by: Michael Nazarek - 8/14/2018
Editor's Note: Below you will find the 2018 Official FFMastermind.com 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 2018 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 draft, my team needs, and how the actions of owners around me cause me to alter (or move forward) with my Master draft plan. Thus, the official FFMastermind.com Draft Plan was born. This plan is developed to inform subscribers of how I actually "think on the fly" during a draft. As I've done the past six 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 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 MyFantasyLeague.com in early-August, 2018. I will be updating the plan throughout the next several weeks, as needed. Let’s get right to the first round…
Player Changes made on 8/14/2018 in RED.
Pick 1.01 – 1.06: There are five RBs I'd choose from for this pick, along with one WR. 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 pick. As for my second round 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 eight RB ahead of an elite WR, but if they are gone, I'd probably take a top six WR.
Sample rosters after two rounds
PPR: RB LeVeon Bell, WR A.J. Green
Non-PPR: RB Ezekiel Elliott, WR A.J. Green
QB-Heavy: QB Tom Brady, RB Kareem Hunt
Pick 1.07 - 1.12(14): You must assume that a top five 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 five RB. In PPR leagues, I usually target the best available RB & WR with my first two picks. A combination of RB Melvin Gordon and WR Michael Thomas is preferable to one of RB Melvin Gordon and RB Devonta Freeman since it’s a long time until your third pick. You would then be lucky to draft WR Stefon Diggs as your #1 WR. In a non-PPR league, if you draft two RBs first, then a player such as WR Amari Cooper could slide to you late in the third, making taking two RBs first in non-PPR leagues more viable. That said, in most cases, I'd still prefer to go RB/WR or WR/RB in non-PPR leagues for a more balanced approach. In QB-heavy leagues, I take a top five QB first if you know he won’t last until your second pick. I’d probably take a RB with my other pick unless a top five WR slides to me.
Sample rosters after two rounds
PPR: RB Kareem Hunt, WR Michael Thomas
Non-PPR: RB Kareem Hunt, WR Keenan Allen
QB-Heavy: QB Carson Wentz, RB Melvin Gordon
As mentioned atop this release, if you like to read the entire Draft Plan, please click HERE to order our 2018 Pre-Season
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