Footballguys Staff Mock Draft 4, 12 team FPC scoring TE 1.5 PPR, Dual Flex

On July 19th the Footballguys staff got together for their fourth draft of 2017. A 12 team FPC scoring with TE 1.5 PPR and dual flex. Each participant answers questions about their selections and strategies, plus our Dan Hindery provides an in-depth unbiased strategy summary of each team's draft. 


  • 12 teams
  • 20 roster spots
  • Starting Lineup
    • 1 quarterback
    • 2 running backs
    • 2 wide receivers
    • 1 tight end
    • 2 flex (either a running back, wide receiver, or tight end)
    • 1 place kicker
    • 1 team defense


  • Offensive Players
    • 4 points - passing touchdown
    • -1 points - interception thrown
    • 6 points - rushing/receiving touchdown
    • 0.05 points - passing yard
    • 0.1 points - rushing/receiving yard
    • 1 point - receptions (QB/RB/WR)
    • 1.5 points - receptions (TE)
  • Place Kickers
    • 3 points - field goal up to 30 yards
    • 0.1 points - each additional yard beyond 30
    • 1 point - each extra point
  • Team Defense
    • 6 points - touchdown
    • 2 points - turnover forced
    • 5 points - safety
    • 1 point - sack
    • 12 points - shutout
    • 8 points - 1-6 points allowed
    • 5 points - 7-10 points allowed


The draft order was randomly generated. After the first round, the draft continues in a regular serpentine manner. Click here for the Full Draft, pick by pick.

  1. Chris Feery
  2. Phil Alexander
  3. Bear Heiser
  4. Stephen Holloway
  5. James Brimacombe
  6. Jeff Haseley
  7. Ari Ingel
  8. Devin Knotts
  9. John Norton
  10. Jason Wood
  11. Keith Roberts
  12. Daniel Simpkins

Starting with Chris Feery from the 1.01 spot, we will go over each person's selections in the mock draft.

Chris feery - SLOT 1

1.01 1 Johnson, David ARI RB
2.12 24 Cooks, Brandin NEP WR
3.01 25 Reed, Jordan WAS TE
4.12 48 Cook, Dalvin MIN RB (R)
5.01 49 Pryor, Terrelle WAS WR
6.12 72 Gillislee, Mike NEP RB
7.01 73 Thomas, Julius MIA TE
8.12 96 Rivers, Philip LAC QB
9.01 97 Cobb, Randall GBP WR
10.12 120 Prescott, Dak DAL QB
11.01 121 Matthews, Jordan PHI WR
12.12 144 West, Terrance BAL RB
13.01 145 James, Jesse PIT TE
14.12 168 McFadden, Darren DAL RB
15.01 169 Austin, Tavon LAR WR
16.12 192 Giants, New York NYG Def
17.01 193 Gostkowski, Stephen NEP PK
18.12 216 Steelers, Pittsburgh PIT Def
19.01 217 Goff, Jared LAR QB
20.12 240 Catanzaro, Chandler NYJ PK

Overall Strategy

Balanced with plenty of high-upside picks early

Best Pick(s)

Jordan Reed (3.01, TE3) Reed’s upside is immense in TE-Premium (1.5 PPR) leagues. He has the potential to outscore even the elite wide receivers. In 2015, he put up 292 points in this scoring system despite missing two games. Reed is well worth the injury risk and could be poised for a career season with Washington trying to replace two top receivers from last season.

Worst Pick(s)

Julius Thomas (7.01, TE14) While TE-Premium scoring does push tight ends up the board overall, this is still too early for Thomas. The 29-year old has topped 50 receptions just once in his career, so the modest 0.5-point scoring boost per reception doesn’t help Thomas as much as it does other pass catchers. He is probably not going to be top-3 in targets (behind Jarvis Landry, DeVante Parker and Kenny Stills) on a Dolphins team that will be run-heavy. 7th-round receivers like Willie Snead, Stefon Diggs and Tyrell Williams are very likely to outscore Thomas and would have been stronger flex options.


Drafting 1.01 is a big advantage in 2017. You get to David Johnson, gaining an instant leg up on the competition. Plus, you get two other top-25 players and having that early third rounder is a big advantage. Chris took advantage by snagging Brandin Cooks and Jordan Reed at the 2/3 turn. If Reed can stay healthy, this team could have two of the top non-quarterback scorers. Dalvin Cook and Mike Gillislee were also nice upside plays and if both emerge as lead backs, this team will be a contender.

Post-Draft questions

1. What was your strategy going into this draft with FPC rules and scoring? What one piece of advice would you give to someone drafting in an FPC league?
In a typical draft, I’m content to wait on drafting a tight end until Round 5 at the earliest. In this league, tight ends receive 1.5 points per reception, so that altered my thinking quite a bit. In a perfect world, I was hoping to walk out of round three with a stud at running back, wide receiver, and tight end. Since I was drafting first overall, running back was no issue as I snagged David Johnson. From that point, I had to wait and see what was available at the 2/3 turn. Things broke pretty well from my perspective, as I was able to grab Brandin Cooks and Jordan Reed. I’m quite high on the prospects for both players in 2017, so it was mission accomplished on my early round strategy. As for overall advice, it’s imperative to have a clear understanding of the rules for your draft and how that affects the value of the players on your wish list. Additionally, be prepared to adjust on the fly depending on how the draft breaks. If you’re extremely high on a player as your turn approaches, take a close look at what else is available at that position. If the cupboard is getting bare, that makes for a good time to pounce as opposed to waiting and hoping that player is still there at your next turn.    
2. What player that you drafted do you feel you received the most value? Explain your answer. 
I was pretty happy to see that Terrelle Pryor was still around at the 4/5 turn. There were 22 other receivers drafted before Pryor in this draft, and there’s a solid chance he finishes out the year ahead of many of them. He’s the top wide receiver in what should be a pass-happy offense. As such, he’s in line to see a boatload of targets. I was slightly apprehensive because I had drafted Jordan Reed earlier. If Washington’s offense fails to achieve liftoff in 2017, that could lead to some serious problems for this fantasy squad. However, the value opportunity was too good to pass up in my eyes. Potential reward outweighed the risk as I pulled the trigger, and I walked away confident that I had made a fine selection in Pryor.   
3. What is you strategy for drafting quarterbacks in a best ball league?
I’m perfectly content to wait until the eighth round or later to snag my signal caller, but I’ll be following that up with another quarterback selection soon thereafter. In this draft, I was able to select Philip Rivers in the eighth round, and I followed that up by grabbing Dak Prescott in the tenth. Both players are typically available after the top ten quarterbacks are off the board in most drafts, but both have the potential to finish in the top ten for 2017 when all’s said and done. Two solid quarterbacks with great upside do me just fine in best ball leagues, as that allows me to focus on loading up on top skill position players in the early rounds. Typically, I like to snag a third signal caller with upside in the later rounds if one still remains on the board. Jared Goff was still hanging around when the 18/19 turn rolled around, and I didn’t hesitate to take a flier on him. New Rams head coach Sean McVay just may be able to help accelerate his development, and it’s not too hard to see him tossing the rock regularly in the new offense.

Phil Alexander - Slot 2

1.02 2 Bell, Le'Veon PIT RB
2.11 23 Bryant, Dez DAL WR
3.02 26 Mixon, Joe CIN RB (R)
4.11 47 Hyde, Carlos SFO RB
5.02 50 Bryant, Martavis PIT WR
6.11 71 Doyle, Jack IND TE
7.02 74 Snead, Willie NOS WR
8.11 95 Peterson, Adrian NOS RB
9.02 98 Mariota, Marcus TEN QB
10.11 119 Enunwa, Quincy NYJ WR
11.02 122 Roethlisberger, Ben PIT QB
12.11 143 Witten, Jason DAL TE
13.02 146 Williams, Jamaal GBP RB (R)
14.11 167 Davis, Corey TEN WR (R)
15.02 170 Clay, Charles BUF TE
16.11 191 Panthers, Carolina CAR Def
17.02 194 Golladay, Kenny DET WR (R)
18.11 215 Janikowski, Sebastian OAK PK
19.02 218 Prater, Matt DET PK
20.11 239 Cowboys, Dallas DAL Def

Overall Strategy

Running Back-Heavy, Swing for the Fences

Best Pick(s)

Ben Roethlisberger (11.02, QB15) Roethlisberger is a great value in the 11th round and adds a lot of upside for Phil behind Marcus Mariota. The pick of Roethlisberger is also a nice strategic move for an owner who has already rolled the dice on Martavis Bryant. We often talk about QB-WR “stacks” in daily fantasy, but the strategy also works well in best ball formats with top-heavy payouts. If Bryant has a big enough season to out-perform his draft cost of 5.02, then Roethlisberger also probably has a big fantasy season. These types of correlation plays are an ideal way to get your team out of the middle of the pack (one way or the other).

Worst Pick(s)

Willie Snead (7.02, WR30) Phil had a strong draft with some calculated risks that could pay off big, which is exactly what you want in this format. The upside with the first five picks is through the roof. Snead was a decent pick at the top of the 7th round, so this is nitpicking a bit. The negative for Snead in best ball is that he isn’t much of a big-play threat and hasn’t been very involved in the red zone (just seven career touchdowns on 206 targets). The big bump in targets many expect after the departure of Brandin Cooks may not materialize either. Ted Ginn, Jr. will pick up many of those targets and Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara will also pick up some of the slack.


