The time for mock drafts ahead of the 2022 fantasy football season is running out. These test runs of your strategy are critical for ensuring you know your plans inside and out before embarking on the real thing. However, simply looking at how different drafts play out can also help. That is where we are here to help at PFN. Each week, we are performing and analyzing a 2022 fantasy football mock draft to help you look at different team builds and how things shape out.
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The starting lineup used for this mock was: QB, RB, RB, WR, WR, TE, two Flex spots, and one Superflex spot with six bench positions. We added an extra roster spot from previous mocks so that we could see what the depth would look like by going 15 rounds instead of 14.
Kickers and D/ST were not included in this mock. All of our analysts involved subscribe to the concept that both positions should be selected in the final rounds. For more insight into the thought process behind drafting D/STs and kickers, sign up for our Fantasy Football Draft Kit available through the PFN Pass.
If you want to look at how the full draft played out in real-time, you can find a link to the full draft board, as well as a comprehensive round-by-round list of selections, below the team analysis.
In this mock, each of our four analysts selected three different teams. Ian Wharton (IW) had teams 1, 5, and 9. Tommy Garrett (TG) had teams 2, 6, and 10. Ben Rolfe (BR) had teams 3, 7, and 11. Jason Katz (JK) had teams 4, 8, and 12.
Team 1 – IW
R1: Lamar Jackson, QB, BAL
R2: Derrick Henry, RB, TEN
R3: Dalvin Cook, RB, MIN
R4: Jameis Winston, QB, NO
R5: Michael Pittman Jr., WR, IND
R6: Chris Godwin, WR, TB
R7: Marquise Brown, WR, ARI
R8: Rhamondre Stevenson, RB, NE
R9: Melvin Gordon III, RB, DEN
R10: Dawson Knox, TE, BUF
R11: Baker Mayfield, QB, CAR
R12: Jameson Williams, WR, DET
R13: Rondale Moore, WR, ARI
R14: Romeo Doubs, WR, GB
R15: Jamaal Williams, RB, DET
My first thought with this team was, “let’s get weird,” and go for upside as often as I can. By taking Lamar Jackson first overall and then a pair of dominant running backs, this team has a strong backbone. Jackson might not have the floor of Josh Allen or Patrick Mahomes, but the Ravens’ offense appears set to unleash him on the ground as they did in 2020.
I opted to take Jameis Winston as my swing for a second QB. I was surprised he fell below other passers who have achieved less in the league or are younger and in worse situations. He fits my upside mold perfectly.
My receiving room is a good mix of established talent and room for growth. Michael Pittman Jr. and Chris Godwin are easily WR1s in efficient passing games. Marquise Brown will have plenty of opportunities in Arizona until DeAndre Hopkins returns. Godwin should be back to full form once Brown is likely to see a drop-off in targets.
I like my Flex options since I went with Rhamondre Stevenson and Melvin Gordon. These two will play in rotations in advantageous situations. Plus, they’re backups on my team, so I don’t have to rely upon them often.
Overall, I like my team a lot. The tight end position is weak unless Dawson Knox repeats his touchdown production. I tried to accumulate ascending young players late in the draft, with Romeo Doubs as my favorite sleeper.
Team 2 – TG
R1: Josh Allen, QB, BUF
R2: Stefon Diggs, WR, BUF
R3: Najee Harris, RB, PIT
R4: Cam Akers, RB, LAR
R5: Deshaun Watson, QB, CLE
R6: Dalton Schultz, TE, DAL
R7: Darnell Mooney, WR, CHI
R8: Brandon Aiyuk, WR, SF
R9: Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, KC
R10: Davis Mills, QB, HOU
R11: Kadarius Toney, WR, NYG
R12: George Pickens, WR, PIT
R13: Dameon Pierce, RB, HOU
R14: Pat Freiermuth, TE, PIT
R15: Alec Pierce, WR, IND
Anytime you can snag Josh Allen at the 1.01 in a Superflex draft, you had a good day. As far as my QB2 goes, we’ll see because I took a major gamble on Deshaun Watson. There were several QBs all in a similar range, and after Derek Carr and Kirk Cousins went, I opted to wait for one in that tier.
Ideally, I would have gotten Jameis Winston, but when I took Cam Akers, Ian snagged Winston at the turn. Of the mid-tier guys, Watson is out of place talent-wise — he’s top six based on what we last saw. If he plays in 2022, it’s a week-winning duo. If he doesn’t, I have to hope my projections are right and Allen smashes the record books as Davis Mills, while okay, is not going to raise my ceiling.
I love my first two running backs: Najee Harris and Akers. The volume floor is absurdly high. While I’m slightly lower on Harris (RB7) than others, I’m higher on Akers (RB16). I bit the bullet in the game of chicken to draft Clyde Edwards-Helaire, but in the ninth round, I’ll take that one for the team and add some upside.
