Millions of people are eagerly awaiting the start of another NFL season, but fantasy football teams are still waiting to be drafted.
Though time is running somewhat thin before the beginning of the campaign, many fake-football players are fine-tuning their strategy for the early portion of the draft.
Which wide receivers are better than pass-catching backs? At what point is Ezekiel Elliott or Melvin Gordon, despite their holdouts, more valuable than the next best option on the board? Should I avoid players dealing with preseason injuries, whether personally or to their teams' quarterbacks?
All of those questions are reasonable, and you might have a different struggle. That's why research and practice are so critical. While no draft strategy is perfect, this is a recap of our thought process during a two-round, 12-team points-per-reception mock.
Two-Round Mock Draft
Team 1: Saquon Barkley, RB, New York Giants
Team 2: Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans Saints
Team 3: Christian McCaffrey, RB, Carolina Panthers
Team 4: Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
Team 5: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans
Team 6: Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers
Team 7: Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons
Team 8: David Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals
Team 9: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys
Team 10: Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans Saints
Team 11: Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs
Team 12: Todd Gurley, RB, Los Angeles Rams
Team 12: James Conner, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
Team 11: Melvin Gordon, RB, Los Angeles Chargers
Team 10: JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
Team 9: Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati Bengals
Team 8: Nick Chubb, RB, Cleveland Browns
Team 7: Tyreek Hill, WR, Kansas City Chiefs
Team 6: Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Cleveland Browns
Team 5: Antonio Brown, WR, Oakland Raiders
Team 4: Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Team 3: Dalvin Cook, RB, Minnesota Vikings
Team 2: Adam Thielen, WR, Minnesota Vikings
Team 1: Keenan Allen, WR, Los Angeles Chargers
Holding the No. 6 overall pick is a tricky spot, but that's exactly the reason we chose the position. The no-brainer players—Saquon Barkley, Christian McCaffrey and Alvin Kamara—were long gone, and Elliott remained on the board.
DeAndre Hopkins was our ideal target, but the No. 5 team swooped up the Houston Texans superstar. At this point, we considered Elliott, David Johnson, Davante Adams and Julio Jones.
Uncertainty surrounds both of the backs. Elliott's holdout means he might not play a full season, and Johnson is adjusting to a new offense. Elliott at least has a sturdy blocking unit if he returns, but Johnson does not. His upside is dependent on usage as a receiver, yet Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury seldom leaned on the backs for pass-catching production at Texas Tech.
So, what level of risk are you willing to absorb?
If the answer is not much—like us, in this mock—Adams and Jones are the safest picks. They're the undisputed No. 1 options on offenses with All-Pro quarterbacks and will demand a hefty target share. Adams earned the nod because of his touchdown edge (35 since 2016 compared to 17 for Jones), but either player is a sensible choice at sixth overall.
For the second-round pick, we hoped to select a true featured back or another No. 1 receiver. The truth is we got lucky.
Somehow, Odell Beckham Jr. slipped to 19th and made this a painless choice. Mike Evans, Antonio Brown and Adam Thielen otherwise would've been the preferred alternatives, in that order.
Beckham's injury history is notable—he's missed 16 games over the last two seasons—but he's an elite producer when healthy. For his career, Beckham is averaging 6.6 receptions, 92.8 yards and 0.75 touchdowns, which is basically 20 points per game in a league with PPR scoring.
If OBJ manages to slide this far in your league, don't let the injuries scare you off. His value only rises the further he falls.
Adams and Beckham would be an excellent foundation for a fake football team in 2019.
Follow Bleacher Report writer David Kenyon on Twitter @Kenyon19_BR.