Fantasy Football Draft Strategy 2022 – Mock Draft 12 Team Half-PPR League

Austin Ekeler Los Angeles Chargers

12 Team Half-PPR Mock Draft

With only a week left before the NFL season, you probably are smack in the middle of your fantasy drafts (figuring you are in more than one). Mock drafting is as good as it will ever be, now that final rosters are being announced and injuries have been avoided.

In this article, we will take a look at a 12-team half-PPR mock draft that I completed with three other humans.  I chose the 3 rd spot to give myself some practice at a spot I haven’t done much mocking at.

You may want to look at the half-PPR Rankings page and start making your own rankings based on who you like going into the 2022 season.

The final results can be seen here . You can take a look at the overall half-PPR ADP to get a better understanding of where players are being drafted.

Rounds 1 and 2

Drafting from the third spot gave me a slight pause when it came to who I wanted to draft first. You can justify taking a top receiver here, but with pass-catching Austin Ekeler sitting there, I figured it was best to go ahead and grab a star Running Back.  Half-PPR settings made it easy to grab him over someone like Derrick Henry.

By the time my second pick came up, however, it was quite obvious that it was time to take a Wide Receiver.  All of the solid Running Backs were taken, and we were already in that RB dead zone you’ve probably heard so much about.  So I went with the best available Wide Receiver in CeeDee Lamb.

Rounds 3 and 4

Still, in the RB deadzone, I went ahead and stuck with the Wide Receiver position for the next two picks.  I had a ton of options with my third pick, but I went with the high ceiling play with Mike Williams.

D.J. Moore kept slipping, so it was a no-brainer to grab him in the fourth round.  With Baker Mayfield named the starter, Moore has a great chance at a big season.

Rounds 5 - 7

Here is where I started to feel comfortable grabbing Running Backs again.  Chase Edmonds has been flying up draft boards recently, probably thanks to the news that Sony Michel was cut.  But he should get the first crack at the starting role in Miami, so he is worth the pick here.

Next came another starting Running Back in Dameon Pierce.  Pierce has had a lot of hype in recent weeks, with some thinking he could be a star.  I figured he’d be a nice piece to round out my Running Back group.

Finally, I saw Melvin Gordon, who isn’t the most exciting Running Back to grab, but he should see plenty of work and has huge value if Javonte Williams misses any time.

Rounds 8 and 9

Allen Lazard and Antonio Gibson have been undervalued this offseason, and have fallen to later rounds.  I figured grabbing both in this range is pretty decent value.  Lazard should be the #1 receiver in Green Bay, and Gibson just got his “starting role” back with the horrible news that Brian Robinson Jr was shot in an attempted burglary.

Both aren’t necessarily super exciting, but they do have a huge upside if they perform well in their respective roles.

Rounds 10 - 11

One of the best tips I’ve heard is to “be water” in fantasy drafts.  I was sniped of both my Tight End (Cole Kmet) and Quarterback (Kirk Cousins), so I had to pivot last minute.

I went with Hunter Henry at Tight End, since he had a solid season for New England and is an easy drop candidate if some other Tight End bursts onto the scene.

As for my Quarterback, I figured Jameis Winston had some of the best sleeper value at the position.  He comes back from injury with a fully-loaded offense (Michael Thomas, Alvin Kamara, Chris Olave), so he could easily outperform his ADP.

Rounds 12 - 13

I have been high on Darrell Henderson all off-season, so he was a no-brainer here.  The Rams have already stated that both he and Cam Akers will run the ball a lot, and I am worried about Akers’ production after returning from an achilles tear.  Henderson could easily take over lead duties if Akers doesn’t perform well.

From there, I saw Josh Jacobs sitting there undrafted.  Now it’s probably a computer issue since his real ADP is in the 4 th or 5 th round, but as I said earlier, you gotta go with the flow so I grabbed him as a massive steal.

Note: He most likely won’t fall that far in your leagues.

Rounds 14 – 15

As usual, I waited till the final rounds to grab my defense.  I like the Packers’ defense this year and they are usually still available, so I went with them.

The last pick should always be a high-risk/high-reward type of player, so I went with KJ Osborn.  Osborn could be the number two this season with Adam Thielen kind of tailing off.  As with most late-round picks, if Osborn doesn’t perform well the first week or two, I can easily drop him for a better player.

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