Fantasy Football Draft Slot Strategies – Pick 2

Dual RB | WR Heavy | Premium QB

by Keith Lott
Fantasy Football Draft Slot Strategies - Pick 2

Are you ready for a winning Fantasy Football season? It all starts with a great draft strategy, tailored to your draft slot. In this series, we'll be exploring different approaches tailored to each of the twelve draft slots to help you build a winning team. We continue our Fantasy Football Draft Slot Strategies with Pick 2!

Mike kicked off the series on Sunday: Fantasy Football Draft Slot Strategies - Pick 1

If you're a seasoned Fantasy Football player, you know that one of the most crucial moments of the season is the draft. A successful draft can set you up for a championship run, while a poor one can leave you struggling to make the playoffs.

One of the biggest factors in determining your draft success is your draft slot. Whether you have the first overall pick or the twelfth, your strategy will need to be adjusted accordingly. Odds are, you won't be drafting Travis Kelce when picking from the #2 Draft Slot. You can, but you probably shouldn't.

In this series, we'll be exploring different draft strategies tailored to each of the twelve draft slots. From prioritizing quarterbacks to loading up on running backs and wide receivers, we'll cover a variety of approaches that will help you make the most of your position in the draft order.

Of course, there are many other draft strategies to consider, depending on your draft slot and personal preferences. Whether you're hoping to land a star wide receiver in the first round or looking to punt the tight end position, stay tuned for expert advice and insights on how to build a winning Fantasy Football team from any draft slot. There's no one-size-fits-all approach to drafting in Fantasy Football.

That's why we'll be sharing a range of draft slot-specific strategies in this series to help you make informed decisions and build a winning team! We utilized the FantasyPros Mock Draft Wizard to help play out our Fantasy Football Draft Slot Strategies for 12-team, half-PPR leagues with 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 FLEX, 4 BN, 1 K and 1 DST roster settings.

Fantasy Football Draft Slot Strategies - Pick 2

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Dual RB

It's hard to pass on Justin Jefferson / Ja'Marr Chase but if you can corner the running back market, there is reason to believe you can gain a substantial competitive edge.

Christian McCaffrey and Austin Ekeler's involvement in the passing game makes them the top running backs in 2023.

Depending on how your draft plays out, you are likely to be selecting two players from the following groups at the 2/3 turn:

I am good with any one of those wide receivers being my WR1 heading into the 2023 NFL season.

The 4/5 turn is where you need to make an important decision - do you take a top QB in Jalen Hurts, Joe Burrow, Lamar Jackson- or do you grab two more wide receivers from the following group:

Reason against two RBs in first three rounds - runnings backs at the 4/5 turn - Cam Akers, Dameon Pierce, Alexander Mattison, James Conner, Rachaad White

The 6/7 turn is where you will be looking for a FLEX option and some depth at RB/WR, depending on what your roster construction looks like and how the draft board shakes out.

I would be totally happy selecting a fourth wide receiver and a third running back here with guys like Christian Kirk, Brandon Aiyuk, Michael Pittman, Diontae Johnson, David Montgomery, D'Andre Swift, Isiah Pacheco and Alvin Kamara still on the board.

If you want to select a quarterback here your options are Justin Herbert, Trevor Lawrence, Deshaun Watson and Dak Prescott.

The tight ends available at this point in the draft are Darren Waller, Pat Freiermuth, Evan Engram and David Njoku. I am willing to continue punting.

At the 8/9 turn, it's highly likely eight, nine or 10 teams will have already drafted their quarterback at this point. You should continue to wait, even if that means streaming quarterbacks to start the season until you find the one.

There is no reason to draft Tua Tagovailoa, Daniel Jones, Kirk Cousins, Geno Smith or Aaron Rodgers at this point in the draft.

In the 8th Round, you need to understand your roster, check bye weeks and see where you can add some depth that will work for you in the early weeks. It's a good idea to avoid stacking a bad offense at this point as well!

Brian Robinson and AJ Dillon tend to find themselves on my bench quite often when mocking from the #2 Draft Slot.

Some of those tight ends I mentioned at the last turn might still be available and if you don't want to stream both QB and TE every week, Freiermuth or Engram might be worth your 9th Round selection.

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WR Heavy

Justin Jefferson or Ja'Marr Chase - whatever floats your boat - both are safer options than the two running backs to some managers.

