The Stress of Picking 1st Overall In Fantasy Football PPR Drafts

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Having the first overall pick in fantasy football drafts can be stressful. Do you go with Todd Gurley or Le'Veon Bell? Then, you have to wait until pick 24 to select another player in a 12 team league!

I would much prefer to pick 2nd if I had to pick from the top of the draft. At two, you just take whichever player was not selected. If the owner with the first pick left you with both RBs, it's back to square one!

You can plan on using your draft strategy, but so many things can happen between picks that you have to be flexible.

What do you do at the 2/3 turn?
  • If there is a run on RBs, I say grab two WRs
  • If there is a run on WRs, I say go with a RB/WR duo 
  • If Rob Gronkowski/Travis Kelce are still on the board, do you draft a TE in the top 25?
I was asked to take part in a 12 team, 12 round, PPR mock draft with some fantasy football experts. I landed that #1 draft slot and we only had 30 seconds to make a pick!

The Stress of Picking 1st Overall In Fantasy Football PPR Drafts

Round 1 - 1.01 (1)- Todd Gurley, RB, St. Louis Rams
I queued up Gurley 20 minutes before the draft started and walked away so I did not debate Gurley vs Bell.

Round 2 - 2.12 (24) -Adam Thielen, WR, Minnesota Vikings
Round two was WR heavy and saw Doug Baldwin and Stefon Diggs come off the board right before my pick.

Gronk was selected 20th overall, the 8th pick in the second round.

Round 3 - 3.01 (25) - Christian McCaffrey, RB, Carolina Panthers
I was torn between CMC and Jordan Howard, but this being a PPR league, I decided to roll with the Panthers running back.

Prior to learning Derrius Guice would be out for the year with a torn ACL, Dennis Sosic selected him with the final pick of the third round, 36th overall.

Round 4 - 4.12 (48) - Alex Collins, RB, Baltimore Ravens
Nine of the 11 picks before me in the 4th round were WRs, I had no choice but to select my top-ranked RB remaining. This was nearly a full round below his current ADP of 40, so pretty good value in my mind, despite being my 3rd RB drafting and default FLEX starter.

The next RB drafted was Derrick Henry and Robert Woods was the next WR selected.

Who would you rather have - Collins, Henry or Woods?

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Round 5 - 5.01 (49) - Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks
It is important to remember, we only had 30 seconds between picks. I was scrambling to update my rankings sheet, as the fourth round finished quickly.

Word to the wise, import your ranking to Yahoo so it will do it for you automatically!

After I made this pick, I commented in the chat - "OMG, wtf did I just do?!"

I doubt I will find myself selecting a QB with the 49th pick in any money leagues this year unless Aaron Rodgers is still available.

Rodgers went 3.03 (27th overall) and Deshaun Watson was the 3rd QB drafted with the pick after Wilson.

Tom Brady was drafted in the 7th round.

Round 6 - 6.12 (72) - Jimmy Graham, TE, Green Bay Packers
I used the 72nd pick on Graham, the sixth tight end selected. I had no idea that after six rounds, my team would feature just one WR. That's just the way the draft went. I probably would have used the pick on Devin Funchess, had he not gone 6.11.

Round 7 - 7.01 (73) - Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Denver Broncos
I was happy here with Sanders, especially with Will Fuller being the next WR drafted. His ADP is probably a more accurate place for him, 88th, making him WR35 and a WR3. I needed a WR though and he was the best one available.

Round 8 - 8.12 (96) - Davante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins
This felt like a good place fer me to draft a WR1 on the NFL depth chart and a risky play with upside.

Round 9 - 9.01 (97) - Marqise Lee, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
via AirYards.com, WOPR stands for Weighted Opportunity Rating. WOPR is a weighted combination of the share of team targets a player receives and the share of team air yards.

Lee's 0.59 WOPR last year was tied with Mike Evans & Demaryius Thomas and higher than a whole bunch of other WRs already drafted, including Devin Funchess, Larry Fitzgerald & Jarvis Landry.



Round 10 - 10.12 (120) - Tyrell Williams, WR, Los Angeles Chargers
Bobby Shepherd wrote about Tyrell Williams and why you should draft him, over at FantasySixPack.net

Round 11 - 11.01 (121) - LeGarrette Blount, RB, Detroit Lions
I had not drafted a RB since the 4th round, but Blount is my 4th RB. The Lions will probably try out rookie RB Kerryon Johnson early in the year, but Blount should handle most of the goal line work and could lead the team in carries by the end of the season.

Round 12 - 12.12 (144) - Seattle Seahawks, DST
The Seahawks defense is not what it once was, but I had the last pick in the draft and therefore was the last team to pick a defense. I am ok streaming defenses if what is left of the Legion of Boom fails to be a strong enough defense in 2018.

Below are links to the 11 other owners thoughts on their drafts.

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