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.


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Draft Spot

1st 2nd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th

These are the best draft strategies for the first three rounds calculated for the 3rd draft spot:

Best Strategies for 12-Team PPR Drafts From the 3rd Position
Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Rd. 3 Proj. FP/Wk Frequency Freq.
WR WR TE 106.7 23
RB WR QB 105.7 25
RB WR TE 105.7 222
WR TE WR 105.1 17
RB TE RB 104.6 199
WR WR WR 104.6 71
RB TE WR 104.5 264
RB WR RB 104.0 622
RB WR WR 104.0 731
RB RB TE 104.0 313
RB RB WR 103.9 1323
WR RB WR 103.9 43
RB RB RB 103.6 1163
RB RB QB 103.6 21
WR WR RB 103.3 54
WR RB RB 103.1 37

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.