Perfect Draft: 10-Team PPR (Updated Aug. 31)

Perfect Draft: 10-Team PPR (Updated Aug. 31)
Perfect Draft: 10-Team PPR (Updated Aug. 31)

Your Draft Game Plan

Got a draft coming up for your 10-team league with PPR scoring?

If so, you’ll want to read this.

Because we’ve run through a 16-round draft from every position to highlight the top pick recommendations from our Draft War Room.

We’re using our Dynamic Most Valuable Player values and recent ADP to pinpoint the top targets in each round.

No fantasy football draft goes exactly as planned, of course. You’ll likely need to adjust your strategy throughout the draft to maximize value.

That’s where the customized, dynamic cheat sheet on your Draft War Room comes into play, instantly analyzing 17 value indicators each time you’re on the clock to help you make the best pick.

Note: Each perfect-draft strategy guide assumes 16-round drafts and starting lineups of 1 QB, 2 RBs, 2 WRs, 1 TE, 1 Flex, 1 K, and 1 DST. The Draft War Room will help you adjust your strategy if your league settings are different. Aug. 31 updates in bold.

Pick 1

Round 1

WR: Justin Jefferson

Most years find several picks combined for this first section. But the scoring settings here yield a 9-point DMVP gap between Jefferson and No. 2 Ja’Marr Chase.

So Jefferson clearly stands as your pick at No. 1, whether you start two WRs or three. Let’s give the man his own section.

Rounds 2 & 3

QB: Josh AllenRB: Derrick Henry, Josh Jacobs, Joe MixonWR: Tee Higgins, Jaylen Waddle, Calvin Ridley, Chris OlaveTE: Mark Andrews

The Draft War Room wants you to get a RB at this turn.

Jonathan Taylor has dropped out of this range, now that we know he’ll miss at least the first four games.

If you take a RB at the end of Round 2, then Allen and Andrews jump to the top of your recommendations – Allen first.

It’s fine if you’d rather wait on a QB, but there’s a small gap between Allen and the next QBs.

Rounds 4 & 5

QB: Lamar JacksonRB: J.K. Dobbins, Jonathan Taylor, Aaron Jones, Alexander MattisonWR: Tyler Lockett, Mike Williams, Christian Watson

If you passed on Josh Allen last turn and Jackson gets to you here, he’ll likely lead your pick recommendations.

Get here with two RBs, and a WR will follow the Jackson pick in your recommendations. The WRs make plenty of sense here, because the RBs will look similar in value at the next turn.

This is where we’d start considering Taylor, though we’re definitely taking Dobbins first. It’s also OK to pass on Taylor altogether, if you’d rather.

Rounds 6 & 7

QB: Trevor LawrenceRB: Rachaad White, Dameon Pierce, James ConnerWR: Mike Williams, Christian Kirk, Brandon AiyukTE: Darren Waller

For this exercise, I’ve arrived with a QB, two RBs and two WRs. With that setup, RBs fill the top of the board.

Taking one at 6.10, though, pops Williams and Waller to the front of the line. Williams started the turn close to the RBs in value. He easily leads Waller and the other WRs after the first selection.

Williams is a good pick if he makes it here. This will also likely be your last shot at Waller, though, if you covet him.

If you passed on QB earlier, then Lawrence is next up.

Rounds 8 & 9

QB: RB: David Montgomery, James Cook, Isiah Pacheco, D’Andre SwiftWR: Jordan Addison, Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Treylon Burks, Gabe DavisTE: David Njoku, Pat Freiermuth

Getting here with a QB, three RBs, and three wideouts finds the board leading with multiple RBs again.

Selecting one bumps WRs and TEs to the top. This is where JSN appears after our adjustment for his injury. Perhaps his ADP slides, but don’t count him him making it back to you next turn if you want him.

He sits barely ahead of the TEs in DMVP points at this turn.

Selecting the top recommendation at each spot leaves a roster with one QB, four RBs and four WRs through nine picks.

Rounds 10 & 11

QB: Anthony RichardsonRB: Raheem Mostert, Samaje Perine, Zach CharbonnetWR: Elijah Moore, Jordan Addison, Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Quentin JohnstonTE: David Njoku, Dalton Kincaid, Chig Okonkwo

The DWR has automatically switched to Upside Mode at this turn. That means the DMVP value now weighs each player’s ceiling projection more heavily, along with his projected likelihood of hitting that ceiling.

