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Planning Your First Two Picks in a Points Per Reception (PPR) League - 2009
David Dorey
August 28, 2009
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This is the companion piece to Planning Your First Two Picks - 2009 but considers a league that awards one point per reception.

Rankings as of 8/28/09 (showing only QB, RB and WR)

Quarterbacks Running Backs Wide Receivers
1 Drew Brees NOS 1 Maurice Jones-Drew JAC 1 Andre Johnson HOU
2 Tom Brady NEP 2 Adrian Peterson MIN 2 Randy Moss NEP
3 Aaron Rodgers GBP 3 LaDainian Tomlinson SDC 3 Larry Fitzgerald ARI
4 Peyton Manning IND Tier 2 Tier 2
Tier 2 4 Chris Johnson TEN 4 Calvin Johnson DET
5 Kurt Warner ARI 5 Steven Jackson STL 5 Greg Jennings GBP
6 Donovan McNabb PHI 6 Steve Slaton HOU 6 Reggie Wayne IND
7 Philip Rivers SDC 7 Frank Gore SFO 7 Roddy White ATL
8 Carson Palmer CIN 8 Matt Forte CHI 8 Dwayne Bowe KCC
9 Tony Romo DAL 9 Michael Turner ATL 9 Steve Smith CAR
Tier 3 10 Marion Barber DAL 10 Marques Colston NOS
10 Matt Schaub HOU Tier 3 11 Wes Welker NEP
11 Matt Ryan ATL 11 Brian Westbrook PHI 12 Chad Ochocinco CIN
12 Jay Cutler CHI 12 DeAngelo Williams CAR 13 T.J. Houshmandzadeh SEA
13 David Garrard JAC 13 Clinton Portis WAS 14 Anquan Boldin ARI
14 Matt Hasselbeck SEA 14 Ronnie Brown MIA Tier 3
15 Jake Delhomme CAR 15 Kevin Smith DET 15 Laveranues Coles CIN
16 Matt Cassel KCC 16 Ryan Grant GBP 16 Roy Williams DAL
17 Trent Edwards BUF 17 Knowshon Moreno DEN 17 Terrell Owens BUF
18 Ben Roethlisberger PIT 18 Brandon Jacobs NYG 18 Bernard Berrian MIN
19 Joe Flacco BAL 19 Pierre Thomas NOS 19 DeSean Jackson PHI
20 Chad Pennington MIA 20 Reggie Bush NOA 20 Braylon Edwards CLE

Let's apply this to a draft that has standard performance scoring and reception points. I will use The Huddle rankings.

  Pick   Player Why and What's My Plan?
1 RB Maurice Jones-Drew

Options:QB Drew Brees, RB Maurice Jones-Drew, WR Andre Johnson

WHY?: Jones-Drew was already worthy of being top ten and then Fred Taylor left without being replaced. Jones-Drew is now the central focus of the offense and his additional role as a receiver means he'll post nice points every week regardless of the game situation. He'll also be there for what should be double-digit touchdowns as well. This is his glory year and I want to take advantage of it.

THE PLAN: Man, waiting for 22 more picks means I'll just deal with what is left. I can go anywhere. I'll be looking for difference makers if I can but it will need to be tier one players to keep me from grabbing at least one RB in the next swing picks.

2 RB Adrian Peterson

Options: QB Drew Brees, RB Adrian Peterson , WR Andre Johnson

WHY?: Why not? He's arguably the best back in the league and was already deserving of this spot before Brett Favre showed up to make the defenses respect the pass. Peterson is money in the bank... a lot of money. He comes with virtually no question marks. He's even supposed to get more catches this year but his value is all about the run.

THE PLAN: Man, waiting for 20 more picks means I'll just deal with what is left. I can go anywhere though since Peterson will be my rock. I will live - or die - by what he does.

3 RB LaDainian Tomlinson

Options:QB Drew Brees, RB LaDainian Tomlinson, WR Andre Johnson

WHY?: His "down year" meant he was only the #6 running back last season while he played with groin and toe injuries. He was the #1 RB for the two previous years and though he turns 30, he's still an elite player who has some left in the tank. If he was #1 this year again, how could anyone really be surprised? 30 years old is not the wall for an elite running back such as LT. Still the man and one that catches many passes every season.

THE PLAN: I believe in Tomlinson so I am no more inclined to feel the need to back this pick up with a RB next round. I can search for best players and feel good about my RB crew even if I wait until round 4 to take my RB2.