The pass catchers are what shine on this team. Not only do we have a stack with Allen and Stefon Diggs, but in a league that can start four wide receivers, having Darnell Mooney, Brandon Aiyuk, Kadarius Toney, and George Pickens filling it out is an absurd amount of upside.
This team has some risks, but for me, the ceiling outweighs the questions. Add in my TE4 with Dalton Schultz — the forgotten TE3 of last year –, and all in all, this was a solid build, even if the QB situation is up for debate.
Team 3 – BR
R1: Patrick Mahomes, QB, KC
R2: Ja’Marr Chase, WR, CIN
R3: Travis Kelce, TE, KC
R4: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, DAL
R5: Antonio Gibson, RB, WAS
R6: Brandin Cooks, WR, HOU
R7: Josh Jacobs, RB, LV
R8: Kenneth Walker III, RB, SEA
R9: Ryan Tannehill, QB, TEN
R10: Tyler Lockett, WR, SEA
R11: Chase Claypool, WR, PIT
R12: Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR, KC
R13: Julio Jones, WR, TB
R14: Marlon Mack, RB, HOU
R15: Kenyan Drake, RB, LV
Starting with Mahomes, Chase, Kelce, and Elliott offers a solid base option at all four positions. Going WR-TE in the second and third rounds of a Superflex draft is risky as it leaves you potentially chasing the game at both QB and RB. Getting Elliott in the fourth round was a nice bonus, and had he not been there, I would probably say the gamble did not work out.
Backing up the fourth-round selection of Elliott with Gibson, Jacobs, and Walker in the fifth, seventh, and eighth means the RB position on this roster has plenty of viable options. Handcuffing Jacobs with Drake while also grabbing Mack in the penultimate rounds adds some security and a potential starter later in the season.
Pairing Chase with Cooks, Lockett, Claypool, Valdes-Scantling, and Jones offers plenty of cards to play at WR. Cooks should be a solid starter every week, and the other four should provide Flex options with upside. The weakness here is that there is a lack of week-to-week floor options at the position. Hopefully, the RBs, Mahomes, and Kelce can offer that security, and this can be the upside group on the roster.
The crux of the issue with this build is the Superflex position. Tannehill is one of the weakest second QBs taken in the draft. The issue was that when we reached the back end of the second round, there were not really any options that felt right over Chase and Kelce at those points. Then the position was very flat, so it became a point of loading up elsewhere until the value leveled out. Tannehill was that point. Really, the biggest mistake here was not immediately grabbing a QB3 to pair with Tannehill.
Team 4 – JK
R1: Justin Herbert, QB, LAC
R2: Derek Carr, QB, LV
R3: Joe Mixon, RB, CIN
R4: Mike Evans, WR, TB
R5: Keenan Allen, WR, LAC
R6: AJ Dillon, RB, GB
R7: Travis Etienne Jr., RB, JAX
R8: Adam Thielen, WR, MIN
R9: Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, DET
R10: Robert Woods, WR, TEN
R11: Isaiah Spiller, RB, LAC
R12: Cole Kmet, TE, CHI
R13: Russell Gage, WR, TB
R14: Ronald Jones II, RB, KC
R15: Irv Smith Jr., TE, MIN
Whenever I pick toward the top in a Superflex draft, I’m taking a quarterback. It’s great to get an elite guy like Justin Herbert at 1.04, but when you have a high pick, there’s no guarantee you can double tap QB in the second. So if you pass on a QB in the first, you’re really rolling the dice.
After Herbert, I was able to go grab the last of the “big 15” quarterbacks in Derek Carr. There’s a serious cliff after Carr so I couldn’t pass him up.
The third round was really the start of a “normal” draft. Joe Mixon was the highest RB on my board, and in the fourth, Mike Evans was the highest WR on my board. In the fifth, I went with Keenan Allen over Tee Higgins, even though I have Higgins ranked higher because I wanted the upside of the stack with Herbert.
Being able to grab AJ Dillon and Travis Etienne in the sixth and seventh rounds was ideal. After those two, there’s a sizable drop to the next guys. It’s a great feeling when you consistently can grab the last players in a tier.
With my next three picks, I triple-tapped wide receiver. Adam Thielen is someone I’m super high on this season. Amon-Ra St. Brown is in that group of upside sophomore wide receivers. And Robert Woods is the presumptive WR1 in Tennessee. He probably has the least upside of the three, but he’s also my WR5.
In the 11th round, I wanted to take a tight end, but I rolled the dice that Cole Kmet would fall to me in Round 10 and went with Isaiah Spiller instead. Kmet did end up making it back to me.
In the 13th round, somehow, Russell Gage was still available. It appears the Julio Jones signing, and Chris Godwin’s positive reports are sending Gage’s ADP tumbling. I’m happy to scoop up the value.