Why? The further into your draft you get, the more you should be shooting for upside – for players who can outperform their draft position by a lot.

Looking at the RBs here should make you feel even better about the four we already have rostered.

Mostert jumps into this range because of Jeff Wilson Jr. opening the season on IR. That at least makes Mostert look like the season-opening lead back in a good situation.

If you get here without a QB, take a shot on the upside Colts rookie. You can draft insurance behind him.

Otherwise, the board probably starts out screaming for you to take Njoku if he makes it here. If he doesn’t, Kincaid and Okonkwo are solid upside plays as well.

If you drafted your TE earlier, then the WRs look better than the RBs at this turn.

Rounds 12 & 13

RB: Jaylen Warren, Kenneth Gainwell, Tank BigsbyWR: Nico Collins, Rondale Moore, Odell Beckham Jr., Jonathan Mingo, Zay JonesTE: Chig Okonkwo, Tyler HigbeeDST: Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens’ defense jumps to the top of the board if still available here. It’s our No. 1 DST by full-season projections. And Baltimore moved ahead of New England since the first run of this article because of a more favorable schedule start.

We’d hold off on drafting a defense at this turn.

Taking any of the WRs listed here at the 10-11 turn would be just fine. Grabbing a pair at this turn would be awesome.

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If you passed on TEs last turn, the group presents upside here.

Rounds 14-16

This is the range where you should get your kicker, DST, and an upside bench stash.

On defense, we like the early-season schedules for these three:

  • New Orleans Saints
  • Denver Broncos
  • Jacksonville Jaguars

Pick 2, 3, or 4

Round 1

WR: Ja’Marr Chase, Tyreek Hill, Stefon Diggs

Justin Jefferson probably isn’t getting to you here. If he does, take him.

Otherwise, take the highest ranked of these WRs that gets to you – or your favorite. Diggs replaces Cooper Kupp here because of the Ram’s hamstring setback.

Rounds 2 & 3

QB: Josh AllenRB: Derrick Henry,Josh Jacobs, Joe Mixon WR: Chris Olave, Tee Higgins, Jaylen Waddle, Calvin Ridley, Keenan Allen, D.K. MetcalfTE: Mark Andrews

With a WR on your roster, Henry and Jacobs likely lead your recommendations if they make it here. The upside is obvious to either at this stage.

If you take Henry and Jacobs makes it back around, then he probably leads your recommendations. If he doesn’t, Allen is likely next up. Either carries plenty of upside.

Jonathan Taylor has dropped out of this range since our last edition.

Rounds 4 & 5

QB: Lamar Jackson, Justin Herbert, Joe BurrowRB: Aaron Jones, J.K. Dobbins, Kenneth Walker, Breece HallWR: Deebo Samuel, Mike Williams, Tyler Lockett, Christian WatsonTE: T.J. Hockenson

If you arrive with one WR and two RBs, then Jackson leads the recommendations. Samuel follows closely, but there’s separation between him and the other wideouts.

If you pass on Jackson for a wideout in Round 4, then Herbert and Burrow likely still trail Dobbins at this turn.

Rounds 6 & 7

QB: Trevor LawrenceRB: Alexander Mattison, Dameon Pierce, Rachaad White, Cam AkersWR: Tyler Lockett, Mike Williams, Christian Kirk, Brandon AiyukTE: Darren Waller

Even if you pass on QB to this point, Lawrence doesn’t top your Round 6 board. WRs lead the way if you arrive with three RBs and two WRs.

Take a WR in Round 6 and a QB still likely doesn’t top your Round 7 recommendations. For me, hitting Round 7 with three RBs and three WRs leaves RBs and Waller topping the board.

Don’t expect to get another shot at Waller if you want him.

Rounds 8 & 9

QB: Deshaun WatsonRB: David Montgomery, James Cook, Isiah PachecoWR: Jahan Dotson, Jordan Addison, Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Treylon Burks, Gabe Davis, Elijah MooreTE: David Njoku, Evan Engram, Pat Freiermuth

Get here without a QB and you find an upside guy in Watson.

Speaking of upside, Round 9 marks the switch to Upside Mode on your board. That weighs ceiling projections more heavily to help you find those potential breakout picks.

Whether WR or TE tops your board in Round 9 likely depends on whether JSN reaches you. If he doesn’t, then Njoku leads Burks slightly.