4 RB Chris Johnson

Options: QB Drew Brees, RB Chris Johnson, WR Andre Johnson

WHY?: Okay, so it is getting pretty tempting to go non-RB in this PPR scoring but I still want to lean towards an RB if I can since I think I can pick up a decent WR in the next round. Chris Johnson was electric last year and they intend on using him even more this season as a receiver. It is a pick that has maybe more upside than the first five but the risk should is not bad he'll be at least this good. Lendale White does the heavy work in TEN, Johnson should remain healthy.

THE PLAN: Still pretty far away to be making too many plans but I have an upside player that should pan out well for me. I'll definitely be looking at a wideout or quarterback with my next pick.

5 RB Steven Jackson

Options: QB Drew Brees, RB Steven Jackson, WR Andre Johnson

WHY?: The new offense in St. Louis will be centered around Jackson as both a runner and a receiver. He should easily lead the Rams in touchdowns, rushing yardage and likely even catches and receiving yards. His injury history is not appealing but his situation is. This is hoping he returns to his form of 2006 when he led all RBs in receptions. With the talent so stripped from the STL offense, Jackson has to be a lock to get a lot of work as a receiver as well.

THE PLAN: I think I have a home run in Jackson but I am a realist - he is risky given his health issues. Since I am buying into this risk, I will spend the next two picks getting me the safest players that I can No doubt a RB for one pick and likely my second rounder. I think he is going to be great this year - but I had better be right.

6 RB Frank Gore

Options: QB Drew Brees, RB Frank Gore, WR Andre Johnson

WHY?: This mid-draft pick is always dicey because I will always have about a dozen players taken between every one of my picks. That means if a run starts, I won't be able to do much about it. But it also means if I do not take a RB here, there could be at least a dozen RBs taken before my next pick and maybe 15 or 16 for all I know. That scares me. I know WR and QB won't be over a dozen deep by then so I am going to take Gore here because he is a full-time back who is the center of his offense.

THE PLAN: I have a solid RB now but nothing spectacular. I need to hunt for difference makers in future rounds and will strongly consider some other position with my next pick. I felt like I needed to pick RB there which I hate but now I can start searching for sleepers and difference makers.

7 RB Steve Slaton

Options: QB Drew Brees, RB Steve Slaton, WR Andre Johnson

WHY?: Stop the insanity? Not me. Slaton was not only a pleasant surprise last year, but the Texans did nothing to get him more help for 2009 other than expecting Chris Brown to remain healthy. Six picks until I go again and Slaton is way better than I can expect in round two. He even catches the ball which means consistent points even in bad games. I think Slaton has upside that could deliver more value than this pick cost me.

THE PLAN: Like the drafter before, I have the mid-draft picks where a dozen or so picks always happen before I go again. And like him, I will be looking for a difference maker with my next pick.

8 RB Matt Forte

Options: QB Drew Brees, RB Matt Forte, WR Andre Johnson

WHY?: In a year with wideouts being highly valued, I certainly could take one here and JOhnson would be great even in this scoring. But Forte had a great rookie season and remains the primary back in Chicago. He led the NFL in running back receptions last year so even if he does fall back some as a receiver, he's still going to have significance as a pass-catcher and that means more points for me.

THE PLAN: Picking 8th means I have to wait for eight more picks before I go again and I am going to expect at least a few of those are RB so I controlled my RB1 taking him here. I have no doubt given up a tier 1 WR but there are a lot of good ones that will still be left. I have the solid core of my team in Forte, now I branch out with the next several picks.

9 WR Andre Johnson

Options: QB Drew Brees, RB Michael Turner, WR Andre Johnson

WHY?: I love Turner who should be solid but he never catches the ball and I have to think that the three teams after me all take at least one WR - that would empty tier 1. I am deep enough in the first round that I won't get much bang for my buck taking the 9th RB here and figuring probably only the 4th WR or worse when I go again. Johnson should be a gem in this scoring since he is a lock for at least 100 catches and could lead the league once again as he did in 2008 when he had 115 catches. I have my difference maker already.

THE PLAN: I have to at least consider a RB in the next round but I may throw caution to the wind and take another top WR or even a QB. I have to see how I feel in six picks.

