafted early in a good situation.
Pick: Bijan Robinson
Round 2: Safe WR 1
We’re going to go with a target hog who is the #1 on his team. He’s going to get as much work as he can handle.
Pick: Amon Ra St. Brown
Round 3: The “Safe” RB
While there is no such thing as a safe RB, I’m going after a guy with a clear role that will be elite when he is on the field.
Pick: Aaron Jones
Round 4: Gunslinger
Some QBs have ridiculous weapons and are weekly starts that you don’t have to worry about as they’ll consistently put-up big numbers for you.
Picks: Joe Burrow
Round 5: The Hype Guy
I’m going to give myself a lethal RB core by going after the guy who reports are saying the offense will revolve around.
Pick: Cam Akers
Round 6-8: Receiver Run
I’m using these next three picks to get high upside receivers who also have safe floors.
Pick: Mike Evans, Courtland Sutton, Zay Flowers
Round 9-13: Flexpresso with a Hint of TE
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? We also need to get a TE or two.
Picks: Kadarius Toney, Dalton Schultz, Adam Thielen, Hunter Renfrow, Gus Edwards
Round 14: 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: Daniel Carlson
Round 15: 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!
1:07 Bijan Robinson
2:06 Amon Ra St. Brown
3:07 Aaron Jones
4:06 Joe Burrow
5:07 Cam Akers
6:06 Mike Evans
7:07 Courtland Sutton
8:06 Zay Flowers
9:07 Kadarius Toney
10:06 Dalton Schultz
11:07 Adam Thielen
12:06 Hunter Renfrow
13:07 Gus Edwards
14:06 Daniel Carlson
15:07 Washington Commanders
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