Ronald Jones in the 14th round was well worth the dice roll, and I went with Irv Smith Jr. at my final pick because Kmet isn’t exactly a sure thing at tight end. Looking back on it, even though I have Herbert and Carr at quarterback, I probably should’ve grabbed a third one at some point. If this were a real league, I imagine I’d be stashing an upside backup QB after Week 1 and dropping whichever of my late-round picks doesn’t fire.
Team 5 – IW
R1: Kyler Murray, QB, ARI
R2: Austin Ekeler, RB, LAC
R3: Davante Adams, WR, LV
R4: Trevor Lawrence, QB, JAX
R5: Elijah Mitchell, RB, SF
R6: Mike Williams, WR, LAC
R7: Dallas Goedert, TE, PHI
R8: Jerry Jeudy, WR, DEN
R9: Kareem Hunt, RB, CLE
R10: Allen Lazard, WR, GB
R11: Rachaad White, RB, TB
R12: Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, SF
R13: Nico Collins, WR, HOU
R14: D’Ernest Johnson, RB, CLE
R15: Robert Tonyan, TE, GB
This might be one of the riskiest fantasy rosters I’ve assembled in any of our mock drafts. I’m hoping the injuries are turned off for this season with Team 5. Starting with Kyler Murray, Austin Ekeler, Elijah Mitchell, and Mike Williams gives me sky-high potential and good value with each pick. But things can get dicey quickly, considering the likelihood each will miss several games.
I tried to balance some of those injury concerns by grabbing Jerry Jeudy, Allen Lazard, and Nico Collins. These aren’t locked-in fantasy starters yet, but each is entering a better situation in 2022. My hope is for this depth to prove valuable.
I probably should have opted against Kareem Hunt with Miles Sanders still on the board. I’d also swap out Williams for Mooney or Cooks if I could. I love Williams’ upside, but he’ll miss games, and I don’t know if this team can afford it.
This could be a great team or maybe the worst in the league if the worst-case scenario happens.
Team 6 – TG
R1: Jonathan Taylor, RB, IND
R2: Christian McCaffrey, RB, CAR
R3: Tua Tagovailoa, QB, MIA
R4: Mark Andrews, TE, BAL
R5: Courtland Sutton, WR, DEN
R6: Jaylen Waddle, WR, MIA
R7: Mac Jones, QB, NE
R8: Gabriel Davis, WR, BUF
R9: Rashaad Penny, RB, SEA
R10: Hunter Renfrow, WR, LV
R11: Jared Goff, QB, DET
R12: Chris Olave, WR, NO
R13: J.D. McKissic, RB, WAS
R14: DeVante Parker, WR, NE
R15: Mark Ingram II, RB, NO
Can you build a Superflex team that can compete for a championship without drafting a quarterback in the first two picks? Spoiler alert: You can, but the draft needs to fall your way. Otherwise, you’re screwed.
Watching the top five QBs go in order placed me in a difficult spot. I could take a secure quarterback like Jalen Hurts and lock in my QB1. Or I could risk it for the biscuit and take Jonathan Taylor, the consensus 1.01 in non-SF drafts.
Alright, give me Taylor. I’m sure a QB will be there in the second round. Unfortunately, this draft went like a ton of sharp ones go, with QBs flying off the boards. In fact, nine more went after Taylor.
Yes, Derek Carr was still available. He likely was the smart choice. But imagine the season Christian McCaffrey can have if he stays healthy? Now imagine that on the same team as Taylor, and tell me that’s not intriguing.
I’m going all-in as I take CMC to pair with Taylor in one of the oddest and best one-two punches ever. I waited a while before drafting my RB3, as when you have that duo, I think it’s fair. Rashaad Penny gives some upside, as did J.D. McKissic and Mark Ingram. But if all goes according to plan, I’ll never start them outside of bye weeks.
As far as my quarterbacks go, the draft finally cooled off with teams focusing on roster building at other positions. I was able to draft Tua Tagovailoa, Mac Jones, and Jared Goff. Does it lack upside? Yes. But will it get the job done? Also yes. Tua and Jones shouldn’t lose me any weeks, and each will be in the upper teens to the low 20s week in and week out. I can absolutely live with that.
As far as the pass catchers go, if you wait on QB, you better make sure the rest of the team is stacked. I felt I did a decent job of that, drafting Mark Andrews, Courtland Sutton, Jalen Waddle, Gabriel Davis, Hunter Renfrow, and Chris Olave.
Was this the ideal way to build a team? No, it wasn’t. However, if you stay on your toes, read the draft board, and get a bit lucky, any start can become a viable fantasy football team ready to compete.