10 RB Michael Turner

Options:QB Drew Brees, RB Michael Turner, WR Randy Moss

WHY?: I am in a real quandary. Randy Moss is there calling my name and I could have the #2 WR if I want. The RB is only the 9th drafted but Turner was a consistent scorer last year and offers a solid contribution each week even if he doesn't catch the ball often. I have to think that at least a couple of WR are going to be gone when I pick next but there could be several RBs gone as well and I think there is a drop off in risk and consistency if I do not take Turner. It is not a sexy pick or even a real difference maker, but it is a very solid pick that makes me feel better about using the next couple of picks to take some swings at the fence. Drafting 10th makes it very easy to build a very average team. I know that, but I like Turner enough to think a solid start is going to help my draft in the long term.

THE PLAN: I go again in just four picks. I may take a WR then but I will also consider a RB next for some safe starting and then brach out to other positions later.

11 WR Randy Moss

Options: QB Drew Brees, RB Marion Barber, WR Randy Moss

WHY?: Why not? I mean I could go with the 10th best RB here and then four picks later take what is left or I can access the #2 wideout on my board. This is a wideout who last had 23 touchdowns when he played a full season with Brady. I take Moss here and am ecstatic. He was great even with Cassell last year.

THE PLAN: Only two picks before I go again. If a tier 1 WR is left I will probably take him but otherwise, I may think about getting a RB1 before the pickings get way too slim when I go again in 22 picks in the fourth round.

12 WR Larry Fitzgerald

Options: QB Drew Brees, RB Marion Barber, WR Larry Fitzgerald

WHY?: Whew... at least I get a tier one wideout with this pick. The top three wideouts are probably all about the same and now they are gone. Fitzgerald has been golden since coming to Arizona and he has a great playoff schedule too when I make my final push to the trophy. Way back here, I need a difference maker in a very bad way. Fitzy is an advantage at WR with reception points that those Stud RB guys who picked first will never know.

THE PLAN: I pick next, so let's go look at what I have...

Now that all first picks are made, the key #2 pick arrives. What makes it key? No other pick you make will have as big a bearing on your future picks. It will shape where you go next and if you start to develop need picks in a position already picked over or if you can take value picks to build a complete team. Depending on what you do here, you may have no choice in the matter. This is the pick you need to think about and it is only marginally impacted by the first round pick. There are normally about 25 or 30 truly top players in each season and most of them will be drained when this round concludes. Let's be strategic and do some longer range thinking.

My Draft Board Entering Round Two

Quarterbacks Running Backs Wide Receivers
1 Drew Brees NOS 1 Maurice Jones-Drew JAC 1 Andre Johnson HOU
2 Tom Brady NEP 2 Adrian Peterson MIN 2 Randy Moss NEP
3 Aaron Rodgers GBP 3 LaDainian Tomlinson SDC 3 Larry Fitzgerald ARI
4 Peyton Manning IND Tier 2 Tier 2
Tier 2 4 Chris Johnson TEN 4 Calvin Johnson DET
5 Kurt Warner ARI 5 Steven Jackson STL 5 Greg Jennings GBP
6 Donovan McNabb PHI 6 Steve Slaton HOU 6 Reggie Wayne IND
7 Philip Rivers SDC 7 Frank Gore SFO 7 Steve Smith ATL
8 Carson Palmer CIN 8 Matt Forte CHI 8 Marques Colston KCC
9 Tony Romo DAL 9 Michael Turner ATL 9 Dwayne Bowe CAR
Tier 3 10 Marion Barber DAL 10 Roddy White NOS
10 Matt Schaub HOU Tier 3 11 Wes Welker NEP
11 Matt Ryan ATL 11 Brian Westbrook PHI 12 Chad Ochocinco CIN
12 Jay Cutler CHI 12 DeAngelo Williams CAR 13 T.J. Houshmandzadeh SEA
13 David Garrard JAC 13 Clinton Portis WAS 14 Anquan Boldin ARI
14 Matt Hasselbeck SEA 14 Ronnie Brown MIA Tier 3
15 Jake Delhomme CAR 15 Kevin Smith DET 15 Laveranues Coles CIN
16 Matt Cassel KCC 16 Ryan Grant GBP 16 Roy Williams DAL
17 Trent Edwards BUF 17 Knowshon Moreno DEN 17 Terrell Owens BUF
18 Ben Roethlisberger PIT 18 Brandon Jacobs NYG 18 Bernard Berrian MIN
19 Joe Flacco BAL 19 Pierre Thomas NOS 19 DeSean Jackson PHI
20 Chad Pennington MIA 20 Reggie Bush NOA 20 Braylon Edwards CLE

Round Two - It's show time...

