Fantasy Football: How to make the most of the 10th overall pick in a 0.5-PPR league

Fantasy Football: How to make the most of the 10th overall pick in a 0.5-PPR league

The further down the draft order you go, the more your options open up for who to choose with your first pick in your Fantasy Football draft. The first five or six picks in most drafts are prescribed before the draft: some combination of Jonathan Taylor, Christian McCaffrey, Austin Ekeler, Cooper Kupp and Justin Jefferson, possibly with Derrick Henry or Ja’Marr Chase next. And that makes sense, because they’re all elite performers proven in, more or less, big offenses – or at least offenses that produce a ton of Fantasy points.

By the time you get to the second half of the first round, you’ll see more variety in the players selected because there aren’t the same number of sure things. You have guys like Joe Mixon with strong production profiles but limited upsides, or Dalvin Cook, who is an elite performer who has never played a full season in the NFL. But there’s one player who probably belongs in those top six spots but often doesn’t even make it to the first round in many repechages.

Pick-by-pick strategy 0.5-PPR: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | seven | 8 | 9 | ten | 11 | 12

But he absolutely belongs in the first round and I was happy to take him 10th overall in our last pick-by-pick series:

1.10: Alvin Kamara, RB, Saints
2.3: Davante Adams, WR, Raiders
3.10: Tee Higgins, WR, Bengals
4.3: Travis Etienne, RB, Jaguars
5.10: Lamar Jackson, QB, Ravens
6.3: JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, Chiefs
7.10: Robert Woods, WR, Titans
8.3: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Cardinals
9:10 am: Kenneth Gainwell, RB, Eagles
10.3: Chase Claypool, WR, Steelers
11.10: Zamir White, RB, Raiders
12.3: Zach Ertz, TE, Cardinals
13.10: Jarvis Landry, WR, Saints
14.3: Irv Smith, TE, Vikings
3:10 p.m.: Corey Davis, WR, Jets

Kamara was the No. 1 RB in 2020, and even in a down year in 2021 finished as RB7 in points per game, ahead of Najee Harris and Cook, among others who usually top him in drafts. He’s never finished worse than RB8 in PPG in his career and yet he’s still as RB10 in the NFC Draft over the past week, at 16.01 overall.

But if you have one of the last first-round picks, you should just go ahead and make him your first-round pick. Yes, Kamara is still facing legal issues following an assault charge last February, but all indications are that his trial is unlikely to be concluded until the end of this season – he has already had his preliminary hearing pushed back. once — and the NFL doesn’t. typically impose penalties until the legal process unfolds, so any suspensions seem unlikely this season.

And the Saints’ offense is likely to be better this season than last year, when they were oddly conservative – largely, I believe, due to a lack of weaponry in the passing game. With healthy Michael Thomas and rookie Chris Olave and veteran Jarvis Landry added to the receiver room, that shouldn’t be a problem this season. Kamara should be in line for a healthy and quick workload with his typical receiving workload and better than last year’s seven touchdowns. He’s a top-five pick if there were no suspension concerns, and that’s not enough to scare me.

That you can pair Kamara with Davante Adams, another guy who hasn’t finished worse than WR5 since 2017, is just a coup. Sure, Adams is changing teams and leaving Aaron Rodgers for the first time in his career, but he’s playing in a Las Vegas offense that was seventh in pass attempts and has its college QB in Derek Carr, so I’m not not really worried that he’s going to take a huge step back. Adams is still one of the top three WRs for me, and I’m thrilled to pair him with Kamara here. It’s about the best start you could hope for, and it’s easy to get No. 10 simulacrum.

Favorite choice

I think we’re going to consider Woods one of the best values ​​in the draft this season. He’s a proven producer playing with an effective quarterback who’s had a top 15 WR the past three seasons, and he has very little competition for targets, at least to start the season. Maybe Treylon Burks is strong and challenging Woods for the top spot before long, but given Burks’ use in the preseason, it’s not even clear he’s one of the top three WRs in the team. Woods is, by all accounts, fully recovered from his torn ACL and has been training hard. The Titans are going to feature him in the passing game as number one. 1 option, and he’ll probably get a handful of litters too. He is a potential top 24 WR coming out of the top 40 even with positive camp reports.

Choose that I might regret

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There’s a lot of excitement about Etienne, and I get it – in theory. He should play an important role in the Jaguars attack, especially the passing game, and if so, he will be a good option for Fantasy. But I wonder if he’s as good a receiver as his big college numbers would indicate — his hands, even in college, were iffy outside of scripted situations. If Etienne isn’t a positive receiver, then it’s fair to wonder what value he’s going to get by splitting the work with James Robinson in what should still be a pretty mediocre-to-poor offense. I can’t argue with him as a fourth-round pick, though.

Make or break a player

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If I’m right, and Adams is still in the top three WRs, this is going to be a really good team. Carr obviously isn’t as good as Rodgers, and Adams probably won’t consistently hit a 30% target share in Las Vegas given the presence of Darren Waller and Hunter Renfrow. But Carr is not a bath QB, he clearly has confidence and experience with Adams, and that offense should throw more than the Packers have in recent years, which should help make up for anything he might lose in transition. If Adams is still close to a 17-plus PPG performer in 0.5-PPR, this team should be in good shape. If not…well, I’ll really need DeAndre Hopkins to get back into shape when he’s eligible to come back from his six-game suspension.

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