Perfect Fantasy Football Draft: 8th in a 12-Team Yahoo Half PPR League
Falling to the eighth draft spot in 2023 Yahoo fantasy football leagues isn’t the sexiest spot. You aren’t going to land one of the consensus top-four studs. You won’t benefit from the back-to-back picks you’re allotted in the back of the draft order. But despite these two dings right off the bat, you’re able to hunt for value more than almost any other spot in the draft board.
With the picks along the corners desperately reaching so they don’t get passed up on a positional run, you’re in a unique spot to pick up the scraps of the value pieces that they will inevitably pass up on. And, oftentimes, the caliber of player that will fall to you at 1.08 is typically at the same level as the two or three selections made right in front of you, yet you’re closer to the turn for your second pick.
In this article, I will walk through my favorite players in each round that should be available to me based on Yahoo ADP according to 4for4’s Multi-Site ADP and discuss my overall draft strategy from this spot.
More Perfect Drafts
- ESPN 12-Team PPR: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 |12
- ESPN 10-Team PPR: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10
- Yahoo 12-Team Half-PPR: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 |12
- Yahoo 10-Team Half-PPR: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10
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My Plan When Drafting 8th in a 12-Team League
Roster Settings: 1 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, 1 TE, 1 FLEX (WR/RB/TE), 1 Kicker, 1 DEF, seven bench spots
There are still some premium picks left in this section of the draft, and I’m fine with taking my favorite of the batch before the 9-10-11-12 slots get to take the scraps. Though the players left here are already a tier below the first quarter of the pecking order, this is still a fine place to be.
With the backend of the draft typically going pretty WR-heavy, I will likely still be able to employ an Anchor RB strategy from the 1.08, or possibly, the 2.05 if I’m lucky. If I skip running back in the first round and don’t like what’s left over in the second, there’s a good possibility I will find my strength in the passing game and come back to the running back position later on.
When it comes back to the 3.08, that will also likely answer how I’m attacking the quarterback position. If Jalen Hurts or Josh Allen are already gone by that time, I’m much more likely to take a wait-and-see approach, as I think their passing-plus-rushing upside is unmatched. Meaning I’m not willing to spend super high draft capital on the position.
Continue reading for a breakdown of my favorite picks through Round 10 and a list of the best late-round targets at each position.
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