Team 7 – BR
R1: Russell Wilson, QB, SEA
R2: Deebo Samuel, WR, SF
R3: Saquon Barkley, RB, NYG
R4: Javonte Williams, RB, DEN
R5: DJ Moore, WR, CAR
R6: George Kittle, TE, SF
R7: Amari Cooper, WR, CLE
R8: Daniel Jones, QB, NYG
R9: Miles Sanders, RB, PHI
R10: Zach Wilson, QB, NYJ
R11: Darrell Henderson, RB, LAR
R12: Garrett Wilson, WR, NYJ
R13: Darrel Williams, RB, ARI
R14: Kenny Golladay, WR, NYG
R15: Mike Gesicki, TE, MIA
Wilson is one of my top targets for 2022, so getting him to anchor my team is a nice start. While I am also a big fan of Samuel, I would have ideally started this draft QB-QB. However, Cousins was the last QB in the tier for me. Therefore, I pushed the choices at the position into the future. What that netted me was a combination of Jones and Wilson. Jones is a player I am excited to draft at this price, but having him as my QB2 is a risk. Pairing him with Wilson hardly mitigates that risk, but it does give me two bites at the big apple.
Not going QB in the second round allowed me to get a WR I feel great about this year in Samuel. Backing that up in the next three rounds with Barkley, Javonte Williams, and Moore offers both a nice floor and plenty of upside. Once I knew I was going to target Jones at QB, taking Kittle in the sixth was an easy decision. He was the last of the tier and offers a lot of upside over the other middle-round tight ends.
A starting WR trio of Samuel, Moore, and Cooper allowed me to shoot for upside with Garrett Wilson and Golladay in the later rounds. The starting RB duo of Javonte Williams and Barkley meant I could sit on RB and pick value. In the group of Sanders, Henderson, and Darrel Williams, there is plenty of potential value from rounds nine through 15.
I somewhat like how this team looked at the end, but the depth is weak at RB and WR. Taking Kittle over Waddle, Williams, Godwin, Mooney, Dillon, and Jacobs hurt that depth. If he stays healthy, it was worth it. However, if he gets hurt, the risk has the potential to leave me scrambling for multiple positions on the waiver wire.
Team 8 – JK
R1: Jalen Hurts, QB, PHI
R2: Kirk Cousins, QB, MIN
R3: Leonard Fournette, RB, TB
R4: Tyreek Hill, WR, MIA
R5: Tee Higgins, WR, CIN
R6: Diontae Johnson, WR, PIT
R7: JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, KC
R8: Devin Singletary, RB, BUF
R9: T.J. Hockenson, TE, DET
R10: Damien Harris, RB, NE
R11: Carson Wentz, QB, WAS
R12: Alexander Mattison, RB, MIN
R13: Jalen Tolbert, WR, DAL
R14: Nyheim Hines, RB, IND
R15: K.J. Osborn, WR, MIN
I try to treat each draft slot independently of the others, and I’m still trying to double up on quarterback. Jalen Hurts was my highest-ranked QB, and I was able to follow that up with Kirk Cousins. With my quarterbacks set, I could forget about the position and focus on running backs and wide receivers.
My next three picks are three of my favorite players this season: Leonard Fournette, Tyreek Hill, and Tee Higgins. They were all simply a matter of taking the highest-ranked player on my board.
In the sixth and seventh rounds, I struggled a bit because there wasn’t a singular player I was interested in. I went with Diontae Johnson in the sixth, but I was very close to taking George Kittle, Jaylen Waddle, and Mike Williams – the next three players off the board.
In the seventh, I grabbed JuJu Smith-Schuster. While I’m quite high on JuJu, he’s one of approximately 12 wide receivers I have valued very similarly. On Team 4, I mentioned how great it is to get players at the bottom of tiers. With these last two picks, I felt like I was taking players at the top of tiers. That’s just how it goes sometimes.
I was very worried approaching my eighth-round pick that I’d waited too long on my RB2. Fortunately, Devin Singletary was still there. After him, there’s a drop-off as far as I’m concerned.
In the ninth round, I reluctantly selected T.J. Hockenson because I didn’t have any strong feelings on the WRs or RBs. I specifically wanted to avoid taking Damien Harris. As fate would have it, I wound up taking Harris in the 10th. I don’t like Harris at all this season, but, at some point, the value is just worth it.
In the 11th, I grabbed my QB3, Carson Wentz. I wish I could’ve gotten him with my team picking 12, but as I indicated above, I want all of these picks to be honest.
My final four picks were all upside plays. Alexander Mattison is one of the true elite upside handcuffs. Jalen Tolbert is the starting WR2 in Dallas while Michael Gallup and James Washington are out. Nyheim Hines could have a nice PPR floor with Matt Ryan at quarterback. And K.J. Osborn has WR2 upside if Thielen or Jefferson misses time.
This was easily the favorite of my three teams. I don’t regret any of the picks. I just wish in certain spots, a couple of players I was targeting fell just a little bit further to make it to me.
