Fantasy football simulation project 2021: draft in a 16-team league
Before you know it, it’ll be fantasy football draft time. Over the next month, I will be doing several mock drafts. During the drafts, I will choose from the 12 positions, with all kinds of scenarios.
As a general rule, I prefer to write three starting running backs in the first four rounds. It’s a proven strategy, which has done me good for over 20 years. The draft mockups I’m doing will all assume 12 teams are in the league (unless stated otherwise) with the following positions: quarterback, two running backs, three wide receivers, tight end, one flex (back, wide receiver or tight end), kicker, team defense and six bench places. This is a 16 round snake draw.
Here is a special scenario. (See also: Scenario # 1, Scenario # 2, Scenario 3, Scenario 4, Scenario 5, Scenario 6 and Scenario 7.)
One follower asked about his 16-team draft. He has the 10th pick and was wondering what that might be like. Let’s see how it all works. In this format, I play in a league of half a point per reception (0.5 PPR), which means each reception is worth a half (0.5) point.
You can see the entire draft in click here.
Here is my list:
Round 1, Choose 10: Austin Ekeler, RB, Los Angeles Chargers
Round 2, choice 7: Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
Round 3, Choose 10: David Montgomery, RB, Chicago Bears
Round 4, choice 7: Tyler Lockett, WR, Seattle Seahawks
Round 5, Choose 10: Robby Anderson, WR, Carolina Panthers
Round 6, choice 7: Jarvis Landry, WR, Cleveland Browns
Round 7, Choose 10: Mike Williams, WR, Los Angeles Chargers
Round 8, choice 7: Jalen Hurts, QB, Philadelphia Eagles
Round 9, Choose 10: Mike Gesicki, TE, Miami Dolphins
Round 10, choice 7: Darrynton Evans, RB, Tennessee Titans
Round 11, Choose 10: San Francisco 49ers DST
Round 12, choice 7: Harrison Butker, K, Kansas City Chiefs
Round 13, choice 10: Adam Trautman, TE, Saints of New Orleans
Round 14, choice 7: Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Washington football team
Round 15, choice 10: Amari Rodgers, WR, Green Bay Packers
Round 16, choice 7: Wayne Gallman, RB, San Francisco 49ers
A few comments :
My overall strategy in a half-PPR league is to treat it like a PPR league. You get a slight bonus for players who are double-digit touchdown players, but not enough to shuffle the leaderboard a bunch. Derrick Henry type players can get a slight boost in this format, for example.
It may be even more important than usual in a league of this size to come back early. It gives you a huge advantage. Here I started RB-RB-RB and was lucky enough to win three of the top 20 on my board. Depth is king. Injury can happen at any time (see Cam Akers News).
At the wide receiver, I tried to go for reliable options and then flyers. Tyler Lockett, Robby Anderson and Jarvis Landry should be solid. I mixed with Mike Williams, who I’m expecting a big year. It should do the job.
I waited for the quarterback and the tight end but still managed to catch Jalen Hurts and Ryan Fitzpatrick in rounds 8 and 14. Mike Gesicki is usable on the close end. I can live with this.
Then I took a few MY GUYS along the way. Darryton Evans, Adam Trautman and Amari Rodgers are lottery type players who could play a huge role in their teams. In Evans’ case, it’s this guy who plays outside that I love to draft.
The sixteen-team draft is tough, but capturing depth is always the name of the game.
So what do you think of this team? Let me know at @FansFantasy.
Please try a simulation yourself as practice makes perfect. You can laugh in a few minutes by click here.
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Ken Zalis ranked # 3 in FantasyPros 2019 Fantasy Football Draft Precision Ranking.