Phil swung for the fences in the 3rd through 5th rounds with Joe Mixon, Carlos Hyde and Martavis Bryant. These three picks will be the key for this team. Mixon is a rookie with plenty of competition for touches. Hyde is in a brand new system and isn’t a lock to be the lead back. Bryant is fresh off of a year-long suspension and one mistake away from another long banishment. However, each of these three guys is very talented and in favorable situations where if things click, they could put up huge fantasy seasons. Taking these sort of calculated risks is a strong strategy in this format.

Post-Draft Questions

1. People have mixed feelings about drafting Carlos Hyde this year. You drafted him as the 17th running back off the board. Share your thoughts on why you like Hyde this year. 

Before the 49ers drafted Joe Williams and San Francisco beat writers began claiming he was a poor fit for new head coach Kyle Shanahan's outside zone scheme, you had to draft Hyde in the second round. Taking Hyde as an RB1 in the second was scary. The 49ers -- even with Shanahan calling the shots -- are a bad team on both sides of the ball. Surrounding talent and the potential for negative game scripts are much scarier than Hyde's ability to adapt to a different blocking scheme or beat out a fourth-round rookie for carries.

But I didn't have to spend a second round pick on Hyde or draft him as an RB1. He's my RB3 on this roster (behind Le'Veon Bell and Joe Mixon), and I was able to get him below his current ADP at the 4-5 turn. At that price, I like Hyde for quite a few reasons.

  1. He overcame negative game scripts and a poor offensive setup (including arguably the worst offensive line in the league) last year to finish as the RB10 on a per game basis. The 49ers can't be worse than they were last year.
  2. Hyde had never been asked to catch passes as a pro, but last year he set career highs in every major receiving category while catching 82% of his targets. Those soft hands could be helpful in Shanahan's scheme, as evidenced by Devonta Freeman's back-to-back 50+ reception seasons the last two years in Atlanta.
  3. Maybe Hyde isn't a perfect fit for outside zone blocking but it's too early to say he won't excel in it. Hyde is extremely talented, and even Shanahan himself said scheme fit is overrated when it comes to great running backs. If Shanahan can make fantasy stars out of Steve Slaton and Ryan Torain, I trust he can do the same for Hyde -- the best player on his roster,
  4. Most scouts gave Williams a 6th-7th round grade. He's not a threat to Hyde on third downs, in short yardage, or at the goal line. If he carves out a role, it will be on base downs where he might see about eight carries per game. Shanahan's offenses have ranked in the top half of the league in rushing attempts every year since 2011. There's room for Williams to poach a few carries without capping Hyde's ceiling, and it may even be a good thing for another back to take some of the load off the oft-injured Hyde.
In this draft, the real impetus for me selecting Hyde was my home run swing on Mixon in Round 3. If Mixon busts, Hyde should give me adequate RB2 numbers most weeks. And if Mixon truly is a similar runner to Bell (as many scouts claim), the potential exists for this team to field three top-10 backs each week.

2. You waited until 6.11 to select a tight end (Jack Doyle) in a league that rewards 1.5 PPR for tight ends. Explain why this strategy could pay off for you. 

I gave some thought to going with Tyler Eifert or Martellus Bennett early in Round 5, but I was swayed by Martavis Bryant's weekly upside in the best ball format. While I'm not quite as high on Doyle as many in the industry, I did feel fortunate to see him still on the board at my next turn. 

Doyle profiles as a chain mover and red zone option in one of the league's better offenses. He managed a low-end TE1 finish (TE12) in 2016 despite splitting snaps with Dwayne Allen and particularly excelled when Allen missed time. In the two games Allen missed last year, Doyle averaged 14.2 fantasy points per game in PPR leagues. I expect backup Colts tight end, Erik Swoope, to make an impact as a downfield playmaker for Andrew Luck this season, but Swoope doesn't threaten Doyle's role. Anything less than a top-10 finish for Doyle would be somewhat surprising.

I don't think I did terribly at tight end outside of Doyle either. Jason Witten (12th round) is boring and in decline, but he still has a high reception floor. Charles Clay (15th round) has been consistently under-utilized in Buffalo but has managed six top-5 weekly tight end performances since 2015, which trails only seven other players. 

3. Is there any specific strategy that you use when you draft at or near the turn?  

Not particularly, although drafting near the turn sometimes requires you to reach for the players you like ahead of their ADP. Mixon and Bryant are examples of players I was targeting in this format that I paid a slight premium for since I knew they wouldn't make it all the way back to me.

Bear Heiser - Slot 3

1.03 3 Brown, Antonio PIT WR
2.1 22 Gurley, Todd LAR RB
3.03 27 Fournette, Leonard JAC RB (R)
4.1 46 Adams, Davante GBP WR
5.03 51 Eifert, Tyler CIN TE
6.1 70 Marshall, Brandon NYG WR
7.03 75 Martin, Doug TBB RB
8.1 94 Carr, Derek OAK QB
9.03 99 Jackson, DeSean TBB WR
10.1 118 Murray, Latavius MIN RB
11.03 123 White, Kevin CHI WR
12.1 142 Bortles, Blake JAC QB
13.03 147 Fiedorowicz, C.J. HOU TE
14.1 166 Broncos, Denver DEN Def
15.03 171 Conner, James PIT RB (R)
16.1 190 Treadwell, Laquon MIN WR
17.03 195 Bailey, Dan DAL PK
18.1 214 Ross, John CIN WR (R)
19.03 219 Bills, Buffalo BUF Def
20.1 238 Dawson, Phil ARI PK

Overall Strategy

Balanced, Talent over Situation at Running Back

Best Pick(s)

Tyler Eifert (5.03, TE6) TE6 is right where Eifert belongs. He has averaged nearly a touchdown per game over the past two seasons and should have plenty of room to operate in the middle of the field with the speed of A.J. Green and John Ross demanding extra Safety attention. Bear also gets credit for timing the tight end run well and kicking off a big run in the fifth and sixth rounds. Between this pick in the 5th and Bear’s pick in the 6th round, seven tight ends went off the board. If Bear had gone in a different direction here in the 5th, by the time his 6th rounder rolled around, he’d have been looking at 12 tight ends off the board and been locked out of having a TE1. Judging when positional runs like this occur and not getting left out is a big key to putting together a balanced team without any major weaknesses.

Worst Pick(s)

Brandon Marshall (6.10, WR29) The risk/reward doesn’t add up for drafting Marshall as a top-30 receiver. He was awful last season despite seeing 129 targets and enters his age-33 season with real question marks about whether he is still a top receiver. We have seen big-bodied receivers in Marshall’s mold (like Andre Johnson and Roddy White) go from top producers to washed up very quickly in their early 30s. There is major age-related risk here. Plus, the potential reward in the 6th round is questionable. Odell Beckham, Jr. is going to see a massive share of the targets. Talented youngsters Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram are going to be very involved as well. Marshall is highly unlikely to see the 125+ targets he’d likely need to see to justify this ADP.


The key for this team will likely be the performance of his second and third round picks. Bear is betting on talent winning out over situation with Todd Gurley and Leonard Fournette. If the two impressive young backs can transcend what will probably be mediocre (or worse) offenses, this team can be a contender.

post-draft questions

1. Name a player that you are particularly high on this season, where others may have different feelings? Explain your reasoning. 

Pierre Garcon - I love the coast-to-coast move for Garcon. He's been a borderline WR2-3 over the past few seasons but now has a chance to really stand out in an office with which he's somewhat familiar. While Garcon might not ever be one of the top pass-catchers in football, he most certainly can be a relevant fantasy producer for a team that doesn't have many offensive options. Garcon has been projected as a sleeper, but the masses could shy away because he's on the 49ers.

2. Who's a player that you are avoiding in drafts this year. Explain your answer. 

Cameron Meredith. Meredith was a stud last season for the Bears. He ended up being the most reliable pass-catching option on the team. While the hope is that he continues to progress in his role in Dowell Loggains offense, it's hard to see him playing up to some of his draft projections. There's too much unknown at quarterback with Mike Glennon set to take over and Mitch Trubisky lurking in the background. Alshon Jeffery now is an Eagle, and the Bears didn't do much to replace him atop the depth chart, meaning Meredith, who will be coming off a thumb injury, will attract a lot of defensive attention in the secondary, and it's no certainty that he's ready to be a No. 1 or No. 2 option in an NFL offense. 

3. Which player on your roster do you fel you received the best value?

DeSean Jackson. Jackson's arrival in Tampa Bay is a huge addition for the Buccaneers' offense. With Mike Evans drawing the lion's share of the defensive attention, Jackson will see countless single-coverage opportunities. Speed is Jackson's game, and there's no reason to think he can't put up monster numbers catching passes from Jameis Winston, who now enters his third season in the league. Expect Jackson to put up career-high numbers in yards and yards per catch (and maybe even touchdowns) this season. 

