Fantasy Football Draft Strategy

What is the best draft strategy? We crunched the numbers and found the best strategy for every single draft position.

See how we calculated this data.


Half-PPR Non-PPR


8 Teams 12 Teams 14 Teams

Draft Spot

1st 2nd 3rd 4th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th

These are the best draft strategies for the first three rounds calculated for the 5th draft spot:

Best Strategies for 10-Team PPR Drafts From the 5th Position
Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Rd. 3 Proj. FP/Wk Frequency Freq.
RB WR QB 109.8 17
RB RB TE 109.1 102
WR RB TE 108.9 68
WR WR TE 108.8 76
WR RB RB 108.3 266
RB WR RB 108.0 462
RB RB WR 108.0 507
RB RB RB 107.7 504
WR WR RB 107.5 362
RB WR TE 107.4 96
RB WR WR 107.3 382
WR WR WR 107.2 341
WR RB WR 107.1 189
WR TE RB 106.1 19

How This Data Was Calculated

To calculate the best strategies for each draft position, first we projected the fantasy points of thousands of teams drafted in our public mock drafts.

Then, we grouped the teams by what position they drafted in rounds 1, 2 and 3 and took the average projected fantasy points per week for each positional strategy.

Finally, we sorted them all by how many projected fantasy points each positional draft strategy is expected to score. The top row in the table above shows the positional strategy expected to score the most fantasy points per week this year.

You can also see how many times people used that strategy in the public mock drafts by looking at the Frequency column in the table.

Note: We don't advocate going into your draft with just one dedicated draft strategy that you feel that you must adhere to. It's always best to be flexible and adapt to what value falls to you in your particular draft. Use this tool as one resource of many in your tool belt on draft day.

Data is based on the past 72 hours of mock drafts. Computer teams are not included.

Projections provided by RotoWire.