Team 9 – IW
R1: Joe Burrow, QB, CIN
R2: Trey Lance, QB, SF
R3: Alvin Kamara, RB, NO
R4: CeeDee Lamb, WR, DAL
R5: Breece Hall, RB, NYJ
R6: DK Metcalf, WR, SEA
R7: J.K. Dobbins, RB, BAL
R8: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, ARI
R9: Albert Okwuegbunam, TE, DEN
R10: DeVonta Smith, WR, PHI
R11: Tyler Allgeier, RB, ATL
R12: Zamir White, RB, LV
R13: Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, CLE
R14: Raheem Mostert, RB, MIA
R15: Hunter Henry, TE, NE
Since my other two teams deviated from taking QBs back-to-back in the top two rounds, I knew I was going to force the issue here. I was ecstatic to walk away with Joe Burrow and Trey Lance. These are both possible top-five fantasy quarterbacks.
I happily grabbed Alvin Kamara as a potential top-five back as well. Then, I made a mistake that defined the rest of my draft. Taking CeeDee Lamb over Javonte Williams left me with only two decent backs to pick from at the 5.9. Since I didn’t have my second back already, I feel my starting lineup is a bit weak with Breece Hall starting.
The alternate option was to take Williams over Lamb and then grab my receivers in the fifth and sixth rounds. I believe my roster would have been stronger from that decision. Instead, I’m relying on J.K. Dobbins, whom I am high on, and rookies as my depth.
There are things I love about this roster, but I can easily see it needing a shake-up if Kamara is suspended and Dobbins isn’t 100% himself for some time. I’ll also be relying on DeVonta Smith more than I’d prefer until DeAndre Hopkins returns. I could have opted for a more available receiver for my flex spot.
Team 10 – TG
R1: Dak Prescott, QB, DAL
R2: Matthew Stafford, QB, LAR
R3: D’Andre Swift, RB, DET
R4: James Conner, RB, ARI
R5: A.J. Brown, WR, PHI
R6: Allen Robinson, WR, LAR
R7: Michael Thomas, WR, NO
R8: Chase Edmonds, RB, MIA
R9: Elijah Moore, WR, NYJ
R10: Zach Ertz, TE, ARI
R11: Skyy Moore, WR, KC
R12: Khalil Herbert, RB, CHI
R13: Jakobi Meyers, WR, NE
R14: Jahan Dotson, WR, WAS
R15: Mitchell Trubisky, QB, PIT
While not the sexiest of teams, this is the most well-rounded of the trio. With two different builds (QB-RB and RB-RB), I stuck with the draft and the format by going QB-QB, drafting Dak Prescott and Matthew Stafford. I did consider Trey Lance — who went one pick after Stafford — for more upside, but I’ll take the security of Stafford and the Rams offense as my QB2. With my final pick, I drafted the cheapest QB3 imaginable, Mitchell Trubisky. If he’s starting for me, something likely went wrong.
I tried to stay in the pocket of the draft, using the round-by-round value to dictate when I could go after each position. After securing both QBs, I went RB-RB in the third and fourth as it drops off quickly, selecting D’Andre Swift and James Conner. That adds two things to my roster: pass-catching upside from my RB position and a significant portion of red-zone opportunities. Rounding this room out is Chase Edmonds, my pick to lead the Dolphins’ rushing game, and Khalil Herbert.
Going QB-QB-RB-RB locked me into hammering receivers. That’s perfect as the depth of the position shines in the middle rounds. Starting with A.J. Brown for some upside, I followed with Allen Robinson and Michael Thomas. Both Robinson and Thomas are near locks to outperform their respective ADPs. Then came Elijah Moore, Skyy Moore, Jakobi Meyers, and Jahan Dotson. Floor, ceiling, second-year breakouts, and rookie phenoms. I’d say that has it all.
Capped off by Zach Ertz, this is the most complete team I drafted. Perhaps it was sitting in the back part of the draft that made it easier to go QB-QB. When compared to the 1.02 and 1.06 teams, QBs were by far the better value at their respective picks than in the others. It just shows that any draft strategy can work if you’re willing to let the position and board dictate how you should play it rather than forcing something else.
Team 11 – BR
R1: Tom Brady, QB, TB
R2: Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB
R3: Aaron Jones, RB, GB
R4: David Montgomery, RB, CHI
R5: Darren Waller, TE, LV
R6: Terry McLaurin, WR, WAS
R7: Cordarrelle Patterson, RB, ATL
R8: Drake London, WR, ATL
R9: James Robinson, RB, JAX
R10: Treylon Burks, WR, TEN
R11: Tyler Boyd, WR, CIN
R12: Gus Edwards, RB, BAL
R13: Michael Gallup, WR, DAL
R14: Jamison Crowder, WR, BUF
R15: Tyrion Davis-Price, RB, SF
The first four selections of this build are not all that eye-opening. In Brady, Rodgers, Jones, and Montgomery, there is a solid floor start who all have enough upside to not cap the weekly ceiling of the lineup. That solid start allowed what may be viewed as a luxury of taking Waller before getting a receiver on the roster. Choosing Waller over Pitts is risky, but Pitts is going to draw a lot of attention from defenses this year, and Waller just edges him in my projections.