Rounds 10 & 11

QB: Anthony Richardson, Daniel JonesRB: Khalil Herbert, Raheem Mostert, Samaje Perine, Zach CharbonnetWR: Elijah Moore, Quentin Johnston, Zay Flowers, Kadarius Toney, Skyy MooreTE: Pat Freiermuth, Dalton Kincaid

Get here with a QB, four RBs and four WRs, and you’ll find the TEs clearly leading your pick recommendations.

Take a TE first, and the board will likely recommend a fifth RB. Feel free to choose your favorite among the available RBs and WRs at this stage, though. Mostert jumps into consideration with Jeff Wilson Jr. landing on IR.

Get here with your TE already rostered, and you’ll find WR recommended.

By Round 11, you’re basically taking whatever upside option you favor.

Rounds 12 & 13

QB:RB: Damien Harris, Jaylen Warren, Kenneth Gainwell, Tank BigsbyWR: Nico Collins, Rondale Moore, Odell Beckham Jr., Jonathan Mingo, Zay Jones, Allen Lazard, Tyler BoydTE: Dalton Kincaid, Chig Okonkwo, Tyler HigbeeDST: Ravens

You’re likely to see the Ravens top your board in Round 12, assuming they haven’t already been picked.

They start the season favorably. But if you’d rather wait on a defense, these options will be available later and also start with good matchups:

New Orleans SaintsDenver BroncosJacksonville Jaguars

Rounds 14-16

This is the range to fill your needs at kicker and DST, and grab an upside bench stash at any other position you’d like.

Pick 5, 6, or 7

Round 1

QB:RB: Austin EkelerWR: Tyreek Hill, Stefon Diggs, CeeDee LambTE: Travis Kelce

A WR likely leads your board here, whether you start two of them or three. Whichever among this trio makes it to you works well.

Lamb replaces Cooper Kupp here after the latter’s hamstring setback.

Round 2

QB:RB: Tony Pollard, Derrick Henry, Josh JacobsWR: Cooper Kupp, Davante Adams, Garrett WilsonTE:

Your pick recommendation at this turn likely depends on exactly who makes it to you. If Adams remains on the board, he’s likely to lead the way. If he’s gone, it’s like a RB.

Kupp now enters the mix here if his hamstring setback pushes him into Round 2.

Round 3

QB: Josh Allen, Jalen HurtsRB: Joe Mixon, Jahmyr GibbsWR: Tee Higgins, Calvin Ridley, Keenan Allen, D.K. MetcalfTE: Mark Andrews

Get here with two WRs, and you’re likely looking at RBs dominating the top of your board – with Andrews, Allen, and Hurts sprinkled in.

Mixon should be in for even more workload safety this year with Samaje Perine gone to Denver. He’s a fine pick anywhere in Round 3.

If you’d rather push off the RB one more turn to take Andrews or Allen, though, the value on either guy is also fine.

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If you leaned away from WR earlier, then Higgins or any of the others makes sense.

Round 4

QB: Lamar JacksonRB: Jahmyr Gibbs, Travis Etienne, Aaron JonesWR: Deebo Samuel, Amari CooperTE:

If you reach this turn with one RB and two WRs, then you’re looking at a lot of red (RBs) near the top of your board. And it’s a good group to pick from.

But Jackson likely tops your board, and he gives you upside to the top of the position.

For this exercise, we’re leaving Round 4 with two players apiece at RB and WR to see what comes back to us at QB.

Round 5

QB: Justin HerbertRB: J.K. Dobbins, Jonathan Taylor, Alexander Mattison, Kenneth WalkerWR: Christian Watson, Tyler Lockett, Mike WilliamsTE:

With two RBs and two WRs already rostered, you’re likely to find Herbert leading your board by a healthy margin here. Taking him here or Jackson last turn should set you up well at QB.

If you already drafted Jackson or would simply prefer to wait on QB, the RB options are solid.

If you’re looking RB: Dobbins has climbed our rankings some since returning to the team. This is the range we’d consider Taylor, though it’s OK if you just don’t want him this year.

Round 6

QB: Trevor LawrenceRB: J.K. Dobbins, Rachaad White, Alexander Mattison, Dameon PierceWR: Tyler Lockett, Mike WilliamsTE: Darren Waller

If you passed on QB to this point, Lawrence stands as the top option. But he likely doesn’t sit near the top of your board.

In that case, you likely see a couple of wideouts up top. Finishing Round 6 with three RBs and three WRs would certainly work.

