It can be hard to know what to do when you stare your draft spot in the face in your live fantasy football draft. It can be even more daunting when you do zero research, don’t pay attention to ADP and player value and/or don’t do a single mock draft. It’s even worse when you don’t even know where you’re picking from before you enter the live draft.

To ease your mind throughout the process, be sure to enter your fantasy league’s draft with full knowledge of the league settings, roster positions and scoring. Also, it’s usually good to know if your league is PPR (points per reception) or not. Why? Because if running backs, wide receivers and tight ends get 0.5 or 1.0 points per reception, they hold much more value than others at their position that don’t.

For instance, Julian Edelman caught 100+ passes in 2013, but wasn’t a touchdown monster. Clearly, he held much more overall value in PPR formats than he did in standard, non-PPR leagues.

That’s really just the tip of the iceberg, but that’s the fatal rule you’ll need to know if you’re drafting in a PPR league. But if you’re fretting about that and everything else, we’ve mostly got you covered. Not sure what to do from your draft pick, who to target and how to build your team?

You can do one of two things: get the Draft Wizard and practice building the perfect team or just sign up for free to see how I did it from each spot in a 10-team PPR league. Or both. Either way, you’ll be way more prepared for your PPR fantasy football league than you are right now.

Most PPR leagues use three wide receivers, which greatly enhances the importance of grabbing WRs early that have huge roles. Running backs and tight ends who see a ton of passes obviously also have a ton of value, but with three starting positions reserved for wide receivers, getting the best three you can is pretty crucial to putting together a winning team.

But enough time wasting. Let’s mock your 10-team PPR league and see how we can grade out:

Note: Hit the links to see the draft results.

PPR 10-Team League Mock Results

First Pick

Starting with a wide receiver is probably the way to go beyond the first three or four picks, but Jamaal Charles can get 60-70 receptions on top of everything else he does. He’s a top-three pick and is a great start to any draft. Jordan Cameron was a minor reach over Julius Thomas, but with Josh Gordon likely out he’s going to get targeted an insane amount. Gerhart in round six is insane. He’s been undervalued as a PPR threat despite being a good receiver out of the backfield. Reggie Wayne is a super steal as a WR3 in PPR leagues. The rest of this draft was made up of some nice value picks (Tom Brady being a big one).

It’s not hard to nail the top overall pick, but teams can be destroyed beyond that point. This one rounded out as very deep and very balanced, with loads of PPR potential from top to bottom. It not surprisingly got a great rating from the Draft Analyzer, which combines your projected starting lineup and bench points to give an overall grade.

Draft Analyzer: I got a 1st overall ranking for this first mock draft, which projects me at least getting to the playoffs. Anytime the Draft Analyzer gives you a top-four rating it’s a good sign.

Second Pick

This mock was the perfect example of how drafts are just ridiculously unpredictable. Just look at my final roster. That is all.

Draft Analyzer: 1st overall

Third Pick

Matt Forte went second, which had Shady fall to me. I got Drew Brees in round friggin’ five. Went for straight up value the rest of the way and it turned out pretty well.

Draft Analyzer: 1st overall

Fourth Pick

Another deep, loaded roster.

Draft Analyzer: 1st overall

Fifth Pick

For those who reach for Calvin Johnson and Matt Forte, I’ll gladly take Adrian Peterson with the fifth overall pick in any league. Another value pick in Aaron Rodgers in round five. I normally wait on quarterbacks, but if a crazy value is there, I jump on it. Rashad Jennings is going to see a lot of balls come his way. He’s a super steal in round 6 of PPR leagues. Lone mistake was not grabbing a competent backup TE for Reed (concussion history). I fell in love with all the talented bench WR talent. Also, I was suckered into Cam Newton as my backup QB (round 10!) and missed on Zach Ertz, who I covet.