Stephen Holloway - Slot 4

1.04 4 Elliott, Ezekiel DAL RB
2.09 21 Baldwin, Doug SEA WR
3.04 28 Miller, Lamar HOU RB
4.09 45 Fitzgerald, Larry ARI WR
5.04 52 Rudolph, Kyle MIN TE
6.09 69 Wilson, Russell SEA QB
7.04 76 Benjamin, Kelvin CAR WR
8.09 93 Parker, DeVante MIA WR
9.04 100 Riddick, Theo DET RB
10.09 117 Coleman, Corey CLE WR
11.04 124 Manning, Eli NYG QB
12.09 141 Lee, Marqise JAC WR
13.04 148 Fuller, Will HOU WR
14.09 165 Williams, Joe SFO RB (R)
15.04 172 Texans, Houston HOU Def
16.09 189 Tucker, Justin BAL PK
17.04 196 Seferian-Jenkins, Austin NYJ TE
18.09 213 Thompson, Chris WAS RB
19.04 220 Raiders, Oakland OAK Def
20.09 237 Davis, Vernon WAS TE

Overall Strategy

Solid Veterans

Best Pick(s)

Austin Seferian-Jenkins (17.04, TE31) Seferian-Jenkins could be one of the steals of this draft and is exactly the type of relatively high-upside (especially in TE-premium) player to target in the late rounds. Seferian-Jenkins has always been an impressive physical specimen with the talent to be a fantasy TE1. However, off-field demons have derailed his career to this point. He seems to have turned a corner and if he can stay clean, he could surprise in a Jets offense that is desperate for a pass catcher to emerge. Josh McCown loves to target his tight ends and helped Gary Barnidge emerge as a legitimate fantasy factor in Cleveland. Seferian-Jenkins could be next in line.

Worst Pick(s)

Russell Wilson (6.09, QB5) Wilson is fine as QB5, but Stephen could have waited a few rounds and still nabbed a similar top quarterback. It may be worth it to take an elite quarterback like Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, or Drew Brees early. However, once the top few passers are gone, it probably makes sense to wait and try to time the quarterback run to still get a top-12 quarterback as late as possible. If there had been a run on quarterbacks after this pick, it would have been fine. But the QB1 run didn’t happen until a couple rounds later. Hindsight is 20/20, but Cam Newton was still available at Stephen’s pick in the 9th round and would have been a better value than Wilson in the 6th.


Veterans like Doug Baldwin, Lamar Miller, Larry Fitzgerald and Kyle Rudolph aren’t the most exciting guys to pull the trigger on in the early rounds. However, they provide proven production (Rudolph scored 250 points in this scoring format in 2016) and allow for some risk taking in later rounds with higher upside youngsters. If mid-round picks DeVante Parker and Corey Coleman have breakout seasons, this team has a great chance to compete.

post-draft questions

1. Which player drafted in the 10th round or later on your roster are you most excited about? Explain your answer. 

I really like my trio of wide receivers drafted in the 10th (Corey Coleman), in the 12th (Marque's Lee) and into the 13th (Will Fuller) to provide some boom weeks in the best ball format and add strength to my overall wide receiver corps. That strength was rather poor as I had only drafted two by the end of round six and needed some punch. I am not certain that any of these three guys will produce enough to be considered starters in traditional leagues, but I like their opportunities in best ball to post several solid scoring weeks.

2. What was your strategy heading into this draft?

I have frequently drafted toward the end of the round in all of the mocks that I have drafted in to date and focused on wide receivers early and often waiting till late to piece together running backs. With the 4th selection in this draft I was hopeful to be able to build strength at runners my back early and then take best available at other positions. This actually occurred as I drafted Ezekiel Elliott at 4th overall and paired him with Lamar Miller in the third round. I like my team overall, except I continued to miss mid-round tight ends I liked and wound up waiting too late to back up Kyle Rudolph. I drafted two in the last four rounds and went solo at kicker to accommodate the weak duo backing up Rudolph.

3. How much importance to do place on bye weeks during the drafting process?

I am not so concerned with minimizing overlap in bye weeks early as I prefer to take the players that I value the most early. The point where I look more closely at this will depend on how badly the overlap is early. In this draft my first two players both had week 6 byes, but I was still able to draft my preferred player without bye consideration through round six when I selected my first quarterback Russell Wilson. That pick left me with all three of my top players at QB, RB and WR on bye week 6. I avoided week 6 byes after that.

James Brimacombe - Slot 5

1.05 5 Jones, Julio ATL WR
2.08 20 Kelce, Travis KCC TE
3.05 29 Crowell, Isaiah CLE RB
4.08 44 Jeffery, Alshon PHI WR
5.05 53 Ware, Spencer KCC RB
6.08 68 Ebron, Eric DET TE
7.05 77 Perkins, Paul NYG RB
8.08 92 Garcon, Pierre SFO WR
9.05 101 Newton, Cam CAR QB
10.08 116 Stewart, Jonathan CAR RB
11.05 125 Taylor, Tyrod BUF QB
12.08 140 Stills, Kenny MIA WR
13.05 149 Cook, Jared OAK TE
14.08 164 Flacco, Joe BAL QB
15.05 173 Sanu, Mohamed ATL WR
16.08 188 Patriots, New England NEP Def
17.05 197 Falcons, Atlanta ATL Def
18.08 212 Nelson, J.J. ARI WR
19.05 221 Aguayo, Roberto TBB PK
20.08 236 Sturgis, Caleb PHI PK

Overall Strategy

Two Starting TEs, Light on Receivers

Best Pick(s)

Eric Ebron (6.08, TE12) Ebron has real upside in TE-Premium leagues. He caught 61 passes in 2016 despite missing 3 games (75 reception pace). He just turned 24-years old and could be primed for a breakout season. The departure of Anquan Boldin (who was amongst the league leaders in red zone targets) could really open the door for Ebron to get more premium targets.

Worst Pick(s)

Roberto Aguayo (19.05, PK11) This was one of my favorite drafts overall and filled with solid picks, so I’ll have to nitpick a bit. When you are doing a best ball draft, targeting a pair of kickers who are near locks to make their teams is a very important. Aguayo was one of the worst kickers in the league last season and will face stiff competition from Nick Folk in training camp. If Aguayo gets cut, James will lose points over the course of the season relying on just one kicker.


James landed a solid trio of wide receivers in Julio Jones, Alshon Jeffery and Pierre Garcon early and didn’t take his fourth receiver until the 11th round. By going light on receivers in the first 10 rounds, James was able to build strong depth at running back and snag a tight end duo (Ebron and Travis Kelce) that could put up big numbers and make this squad a strong contender. He did a great job of snagging value when players fell.

post-draft questions

1. You drafted two tight ends in the first six rounds of the draft. Explain why you chose this strategy?

You never know what type of strategy you are going to take with each best-ball draft you play in. With this league TE had a premium with the 1.5 points per reception so that was in the back of my mind. Going with Travis Kelce at 2.08 might seem early in most leagues but I didn't feel there was a RB at that point that deserved the selection and grabbing Julio Jones in Round 1 the only logical pick for me was Kelce. Kansas City just let Jeremy Maclin go in the offseason and that in itself opened up even more targets in the passing game and could vault Kelce into that Gronkowski territory at the position. Going with Eric Ebron at 6.08 was probably a reach but there was very little top end talent left at the position and not only could I block another owner at the position I could also potentially own two top-5 fantasy players at the position.

2. You selected Paul Perkins with pick 7.05 in the draft. Explain why you are high on him this season.

When ever I fail to land one of the top three running backs because of draft position I automatically look to get a back like Paul Perkins in the Rounds 7-10 range. As a rookie Perkins averaged 4.1 yards per carry for 456 yards and added 15 catches for 162 yards through the air. With Rashad Jennings out of the picture, Perkins has a direct path to a heavier workload and likely will only have to out perform Shane Vereen early in the season to get even more touches. With the Giants bringing in Brandon Marshall and Evan Engram everyone is focusing in the passing game when in fact it should open things up in the running game for Perkins. I feel Perkins is being overlooked and being under drafted right now and I have been looking to draft him in every league that I am in, in rounds 7 or 8. 

3. What one piece of advice would you give to someone who is drafting in a best ball league?

I have participated in 50+ best-ball drafts in the last couple of months and that alone is the best advice I could give to others playing in this format. You have to do about 5-10 of these drafts and then you really get a good feel for the players that you like most and can start to learn what type of players will fall to you in the later rounds. Some examples from this particular draft were Jonathan Stewart (10.08), Kenny Stills (12.08), Mohamed Sanu (15.05), and J.J. Nelson (18.08). We all know who the guys are at the top of the draft but after you get into Rounds 10+ you have to have some targets picked out that can help win you your league. 
The great thing about Best-Ball is that there is no wrong way to play. You can develop new strategies depending on the draft position you are assigned at the start of the draft and make the best of it. If you happen to get one of the top two picks you basically lock in David Johnson or LeVeon Bell and can focus on the other skill positions over the next few rounds. If you fail to land one of those top two picks you can land a top WR and go from there.

Jeff Haseley - Slot 6

1.06 6 Beckham, Odell NYG WR
2.07 19 Hilton, T.Y. IND WR
3.06 30 Olsen, Greg CAR TE
4.07 43 Brees, Drew NOS QB
5.06 54 McCaffrey, Christian CAR RB (R)
6.07 67 Ingram, Mark NOS RB
7.06 78 Diggs, Stefon MIN WR
8.07 91 Crowder, Jamison WAS WR
9.06 102 Gore, Frank IND RB
10.07 115 Hunt, Kareem KCC RB (R)
11.06 126 Britt, Kenny CLE WR
12.07 139 Hill, Jeremy CIN RB
13.06 150 Gates, Antonio LAC TE
14.07 163 Matthews, Rishard TEN WR
15.06 174 Hoyer, Brian SFO QB
16.07 187 Watson, Ben BAL TE
17.06 198 Crosby, Mason GBP PK
18.07 211 Chargers, Los Angeles LAC Def
19.06 222 Jaguars, Jacksonville JAC Def
20.07 235 Forbath, Kai MIN PK

Overall Strategy

Upside Down Drafting, Zero RB

Best Pick(s)

Kareem Hunt (10.07, RB41) Loading up at receiver, quarterback and tight end in the early rounds can be a winning strategy if you are able to hit on a couple of running backs with decent upside in the middle rounds. Jeff gave himself that opportunity by grabbing a trio of backs (Christian McCaffrey, Mark Ingram and Hunt) in somewhat murky situations who each have the potential to emerge as top fantasy options. Hunt will have to compete with veteran Spencer Ware for touches, but Hunt has more burst and could emerge as the lead back by mid-season. Getting this type of upside in the 10th round makes the early round selections at other positions look good. This team is a good example of a well-executed “upside down drafting” strategy.

