Mock drafting lets you try a bunch of different strategies so you can figure out what works best any given year. You might try to go RB in each of the first two rounds, or maybe skip out on RBs until Round 3 or 4. You’ll never know what your team will look like unless you try it.
Here, I took Tyreek Hill in the 3rd, and realized once I was done that my WR corp was pretty solid without him in the lineup. When he gets back from suspension, I can potentially trade two WRs for a nice upgrade at WR instead of having startable assets sit on the bench. That way, I’m upgrading one of my three WR slots or flex without sacrificing another starter.
I went for dependable WRs two rounds in a row as a result of the Tyreek Hill pick, but then had to go for the WR1 upside again once Robby Anderson was available to me in the 6th.
I don’t feel any necessity to handcuff Todd Gurley with Darrell Henderson, but Henderson has a shot at being the most valuable PPR asset in a very desirable backfield if Gurley were to get hurt. It’s not guaranteed, but the upside for efficiency is there. There’s even a chance Henderson is a flex play out of the gate as Gurley’s complement. Probably won’t be drafting him if I don’t draft Gurley because of his ADP.
Wanted to follow up the non-guaranteed Henderson pick with some good depth in Jerick McKinnon. RBs do very well in Shanahan’s system, and I wanted a piece of that. At this point, assuming a Coleman/McKinnon split.
More solid depth at WR with Marvin Jones and Parris Campbell. My QB ended up being Josh Allen, who I drafted in the back of the 12th round – love that value, and am perfectly fine starting him Week 1. If it doesn’t work out, I stream from there.
Instead of picking a TE with my last pick, I decided to go for upside and draft Bruce Anderson, who has 3-down capability in a Bucs backfield currently in flux. If that doesn’t work out, I can likely pick up the TE I would’ve drafted in the last round off of waivers. If it does work out though, I’m sitting pretty.