Draft Analyzer: 1st overall

Sixth Pick

Got my stud wide receivers early and fell into Aaron Rodgers again (4th round). Anytime I see A-Rod beyond round 3, I’m taking him. That’s insane value. As for wide receivers, I think there are a huge amount of WR3 type receivers, so I’m in no rush to grab one after getting my top two guys. That gave me the freedom to go get Rashad Jennings and Joique Bell. I still got Reggie Wayne as a WR3 and moved forward with more WR depth. Once again, went for blatant value if it hit me and made sure I stocked up at running back and wide receiver.

Draft Analyzer: 2nd overall

Seventh Pick

Even with it being PPR, I went back to my running back strategy here because Eddie Lacy is going to be awesome and should offer good PPR numbers, too. He got things going and I still turned around and nabbed Julio Jones to get the WRs started, too. Peyton Manning in round 4 is ridiculous for any league, so I pounced on him. Kendall Wright isn’t the most ideal WR2 in the world but he can meet that value in PPR (94 receptions last year). Rueben Randle is not a desired WR3, but I did grab Kelvin Benjamin, Sammy Watkins and Mike Evans on my bench. One of those guys will do as my weekly WR3 if Randle doesn’t. My glaring mistake was grabbing Dalton to be Peyton’s bye week replacement. They have the same bye week, so I’d have to make a move at some point, but it’s not the end of the world. I’m not overly high on The Red Rifle, anyways.

Draft Analyzer: 1st overall

Eighth Pick

Eddie Lacy was there again but I haven’t grabbed Dez Bryant yet, so I took him to switch things up. Either is a great pick at the 8 spot. I’m not enamored with Lynch as my RB1 this year, but I’ll roll the dice in the third round. Reggie Bush and Toby Gerhart round out a pretty decent crop of running backs, while Ray Rice and Danny Woodhead are excellent PPR RB depth. My two stud WRs give me the flexibility to try out Sammy Watkins as my WR3, while two more bench WRs give me the needed depth. Jordan Cameron is going to remain a PPR boss. He’s much more valuable than reaching for a WR3.

Draft Analyzer: 2nd overall

Ninth Pick

This is probably my best team and it came from the nine spot. I am high on Cam Newton, so waiting on QB until round eight helped this team really come together. Edelman is a PPR dynamo, even if he loses 15-20 receptions this year. And he’s my WR3. Joique Bell in the Flex is disgusting, while Frank Gore remains a terrific RB4, even with weak PPR value. Even if Cam doesn’t pan out, I also protected myself with Tony Romo. Same deal with Rob Gronkowski, who is a PPR machine when healthy. If he misses week 1 or any other action, Zach Ertz is my insurance policy. Lance Dunbar will never be used but he’s a nice handcuff to Murray.

Draft Analyzer: 1st overall

Tenth Pick

I don’t remember grabbing Jimmy Graham for a while during this research, so why not at the 10 spot when I can go get another guy with my back to back picks? He probably won’t usually fall this far, but if he does you probably need to take him in PPR leagues. He’s basically a wide receiver playing tight end. I went a way I never go – no running backs in my first four picks. I really like some of the mid-level guys, though, so at the 10 spot it’s a chance I’m willing to take as I can get my two main starters on my next turn. It’s a risk I won’t normally do, but I think you can still form a winning roster going this route, provided you make the right calls at the right time. Aaron Rodgers once again slid too far to pass on (round 5), so my second RB had to wait.

I was even tempted to grab Jordan Cameron as my main Flex, but I went with Chris Johnson instead. I like the versatility of a RB in my Flex, anyways. I rounded this draft out with great depth and grabbed a decent QB2 in Dalton to end my bench picks.

Draft Analyzer: 1st overall

All of this mock drafting and analysis was done within one hour. If you’re not putting it in an article and breaking it down, you can easily mock your draft spot 10-20 times in an hour if you need practice. Be sure to take advantage of this killer tool by hitting the links above and seeing the awesome help it has to offer. Have more team/player specific questions? Hit me up with comments below or ask me on Twitter @BreakingKevin.

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