Worst Pick(s)

Antonio Gates (13.06, TE23) Jeff may have had the best start to the draft through the first 10 rounds, but made a couple questionable picks in the late rounds that left him with subpar options at QB2 and TE2. While that’s not a major issue after grabbing top starting options early in the draft, it still would have been nice to have done better than Brian Hoyer and Antonio Gates as the top backups. All indications out of San Diego are that the torch has been passed from the 37-year old Gates to Hunter Henry and Gates will be relegated to a small part-time role off the bench. Jeff’s 16th round selection, Ben Watson, should outproduce Gates this season.


Jeff was one of two drafters who didn’t select a running back in the first four rounds. By doing so, he was able to snag an elite quarterback (Drew Brees), top tight end (Greg Olsen) and two elite receivers (Odell Beckham and T.Y. Hilton). This strategy can pay off in a big way if the mid-round running backs hit. Jeff was able to land some high upside guys in McCaffrey, Ingram and Hunt. If two of the three backs are able to emerge from committees to put up big numbers, Jeff will be a favorite in this league.

post-draft questions

1. Would you rather have trusted veterans or rookies with high upside in a best ball format?  Explain your answer. 

If I had to decide on one or the other, I would choose trusted veterans. MFL10 leagues require consistency to be successful and that's exactly what a trusted veteran would give you. For example, I would rather have Jonathan Stewart over an upstart running back like Alvin Kamara. There's bound to be several rookies who breakout but I would rather hitch my wagon to a player who has a highr probability of consistency week to week.

2. Which player on your roster drafted in the 10th round or later do you feel you received the most value?

For me that player is Rishard Matthews at 14.07 with honorable mention to Ben Watson at 16.07.  Yes, the Titans are a run first team and yes they aded some firepower in their wide receiver corps in Corey Davis and Eric Decker. However, Matthews and Marcus Mariota developed good chemistry last year, which won't just go away. Matthews tied Delanie Walker for the most receptions (65) on the team last year and his 9 touchdowns were the most on the team. I am not expecting to see similar numbers this season, but it's clear that he was a favorite target for Mariota and for me to get him in the 14th round is a low risk, decent reward pick. 

3. What is a critical error that people should try to avoid when drafting in a best ball league?

Pay attention to the bye weeks, especially players that are projected to score the most points on your roster. Definitely avoid selecting quarterbacks and defenses with the same bye, because that greatly reduces your point total for that week. One or two low-scoring weeks can kill your chances of being the top scoring team at the end of the year. 

Ari Ingel - Slot 7

1.07 7 Green, A.J. CIN WR
2.06 18 Gronkowski, Rob NEP TE
3.07 31 Allen, Keenan LAC WR
4.06 42 Montgomery, Ty GBP RB
5.07 55 Abdullah, Ameer DET RB
6.06 66 Sanders, Emmanuel DEN WR
7.07 79 Anderson, C.J. DEN RB
8.06 90 Moncrief, Donte IND WR
9.07 103 Cousins, Kirk WAS QB
10.06 114 Stafford, Matthew DET QB
11.07 127 Dixon, Kenneth BAL RB
12.06 138 Wallace, Mike BAL WR
13.07 151 Williams, Jonathan BUF RB
14.06 162 Allen, Dwayne NEP TE
15.07 175 Barnidge, Gary FA TE
16.06 186 Seahawks, Seattle SEA Def
17.07 199 Eagles, Philadelphia PHI Def
18.06 210 Vereen, Shane NYG RB
19.07 223 Gano, Graham CAR PK
20.06 234 Novak, Nick HOU PK

Overall Strategy

Balanced, Late-Round QB

Best Pick(s)

Keenan Allen (3.07, WR13) Injuries in each of the past two seasons will scare many drafters away from Allen, which provides an opportunity to get a top potential top-15 producer outside of the top-30 picks. Especially in best ball (where a “first or last but not the middle” is ideal), Allen is a strong target. All the news out of San Diego is extremely positive when it comes to Allen’s recovery from a torn ACL that ended his 2016 season in Week 1. He should be the clear top target in San Diego and could go right back to putting up 20+ points per game.

Worst Pick(s)

Donte Moncrief (8.06, WR35) Moncfief is a solid young talent and certainly has decent upside as Andrew Luck’s WR2, but there were better options on the board at this point in the draft. Moncrief hasn’t topped 65 receiving yards in a game wince Week 12 of the 2015 season. Jamison Crowder and Pierre Garcon (who went off the board with the next two picks) both have higher weekly floors and may have higher upside as well.


Ari put together one of the strongest drafts top to bottom. He took advantage of positional runs to find value with nearly every pick. Ari showed the benefit of waiting at quarterback in best ball leagues. He was the last to draft a quarterback, but still was able to put together a strong duo of Kirk Cousins and Matthew Stafford after loading up at other positions. He did gamble on some injury prone players early (Rob Gronkowski, Keenan Allen and Ameer Abdullah) and that could be a potential pitfall of this roster. But if this team stays healthy, it should have what it takes to be one of the top contenders.

post-draft questions

1. What specific preparation would you recommend to someone who is drafting in an FFPC best ball league?

As in any league, it’s all about understanding the rules and what the starting roster construction consists of. Each best ball league has slightly different rules, for instance in FFPC leagues, tight ends receive 1.5 points per reception and you also have to roster a kicker. That adds a whole other dimension since tight ends will end up going faster and you need to draft two kickers in order to compete at the position every week.  You can read more about best ball leagues in general in an article I wrote recently on Footballguys here:

2. Pick two players on your roster and explain why you like them this year. 
Ty Montgomery, Packers –  Montgomery started last season as a receiver and ended it as the Packers leading rusher. He stands 6" 221 pounds with 4.55 jets and a huge 40.5” vertical, finishing with a solid 127 SPARQ athletic score. Is Montgomery the team’s workhorse back. Perhaps not; especially since he had double digit carries in just one game last season and they drafted three running backs this year. That said, head coach McCarthy declared after the draft that Montgomery is his starting running back, he has a year under his belt and a full off-season to dedicate himself to the running back position and most importantly, it doesn’t matter. That’s the beauty of owning Montgomery, even if he is not used as a workhorse back, he will be used a ton as their passing down back and as a receiver with another back on the field. It’s not like they can pull Montgomery for a veteran back who can pass protect any better than him. 
Ameer Abdullah, Lions – I love his talent and they do want him to be their lead back despite the presence of Theo Riddick and Zack Zenner. He had an elite top 97% SPARQ athletic score coming out of college, which was even higher than David Johnson and better than anyone in this years draft class. Will he approach 300 rush attempts? No. But beat writers said that they do intend to get him at least 200 carries and he should see 250+ touches. With a smaller stature, goal-line work could be limited, but the Lions threw the ball an absurd 70% of the time in the red zone last year and 64% of the time the year before that. If you want to take a stab on an upside guy with a lot of talent, he's the guy to grab as your RB3. Just needs to stay healthy and they did upgrade their offensive line.

3. Which player on your roster are you most apprehensive about? Explain your answer. 
Dwayne Allen, Patriots – I’m not sure I needed Dwayne Allen since I have Gary Barnidge and Rob Gronkowski, but I thought it might be a safe play to back up Gronk since he has an injury history. With a crowded receiving core, I doubt Allen produces too many usable weeks for me, especially since it appears he is not picking up the Patriots offense very quickly. 

Devin Knotts - Slot 8

1.08 8 Evans, Mike TBB WR
2.05 17 Thomas, Michael NOS WR
3.08 32 Rodgers, Aaron GBP QB
4.05 41 Graham, Jimmy SEA TE
5.08 56 Hill, Tyreek KCC WR
6.05 65 Ertz, Zach PHI TE
7.08 80 Woodhead, Danny BAL RB
8.05 89 Blount, LeGarrette PHI RB
9.08 104 Meredith, Cameron CHI WR
10.05 113 Fleener, Coby NOS TE
11.08 128 Kelley, Rob WAS RB
12.05 137 Ginn Jr., Ted NOS WR
13.08 152 Washington, DeAndre OAK RB
14.05 161 Bryant, Matt ATL PK
15.08 176 Tannehill, Ryan MIA QB
16.05 185 Vikings, Minnesota MIN Def
17.08 200 Gallman, Wayne NYG RB (R)
18.05 209 McManus, Brandon DEN PK
19.08 224 Richard, Jalen OAK RB
20.05 233 Packers, Green Bay GBP Def

Overall Strategy

Zero RB

Best Pick(s)

Ted Ginn, Jr. (12.05, WR53) Devin loaded up at tight end and receiver. With four strong options already rostered at receiver, Ginn was a perfect late-round pick for the best ball format. Ginn has proven his big-play ability and fantasy upside in recent years. He caught four touchdowns in a five-game stretch late last season and racked up 10 touchdowns in 2015. He steps into a starting role in the Saints high-octane offense and his speed should play well on the fast track in the Superdome.