Pick Already have Taking Player Considerations
1 WR Larry Fitzgerald

WR Calvin Johnson

Options:QB Drew Brees, RB Marion Barber, WR Calvin Johnson

WHY?: It is mighty tempting to nab Calvin Johnson and know I have the best two WR in the league, but that would come at the expense of having maybe the worst two RBs. Portis is always money and even though there is some word that they want to reduce his carries this year, they always say that. I am picking 12th and that is so long to wait. I am going for broke here and taking Calvin Johnson. He could easily end up a tier one WR and though he has a rookie QB this year, no big deal. Look what he did last year playing with Dan Orlovsky.

THE PLAN: It feels so good to have two elite WR. And it is going to suck to see the RBs when I pick again but this year they are lasting longer than ever before and in a PPR league, I know I can scrape out at least a couple decent RB options and compete on the strength of my WR.

2 WR Randy Moss

RB Marion Barber

Options: QB Drew Brees, RB Marion Barber, WR Greg Jennings

WHY?: I have Moss who I am very high on. I could go with Jennings and it is tempting. I could be Brees but in this scoring the difference between the top QB and the #5 QB isn't that profound and they seem to be waiting anyway. I am going with Barber because I see him as a solid RB1 at this spot in the draft and I think the Cowboys vow to return to the run will only benefit him more. It isn't a sexy pick but it makes me feel better when I get to the third round. I can go anywhere since I already have my RB1 and WR1.

THE PLAN: I think I will likely consider QB or WR the most in the third round since excellent value should still exist and I can get my RB2 in a later round.

3 RB Michael Turner

RB Brian Westbrook

Options: QB Drew Brees, RB Brian Westbrook, WR Greg Jennings

WHY?: I am willing to bet that Westbrook is a steal at this point. He's either going to be a stud in a PPR format - which is almost always - or he'll be wracked with injuries all year. I am willing to take that risk because my upside here is huge and I have dependable Turner to carry me already.

THE PLAN: I need to mine the other positions when I go again. WR is probably going to be a must pick in the 3rd but in the 4th I want to consider either a QB that gives me some advantage or maybe even... ssshhhh... Gates or Witten for an advantage there.

4 WR Andre Johnson

WR Greg Jennings

Options:QB Drew Brees, RB DeAngelo Williams, WR Greg Jennings

WHY?: I could take an RB here so that my RB1 was the 12th RB taken but screw it. I never had a chance to have my RBs be a strength of my team. Greg Jennings is a great pickup since he's the man for Aaron Rodgers and the Packers already look even better in the offseason than they did last year. Jennings gives me a tremendous 1-2 punch at WR in a PPR league.

THE PLAN: I have to consider RB next of course but you know what - I do not have to take one then. I can scoop up a top QB or TE for more advantage and accept my RBs are going to be average. It's a PPR league, I can get away with that. I think.

5 RB Matt Forte

WR Reggie Wayne

Options :QB Drew Brees, RB DeAngelo Williams, WR Reggie Wayne

WHY?: I already have a good RB1 and Wayne is just too hard to pass up in a PPR league this deep into the second round. The Colts have a great schedule and Wayne is the clear #1 wideout for Peyton Manning. This is a standard start for my team but since I think both players will outperform their draft slot, it is not just a safe team.

THE PLAN: I can go anywhere with my next pick since RB-WR means I have the freedom to take whoever the best available player is when I go again.

6 RB Steve Slaton

QB Drew Brees

Options:QB Drew Brees, RB DeAngelo Williams, WR Roddy White

WHY?: What the heck. The WR's are drained now from top low risk-high production players so the PPR aspect is less important to me. I already have a RB and if I take another, I am pretty much locking this team down to be below .500 without some big luck. So I take Brees and I am happy to have the #1 QB on my board now scoring his 30+ TDs on my team. What's not to love at this point?

THE PLAN: I have to pay some attention to WR with my next pick or the quality is really going to nosedive on me. I could consider another RB of course if someone remarkable fell to me but I doubt it. I think I have just about locked in a WR with my next pick and probably a RB after that.

7 RB Frank Gore

WR Steve Smith

Options: QB Tom Brady, RB DeAngelo Williams, WR Steve Smith

WHY?: I have Gore already - safe and sure. I need a WR, QB or RB with this pick but I will forget RB for now (again, I think Gore is a lock for solid play). I like Brady but he's returning from injury and he just got blasted in a preseason game so I am going to play it safe and yet upside with Steve Smith. No way that schedule will allow the Panthers to just run all game long every week. Smith could surprise.

