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.
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.
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.
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.
RB: Danny Woodhead
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.