Worst Pick(s)

Coby Fleener (10.05, TE17) Devin already had a pair of top tight ends in Jimmy Graham and Zach Ertz. With the position in good shape, there was no need to take a low-upside tight end like Fleener who has never caught more than 54 passes in a season. With depth at running back a major concern, a back like Kareem Hunt would have been a better fit on this roster.


Devin nabbed a lot of talented pass catchers early and found nice value with veteran backs Danny Woodhead and LeGarrett Blount in the mid-rounds. It would have been nice to have grabbed a couple more upside backs in the mid rounds. But if young receivers like Mike Evans, Michael Thomas and Tyreek Hill play to their potential, it should cover up some down weeks at running back.

post-draft questions

1. Explain what makes a perfect type of wide receiver to target in best ball leagues.

In a best ball format, Antonio Brown is the perfect wide receiver as he has a high ceiling and a high floor. However, only one team is going to be fortunate enough to get Brown, so what you can do is you can re-create him using multiple picks. Look at a player like Michael Thomas in the second round who has a very high floor each week, and then later in the draft pair him with Tyreek Hill who has high upside but a low floor on a week to week basis. Far too often I see wide receiving groups on best ball formats where the players are all upside players and while some weeks it will work out, others it can destroy your team when they all miss. 

2. You selected your first running back in the 7th round (Danny Woodhead). What is needed in order for zero-running back strategy to be successful?

Anyone who goes into the draft with a zero-running back strategy and advocates in any format outside of 10 team leagues is at a disadvantage. If you go with the zero-running back strategy you need luck to be successful. Your margin of error is so much smaller as your depth is so much less at the running back position. If one of Rob Kelley, Danny Woodhead, or LeGarrette Blount lose their job or get injured, my team is in a lot of trouble unless one of the speculative running backs gets a full-time job. So why did I do it? Value and opportunity cost, I am a big believer in exploiting the inefficiencies in your draft for the first 4-5 rounds and then start worrying about positions. If this draft was wide receiver heavy I would have went running back heavy as that's where the value would have been. 

3. You selected Matt Bryant in the 14th round. Explain why you think it's important to draft a top flight kicker in a best ball league.

Three reasons kickers are important particularly in best ball leagues. The first is disparity amongst their peers. In the average league, 60 running backs will go before round 14, and at that point running back 61 and 68 are generally going to be the same player with the same upside as you're basically relying on one or sometimes two running backs to get hurt for this player to play. So the theory behind drafting a kicker is that Matt Bryant scored 14 more fantasy points than the next closest kicker last year and 34 more points than the 12th ranked kicker. In the 14th round, you will not get a player that has more value than over one point per week on average. The second is that you have to take two kickers in a best ball format and a kicker in a high powered offense such as Atlanta has the ability to have huge weeks similar to what we saw last season which in a Best Ball format can win you the league. The third is job security, as we mentioned you are likely going to take two kickers in a best ball league without free agency, and the further down in the kicker list you go the more likely it is that the kicker loses his job. If your kicker were to have a higher risk of losing his job you now may only have two kickers for the first 6-8 weeks of the year and one kicker the rest of the year.

John Norton - Slot 9

1.09 9 Gordon, Melvin LAC RB
2.04 16 Howard, Jordan CHI RB
3.09 33 Lynch, Marshawn OAK RB
4.04 40 Crabtree, Michael OAK WR
5.09 57 Bennett, Martellus GBP TE
6.04 64 Coleman, Tevin ATL RB
7.09 81 Williams, Tyrell LAC WR
8.04 88 Winston, Jameis TBB QB
9.09 105 Decker, Eric TEN WR
10.04 112 Engram, Evan NYG TE (R)
11.09 129 Jones, Marvin DET WR
12.04 136 Dalton, Andy CIN QB
13.09 153 Hurns, Allen JAC WR
14.04 160 Charles, Jamaal DEN RB
15.09 177 Chiefs, Kansas City KCC Def
16.04 184 Shaheen, Adam CHI TE (R)
17.09 201 Santos, Cairo KCC PK
18.04 208 Buccaneers, Tampa Bay TBB Def
19.09 225 Vinatieri, Adam IND PK
20.04 232 Boyd, Tyler CIN WR

Overall Strategy

Old School RB-Heavy

Best Pick(s)

Andy Dalton (12.04, QB19) John timed the QB run well and the duo of Jameis Winston and Andy Dalton is a high-floor, high-ceiling combination. Dalton is a sneaky pick for strong QB1 fantasy production. He has quietly been amongst the league leaders at quarterback in rushing touchdowns in recent years. And when he has had a full stable of receiving weapons at his disposal, he has put up big fantasy numbers. In 2013, he had 35 total touchdowns and was on pace to beat that number in 2015 before a thumb injury sidelined him the final four games. With the healthy return of A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert and the draft additions of John Ross and Joe Mixon, this is the strongest supporting cast Dalton has ever had.

Worst Pick(s)

Tevin Coleman (6.04, RB23) There are only two ways Coleman is worth a pick at the top of the 6th round: (1) an injury to Devonta Freeman or (2) another historically great season from the Atlanta offense that allows the backup RB to put up RB2 numbers. Neither seems likely. Adding another TE1 like Zach Ertz with this pick would have been a better strategy and backs with similar upside were available much later. I’d much rather have Ertz (6.05) and Kareem Hunt (10.07) over Tevin Coleman (6.04) and Evan Engram (10.04).


John has the strongest top-3 at running back in the league with Melvin Gordon, Jordan Howard and Marshawn Lynch. The trio projects to score a bunch of touchdowns in 2017. Though he lacks a true #1 receiver, John did a nice job of stacking up solid receivers that should combine for nice production in the best ball format. If Mike Williams isn’t able to get healthy, Tyrell Williams is going to be a steal in the 7th round. Eric Decker and Marvin Jones were nice picks in the 9th and 11th rounds.

post-draft questions

1. You selected three running backs in the first three rounds. Explain why you decided to go with this approach? 

Running backs generally give you the most consistency since they are always going to get their touches. In this particular league we have two flex spots which means we can have up to four running backs in any given week. I actually went into the draft thinking RB in round one and best available player in round two. Keeping in mind the consistency factor, I felt good about Jordan Howard over the remaining receivers when my second pick came up. In round three I really wanted to go receiver but simply couldn't pass on Marshawn Lynch who was the best available on my list. All the great receivers were obviously long gone at that point and Lynch was the last back in my second tier. There were a slew of receivers I considered to be pretty even so I felt comfortable I could still get a couple of them in the next few rounds. I ended up with three top shelf backs that will all catch 30+ passes on top of being their team's feature backs.  

2. Which player on your roster drafted in the 10th round or later do you feel you received the most value? Explain your answer.

I would say Evan Engram on the safe side and Jamal Charles on the up side. The one thing Eli Manning has been missing in recent years is a big physical red zone target. Now he has two of them in Engram and Brandon Marshall. We have seen the Giants give some pretty average tight ends fantasy relevance over the past several years. I think Evans will become a safety net for Manning whenever he needs a first down or a short score. 

If Charles is finally healthy he may well be the best running back on that team. He is a boom or bust pick I was happy to get in round fourteen just ahead of the defense and kicker runs. Hitting on high upside players like Charles in the late rounds is often the difference between a championship season and a near miss. I always like to take a swing or two at the fences late in drafts.  In this format there is nothing to lose. If he has some big runs he is in my lineup, if he never sees the field he is not, I'm out nothing that late in the draft. 

3. How important is bye week management when crafting your best ball team? 

Funny you should ask me this question. I was asking myself the same thing after round ten when I realized both my tight ends and half my other players were off the same week. I'm not sure how important it is in the grand scheme of things. If all your players are off in one or two weeks you take a beating those weeks but your squad is basically full strength the rest of the way. I will admit I was looking at bye weeks after round ten and picked up Adam Shaheen in the sixteenth just to make sure I could field a full team in week eight. I'll say it is more important to take the best available players than to worry about bye weeks over the first ten rounds but I do think it's important to at least be able to field a full squad each week. I noticed several drafters only took one kicker, I think that could come back to haunt them. 

Jason wood - Slot 10

1.10 10 Freeman, Devonta ATL RB
2.03 15 Ajayi, Jay MIA RB
3.10 34 Hopkins, DeAndre HOU WR
4.03 39 Brady, Tom NEP QB
5.10 58 Tate, Golden DET WR
6.03 63 Henry, Hunter LAC TE
7.10 82 Brown, John ARI WR
8.03 87 Perine, Samaje WAS RB (R)
9.10 106 Thielen, Adam MIN WR
10.03 111 White, James NEP RB
11.10 130 Brate, Cameron TBB TE
12.03 135 Wentz, Carson PHI QB
13.10 154 Bernard, Giovani CIN RB
14.03 159 Woods, Robert LAR WR
15.10 178 Perriman, Breshad BAL WR
16.03 183 Mack, Marlon IND RB (R)
17.10 202 Rams, Los Angeles LAR Def
18.03 207 Anderson, Robby NYJ WR
19.10 226 Boswell, Chris PIT PK
20.03 231 Dolphins, Miami MIA Def

Overall Strategy

Old School RB-RB Start, Balanced Throughout

Best Pick(s)

Tom Brady (4.03, QB2) Brady has proven capable of the type of massive fantasy games that make a major impact in the best ball format. His stable of weapons is deeper than ever before with the addition of Brandin Cooks and Rob Gronkowski entering the season fully healthy for the first time in years. Brady’s high floor and sky-high ceiling make him well worth a fourth round pick.