There’s been some shuffling at RB in this range, both in our rankings and ADP.

Round 7

QB: Deshaun WatsonRB: Rachaad White, James ConnerWR: Mike Williams, Mike Evans, Marquise Brown, Michael PittmanTE:

If White – our Breakout Player – gets here, he’s probably leading your board even if you already have three RBs and just two WRs. (Unless you need to start three wideouts.)

He’d be a terrific RB4 – or RB3 if you leaned elsewhere earlier.

Beyond that, the WR options look strong.

Watson arrives as our highest-ranked QB but likely doesn’t sit close to the top of your board at this turn.

Round 8

QB: Deshaun WatsonRB: Javonte Williams, David Montgomery, James CookWR: Marquise Brown, Jordan AddisonTE: Kyle Pitts

If you gambled and do find Watson still on the board at this turn – congrats!

Even if he’s gone, though, there are upside options.

Pitts carries some risk into his third season – thanks to last year’s knee injury and Atlanta’s usage. But that’s baked into his price at this level.

Round 9

QB: Geno SmithRB: David Montgomery, James Cook, Isiah PachecoWR: Treylon Burks, Jordan Addison, Elijah Moore, Gabe DavisTE: David Njoku, Evan Engram, Pat Freiermuth

We’ve passed the midway point of a 16-round draft, so your DWR has automatically switched to Upside Mode. That weighs ceiling projections and projected ceiling likelihood more heavily, so you can prioritize those potential breakout picks.

And you can toggle out of Upside Mode anytime if you’d rather sort the players by their regular projections.

Burks was a favorite to be our Breakout Player before the Titans signed WR DeAndre Hopkins. Then a knee injury knocked him out for a few weeks. That adds risk, and you can probably wait at least another round to get him.

Round 10

QB: Geno Smith, Kirk CousinsRB: Khalil Herbert, AJ Dillon, Brian Robinson, Antonio GibsonWR: Elijah Moore, Quentin Johnston, Zay Flowers, Gabe Davis, Skyy MooreTE: David Njoku, Pat Freiermuth

Your top suggestion here will depend on what you have drafted to this point. For this exercise, I’ve arrived without a TE, and have no issue with Njoku as my top guy in Round 10.

Round 11

QB: Kirk CousinsRB: Raheem Mostert, Samaje Perine, Zach Charbonnet, Damien Harris, Jaylen WarrenWR: Zay Flowers, Skyy Moore, Kadarius Toney, Nico Collins, Rashod BatemanTE: David Njoku, Dalton Kincaid, Chig Okonkwo, Greg Dulcich

What do you need and what do you like here? Both answers can influence your pick.

Cousins’ ADP – along with Geno Smith last round – means you could even wait this long and still land a QB who finished top 6 last season.

Round 12

QB:RB: Raheem Mostert, Jerick McKinnon, Zach Charbonnet, Jaylen WarrenWR: Skyy Moore, Nico Collins, Rondale Moore, Odell Beckham Jr.TE: Dalton Kincaid, Chig Okonkwo, Greg DulcichDST: Ravens

Yep, ADP says that RB list will look the same again in this round if you didn’t take one of them in Round 11. That’s another reason to go ahead and select a wideout at the previous turn. Don’t be surprised if Mostert goes ahead of ADP, though.

You’ll probably also see the Ravens DST pop to the top of your board here.

Not only do we like them by full-season projections. Baltimore makes for a good season-opening defense because it faces rookie QBs from Houston and Indy within the first three weeks.

Prefer to wait longer on defense, you should be able to draft the favorable early schedules of the Saints, Broncos, and Jaguars later.

Round 13

QB: Daniel Jones, Anthony RichardsonRB: Jaylen Warren, Kenneth GainwellWR: Rondale Moore, Jonathan Mingo, Zay JonesTE: Dalton Kincaid, Chig Okonkwo

Feel free to take any upside play you prefer in this range.

You can also use this range of your draft to pair two of these boom-bust TEs, and then hang on to whichever is working out early in the season.

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Round 14-16

Time to secure your kicker and DST (if you didn’t already), plus one more upside pick at the position of your choice. Just make sure you don’t cling to that guy too tightly if it keeps you from making a waiver-wire move in season.

