PPR Mock Drafts are vital to the Fantasy Owners involved in Points Per Receptions leagues. Whether you get a full or half point for each catch, the draft will go drastically different than a “standard” league without such scoring.
The Fantasy analyst community as a whole has gotten better with providing content for PPR-specific leagues. Just a few years ago it seemed like some were still treating the PPR term like it was Voldemort.
While it is hard to find a statistic between all of the different platforms to play on, I would feel safe saying that there are more leagues with some form of PPR than ones without it.
The main argument against PPR leagues is rewarding a running back for a screen that gets zero yards. My counterpoint would be rewarding a back 6.1 points for a touchdown on first down when no one touches him. As opposed to giving a receiver that gets open for four yards through double coverage on fourth down just getting .4 points.
It can go both ways, but what PPR mostly does is add scoring. And who doesn’t like high-scoring Fantasy matchups? With that said, you definitely need to mock draft as much as possible in a PPR format. I will go through a few different routes with the Draft Wizard to show how selecting a different position can shape your team out.
PPR Mock Draft Review
I did this mock draft review from the seventh spot in a 12-team, full-point PPR league, with a 2RB/2WR/Flex lineup. I feel like the seventh spot is the turning point in the draft: the first six off the board are pretty consensus picks (although I would still not take a single running back in the first round, personally). I also used the amazing Draft Wizard over at Fantasy Pros. It allows you to revert picks to see how the draft could have worked out.
The seventh spot is almost the least desirable because you don’t get one of that Top-6 tier of studs, and you get the last spot coming back around without one of them.
With that said, I think there are three main options at seven: A.J. Green, Ezekiel Elliott and Rob Gronkowski. The majority of leagues have some order of Antonio Brown, David Johnson (BUST ALERT!), DeAndre Hopkins, Julio Jones, Odell Beckham and Todd Gurley go in the first six picks.
So going forward I will give you the three best options depending on which route you took in the first round, until your starters are filled.
Ezekiel Elliott First
After taking the Dallas rookie first, by the time my second pick comes around, 10 receivers and six backs are off the board, along with Gronk. No other tight end or quarterback is worth this high of a pick yet, so I have a RB/WR choice.
The top RB available is Devonta Freeman, or I could take a stab at the suspended LeVeon Bell. Receiver wise, you have Mike Evans and Brandon Marshall at the top of the list. With another 12 picks until I go again, I think grabbing a receiver here would be a priority.
After taking Marshall, nothing but backs and receivers come off the board until my next pick. If you are a Jordan Reed fan, now would be the time to take him. With 17 WRs already gone, I’m partial to solidifying my group here with either Julian Edelman or Randall Cobb. I’ll take Cobb because of Edelman’s possible injury.
I was hoping that either Matt Forte or Dion Lewis would make it back in the fourth round, but both went just before my pick. If you are an Elite-QB enthusiast, now would be the time to take Cam Newton or Aaron Rodgers. I don’t like the value of the backs/receivers available, so I’ll take Greg Olsen.
Seeing Danny Woodhead go just after my pick, even though he was much lower on the consensus rankings was troubling. I thought about taking him in the fourth but figured he would make it back to me. However, there are two solid receiving backs available: Giovani Bernard and Duke Johnson. Considering Bernard is a Top-18 PPR back every season, I go with him.
With just my Flex and Quarterback spots open, I have the option of Drew Brees, Jonathan Stewart or Michael Crabtree. Looking down the list I see a couple of backs I still like, so I take Brees hoping that he continues his string of elite seasons.
When my turn in the seventh round comes, I get the exact platoon I was looking for with Jeremy Hill. Tyler Lockett, Ameer Abdullah and Melvin Gordon are also options.
My starters with Elliott:
QB: Drew Brees
RB: Ezekiel Elliott
RB: Giovani Bernard
WR: Brandon Marshall
WR: Randall Cobb
Flex: Jeremy Hill
TE: Greg Olsen
Rob Gronkowski First
If you take Gronk first, you are left with either the 11th best receiver or the seventh best running back. With the same type of situation as taking Elliott, I do not want to miss out on a WR1, so I’ll go with Marshall again.
