Your fantasy football draft is around the corner. Pop quiz, hot shot—who are you going to take in the first round?
The first round is fraught with peril, capable of making or breaking your fantasy season in one fell swoop. Never fear, your first-round sherpa is here.
Here is a pick-by-pick analysis of a solid first round. There is a selection for both standard and points-per-reception (PPR) scoring formats.
As usual, running backs take precedence in the first round, particularly in standard scoring formats. There is a somewhat popular theory extolling the virtues of eschewing running backs early in fantasy leagues, but that is a dangerous game.
Top running backs put up consistent points on your fantasy squad, and there aren't too many to go around compared to other positions. If you don't take a running back early, you could wind up with a lackluster starting duo that might drag down your entire squad.
Of course, receivers get a big bump in PPR leagues, which is why they creep up in the PPR section of this first-round mock.
Why no quarterbacks? Simply put, no quarterback is worth a first-round pick in these scoring formats. The relative positional scarcity is far greater at other positions, and drafting a quarterback in the first round will put you behind the eight ball.
With all that, let's dive in, using my personal rankings as a guide.