THE PLAN: Solid and safe in the middle of the draft so far with RB-WR. I can go to any position next and will likely take whatever the best value is.

8 RB Steven Jackson

RB DeAngelo Williams

Options:QB Tom Brady, RB DeAngelo Williams, WR Marques Colston

WHY?: Here is where I sort of feel bad about taking Jackson. Yes, he could be a goldmine in a PPR league. I obviously think he will. But I cannot ignore his injury history and the Rams looks so punchless this summer that either Jackson is going to get a huge workload and breakdown or he's going to be stuffed every play and I get little more than reception points. So I am taking my TB2 here with DeAngelo Williams. Granted Williams schedule has done a nasty reversal from 2008 but Jonathan Stewart looks even less likely to horn in too much this year.

THE PLAN: I gotta believe I have wrapped up what should be two very good RBs. Now I have to just scoop on whatever the best player on the board is from here on out. I'll probably wait on QB and hammer WR for the next couple of rounds.

9 RB Chris Johnson

WR Marques Colston

Options: QB Tom Brady, RB Clinton Portis, WR Marques Colston

WHY?: I go again in six picks and I know at least three wideouts are going to be gone and could easily be four or even five. I need to take my WR1 with this pick to prevent my quality from taking a nosedive. I think I have high upside players in both Colston and Chris Johnson so far. I think this will be an interesting team to own.

THE PLAN: Yeah, taking a look at RB next unless I opt for Brady and more upside. We'll see but so far I have a very solid base with promise and can do anything with my next pick.

10 RB LaDainian Tomlinson

RB Clinton Portis

Options: QB Tom Brady, RB Clinton Portis, WR Roddy White

WHY?: I think I have to take Portis - he has just fallen too far. Both he and Tomlinson have been downgraded in drafts this year and yet both have been solid as a rock for their entire careers. I could have opted for a boring WR or I could have taken Brady but I go again in four picks and no way Portis was going to last that long.

THE PLAN: I am going to look at WR obviously and maybe even QB. It is a little early to take a TE yet which can happen in the 4th round maybe but I need to start my WR before I lose the advantages of a PPR league.

11 RB Adrian Peterson

QB Tom Brady

Options:QB Tom Brady, RB Ronnie Brown, WR Roddy White

WHY?: Love it. You could argue that Brady will be #1 this year and I now have arguably the best RB and best WR in the league - no worse than #2 for each. And that means so far I am racking up an advantage. Brady was proven mortal last year but he was a fantasy god in 2007. This team is looking awesome.

THE PLAN: I have two superstars now. I really should take a look at WR with the next pick or risk being at a disadvantage there in a PPR league. The next three rounds will probably go WR-RB-WR.

12 RB Maurice Jones-Drew

WR Roddy White
QB Aaron Rodgers

Options:QB Aaron Rodgers, RB Ronnie Brown, WR Roddy White

WHY?: I like White here - I sort of have to take a WR or it will be a sore spot on this team. White should only get better this year with Matt Ryan more experienced and Tony Gonzalez there to actually give the secondary something else to think about. My second pick is the real question to me and it could go to either for the above three positions. Take a WR and I have White and Bowe to couple with Jones-Drew. Not bad. I could take Ronnie Brown and make for a solid RB-RB-WR start to the draft. But I think I have such an advantage at RB over most teams that I can wait on the position for a round or even maybe two and take a difference making quarterback now. It was between Bowe and Rodgers but I have to respect that elite QBs are a much better addition to my team than an average WR2.

THE PLAN: When I wake up in an hour, I'll almost certainly opt for RB-WR at my next picks. I have a great start with RB-WR-QB - now it is just cherry picking the rest of my starters.

Finally, let's revisit the "first three picks" matrix with PPR considered.

Remember - different tactics take on different results depending on the draft slot used.

Strategy What it means
RB - RB - RB In a PPR league, this makes almost no sense. If you have a flex position that can be a third RB, it almost makes sense but it looks more like an old school FF'er who won't change to fit a new scoring scenario. This might work best at the end of the first round so the #4 pick can go elsewhere early but it looks like an average team to me already.
RB - RB - QB

Normally an okay start - filled the three highest scoring starter slots with your first three picks and likely with great value. But in a PPR league, you still have not addressed what makes it different. This looks more like an average team to to me but not a bad one. Safe and sound, but you will need to land sleepers to make this work. Figure that top WR are the same as top RBs and yet middle tiers for each position probably favor WR thanks to the reception points. This is going to be a hard one to make a champion from.

