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2015 Fantasy Football: 12-Team PPR Flow Chart

Last week I published my flow chart for you to use in 12-team standard leagues, and I’ve had a request or two for a chart to use in PPR leagues, which is what you see above. The idea is that you can take the chart above with you to your draft and follow a track all the way through the draft depending on who you select in the first couple of rounds.

What I’ve done is taken my PPR rankings and compared them to ADP in PPR leagues and tried to identify guys I like who should be available in each round. Below I’ve got a round-by-round list of players I like for you to choose from along with a few general strategy thoughts. All players are listed in the order in which I would prefer to draft them. Remember that any players listed in a previous round are preferred if still available in a later round. After your draft, leave your team in the comments, and I’ll let you know what I think.

Round 1

In a PPR league you have to go with a pass-catcher in the first round, and you should lean more heavily towards receivers in the early rounds. Depending on how things break you might take a running back in the second round, and most tracks on the chart have you taking at least one RB by the third round. But in the first round, you have to go wide receiver or Gronk.

The set of tracks on the right side of the chart is the Gronk track. The recievers I would take over Gronk are Antonio Brown, Demaryius Thomas, Dez Bryant, Odell Beckham, Jr., and Julio Jones, in that order. If all those guys are gone when it’s your turn to pick in the first go Gronk. If one of them is there, go down the left side of the chart.

Round 2

More than likely you’re going receiver in Round 2, but were you to have a pick late in the first round and then again at the top of the second, Matt Forte could be an option if he falls to you. I don’t think Forte is going to catch 100+ passes again this season or really even come all that close to it. But he doesn’t need to catch 100 passes to be a PPR stud. The closest back to him in terms of catchers was Le’Veon Bell at 83, and the next closest RB was Fred Jackson with 66 catches. I’d prefer to go with another receiver over Forte, but if you feel the need to get a back in the first two rounds, that’s the one situation in which I’d be cool with it.

The receivers I like in Round 2 are Calvin Johnson, Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, and A.J. Green.

Round 3

RB: Lamar Miller, Mark Ingram, Andre Ellington

WR: Mike Evans, Brandin Cooks

Round 4

RB: C.J. Spiller, Alfred Morris

WR: Julian Edelman, Andre Johnson

Round 5

RB: Ameer Abdullah, Giovani Bernard

WR: Keenan Allen, Jeremy Maclin, Jarvis Landry

Round 6

RB: Shane Vereen, Joique Bell

WR: Allen Robinson, Vincent Jackson

TE: Greg Olsen, Martellus Bennett

Round 7

If you read the post with my standard league flow chart, you know that I’d prefer to wait as late as I can to select a quarterback. But when lining up the players I like with PPR ADP, there were really no players I’m a big fan of that are going in the seventh round on average. But Cam Newton, Tony Romo and Matt Ryan are all going in the seventh round, and all three are top 10 quarterbacks in my book. At this point your starting RB, WR and flex spots are filled, so I’m good with you taking your QB here. Newton has the most upside in my opinion, but Romo and Ryan will do just fine.

Round 8

RB: Duke Johnson, Bishop Sankey, Devonta Freeman

WR: Eric Decker, Brandon Lafell, Larry Fitzgerald

Round 9

RB: Danny Woodhead

WR: Anquan Boldin, Steve Smith, Pierre Garcon, Kendall Wright

TE: Jason Witten, Delanie Walker

Rounds 10-14

RB: Charles Sims, Montee Ball, Roy Helu, Knile Davis, James White, Fred Jackson, Chris Polk

WR: Marques Colston, DeVante Parker, Breshad Perriman, Terrance Williams, Brian Quick, Reuben Randle

Rounds 15-16

Here’s what I said about the last two rounds in the standard league flow chart post:

Pick a kicker. Pick a defense. I don’t really care which ones. For kickers, lean towards guys ranked the highest on whatever platform you play on who play on teams with good offenses and possibly have a dome as a home stadium. As for your defense, take a look at the Week 1 schedule and pick a team with a good matchup to start the season. Then stream week-to-week after that.

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  1. Kimmie
    August 21, 2015 at 8:53 am — Reply

    Now here’s [maybe] a dumb question. Our league is PPR, but our commish is a big fan of screwy scoring…so, we get 1pt per 10 receiving yards and 1pt per FIVE rushing yards…so, for me, that would switch my strategy to go a little more RB-heavy, would it not? I *so* wanted to employ the “Zero RB” strategy, but I don’t think I can with this league’s scoring. Thoughts?

    • August 21, 2015 at 9:50 pm — Reply

      Yeah that scoring system probably ups the total number of points RBs score by about a third, so you can’t go super WR-heavy early.

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