Fantasy Football Draft Flow Chart
If you believe drafting by position is as important as "best player available" then check out Brett Talley's fantasy football flow chart to help guide you through your drafts this season.
Welcome to the 2017 Fantasy Football Flow Chart! Every year a few people on Twitter ask for this piece of content (which is a few more times than all my other content combined), so ask and ye shall receive.
The idea here is that you can take the chart above into your draft and just follow a track all the way down the chart throughout your draft. The chart is designed for use in 12-team standard Yahoo leagues (non-PPR) with the following 15 roster slots: 1 QB; 3 WR; 2 RB; 1 TE; 1 K; 1 DEF/ST; 6 Bench.
In the past the chart has been designed using ESPN ADP/rankings, but this year the chart is based on the ADP and rankings from our friends at Yahoo. But whichever site you’re drafting on, or even if you’re drafting in person with friends, the chart should work regardless.
There could be a guy or three mentioned as a target in a certain round who might not be available at that point, but someone else mentioned as a target in that round (or even a round prior) should be available for you to select. If no one listed as an option in that round is available, simply move to the next round and select someone listed there.
The chart should also work if you’re playing in PPR or half-PPR leagues. In those instances, you might want to follow the tracks that start with more wide receivers in the early rounds.
After you draft, feel free to leave your roster in the comments or on Twitter (@TheRealTAL), and I’ll let you know what I think.
Before we get into the rounds and the names, let’s talk general strategy. I’m a subscriber to the whole late round QB/TE and streaming strategies. More people are on that bandwagon now than they were a few years ago, but in any league I’ve ever played in with non-experts, there are always several people, if not most them, who over-value quarterbacks and sometimes tight ends. If you like to take QBs and TEs early, this flow chart isn’t for you.
All players listed in each round below are listed in the order which I would prefer to select them compared to other players at their position. Remember, if someone listed in a previous round is still available, they’re preferable to someone listed in a later round. If you’re dense or if I’m articulating this poorly, that means anyone listed in round two who is still available in round three is preferable to anyone listed in round three.
Don’t feel the need to adhere too strongly to the names suggested in each round below. The key thing here is the flow chart and structure it provides. If there are specific players you want to take within the framework provided that are not specifically named below, draft your guys.
Alright, enough preamble.
The first round is simple in my estimation. If you have the first or second pick, you’re taking David Johnson or Le’Veon Bell. If you’re picking third or later and no one jumps up and grabs a receiver with one of the top two picks, you’re taking a receiver.
If you didn’t get Johnson or Bell in the first round, make sure to grab one running back in the next two rounds. You can take two if you like or if circumstances force you to do so, but one back and two receivers is ideal.
Running backs get dicey at this point, so it’s probably best to grab one more solid receiver here before you start to take some shots on some less-than-certain running backs.
It’s finally time to consider something other than a running back or a receiver. Feel free to take another back or receiver here, but this is potentially a spot to grab a tight end if you don’t want to wait until your last pick before grabbing a kicker and defense to do so.
This is the spot to grab your quarterback. If you’re not comfortable taking just one QB, take your tight end in Round 11 and go QB-QB in rounds 12 and 13.
If you didn’t take a tight end in Round 11, fill out that last roster slot here. If you did, take a flier on another back or receiver or double up on quarterback.
Take a kicker, preferably one on a team with a good offense in a warm climate or in a dome. Then pick a defense with a good matchup in Week 1. Stream your defenses after Week 1.