The PPR RB Heavy strategy may be an increasingly popular draft strategy, especially in 2018. The lack of depth at the running back position after the big names certainly warrants the drafting of as many running backs to solidify the position. After the first 16 or so running backs, there are lots of questions surround the remaining crop, some involving usage, backfield mates, injuries, age, etc. Using fantasyfootballcalculator.com, I ran a mock draft to see what I would end up with employing this strategy. Let’s dive in!
12 Team snake draft, I selected 11th, PPR scoring, drafted with QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, TE, Flex, K, D/ST lineup
With the 11th pick, I wanted to take back to back running backs and at the very least take 3 running backs with my first 4 picks to basically set and forget. I ended up with Kareem Hunt and Christian McCaffrey, who are two studs, especially in PPR, and should anchor the squad. I was going to wait to select a WR on the way back in the 4th round, but seeing that Pick #12 also took 2 running backs, I wanted to at the very least get my choice among the receivers left, Tyreek Hill, who could very well be among the leaders in fantasy scoring when 2018 is said and done. Taking him as the 15th WR selected, I was happy to get him there, and was not very confident I’d get that opportunity had I selected a running back.
As far as that 3rd running back, I’m happy to have selected Seahawks rookie Rashaad Penny and he should have a great shot at being the 2nd best rookie running back behind Saquon Barkley in fantasy. With the Seahawks bringing in D.J. Fluker and a full season of Duane Brown at LT, the Seahawks’ renewed vision of a run game could pay big time dividends for Penny and the Hawks. Filling out the wide receivers, Patriots WR Chris Hogan and Packers WR Randall Cobb. Hogan could receive even more volume with Julian Edelman suspended for the first 4 games, and Randall Cobb should increase his overall numbers from 2017 with the departure of Jordy Nelson in Green Bay.
Round 6 was a good opportunity to select Russell Wilson, who I feel has the highest non-Rodgers/Brady floor of all quarterbacks in fantasy. At the very least, I cornered the market on Seattle Seahawks rushing touchdowns… right? They certainly should end 2018 with more than the 4 they scored in 2017. Colts TE Jack Doyle should be an excellent secondary target for Andrew Luck (or Jacoby Brissett). Jamison Crowder should be a slot machine for new Redskins QB Alex Smith and should see the biggest improvement at the position, not Josh Doctson. I feel the draft went really well and if I had this lineup going into the season, I’d be pretty confident in the success of the team
- 1.11 – RB Kareem Hunt, KC
- 2.02 – RB Christian McCaffrey, CAR
- 3.11 – WR Tyreek Hill, KC
- 4.02 – RB Rashaad Penny, SEA
- 5.11 – WR Chris Hogan, NE
- 6.02 – QB Russell Wilson, SEA
- 7.11 – WR Randall Cobb, GB
- 8.02 – WR Jamison Crowder, WAS
- 9.11 – RB D’Onta Foreman, HOU
- 10.02 – TE Jack Doyle, IND
- 11.11 – WR Rishard Matthews, TEN
- 12.02 – QB Marcus Mariota, TEN
- 13.11 – RB Kalen Ballage, MIA
- 14.02 – D/ST New England
- 15.11 – K Chris Boswell, PIT
Stay tuned for more fantasy strategies as the preparation for fantasy football season ramps up in the coming weeks!