As a first receiver on the roster, McLaurin is a solid option. He is the clear No. 1 in his offense and offers a solid value at this point of the draft. Backing him up with London and Burks as my next two receivers presents some risk with two rookies. However, London should see plenty of targets as the Falcons’ WR1. To mitigate that risk, I grabbed some potential solid floor options in Boyd and Crowder — assuming he wins the WR3 job in Buffalo — late in the draft.
Starting with Jones and Montgomery allowed me to go for upside in the middle rounds at RB. Patterson is a sleeper for me this year, and Robinson appears to be returning nicely from his injury. Edwards and Davis-Price are upside plays, and having the potential to activate Gallup and Edwards as fresh bodies in Week 7 is highly appealing.
This was my favorite build of the four. Starting QB-QB and then going RB-RB really set the roster up nicely. The depth at the WR position this year allows you to start that way and still find solid options in the middle of the draft.
Team 12 – JK
R1: Cooper Kupp, WR, LAR
R2: Justin Jefferson, WR, MIN
R3: Nick Chubb, RB, CLE
R4: Justin Fields, QB, CHI
R5: Kyle Pitts, TE, ATL
R6: Matt Ryan, QB, IND
R7: Tony Pollard, RB, DAL
R8: Rashod Bateman, WR, BAL
R9: James Cook, RB, BUF
R10: Michael Carter, RB, NYJ
R11: Christian Kirk, WR, JAX
R12: Marcus Mariota, QB, ATL
R13: Jarvis Landry, WR, NO
R14: Kenneth Gainwell, RB, PHI
R15: Isaiah McKenzie, WR, BUF
This one was admittedly a bit of an experiment. I could’ve paired Aaron Rodgers and Matthew Stafford – two low-end QB1s. Or, I could take the top two wide receivers in fantasy and see how it played out. So here’s what a team with Cooper Kupp and Justin Jefferson on it looks like.
In the third, Nick Chubb was the top RB on my board, so I grabbed him. Unfortunately, I had to take a quarterback. I went with Justin Fields because he has the highest ceiling of the QBs available. Taking Fields over guys like Tyreek Hill and CeeDee Lamb certainly didn’t feel great, but it would’ve been too risky to wait even longer on a quarterback.
At the 5-6 turn, I paired Kyle Pitts with his former quarterback, Matt Ryan. Given the disadvantage I know I will have at QB, I needed the safety of Ryan and the upside of Pitts. This team only works if it wins considerably at other positions.
At the 7-8 turn, I grabbed Tony Pollard, who has a high ceiling, to pair with my floor-based RB1 in Chubb. Then I took Rashod Bateman, hoping his WR1 target share in Baltimore turns him into a WR2 in fantasy.
Since my top two wide receivers are literally as good as it can possibly get, I felt like it was more important to secure two capable running backs at the 9-10 turn. James Cook and Michael Carter fit the bill as satellite backs with upside.
I was happy to get Christian Kirk as my WR4 in the 11th, but Marcus Mariota as my QB3 on a team that didn’t take a quarterback in the first two rounds is less than stellar. In hindsight, I should’ve taken Davis Mills, Carson Wentz, or Jared Goff instead of one of Cook or Carter.
Since I was a bit thin at WR behind Kupp and Jefferson, I made what I perceived as a safe pick of Jarvis Landry in the 13th. I followed that up with an all-upside play in Kenneth Gainwell. And in the 15th, I closed out the draft with a pick that is the complete opposite of Landry in Isaiah McKenzie.
Overall, I actually like how this team turned out. I do think my edges at wide receiver and tight end (over most teams) should be able to mitigate the quarterback deficit. And if Fields turns into a QB1, which is certainly within his range of outcomes, this team will be very difficult to beat.