After knowing how many running backs I liked were available in the 5-7th rounds, I’ll go with another receiver in the third. It’s either Edelman or Cobb again as the best available, and Edelman’s injury still worries me.
I have a theory that if you take Gronk, then you want an elite quarterback as well. You will always be chasing points at RB/WR whether you go QB early or not. So might as well have a distinct advantage week-in and week-out at two different positions. I like Aaron Rodgers the most this season so let’s go with him.
This basically turned into a Zero-RB draft, but low and behold I have those two pass-catchers, Duke Johnson and Giovani Bernard, available to me again in the fifth. I’ll take Bernard. Jeremy Hill is taken before my next pick, so I cannot complete the platoon. I will settle for Jonathan Stewart.
This next spot is where Gronk/Rodgers give you value: 10 of the 12 after my last turn were quarterbacks or tight ends. That gives me basically another sixth rounder as my Flex. While Michael Crabtree and Tyler Lockett are the best available, with this team I am swinging for the fences with Josh Gordon. If he is 80-percent of what he used to be, you are getting a WR1 in the seventh round.
My starters with Gronk:
QB: Aaron Rodgers
RB: Giovani Bernard
RB: Jonathan Stewart
WR: Brandon Marshall
WR: Randall Cobb
Flex: Josh Gordon
TE: Rob Gronkowski
A.J. Green First
If you take Green in the first round, there is another big decision in the second: both Jordy Nelson and LeVeon Bell are there. I am going big like Johnny Tsunami and taking Bell, who will probably have the highest points per game of all backs.
I find myself drawn to Cobb again in the third round. C.J. Anderson and Jordan Reed will not be on any of my teams this season at these high ADP’s, and I think Anquan Boldin signing takes a little bit off Golden Tate.
In the fourth round, I come back to the QB vs. TE discussion. The way my team is shaking out, I have my eye on a certain quarterback, and I’ve seen what Woodhead’s ADP really means, so I take the Charger. I only have Delanie Walker a tick below Olsen, and looky there, he’s available in the next round.
Somehow, not a single running back goes off the board between my fifth and sixth round picks, so Giovani Bernard is available to steal in the sixth round as my Flex. This is a little risky with my next target, but he happens to make it to the seventh round.
Tom Brady’s ADP does not mean much. ADP is an average, meaning that is taking into account leagues where he goes in the 3/4th rounds and ones where he does not get taken until the 10th. I think the 6-7 area is the best value for him and I scoop him up.
My starters with Green:
QB: Tom Brady
RB: LeVeon Bell
RB: Danny Woodhead
WR: A.J. Green
WR: Randall Cobb
Flex: Giovani Bernard
TE: Delanie Walker
Josh Gordon and Tom Brady will both be eligible to return in Week 5.
Week 5 matchup in Cleveland? Patriots-Browns. pic.twitter.com/OvyT6hbBwd
— ESPN (@espn) July 25, 2016
As you can see, regardless of your first round choice, you can still build a solid team. There are definitely three different philosophies shown.
You have the flashy rookie strategy with Zeke. There is the safety net strategy of locking down an elite TE/QB combination. Then there is the upside of the third team, where if you can pull DeAngelo Williams and Philip Rivers, I do not think there is a doubt that the third team would be a favorite in its league.
The real key is to fill out your roster with target-hoarders after the seventh round. Guys like Charles Sims, Darren Sproles, Sterling Shepard , Tavon Austin and Theo Riddick will help fill in on bye weeks based on reception numbers alone.
Once you have a complete roster of guys that will produce receptions, as if they are Disney producing Star Wars merchandise, you can feel confident that you will have a PPR advantage. So be sure to mock draft from different spots, multiple times, so that you can see when to pull the trigger on these guys.
As always, make sure to check out our draft kit to prepare you for both the mock and real draft.
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