When the draft returns to you at pick 23, you should have the option of picking Amon-Ra St. Brown, Garrett Wilson, Jaylen Waddle or Chris Olave, compared to the running backs at the 2/3 turn in Najee Harris, Travis Etienne, Joe Mixon, Aaron Jones and Jahmyr Gibbs. The wide receiver position just appears to have so many fewer question marks at this point in the draft:

  • Is the Steelers offensive line going to be good enough?
  • Will the Jaguars get ETN more involved in the passing game?
  • Will Mixon see 75 targets and catch 60 passes again?
  • How will the new-look Packers offense operate?
  • Do we trust rookie running backs in the Lions offense?

Which start to the draft would you rather have?

In the 4th Round, you might even consider adding another pass-catcher, or even your quarterback if you want to invest a 4th Round pick in Lamar Jackson or Joe Burrow, before picking your RB1. With guys like Calvin, Terry McLaurin and Jerry Jeudy possibly still available at the wide receiver position and Kyle Pitts and Dallas Goedert available at the tight end position, you could choose to grab just one of the following running backs, instead of forcing yourself into starting two of the following running backs week in and week out:

  • Cam Akers
  • Dameon Pierce
  • Alexander Mattison
  • James Conner
  • Rachaad White
  • David Montgomery
  • D'Andre Swift
  • Isiah Pacheco

All of the guys listed above are interchangeable and one or two of them are likely to make it back to you at the 6/7 turn and the next tier of running backs includes veterans like Alvin Kamara, Javonte Williams and AJ Dillon.

So after six rounds, you could have four wide receivers and two running backs. The 7th Round is turning out to be the point in the draft where I want to add a quarterback with the #2 draft slot. Trevor Lawrence and Justin Herbert are almost always available in mock drafts and you might even see Justin Fields fall to you in your home league (if you are into the Bears QB!).

If this is still too early for you to select a quarterback, I recommend waiting until the 10th Round or later for Tua Tagovailoa, Daniel Jones, Kirk Cousins, Aaron Rodgers, Geno Smith or Jared Goff. This will allow you to add some running back depth and a tight end while all of the other managers are fighting each other while scooping up the wide receiver scraps!

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Premium QB

Times are changing and the quarterback is becoming a coveted position again in Fantasy Football. If you decide that you need Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen or Jalen Hurts on your team, you will have to use pick 23 or pick 26 to do so.

Your first-round pick will determine how you should attack the 2/3 turn and I recommend a more balanced approach to roster building if you go this route. I also recommend using your 3rd Round pick on the quarterback.

If you go with Christian McCaffrey/Austin Ekler to start, make sure you come back with Amon-Ra St. Brown, Garrett Wilson, Jaylen Waddle or Chris Olave in the 3rd Round.

If you go with Justin Jefferson/Ja'Marr Chase to start, make sure you come back with Joe Mixon, Najee Harris or Travis Etienne in the 3rd Round.

At the 4/5 turn, make sure you pay attention to how the team with the first pick has started their roster construction. If they went WR-heavy, you might want to grab another running back here. If they went RB-heavy, now is a good time to grab the wide receiver of your choice, before two of them come off the board ahead of your next pick!

Again, staying balanced, you will want to pick up your RB2 & WR2 at this point in the draft.

Running Backs available - Cam Akers, Dameon Pierce, Alexander Mattison, James Conner
Wide Receivers available - Calvin Ridley, D.J. Moore, Terry McLaurin, Jerry Jeudy

Depending on your bye week situation, when Rounds 6 & 7 come around, you can double up at the wide receiver position to grab your WR3 and FLEX. If you don't like two receivers in the Tyler Lockett, Christian Kirk, Brandon Aiyuk, Mike Williams range, you can fill the FLEX spot with D''Andre Swift, Isiah Pacheco or Alvin Kamara.

Now at the 8/9 turn, without a tight end, you can continue to add running backs and wide receivers and just punt the position. Play the weekly streaming game, unless you need to have Pat Freiermuth or Evan Engram on your roster.

For me, I would rather have Brandin Cooks and Brian Robinson or AJ Dillon.

There is a real possibility that Freiermuth or Engram fall to the 10th Round, where you will be choosing between the tight end or Tyler Boyd/Elijah Mitchell.


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