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Fantasy Football Draft Prep: How to draft from ninth overall in a PPR league with full points

You just found out from your league’s commissioner that you drew No. 9 overall in your fantasy football drafts, and now it’s time to prepare. Below I’ll break down what I thought was an ideal draft when I settled for #9 overall. If you decide to use #9 in your drafts, you can look at that as a guide, blueprint, or at least context for which players might be present in which rounds given your time on the clock.

The Fantasy Football Today team got together to create a pick by pick draft and here’s my full team from 9th place:

1.9: Dalvin Cook, RB, Vikings
2.4: CeeDee Lamb, WR, Cowboys
3.9: James Conner, RB, Cardinals
4.4: Allen Robinson, WR, Rams
5.9: Gabriel Davis, WR, bills
6.4: Rashod Bateman, WR, Ravens
7.9: Dallas Goedert, TE, Eagles
8.10: Dak Prescott, QB, Cowboys
9.3: Cordarrelle Patterson, RB, Falcons
10.10am: Ronald Jones, RB, chiefs
11.3: Jameson Williams, WR, Lions
12.1: Tyrion Davis-Price, RB, 49ers
13.3: Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, Browns
2:10 p.m.: Wan’Dale Robinson, WR, Giants
15.3: Daniel Jones, QB, Giants

With ninth overall pick, I couldn’t help but snap Cook in this full-point PPR. I understand Cook’s risk of injury, but the advantage isn’t being burned into his current ADP. The Vikings are moving towards a modern pass-heavy offense and that could mean big things for Cook’s target total. And we already know that targets in full-point PPR leagues are worth more than triple a carry.

While I’m a bit concerned about my depth at wide receiver, I’m confident my 1-2 running back will take on a potentially heavier workload with James Conner now that Chase Edmonds is gone. Prescott and Goedert give me the chance to compete against my opponents weekly in both QB and TE. And both Jones and Patterson are profiling themselves as depth I can get — Jones for his advantage taking the starring role in a top-five offense and Patterson for giving him an advantage in that format.

Favorite Pick: Rashod Bateman

Since I’m adamant that Bateman’s talent will make it into the draft, I couldn’t be more excited to get him in Round 7 as he prepares for the Year 2 jump. Outside of Mark Andrews, Bateman has very little target competition. There has been speculation that Baltimore will return to running in 2022, but even if true, this will be offset by Lamar Jackson’s improved health and improved passing game for Baltimore.

Pick I Might Regret: James Conner

I really like Conner as a late third-round pick, but it’s impossible to deny his injury history, which stretches back to his early career with the Steelers. And if Eno Benjamin’s early training camp hype is real, and he’s carving a large part into Conner’s passing game role, then it’s going to be very difficult to get any value out of Conner.

Player who could make or break my team: Dalvin Koch

Early-round draft capital spent on a running back these days almost always qualifies them for a make-or-break player. Very few backs have a completely clean injury record – Najee Harris is one of them – but he’s only entering Year 2. Cook’s lower body injuries have been consistent over the past few seasons, but ultimately he hasn’t missed too much time. The downside is that he could be the RB1 as this Vikings offensive enters the current century and the defense – in rebuild mode – forces them to catch up early and often.

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