Pick 1: Lamar Jackson, QB, BAL
Pick 2: Josh Allen, QB, BUF
Pick 3: Patrick Mahomes, QB, KC
Pick 4: Justin Herbert, QB, LAC
Pick 5: Kyler Murray, QB, ARI
Pick 6: Jonathan Taylor, RB, IND
Pick 7: Russell Wilson, QB, DEN
Pick 8: Jalen Hurts, QB, PHI
Pick 9: Joe Burrow, QB, CIN
Pick 10: Dak Prescott, QB, DAL
Pick 11: Tom Brady, QB, TB
Pick 12: Cooper Kupp, WR, LAR
Pick 1 (13): Justin Jefferson, WR, MIN
Pick 2 (14): Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB
Pick 3 (15): Matthew Stafford, QB, LAR
Pick 4 (16): Trey Lance, QB, SF
Pick 5 (17): Kirk Cousins, QB, MIN
Pick 6 (18): Deebo Samuel, WR, SF
Pick 7 (19): Christian McCaffrey, RB, CAR
Pick 8 (20): Austin Ekeler, RB, LAC
Pick 9 (21): Derek Carr, QB, LV
Pick 10 (22): Ja’Marr Chase, WR, CIN
Pick 11 (23): Stefon Diggs, WR, BUF
Pick 12 (24): Derrick Henry, RB, TEN
Pick 1 (25): Dalvin Cook, RB, MIN
Pick 2 (26): Najee Harris, RB, PIT
Pick 3 (27): Travis Kelce, TE, KC
Pick 4 (28): Joe Mixon, RB, CIN
Pick 5 (29): Davante Adams, WR, LV
Pick 6 (30): Tua Tagovailoa, QB, MIA
Pick 7 (31): Saquon Barkley, RB, NYG
Pick 8 (32): Leonard Fournette, RB, TB
Pick 9 (33): Alvin Kamara, RB, NO
Pick 10 (34): D’Andre Swift, RB, DET
Pick 11 (35): Aaron Jones, RB, GB
Pick 12 (36): Nick Chubb, RB, CLE
Pick 1 (37): Justin Fields, QB, CHI
Pick 2 (38): David Montgomery, RB, CHI
Pick 3 (39): James Conner, RB, ARI
Pick 4 (40): CeeDee Lamb, WR, DAL
Pick 5 (41): Tyreek Hill, WR, MIA
Pick 6 (42): Javonte Williams, RB, DEN
Pick 7 (43): Mark Andrews, TE, BAL
Pick 8 (44): Trevor Lawrence, QB, JAX
Pick 9 (45): Mike Evans, WR, TB
Pick 10 (46): Ezekiel Elliott, RB, DAL
Pick 11 (47): Cam Akers, RB, LAR
Pick 12 (48): Jameis Winston, QB, NO
Pick 1 (49): Michael Pittman Jr., WR, IND
Pick 2 (50): Deshaun Watson, QB, CLE
Pick 3 (51): Antonio Gibson, RB, WAS
Pick 4 (52): Keenan Allen, WR, LAC
Pick 5 (53): Elijah Mitchell, RB, SF
Pick 6 (54): Courtland Sutton, WR, DEN
Pick 7 (55): DJ Moore, WR, CAR
Pick 8 (56): Tee Higgins, WR, CIN
Pick 9 (57): Breece Hall, RB, NYJ
Pick 10 (58): A.J. Brown, WR, PHI
Pick 11 (59): Darren Waller, TE, LV
Pick 12 (60): Kyle Pitts, TE, ATL
Pick 1 (61): Matt Ryan, QB, IND
Pick 2 (62): Terry McLaurin, WR, WAS
Pick 3 (63): Allen Robinson, WR, LAR
Pick 4 (64): DK Metcalf, WR, SEA
Pick 5 (65): Diontae Johnson, WR, PIT
Pick 6 (66): George Kittle, TE, SF
Pick 7 (67): Jaylen Waddle, WR, MIA
Pick 8 (68): Mike Williams, WR, LAC
Pick 9 (69): AJ Dillon, RB, GB
Pick 10 (70): Brandin Cooks, WR, HOU
Pick 11 (71): Dalton Schultz, TE, DAL
Pick 12 (72): Chris Godwin, WR, TB
Pick 1 (73): Marquise Brown, WR, ARI
Pick 2 (74): Darnell Mooney, WR, CHI
Pick 3 (75): Josh Jacobs, RB, LV
Pick 4 (76): Travis Etienne Jr., RB, JAX
Pick 5 (77): Dallas Goedert, TE, PHI
Pick 6 (78): Mac Jones, QB, NE
Pick 7 (79): Amari Cooper, WR, CLE
Pick 8 (80): JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, KC
Pick 9 (81): J.K. Dobbins, RB, BAL
Pick 10 (82): Michael Thomas, WR, NO
Pick 11 (83): Cordarrelle Patterson, RB, ATL
Pick 12 (84): Tony Pollard, RB, DAL
Pick 1 (85): Rashod Bateman, WR, BAL
Pick 2 (86): Drake London, WR, ATL
Pick 3 (87): Chase Edmonds, RB, MIA
Pick 4 (88): DeAndre Hopkins, WR, ARI
Pick 5 (89): Devin Singletary, RB, BUF
Pick 6 (90): Daniel Jones, QB, NYG
Pick 7 (91): Gabriel Davis, WR, BUF
Pick 8 (92): Jerry Jeudy, WR, DEN
Pick 9 (93): Adam Thielen, WR, MIN
Pick 10 (94): Kenneth Walker III, RB, SEA
