Perfect Fantasy Football Draft: 7th in a 12-Team Yahoo Half-PPR League

Aug 22, 2022
Perfect Fantasy Football Draft: 7th in a 12-Team Yahoo Half-PPR League

Picking from the 7th spot in fantasy leagues is super versatile. There are usually several solid running backs and sometimes one of the three elite wide receivers available. Whichever type of build you like to pursue, the seventh spot should be able to get you there.

In this article, I will walk through a perfect draft with the No. 7 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.

More Perfect Drafts: 6th in a 12-Team ESPN PPR League | 1st in a 12-Team Superflex League | 2nd in a 12-Team ESPN PPR League | 1st in a 12-Team Yahoo! Half-PPR | 9th in a 12-Team ESPN PPR League

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

Value-Based Drafting: It may sound obvious, and there’s nothing wrong with going after the player you want to, but tracking values as they relate to ADP is always a good strategy. Don’t reach when you can maximize your point potential by taking advantage of less-savvy drafters.

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.

Jump to Pick: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | Draft Recap

Round 1, Pick 7 (7) – RB Najee Harris, Steelers

Draft Hero’s top suggestion is Najee Harris, and I happily chose him to anchor my team. Harris only averaged 3.9 yards per carry as a rookie, but that’s about the only negative thing you can say about him. He caught 74 balls and finished with 1,667 yards from scrimmage, scoring 10 touchdowns along the way. Tarik Cohen caught 150 balls over two seasons with Mitch Trubisky as his primary quarterback, so there’s no reason to suspect the quarterback change will impact Harris’ activity in the passing game. He’s one of the few players who I feel confident will have 20-plus touches per game, and he’s always a target for me in the middle and later-half of the first round.

If I wanted to go with a wide receiver in this spot, Ja’Marr Chase is available. I have no problem with this approach, but the traditionalist in me prefers the running back. Draft Hero suggested elite options at each of the four primary fantasy positions, allowing me to easily compare options and find the best choice for my preferred strategy.

Suggested Alternatives: Dalvin Cook, Travis Kelce, Josh Allen, Ja’Marr Chase

My Top Alternative: Ja’Marr Chase

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