Perfect Fantasy Football Draft: 10th in a 12-Team Yahoo Half-PPR League
Picking from the 10th spot in fantasy leagues is one of my favorite draft slots. Usually, there’s a good running back available, and if not, you can usually end up with a pair of elite wide receivers. I’m a running back-heavy drafter by nature, but I find myself drawn to a strong wide receiver build when I’m picking toward the end of the first round, where players like Stefon Diggs and Davante Adams are readily available.
In this article, I will walk through a perfect draft with the No. 10 pick in a 12-team Yahoo Half-PPR league. Each pick was optimized using projections and value-based rankings from the 4for4 Draft Hero tool.
Draft Hero Settings
Roster Settings: 1 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, 1 TE, 1 Flex (WR/RB/TE), 1 Kicker, 1 DEF, 6 bench spots
No Kicker or Defense until the last two rounds: This is standard practice for most people, but I almost always stream these two positions anyway, so I don’t see any reason to put much draft capital into them. If the league allows me, sometimes I forego the positions altogether and pick them up right before the beginning of Week 1, instead using the last two picks on high-ceiling youngsters in the hopes one emerges through August.
No other positional limitations: I want to wait on a quarterback, but I still want to monitor when there’s value to be had. Same with the tight end position, even though I usually wait for it.
Najee Harris went seventh, otherwise, I’d have gone that direction, but I’m psyched to start my build with Diggs anchoring my wide receiver corps. I’m a big fan of not swinging too big in the first round, and I agree with our own Pranav Rajaram, who said “If reliable was an NFL player, it would be Stefon Diggs.” He was the WR7 last season, the WR3 in 2020, and still plays in one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL. I think the expected emergence of Gabriel Davis should draw some attention away from Diggs, and he’ll continue to be among the leaders at his position in targets.
I considered Davante Adams here, but I ultimately side with the Bills’ offense over the Raiders. I think both are high-quality options, but prefer the security of Diggs in a system we already know he thrives in. From the 12 spot, I’ve taken both options before and I think that’s a very valid strategy if the opportunity presents itself.
My Top Alternative: Davante Adams
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