Worst Pick(s)

Samaje Perine (8.03, RB32) Jason started off his draft with a pair of RB1s in Devonta Freeman and Jay Ajayi. Part of the allure of this strategy is that locking in a pair of top runners early allows you to take advantage of the incredible depth at wide receiver in the 6th-8th rounds. Receivers like Jamison Crowder and Pierre Garcon would have been better options and are likely to outscore Perine in 2017. Perine will enter camp as the backup behind Rob Kelley. Even if he is able to beat out Kelley, his upside is still limited due to Chris Thompson having a solid hold upon the third-down role.


Jason put together a strong roster with a nice mix of high-floor veterans (Tom Brady, Golden Tate, etc.) and high-upside young players (like Hunter Henry and John Brown). If Devonta Freeman and Jay Ajayi both stay healthy and Tom Brady has a big season, this team will be a definite contender

post-draft questions

1. Pick a running back and wide receiver (not necessarily on your roster) and explain why they are a perfect fit for a best ball league.

The first rule of best-ball is drafting the best players available. In many ways, the best players at each position are the same regardless of whether you have to set a lineup or not. The second rule of best-ball is to embrace variance. Players prone to boom-or-bust weeks are more valuable in best ball formats since you are guaranteed to get the "booms" without worrying about the "bust." On my roster, a guy like James White is fantastic for best ball but far less compelling in traditional leagues. The Patriots vary their offensive game plan week to week and have a deep running back corps. Yet, we know White will have a handful of weeks that are dominant, akin to what he did in the Super Bowl. Rounding out your receiving corps with home-run hitters is essential to winning best ball leagues. Players like Brandon LaFell or Travis Benjamin or Cordarrelle Patterson are terrific options in this format but would be fringe roster options in traditional leagues. 

2. Who would be your tight end of choice in a best ball FPC league after the Top 4 are off the board?  Explain your answer.

Jimmy Graham deserves to be mentioned alongside the "Top 4" as you describe them; it should really be the Top 5. Graham seemed a lost cause after a torn patellar tendon but bounced back last season with nearly 1,000 yards. He could easily have 70+ receptions and 1,000+ yards this year in a Seattle offense that only has one proven wide receiver. If you aren't lucky enough to land Graham, I've been waiting a few rounds and grabbing Hunter Henry. The young tight end overtook Antonio Gates last year and could be the centerpiece of the Chargers passing attack.

3. What is the biggest change of draft strategy for an FPC draft vs. an MFL10 draft? 

MFL10s eschew place kickers, which is something I didn't think enough about on draft day. I ended up drafting just one kicker, which is suboptimal unless I happen to end up with one of the top three at the position. Beyond the need for two kickers (which I screwed up), the FPC utilizes two flex positions and 1.5 points per tight end reception. Those changes create an environment where you should almost always draft the "best player available" and worry less about positional needs. 

Keith Roberts - Slot 11

1.11 11 McCoy, LeSean BUF RB
2.02 14 Nelson, Jordy GBP WR
3.11 35 Thomas, Demaryius DEN WR
4.02 38 Landry, Jarvis MIA WR
5.11 59 Walker, Delanie TEN TE
6.02 62 Edelman, Julian NEP WR
7.11 83 Powell, Bilal NYJ RB
8.02 86 Ryan, Matt ATL QB
9.11 107 Maclin, Jeremy BAL WR
10.02 110 Johnson, Duke CLE RB
11.11 131 Doctson, Josh WAS WR
12.02 134 Shepard, Sterling NYG WR
13.11 155 Beasley, Cole DAL WR
14.02 158 Howard, O.J. TBB TE (R)
15.11 179 Cardinals, Arizona ARI Def
16.02 182 Palmer, Carson ARI QB
17.11 203 Lutz, Wil NOS PK
18.02 206 Sproles, Darren PHI RB
19.11 227 Foreman, D'Onta HOU RB (R)
20.02 230 Titans, Tennessee TEN Def

Overall Strategy


Best Pick(s)

Matt Ryan (8.02, QB6) and Carson Palmer (16.02, QB24) For the bargain price of 8th and 16th round picks, Keith was able to put together a very solid quarterback duo. Even if Ryan comes back to earth a bit from his monster 2016 numbers (4,944 passing yards and 38 touchdowns), he still profiles as a top fantasy option. He has a deep group of targets and he will play over half of his games indoors. Palmer is a great backup option in the 16th round who has proven capable of the type of big fantasy games that are absolutely ideal in the best ball format.

Worst Pick(s)

Jarvis Landry (4.02, WR18) Over the final 14 weeks of the 2017 season, Landry topped 20 fantasy points in just one game. His upside is limited in a Dolphins offense that found success once implementing a run-heavy scheme on the shoulders of Jay Ajayi. Landry won’t see the massive target numbers he has in recent years with the more run-focused offense and the emergence of DeVante Parker and Kenny Stills as solid options in the passing game. Landry has never scored more than five touchdowns in any season, which further caps his weekly upside.


Aside from Landry, each of Keith’s first nine picks are at least 29-years old. He has a lot of proven commodities and didn’t take many risks early. While that limits his bust risk, he could see some age-related production declines from players like Jordy Nelson (32-years old) and Delanie Walker (33-years old).

post-draft questions

1.    In a best ball, FPC league, would you rather have an elite running back, wide receiver or tight end?  Explain your answer.

My strategy and preference is to always target an elite running back with job security and a steady workload in best ball formats. The goal is to maximize my team's chances for huge fantasy scores on a week to week basis. Of these three skilled positions, elite running backs by nature have the best opportunity to score points. For example, in 2017 there was only one wide receiver to average 20 or more FPC fantasy points per week, compared to four running backs at or above that 20-point mark. With wide receivers, you often see a different player breaking out for multiple touchdowns each week—sometimes even different players on the same team over multiple weeks in the season. You will seldom see a backup running back post big scores barring an injury to the starter. Given the scarcity of running back talent compared to the wide range of receivers to choose from this year (and most years), sign me up for an elite running back within the first two rounds every single time. 
2.    Who is a player that you tend to avoid in drafts this year?  Explain your answer. 

I am avoiding Rob Gronkowski in all draft formats this season. This is in no way due to his talent, but just the lack of value and certainty I am getting based on his current ADP near the top of the second round. It is particularly important in best ball formats to have a healthy roster, as you have no option to pick up a replacement from the waivers. By using a mid-second round pick to draft Gronkowski, I would then have to burn another pick earlier than normal to find a suitable replacement tight end to cover the injury risk. In addition, as always with the Patriots, it is tough to predict usage. Gronkowski will without a doubt be a feature piece, but with the additions of Dwayne Allen and Brandin Cooks, we will see even more balls spread around and away from what otherwise could go to Gronkowski. I would much rather pick up a healthy WR1 or RB1 in the second-round while targeting a couple of mid-level tight ends later in the draft. 

 3. Who is a player that you often find yourself targeting in drafts this year?  Explain your answer.

I often am targeting Bilal Powell as a solid mid-round value pick in PPR formats. While Powell may be behind Matt Forte on some depth charts, his performance last year combined with Forte’s slow decline and injury-prone recent history should lead to Powell taking over the majority of snaps. Powell’s value comes only in PPR formats though, as the Jets will often be playing from behind this season with limited opportunities to showcase their ground game. Powell can be a target-monster, finishing 2016 with an average of 4.7 targets per game—fourth highest among running backs. Honestly, who else will the Jets have to throw the ball to this season? They will be throwing often, and with limited talent at wide receiver and their tight ends mostly in blocking roles, the stage is set for a running back with good hands like Powell to excel. 

Daniel Simpkins - Slot 12

1.12 12 Cooper, Amari OAK WR
2.01 13 Murray, DeMarco TEN RB
3.12 36 Robinson, Allen JAC WR
4.01 37 Watkins, Sammy BUF WR
5.12 60 Luck, Andrew IND QB
6.01 61 Henry, Derrick TEN RB
7.12 84 Hooper, Austin ATL TE
8.01 85 Lacy, Eddie SEA RB
9.12 108 Prosise, C.J. SEA RB
10.01 109 Kamara, Alvin NOS RB (R)
11.12 132 Forte, Matt NYJ RB
12.01 133 Rawls, Thomas SEA RB
13.12 156 Lockett, Tyler SEA WR
14.01 157 Njoku, David CLE TE (R)
15.12 180 Booker, Devontae DEN RB
16.01 181 Gabriel, Taylor ATL WR
17.12 204 Smith, Alex KCC QB
18.01 205 Ravens, Baltimore BAL Def
19.12 228 Hopkins, Dustin WAS PK
20.01 229 Bengals, Cincinnati CIN Def

Overall Strategy

Young Receivers and Locking up Backfields with Multiple Picks

Best Pick(s)

Sammy Watkins (4.01, WR17) Daniel did well to grab the last of the receivers in the top tier with realistic WR1 upside. While Watkins does carry some injury concerns, he has more than enough upside to make the reward outweigh the risks in the fourth round.

