Drafting from the 11th Spot in a 12-Team Half-PPR League
You know what time it is, it's mock drafting season. That wonderful time of the year when hope springs eternal and every player is nothing but upside. I absolutely love mock drafting, trying out different strategies, and getting comfortable with different draft spots.
In this article we will take a look at a mock draft, selecting from the 11th position in a 12-team, half PPR point league (although these suggestions align well with PPR as well.) I'll walk you through my thinking for each selection. Ultimately, this comes down to finding the players you like and fitting them into a strategy that works best for you. But I'll give you some of my favorite players to target given the starting position.
First Round, Pick 11: D'Andre Swift
Was hoping Dalvin Cook would somehow fall to me here but D'Andre Swift is more than an acceptable consolation prize. I love Swift's upside in an improved Lions offense with one of the best offensive lines in the league. He and offensive coordinator Duce Staley have been talking of a 1,000 rushing, 1,000 receiving season which would be just fine with me. If he can stay healthy he is a high floor high ceiling first pick.
Second Round, Pick 14: Alvin Kamara
It's looking more and more like Kamara's suspension will be pushed to next year, which means you are getting a player that finished RB8 despite missing four games in 2021. I don't understand the Kamara hate. He has legit RB1 overall upside and the Saints have an improved offense. I have often gone RB-WR in similar slots but the value I am seeing at the back end from running backs has altered this strategy a bit.
Third Round, Pick 35: Kyle Pitts
If Tee Higgins or Michael Pittman Jr had fallen here I would have had a tougher decision, but I'm not in love with the next tier of Moore/Williams/Waddle/Metcalf so I decided to get my tight end premium with Kyle Pitts. The Atlanta offense will be bad but Pitts is going to see an enormous amount of targets and if healthy is a lock for top 5 at the position, something a lot of your league mates will not have.
Fourth Round, Pick 38: Travis Etienne
As I alluded to above, I'm not in love with the wide receivers so I'm tripling down on running back before the running back dead zone. Etienne should see a ton of volume and all the passing downs in Jacksonville giving him a solid PPR floor. He should be an excellent flex play at worst.
Fifth Round, Pick 49: Marquise Brown
A brutal run on wide receivers left me with two that I'm happy with, but not in love with. Was hoping one of Johnson, Sutton, or Thomas would drop to be my WR1, but the word on Sutton has clearly gotten out. That's why we mock though! I'll adjust accordingly. Still Brown should see volume in Arizona's high-powered offense and Kingsbury will get him the ball. He's a good WR2.
Sixth Round, Pick 52: Allen Robinson
Allen Robinson. With an actual Quarterback. And single coverage. Imagine it. Soak it in.
Seventh Round, Pick 83: Amon-Ra St. Brown
The word obviously has NOT gotten out on Amon-Ra St. Brown. He was WR#2 (!!) during the final six games of the season. The Lions will be better, and so will St. Brown. He continues to be a steal this late.
Eighth Round, Pick 86: Dak Prescott
And I managed to snag a high-performing QB in the 8th round to round out my starters.
Rest of Draft
From here I basically tried to either future-proof my team or find upside. I handcuffed both D'Andre Swift and Alvin Kamara to quell some injury and suspension concerns. And then I went out and got Kenneth Gainwell who has been running with the first team offense, Rondale Moore who showed real flashes last year, and Albert Okwuegbunam who has a real chance at being a top 12 TE with Russel Wilson.
Overall I'd love a little more punch at the wide receiver position but I really like this team. It's deep with just the right amount of upside and floor. Would be perfectly happy with it rolling into 2022.
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