Pick 11 (95): Brandon Aiyuk, WR, SF
Pick 12 (96): Rhamondre Stevenson, RB, NE
Pick 1 (97): Melvin Gordon III, RB, DEN
Pick 2 (98): Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, KC
Pick 3 (99): Ryan Tannehill, QB, TEN
Pick 4 (100): Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, DET
Pick 5 (101): Kareem Hunt, RB, CLE
Pick 6 (102): Rashaad Penny, RB, SEA
Pick 7 (103): Miles Sanders, RB, PHI
Pick 8 (104): T.J. Hockenson, TE, DET
Pick 9 (105): Albert Okwuegbunam, TE, DEN
Pick 10 (106): Elijah Moore, WR, NYJ
Pick 11 (107): James Robinson, RB, JAX
Pick 12 (108): James Cook, RB, BUF
Pick 1 (109): Michael Carter, RB, NYJ
Pick 2 (110): Treylon Burks, WR, TEN
Pick 3 (111): Zach Ertz, TE, ARI
Pick 4 (112): DeVonta Smith, WR, PHI
Pick 5 (113): Damien Harris, RB, NE
Pick 6 (114): Zach Wilson, QB, NYJ
Pick 7 (115): Hunter Renfrow, WR, LV
Pick 8 (116): Allen Lazard, WR, GB
Pick 9 (117): Robert Woods, WR, TEN
Pick 10 (118): Tyler Lockett, WR, SEA
Pick 11 (119): Davis Mills, QB, HOU
Pick 12 (120): Dawson Knox, TE, BUF
Pick 1 (121): Baker Mayfield, QB, CAR
Pick 2 (122): Kadarius Toney, WR, NYG
Pick 3 (123): Chase Claypool, WR, PIT
Pick 4 (124): Isaiah Spiller, RB, LAC
Pick 5 (125): Rachaad White, RB, TB
Pick 6 (126): Jared Goff, QB, DET
Pick 7 (127): Darrell Henderson, RB, LAR
Pick 8 (128): Carson Wentz, QB, WAS
Pick 9 (129): Tyler Allgeier, RB, ATL
Pick 10 (130): Skyy Moore, WR, KC
Pick 11 (131): Tyler Boyd, WR, CIN
Pick 12 (132): Christian Kirk, WR, JAX
Pick 1 (133): Marcus Mariota, QB, ATL
Pick 2 (134): Gus Edwards, RB, BAL
Pick 3 (135): Khalil Herbert, RB, CHI
Pick 4 (136): Zamir White, RB, LV
Pick 5 (137): Alexander Mattison, RB, MIN
Pick 6 (138): Garrett Wilson, WR, NYJ
Pick 7 (139): Chris Olave, WR, NO
Pick 8 (140): Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, SF
Pick 9 (141): Cole Kmet, TE, CHI
Pick 10 (142): Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR, KC
Pick 11 (143): George Pickens, WR, PIT
Pick 12 (144): Jameson Williams, WR, DET
Pick 1 (145): Rondale Moore, WR, ARI
Pick 2 (146): Dameon Pierce, RB, HOU
Pick 3 (147): Julio Jones, WR, TB
Pick 4 (148): Russell Gage, WR, TB
Pick 5 (149): Nico Collins, WR, HOU
Pick 6 (150): J.D. McKissic, RB, WAS
Pick 7 (151): Darrel Williams, RB, ARI
Pick 8 (152): Jalen Tolbert, WR, DAL
Pick 9 (153): Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, CLE
Pick 10 (154): Jakobi Meyers, WR, NE
Pick 11 (155): Michael Gallup, WR, DAL
Pick 12 (156): Jarvis Landry, WR, NO
Pick 1 (157): Kenneth Gainwell, RB, PHI
Pick 2 (158): Jamison Crowder, WR, BUF
Pick 3 (159): Jahan Dotson, WR, WAS
Pick 4 (160): Raheem Mostert, RB, MIA
Pick 5 (161): Nyheim Hines, RB, IND
Pick 6 (162): Kenny Golladay, WR, NYG
Pick 7 (163): DeVante Parker, WR, NE
Pick 8 (164): D’Ernest Johnson, RB, CLE
Pick 9 (165): Ronald Jones II, RB, KC
Pick 10 (166): Marlon Mack, RB, HOU
Pick 11 (167): Pat Freiermuth, TE, PIT
Pick 12 (168): Romeo Doubs, WR, GB
Pick 1 (169): Jamaal Williams, RB, DET
Pick 2 (170): Alec Pierce, WR, IND
Pick 3 (171): Kenyan Drake, RB, LV
Pick 4 (172): Irv Smith Jr., TE, MIN
Pick 5 (173): Robert Tonyan, TE, GB
Pick 6 (174): Mark Ingram II, RB, NO
Pick 7 (175): Mike Gesicki, TE, MIA
Pick 8 (176): K.J. Osborn, WR, MIN
Pick 9 (177): Hunter Henry, TE, NE
Pick 10 (178): Mitchell Trubisky, QB, PIT
Pick 11 (179): Tyrion Davis-Price, RB, SF
Pick 12 (180): Isaiah McKenzie, WR, BUF