This article is what I consider to be the “perfect” draft. While perfect is a strong word, let’s just say that if I were drafting from the 5th slot and came out of the draft with this team, I would be ecstatic. In order to have the perfect draft, players have to fall into your lap once in a while. You’ll see that some of these selections reflect some players dropping a little below their current MFL10 ADP. That is something that happens all the time and it is important to identify and recognize where there is value in your draft. That is why following ADP’s is so important in my opinion. Anyway, this draft is based on a 12 team league with a PPR scoring system. The starting lineup requirements consist of 1 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, 1 TE, 1 FLEX, 1 D/ST, with 7 BENCH players.
1st Round – David Johnson – You know you’re off to a great start when you’re able to snag David Johnson at #5 overall. The more I think about it, the more I think David Johnson is going to be the best fantasy RB in 2018. He has the highest upside of any RB this season, in my humble opinion.
2nd Round – Davante Adams – In this “hypothetical” draft, A.J. Green and Mike Evans were drafted a few spots ahead of this selection. Frankly, I am perfectly fine with that since I would rather have Davante Adams over both of them.
3rd Round – Derrick Henry – All the pieces are in place for Derrick Henry this season. He is now the lead back on a solid Tennessee Titans offense. I believe his floor is a mid level RB2 and his upside is a top 5 fantasy RB. Sink or swim, I’m investing in Henry everywhere I can in 2018.
4th Round – Demaryius Thomas – With Case Keenum now leading the Denver Broncos offense, I’m expecting a low end WR1 finish for Demaryius Thomas in 2018. Once the middle of the 4th round approaches, I’ll be looking to snag DT every time.
5th Round – Golden Tate - Hey, in order to have the perfect draft, players have to fall in your lap from time to time. In this case, getting a proven player like Golden Tate in the 5th round is fantastic. I thought about drafting an RB here, but I couldn’t pass up the value in Tate.
6th Round – Sony Michel – With a current ADP of 56th overall, I am thrilled to land Sony Michel at pick #68 overall. The New England Patriots did not draft Michel in the 1st round to be a part-time RB. Michel will be a highly productive player on the Patriots in 2018.
7th round – Greg Olsen – An injury cut Greg Olsen’s 2017 short. Now back to 100%, there’s no doubt in my mind Olsen will go right back to being Cam Newton’s #1 option in the passing game. In case you haven’t noticed, the Panthers don’t exactly have many weapons on offense outside of Christian McCaffrey.
8th round – Marlon Mack – I’m taking a risk drafting Marlon Mack, but frankly, which player doesn’t carry some type of risk once you get to the 8th round? Here’s an RB who has the opportunity to cement himself as the primary ball carrier for his team. I’ll take that in my RB4 all day and twice on Sunday’s.
9th round – Chris Hogan – Chris Hogan is the type of WR that can become a must start weekly fantasy option should something happen to Julian Edelman or Rob Gronkowski. Tom Brady trusts Hogan and even with Edelman and Gronkowski on the field, there’s plenty of targets to go around in the New England Patriots offense.
10th round – Kerryon Johnson – Let’s face it, the Ameer Abdullah project has not exactly worked out as the Lions hoped it would. He’s just not that good of an RB. LeGarrette Blount is there to steal some carries and possibly goal line work, but he’s no spring chicken at 31 years old. Kerryon Johnson is the RB of the future for the Detroit Lions. At this point in the draft, I’d rather draft Johnson, who has a much higher upside than RB’s like C.J. Anderson or Isaiah Crowell.
11th round - Matthew Stafford - Since 2011, Matthew Stafford has finished as a top 10 fantasy QB in 6 of those 7 seasons. He’s a lock for 4,000+ passing yards, 20+ touchdowns. He’s as safe and reliable as it gets at the QB position.
12th round – Corey Clement – All signs are pointing to Corey Clement being the #2 option at RB in the Philadelphia Eagles offense in 2018. His usage in the passing game cannot be ignored in PPR leagues. Clement is in my opinion one of the best handcuffs in fantasy football this season.
13th round – Mitchell Trubisky – I don’t usually draft two QB’s in the same draft, but I’m such a believer in Mitchell Trubisky that I couldn’t help but take him here in the 13th round. I believe it’s possible Trubisky could become a better option than Stafford this season. For now, though, he’s as good of a backup as there is.
14th round – Cameron Meredith – I was super high on Cameron Meredith heading into the 2017 season. Unfortunately, an injury cut his entire season short. Now a member of the New Orleans Saints, Meredith has a shot at becoming a reliable target in a Drew Brees led offense. The skills are there and time will tell if Meredith can cash in on this opportunity.
15th round – Denver Broncos D/ST – The Denver Broncos drafted Bradley Chubb in the 1st round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Pairing a stud prospect in Chubb with the already established and proven Von Miller is a recipe for success. Opposing QB’s will have their hands full with that tandem this season.
QB - Matthew Stafford, Mitchell Trubisky
RB – David Johnson, Derrick Henry
WR – Davante Adams, Demaryius Thomas
TE – Greg Olsen
FLEX – Golden Tate
D/ST – Denver Broncos
BENCH – Sony Michel, Marlon Mack, Chris Hogan, Kerryon Johnson, Cameron Meredith
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