Pick 8, 9, or 10

Rounds 1 & 2

QB:RB: Saquon Barkley, Bijan Robinson, Nick ChubbWR: Stefon Diggs, CeeDee Lamb, Amon-Ra St. Brown, Cooper Kupp, Davante Adams, A.J. BrownTE:

Unless your league goes WR mad ahead of your turn, your board will want you to start with a wideout.

If Barkley makes it back to you in Round 2, he likely leads your recommendations. If he doesn’t and Lamb or St. Brown does, then your board will probably favor a WR-WR start – even if you only have two WR spots in your weekly lineup.

Rounds 3 & 4

QB: Jalen HurtsRB: Joe Mixon, Jahmyr Gibbs, Travis Etienne, Aaron JonesWR: Calvin Ridley, D.K. Metcalf, Deebo Samuel, Amari CooperTE: Mark Andrews

Hurts and Andrews climb near the top of your board in Round 3. If you opened your draft with two WRs, then Mixon likely still leads them.

If you selected a RB with one of your first two picks, though, then Andrews and Ridley likely lead your board.

Mixon’s more likely to make it around the turn than Hurts or Andrews. So wait on the RB if you’re torn among those options.

Finishing Round 4 with two RBs, one WR, and Andrews will give you a nice start. Swapping out Andrews for a top QB or a second WR is fine as well.

Rounds 5 & 6

QB: Justin HerbertRB: J.K. Dobbins, Alexander MattisonWR: Mike Williams, Tyler Lockett, Terry McLaurin, Christian WatsonTE: Darren Waller

You could pair Williams and Herbert around this turn if you haven’t addressed QB yet. Get here with just one WR, though, and Williams will certainly top your recommendations.

Passing on QB for another RB or WR in Round 6 is fine as well if you’d prefer to wait. But we’re high on the upside of Herbert and see him as a potential advantage from this range.

Rounds 7 & 8

QB: Deshaun WatsonRB: Rachaad White, Javonte Williams, David Montgomery, Alvin Kamara, James CookWR: Mike Evans, Marquise Brown, Jordan Addison, Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Jahan DotsonTE: Kyle Pitts, Dallas Goedert

Get here with your starting positions covered, and you’re likely to see a bunch of RBs at the top of your board.

This is a good spot for a RB and a WR.

If you get here with a hole at either QB or TE (or both), there are potential answers.

Rounds 9 & 10

QB: Anthony RichardsonRB: Khalil Herbert, AJ Dillon, Brian Robinson, Antonio GibsonWR: Treylon Burks, Elijah Moore, Quentin Johnston, Gabriel Davis, Zay FlowersTE: David Njoku, Pat Freiermuth

If you leaned away from WR last turn and have all your offensive starting spots filled, then this looks like a good turn for grabbing a pair of WRs.

You can also find an upside QB or TE if you waited on either position – or both – to this stage.

Speaking of upside, passing the midway point in your draft has automatically switched on Upside Mode for your Draft War Room. That weighs ceiling projections and ceiling likelihood more heavily to help you land those later-round breakout players.

Getting out of Round 10 with a QB, a TE, four RBs, and four WRs seems ideal. You can shift that to three RBs and five WRs if your format starts three wideouts.

Rounds 11 & 12

QB: Anthony RichardsonRB: Jerick McKinnon, Zach Charbonnet, Damien Harris, Jaylen WarrenWR: Skyy Moore, Nico Collins, Rondale Moore, Odell Beckham Jr., Jonathan MingoTE: Dalton Kincaid, Chig Okonkwo, Greg DulcichDST: Ravens

This looks like a good turn to grab another RB and WR. Or you could favor two WRs. The RBs are more likely to return to you in Round 13. And that position has upside options beyond those listed here.

Note: You could wait on TE and still land an upside young option here. Perhaps even pair them to see which one works out early in the year (and then drop the other for a waiver pickup).

The Ravens start with Houston in Week 1 and get Indianapolis in Week 3. Or you could wait and opt for another D with a friendly early schedule, such as New Orleans, Denver, or Jacksonville.

Rounds 13 & 14

QB: Anthony RichardsonRB: Jaylen Warren, Kenneth Gainwell, Tank BigsbyWR: Rondale Moore, Jonathan Mingo, Zay Jones, Tyler BoydTE: Greg Dulcich, Dalton Kincaid, Chig Okonkwo

Chase ceiling here, and do so at any position(s) that works for your specific roster build.

Rounds 15 & 16

Kicker and DST time here. At least one among New Orleans, Denver, and Jacksonville is likely available still.

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