The 2017 Official Draft Plan

by: Michael Nazarek - 8/22/2017

Editor's Note: Below you will find the 2017 Official Draft Plan for the first two rounds of a fantasy draft. If you'd like to read the sections covering the next eight rounds, please click HERE to order our 2017 Pre-Season Draft Guide.

In the past, subscribers have asked me to get into exact detail regarding how I draft and the specifics regarding how I analyze the fantasy football draft, my team needs, and how the actions of owners around me cause me to alter (or move forward) with my fantasy football Master draft plan. Thus, the official Draft Plan was born. This plan is developed to inform subscribers of how I actually "think on the fly" during a fantasy football draft. As I've done the past five years, I’ll go in rounds of two’s and make distinctions for non-PPR and PPR leagues as well as the occasional QB heavy league. I can tell you I no longer play in basic scoring leagues and only play in 12-14 team leagues. Most of my fantasy football leagues are PPR, but not all of them. Most leagues have ten starters, so I’ll take you through the first 10 rounds of my drafting process. This initial version of the plan is based upon ADP taken from in late-July, 2017. I will be updating the plan throughout the summer, as needed. Let’s get right to the first round…


Red - New Players Added on August 14th, 2017.

Blue - New Players Added on August 22nd, 2017.


ROUNDS #1-#2


Pick 1.01 – 1.06: There are only three RBs I'd choose from for this pick, along with three WRs. The injury risk to Gronk is too big to consider him this soon, or any other TE for that matter. The mantra regarding QBs has not changed. The only way I would draft a QB here is if the league weighted QB heavy with 6-points per TD pass, and only if I knew I could NOT get a top 3 QB with my second round fantasy football pick. As for my second round fantasy football pick, if I have an elite STUD RB on my roster, then I’d likely take best available WR with my next choice. In QB-heavy leagues, if I took a QB in the first round, I’d weigh the top remaining RBs and WRs. I'd likely take a top six RB ahead of an elite WR, but if they are gone, I'd probably take a top eight WR. Things have changed once again since last summer.


Sample rosters after two rounds

PPR: RB LeVeon Bell, WR Doug Baldwin

Non-PPR: RB David Johnson, WR Dez Bryant

QB-Heavy: QB Tom Brady, WR Doug Baldwin


Pick 1.07 - 1.12(14): You must assume that a top three RB won’t be available when your turn arrives. If one is, then jump on him and consider the best available WR in the second round (especially in PPR leagues). Drafting late in the first round, you get an early second round pick. That’s a good thing considering you likely won’t get a top three RB. In PPR leagues, I usually target the best available WR & RB with my first two fantasy football picks. A combination of RB Devonta Freeman and WR Jordy Nelson is preferable to one of RB Devonta Freeman and RB Jordan Howard since it’s a long time until your third fantasy football pick. You would then be lucky to draft WR Jarvis Landry as your #1 WR. In a non-PPR fantasy football league, if you draft two RBs first, then a player such as WR Allen Robinson could slide to you late in the third, making taking two RBs first in non-PPR fantasy football leagues more viable. That said, in most cases, I'd still prefer to go RB/WR or WR/RB in non-PPR fantasy football leagues for a more balanced approach. In QB-heavy fantasy football leagues, I take a top five QB first if you know he won’t last until your second fantasy football pick. I’d probably take a RB with my other fantasy football pick unless a top five WR slides to me.


Sample rosters after two rounds

PPR: RB Devonta Freeman, WR Jordy Nelson

Non-PPR: RB Jordan Howard, WR Michael Thomas (NO)

QB-Heavy: QB Matt Ryan, RB LeSean McCoy


ROUNDS #3-#4


As mentioned atop this release, if you like to read the entire Draft Plan, please click HERE to order our 2017 Pre-Season Draft Guide.

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