Worst Pick(s)

Demarco Murray (2.01, RB7) and Derrick Henry (6.01, RB22) Henry only makes sense at the top of the sixth round (and ahead of almost a dozen starting running backs) if you are betting heavily against Murray. Taking a handcuff this early may reduce your risk a little bit, but it also caps your upside in a significant way having your two highest-drafted running backs on the same NFL team.


The foundations of this team are very solid. Daniel’s top three wide receivers are all 24-years old or younger. We may not have seen the ceilings yet for any of these guys. Sammy Watkins and Amari Cooper are especially intriguing and capable of breaking out in a big way. The strategy of using five picks to lock up the Tennessee and Seattle backfields is interesting and should guarantee two solid starting backs. But the high cost of using five picks to do so took away opportunities to improve other areas of the team and limits the overall upside somewhat.

post-draft questions

1. What is your philosophy on drafting rookies vs. veterans in a best ball league? 

I understand that rookies are generally hard-pressed to come into the league and make an impact. For every Odell Beckham Jr., Ezekiel Elliott, or Hunter Henry, there are literally hundreds of guys that don’t leave a statistical footprint in their first campaign. That being said, I tend to shift toward drafting veteran-heavy teams in both redraft and best ball formats. That is not to say that I won’t take a rookie who I believe is talented and who I believe will be heavily utilized from day one. This year, Leonard Fournette is that guy for me in non-PPR best ball and Christian McCaffrey is that guy for me in PPR formats. Both should see heavy work immediately and are fairly priced at their current ADP.
2. Which player on your roster drafted in the 10th round or later are you most high on this year?  Explain your answer. 
I was most excited to take Devontae Booker in the 15th round. Booker looked lost at times in his rookie season and admits he was fatigued during games. Better conditioning this offseason and a switch to a power blocking scheme (which Booker is more natural running in) should mean that Booker fares much better. I also don’t have much confidence in CJ Anderson staying healthy for a full season, so even if Booker doesn’t win the job outright in camp, it’s still possible he’ll be the starter long-term. 
3. What one piece of advice would you give to someone drafting at the turn?
It’s one of my least favorite places to be in a given draft because of the length of time before you pick again. If you end up with a flat tier when it does come back to you, it becomes difficult to prioritize. It also requires so much anticipation, because you have to really think about if certain players will make it back around to your next set of picks. When in that situation, my best advice is to always ask yourself, “Is this a guy I can live with not having on my team this year?” If the answer is no, it’s time to take your guy. 