RB - RB - WR This is probably about the most generic plan discounting what values might drop in your draft. You start out with a solid RB corps which is important but then still reach a decent WR and you will be needing more than one anyway. Not knowing anything about a league or slot, this is the one I would tell a newbie to use since it is the safest one of all. Maybe not most advantageous in all cases, but the safest. This is best used by a team picking at the start of round one who can still snag a decent WR with their third pick. This would be horrible at the end of the first round where you would take two average RBs and then an average WR.
RB - WR - RB As long as that WR is a Tier 1, this makes sense. Plenty of QB's left and you start out solid on RB with a great WR. This seems like a very popular plan for 2009 for teams drafting early to mid-first round. You get the stud RB, you get at least a decent WR1 and still have a shot at a good RB2. You'll see ex-RB Pigs use this now because two RBs in the first three rounds makes them feel safer. Solid opening, maybe not many difference makers other than RB1. In a PPR league, this really needs to be one of the later first round teams to make it work best because you have to access a top WR with that second pick.
RB - WR - WR This is can be deadly effective in a PPR league. You have wrapped up two great starting WR in a position that is the hardest to get right. Good start and you have a shot at a decent RB2 more than any previous season. This year, you could argue this is the best plan for teams drafting early in the first round but only so long as both WR are still good quality and low risk.
RB - WR -QB This works well only when you have top tier players from all the positions. If you do, then you are in a great spot to take the players that fell in the draft. If you got one of these wrong, you can be hurting your chances to compete. This is something best done when RB1 is a big stud like Peterson or Jones-Drew. So long as that QB is a too three guy, it can work.
RB - QB - WR Same as RB - WR - QB except this is for a team drafting more in the middle and the QB1 is a top three guy and the WR still can access a top ten player.
RB - QB - RB IN a PPR league, this may look good for three rounds but then backfilling the starters with WRs that make less use of the reception points makes it hard to field a strong team unless you really nail a sleeper wideout. This is better in a league without reception points.
WR - RB - RB Starting with a top tier WR is a decent idea if you draft late in the first round and you can get enough value with RB's to make a solid start that can address value picks later. Normally what works best is to get that Tier 1 WR and then make your RB picks be a mix of one solid guy and one big upside guy. You'll need to go WR in the 4th round but this can build a very nice team so long as the WR1 is a top three player.
WR - RB - QB This only works so long as the QB is a top three player and you do not go early in the first round where you are taking a top wideout too early. The RB2 may be adequate but you are setting yourself up to struggle with RBs if you get one of them wrong - a likelihood this year. Can work but tougher in a PPR league if you draft mid-first round or later.
WR - WR - RB This has turned into the standard for the #12 pick this year in a PPR league. Two of the top wideouts (maybe even top three for both) will be big difference makers. The RB1 in the third won't be a huge help but should be good enough not to be a drag on the team. The only downside to this plan is that if you take cold weather WR's, it can hurt you later in the year when they become less productive.
WR - RB - WR Perfectly fine this year in a PPR league and really can work at any draft position though the WR1 may be taken earlier than he should have been. This builds a decent team usually in a PPR but your 4th pick probably will need to be a RB.
WR-QB-RB This is hard to make work unless your QB gets higher points and you almost have to be drafting in the first half of the first round to access the sort of players to make this work. That means taking a WR earlier than most people would. This team could get ugly later in the draft because you start chasing players out of need instead of the best available.
WR-WR-WR Looks pretty in a reception points league but only until the fourth round starts. The WR3 will be tier 2 or worse and makes little sense while other positions need starters. The way WR are taken this year, it makes little sense to do this.
QB - anything

Rather than go through all the permutations, suffice it to say QB-anything only makes sense in leagues that give disproportionate scoring to QB's over all other positions. In almost all leagues, you start only one and I see nine good ones this year. Taking Brees or Brady happens in the first round happens occasionally, round two most often and round three rarely. This can work if you are in a league that uses two quarterbacks to start. But particularly this year, you better be towards the end of the first round so you can still get a tier 1 WR or a tier and a tier 1 QB.

There's some flavor for how a PPR league will work differently than a non-PPR league. You just need to address RB and WR in an optimal fashion and that will change for teams because each draft position will have a unique set of players taken and available to them. The bottom line in all scoring scenarios is that you simply need to field a set of starters that offer the optimal amount of weekly points. Pay attention to your draft slot and what you want to do in the first three rounds and you'll already have an advantage over the RB-RB-RB guy sitting next to you.

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