Full Draft Pick by Pick

1.01 1 Chris Feery Johnson, David ARI RB
1.02 2 Phil Alexander Bell, Le'Veon PIT RB
1.03 3 Bear Heiser Brown, Antonio PIT WR
1.04 4 Stephen Holloway Elliott, Ezekiel DAL RB
1.05 5 James Brimacombe Jones, Julio ATL WR
1.06 6 Jeff Haseley Beckham, Odell NYG WR
1.07 7 Ari Ingel Green, A.J. CIN WR
1.08 8 Devin Knotts Evans, Mike TBB WR
1.09 9 John Norton Gordon, Melvin LAC RB
1.10 10 Jason Wood Freeman, Devonta ATL RB
1.11 11 Keith Roberts McCoy, LeSean BUF RB
1.12 12 Daniel Simpkins Cooper, Amari OAK WR
2.01 13 Daniel Simpkins Murray, DeMarco TEN RB
2.02 14 Keith Roberts Nelson, Jordy GBP WR
2.03 15 Jason Wood Ajayi, Jay MIA RB
2.04 16 John Norton Howard, Jordan CHI RB
2.05 17 Devin Knotts Thomas, Michael NOS WR
2.06 18 Ari Ingel Gronkowski, Rob NEP TE
2.07 19 Jeff Haseley Hilton, T.Y. IND WR
2.08 20 James Brimacombe Kelce, Travis KCC TE
2.09 21 Stephen Holloway Baldwin, Doug SEA WR
2.10 22 Bear Heiser Gurley, Todd LAR RB
2.11 23 Phil Alexander Bryant, Dez DAL WR
2.12 24 Chris Feery Cooks, Brandin NEP WR
3.01 25 Chris Feery Reed, Jordan WAS TE
3.02 26 Phil Alexander Mixon, Joe CIN RB (R)
3.03 27 Bear Heiser Fournette, Leonard JAC RB (R)
3.04 28 Stephen Holloway Miller, Lamar HOU RB
3.05 29 James Brimacombe Crowell, Isaiah CLE RB
3.06 30 Jeff Haseley Olsen, Greg CAR TE
3.07 31 Ari Ingel Allen, Keenan LAC WR
3.08 32 Devin Knotts Rodgers, Aaron GBP QB
3.09 33 John Norton Lynch, Marshawn OAK RB
3.10 34 Jason Wood Hopkins, DeAndre HOU WR
3.11 35 Keith Roberts Thomas, Demaryius DEN WR
3.12 36 Daniel Simpkins Robinson, Allen JAC WR
4.01 37 Daniel Simpkins Watkins, Sammy BUF WR
4.02 38 Keith Roberts Landry, Jarvis MIA WR
4.03 39 Jason Wood Brady, Tom NEP QB
4.04 40 John Norton Crabtree, Michael OAK WR
4.05 41 Devin Knotts Graham, Jimmy SEA TE
4.06 42 Ari Ingel Montgomery, Ty GBP RB
4.07 43 Jeff Haseley Brees, Drew NOS QB
4.08 44 James Brimacombe Jeffery, Alshon PHI WR
4.09 45 Stephen Holloway Fitzgerald, Larry ARI WR
4.10 46 Bear Heiser Adams, Davante GBP WR
4.11 47 Phil Alexander Hyde, Carlos SFO RB
4.12 48 Chris Feery Cook, Dalvin MIN RB (R)
5.01 49 Chris Feery Pryor, Terrelle WAS WR
5.02 50 Phil Alexander Bryant, Martavis PIT WR
5.03 51 Bear Heiser Eifert, Tyler CIN TE
5.04 52 Stephen Holloway Rudolph, Kyle MIN TE
5.05 53 James Brimacombe Ware, Spencer KCC RB
5.06 54 Jeff Haseley McCaffrey, Christian CAR RB (R)
5.07 55 Ari Ingel Abdullah, Ameer DET RB
5.08 56 Devin Knotts Hill, Tyreek KCC WR
5.09 57 John Norton Bennett, Martellus GBP TE
5.10 58 Jason Wood Tate, Golden DET WR
5.11 59 Keith Roberts Walker, Delanie TEN TE
5.12 60 Daniel Simpkins Luck, Andrew IND QB
6.01 61 Daniel Simpkins Henry, Derrick TEN RB
6.02 62 Keith Roberts Edelman, Julian NEP WR
6.03 63 Jason Wood Henry, Hunter LAC TE
6.04 64 John Norton Coleman, Tevin ATL RB
6.05 65 Devin Knotts Ertz, Zach PHI TE
6.06 66 Ari Ingel Sanders, Emmanuel DEN WR
6.07 67 Jeff Haseley Ingram, Mark NOS RB
6.08 68 James Brimacombe Ebron, Eric DET TE
6.09 69 Stephen Holloway Wilson, Russell SEA QB
6.10 70 Bear Heiser Marshall, Brandon NYG WR
6.11 71 Phil Alexander Doyle, Jack IND TE
6.12 72 Chris Feery Gillislee, Mike NEP RB
7.01 73 Chris Feery Thomas, Julius MIA TE
7.02 74 Phil Alexander Snead, Willie NOS WR
7.03 75 Bear Heiser Martin, Doug TBB RB
7.04 76 Stephen Holloway Benjamin, Kelvin CAR WR
7.05 77 James Brimacombe Perkins, Paul NYG RB
7.06 78 Jeff Haseley Diggs, Stefon MIN WR
7.07 79 Ari Ingel Anderson, C.J. DEN RB
7.08 80 Devin Knotts Woodhead, Danny BAL RB
7.09 81 John Norton Williams, Tyrell LAC WR
7.10 82 Jason Wood Brown, John ARI WR
7.11 83 Keith Roberts Powell, Bilal NYJ RB
7.12 84 Daniel Simpkins Hooper, Austin ATL TE
8.01 85 Daniel Simpkins Lacy, Eddie SEA RB
8.02 86 Keith Roberts Ryan, Matt ATL QB
8.03 87 Jason Wood Perine, Samaje WAS RB (R)
8.04 88 John Norton Winston, Jameis TBB QB
8.05 89 Devin Knotts Blount, LeGarrette PHI RB
8.06 90 Ari Ingel Moncrief, Donte IND WR
8.07 91 Jeff Haseley Crowder, Jamison WAS WR
8.08 92 James Brimacombe Garcon, Pierre SFO WR
8.09 93 Stephen Holloway Parker, DeVante MIA WR
8.10 94 Bear Heiser Carr, Derek OAK QB
8.11 95 Phil Alexander Peterson, Adrian NOS RB
8.12 96 Chris Feery Rivers, Philip LAC QB
9.01 97 Chris Feery Cobb, Randall GBP WR
9.02 98 Phil Alexander Mariota, Marcus TEN QB
9.03 99 Bear Heiser Jackson, DeSean TBB WR
9.04 100 Stephen Holloway Riddick, Theo DET RB
9.05 101 James Brimacombe Newton, Cam CAR QB
9.06 102 Jeff Haseley Gore, Frank IND RB
9.07 103 Ari Ingel Cousins, Kirk WAS QB
9.08 104 Devin Knotts Meredith, Cameron CHI WR
9.09 105 John Norton Decker, Eric TEN WR
9.10 106 Jason Wood Thielen, Adam MIN WR
9.11 107 Keith Roberts Maclin, Jeremy BAL WR
9.12 108 Daniel Simpkins Prosise, C.J. SEA RB
10.01 109 Daniel Simpkins Kamara, Alvin NOS RB (R)
10.02 110 Keith Roberts Johnson, Duke CLE RB
10.03 111 Jason Wood White, James NEP RB
10.04 112 John Norton Engram, Evan NYG TE (R)
10.05 113 Devin Knotts Fleener, Coby NOS TE
10.06 114 Ari Ingel Stafford, Matthew DET QB
10.07 115 Jeff Haseley Hunt, Kareem KCC RB (R)
10.08 116 James Brimacombe Stewart, Jonathan CAR RB
10.09 117 Stephen Holloway Coleman, Corey CLE WR
10.10 118 Bear Heiser Murray, Latavius MIN RB
10.11 119 Phil Alexander Enunwa, Quincy NYJ WR
10.12 120 Chris Feery Prescott, Dak DAL QB
11.01 121 Chris Feery Matthews, Jordan PHI WR
11.02 122 Phil Alexander Roethlisberger, Ben PIT QB
11.03 123 Bear Heiser White, Kevin CHI WR
11.04 124 Stephen Holloway Manning, Eli NYG QB
11.05 125 James Brimacombe Taylor, Tyrod BUF QB
11.06 126 Jeff Haseley Britt, Kenny CLE WR
11.07 127 Ari Ingel Dixon, Kenneth BAL RB
11.08 128 Devin Knotts Kelley, Rob WAS RB
11.09 129 John Norton Jones, Marvin DET WR
11.10 130 Jason Wood Brate, Cameron TBB TE
11.11 131 Keith Roberts Doctson, Josh WAS WR
11.12 132 Daniel Simpkins Forte, Matt NYJ RB
12.01 133 Daniel Simpkins Rawls, Thomas SEA RB
12.02 134 Keith Roberts Shepard, Sterling NYG WR
12.03 135 Jason Wood Wentz, Carson PHI QB
12.04 136 John Norton Dalton, Andy CIN QB
12.05 137 Devin Knotts Ginn Jr., Ted NOS WR
12.06 138 Ari Ingel Wallace, Mike BAL WR
12.07 139 Jeff Haseley Hill, Jeremy CIN RB
12.08 140 James Brimacombe Stills, Kenny MIA WR
12.09 141 Stephen Holloway Lee, Marqise JAC WR
12.10 142 Bear Heiser Bortles, Blake JAC QB
12.11 143 Phil Alexander Witten, Jason DAL TE
12.12 144 Chris Feery West, Terrance BAL RB
13.01 145 Chris Feery James, Jesse PIT TE
13.02 146 Phil Alexander Williams, Jamaal GBP RB (R)
13.03 147 Bear Heiser Fiedorowicz, C.J. HOU TE
13.04 148 Stephen Holloway Fuller, Will HOU WR
13.05 149 James Brimacombe Cook, Jared OAK TE
13.06 150 Jeff Haseley Gates, Antonio LAC TE
13.07 151 Ari Ingel Williams, Jonathan BUF RB
13.08 152 Devin Knotts Washington, DeAndre OAK RB
13.09 153 John Norton Hurns, Allen JAC WR
13.10 154 Jason Wood Bernard, Giovani CIN RB
13.11 155 Keith Roberts Beasley, Cole DAL WR
13.12 156 Daniel Simpkins Lockett, Tyler SEA WR
14.01 157 Daniel Simpkins Njoku, David CLE TE (R)
14.02 158 Keith Roberts Howard, O.J. TBB TE (R)
14.03 159 Jason Wood Woods, Robert LAR WR
14.04 160 John Norton Charles, Jamaal DEN RB
14.05 161 Devin Knotts Bryant, Matt ATL PK
14.06 162 Ari Ingel Allen, Dwayne NEP TE
14.07 163 Jeff Haseley Matthews, Rishard TEN WR
14.08 164 James Brimacombe Flacco, Joe BAL QB
14.09 165 Stephen Holloway Williams, Joe SFO RB (R)
14.10 166 Bear Heiser Broncos, Denver DEN Def
14.11 167 Phil Alexander Davis, Corey TEN WR (R)
14.12 168 Chris Feery McFadden, Darren DAL RB
15.01 169 Chris Feery Austin, Tavon LAR WR
15.02 170 Phil Alexander Clay, Charles BUF TE
15.03 171 Bear Heiser Conner, James PIT RB (R)
15.04 172 Stephen Holloway Texans, Houston HOU Def
15.05 173 James Brimacombe Sanu, Mohamed ATL WR
15.06 174 Jeff Haseley Hoyer, Brian SFO QB
15.07 175 Ari Ingel Barnidge, Gary FA TE
15.08 176 Devin Knotts Tannehill, Ryan MIA QB
15.09 177 John Norton Chiefs, Kansas City KCC Def
15.10 178 Jason Wood Perriman, Breshad BAL WR
15.11 179 Keith Roberts Cardinals, Arizona ARI Def
15.12 180 Daniel Simpkins Booker, Devontae DEN RB
16.01 181 Daniel Simpkins Gabriel, Taylor ATL WR
16.02 182 Keith Roberts Palmer, Carson ARI QB
16.03 183 Jason Wood Mack, Marlon IND RB (R)
16.04 184 John Norton Shaheen, Adam CHI TE (R)
16.05 185 Devin Knotts Vikings, Minnesota MIN Def
16.06 186 Ari Ingel Seahawks, Seattle SEA Def
16.07 187 Jeff Haseley Watson, Ben BAL TE
16.08 188 James Brimacombe Patriots, New England NEP Def
16.09 189 Stephen Holloway Tucker, Justin BAL PK
16.10 190 Bear Heiser Treadwell, Laquon MIN WR
16.11 191 Phil Alexander Panthers, Carolina CAR Def
16.12 192 Chris Feery Giants, New York NYG Def
17.01 193 Chris Feery Gostkowski, Stephen NEP PK
17.02 194 Phil Alexander Golladay, Kenny DET WR (R)
17.03 195 Bear Heiser Bailey, Dan DAL PK
17.04 196 Stephen Holloway Seferian-Jenkins, Austin NYJ TE
17.05 197 James Brimacombe Falcons, Atlanta ATL Def
17.06 198 Jeff Haseley Crosby, Mason GBP PK
17.07 199 Ari Ingel Eagles, Philadelphia PHI Def
17.08 200 Devin Knotts Gallman, Wayne NYG RB (R)
17.09 201 John Norton Santos, Cairo KCC PK
17.10 202 Jason Wood Rams, Los Angeles LAR Def
17.11 203 Keith Roberts Lutz, Wil NOS PK
17.12 204 Daniel Simpkins Smith, Alex KCC QB
18.01 205 Daniel Simpkins Ravens, Baltimore BAL Def
18.02 206 Keith Roberts Sproles, Darren PHI RB
18.03 207 Jason Wood Anderson, Robby NYJ WR
18.04 208 John Norton Buccaneers, Tampa Bay TBB Def
18.05 209 Devin Knotts McManus, Brandon DEN PK
18.06 210 Ari Ingel Vereen, Shane NYG RB
18.07 211 Jeff Haseley Chargers, Los Angeles LAC Def
18.08 212 James Brimacombe Nelson, J.J. ARI WR
18.09 213 Stephen Holloway Thompson, Chris WAS RB
18.10 214 Bear Heiser Ross, John CIN WR (R)
18.11 215 Phil Alexander Janikowski, Sebastian OAK PK
18.12 216 Chris Feery Steelers, Pittsburgh PIT Def
19.01 217 Chris Feery Goff, Jared LAR QB
19.02 218 Phil Alexander Prater, Matt DET PK
19.03 219 Bear Heiser Bills, Buffalo BUF Def
19.04 220 Stephen Holloway Raiders, Oakland OAK Def
19.05 221 James Brimacombe Aguayo, Roberto TBB PK
19.06 222 Jeff Haseley Jaguars, Jacksonville JAC Def
19.07 223 Ari Ingel Gano, Graham CAR PK
19.08 224 Devin Knotts Richard, Jalen OAK RB
19.09 225 John Norton Vinatieri, Adam IND PK
19.10 226 Jason Wood Boswell, Chris PIT PK
19.11 227 Keith Roberts Foreman, D'Onta HOU RB (R)
19.12 228 Daniel Simpkins Hopkins, Dustin WAS PK
20.01 229 Daniel Simpkins Bengals, Cincinnati CIN Def
20.02 230 Keith Roberts Titans, Tennessee TEN Def
20.03 231 Jason Wood Dolphins, Miami MIA Def
20.04 232 John Norton Boyd, Tyler CIN WR
20.05 233 Devin Knotts Packers, Green Bay GBP Def
20.06 234 Ari Ingel Novak, Nick HOU PK
20.07 235 Jeff Haseley Forbath, Kai MIN PK
20.08 236 James Brimacombe Sturgis, Caleb PHI PK
20.09 237 Stephen Holloway Davis, Vernon WAS TE
20.10 238 Bear Heiser Dawson, Phil ARI PK
20.11 239 Phil Alexander Cowboys, Dallas DAL Def
20.12 240 Chris Feery Catanzaro, Chandler NYJ PK

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