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Sport Fantasy Football mock draft: The zero running back strategy in full-point PPR scoring

15:00  25 november  2021
15:00  25 november  2021 Source:   cbssports.com

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In our latest 12-team, PPR mock draft -- you can watch the live results here -- I tried something different from the No. 12 spot by taking a Zero RB approach. It's the first mock draft this season where I've gone Zero RB, and I have mixed feelings on the results.

My first five picks, in order, were Tyreek Hill, Stefon Diggs, CeeDee Lamb, Julio Jones and Lamar Jackson. I went with Lamb over Amari Cooper in Round 3 with Cooper still dealing with his ankle injury, but otherwise, these were easy selections.

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For the most, I love this start. All four receivers are starters on my team and should be great if healthy, and I have a star quarterback in Jackson. But Round 6 is where the struggle started, and it made me slightly regret this approach. And it had nothing to do with the running backs.

It was frustrating when I saw T.J. Hockenson and Kyle Pitts get selected right in front of me at the end of Round 5. I had planned to draft a quarterback at this turn, but I also wanted one of those tight ends. In hindsight, I should have drafted Hockenson, Pitts or Mark Andrews in Round 4 instead of Jones, and I could have selected a different receiver in Round 6 like Kenny Golladay, JuJu Smith-Schuster or Courtland Sutton, among others.

I ended up with Blake Jarwin at tight end in Round 14, and that's the only potential hole on this roster if Jarwin isn't a quality Fantasy option this year. While I like Jarwin as a sleeper, I would have preferred a tight end with a higher ceiling like Hockenson or Pitts.

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Now, when you take a Zero RB approach, the key to all of this is what you do at running back. And I like the group that I put together with Javonte Williams, Zack Moss, Melvin Gordon, Latavius Murray, Jamaal Williams and Samaje Perine. The Broncos backfield will hopefully deliver one starting Fantasy option out of Javonte Williams and Gordon (I prefer Williams), and Moss should be a borderline starter as the best running back for the Bills.

Murray, Jamaal Williams and Perine are lottery tickets in case they get increased workloads during the season, but I expect Murray and Williams to have prominent roles on their teams and get enough work to be useful if I have to start them. The waiver wire is also vital to making Zero RB work.

And if we were playing out this league then I would have trade options at receiver, especially since I have two quality reserves in Tre'Quan Smith and DeVante Parker. Smith is a solid sleeper with Michael Thomas (ankle) out to begin the season with the Saints.

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I probably won't use Zero RB much this season because wide receiver is so deep this year. Most likely, I'll take a modified approach with one running back in the first two rounds. And that will probably be the next strategy I use in our next mock draft.


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In this league, all touchdowns are worth six points, and we award one point for every 10 yards rushing and receiving and one point for every 25 yards passing. We also award one point for every reception. We feature a starting lineup of QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, TE, FLEX (RB/WR/TE) and DST. There also are six reserve spots for a 15-round draft.

Our draft order is as follows:

1. Nate Williams, Podcast Listener Participant

2. Andrew Baumhor, CBS Sports HQ Producer

3. Frank Stampfl, Fantasy Baseball Today Podcast Host

4. Dan Schneier, Fantasy Editor

5. Scott Engel, SportsLine Fantasy Analyst

6. Chris Towers, Senior Editor, Fantasy

7. Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer

8. R.J. White, Managing Editor, SportsLine and CBS Fantasy

9. Heath Cummings, Senior Fantasy Writer

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10. Adam Aizer, Fantasy Football Today Podcast Host

11. Mike Miller, Podcast Listener Participant

12. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer

Round By Round
Round 1
PosTeamPlayer
1Nate WilliamsC. McCaffreyRB CAR
2Andrew BaumhorD. CookRB MIN
3Frank StampflD. HenryRB TEN
4Dan SchneierA. KamaraRB NO
5Scott EngelT. KelceTE KC
6Chris TowersA. EkelerRB LAC
7Dave RichardJ. TaylorRB IND
8R.J. WhiteA. JonesRB GB
9Heath CummingsD. AdamsWR GB
10Adam AizerE. ElliottRB DAL
11Mike MillerS. BarkleyRB NYG
12Jamey EisenbergT. HillWR KC
Round 2
PosTeamPlayer
13Jamey EisenbergS. DiggsWR BUF
14Mike MillerD. HopkinsWR ARI
15Adam AizerC. RidleyWR ATL
16Heath CummingsJ. MixonRB CIN
17R.J. WhiteN. ChubbRB CLE
18Dave RichardN. HarrisRB PIT
19Chris TowersG. KittleTE SF
20Scott EngelA. GibsonRB WAS
21Dan SchneierD. WallerTE LV
22Frank StampflA. BrownWR TEN
23Andrew BaumhorC. Edwards-HelaireRB KC
24Nate WilliamsJ. DobbinsRB BAL
Round 3
PosTeamPlayer
25Nate WilliamsJ. JeffersonWR MIN
26Andrew BaumhorD. MetcalfWR SEA
27Frank StampflK. AllenWR LAC
28Dan SchneierD. SwiftRB DET
29Scott EngelT. McLaurinWR WAS
30Chris TowersJ. AllenQB BUF
31Dave RichardD. MontgomeryRB CHI
32R.J. WhiteA. RobinsonWR CHI
33Heath CummingsP. MahomesQB KC
34Adam AizerC. CarsonRB SEA
35Mike MillerR. WoodsWR LAR
36Jamey EisenbergC. LambWR DAL
Round 4
PosTeamPlayer
37Jamey EisenbergJ. JonesWR TEN
38Mike MillerD. HendersonRB LAR
39Adam AizerA. CooperWR DAL
40Heath CummingsT. LockettWR SEA
41R.J. WhiteD. MooreWR CAR
42Dave RichardC. GodwinWR TB
43Chris TowersT. EtienneRB JAC
44Scott EngelM. EvansWR TB
45Dan SchneierM. SandersRB PHI
46Frank StampflJ. JacobsRB LV
47Andrew BaumhorC. KuppWR LAR
48Nate WilliamsB. AiyukWR SF
Round 5
PosTeamPlayer
49Nate WilliamsM. DavisRB ATL
50Andrew BaumhorJ. ChaseWR CIN
51Frank StampflD. JohnsonWR PIT
52Dan SchneierA. ThielenWR MIN
53Scott EngelM. GaskinRB MIA
54Chris TowersC. EdmondsRB ARI
55Dave RichardC. ClaypoolWR PIT
56R.J. WhiteK. HuntRB CLE
57Heath CummingsM. AndrewsTE BAL
58Adam AizerT. HockensonTE DET
59Mike MillerK. PittsTE ATL
60Jamey EisenbergL. JacksonQB BAL
Round 6
PosTeamPlayer
61Jamey EisenbergJ. WilliamsRB DEN
62Mike MillerR. MostertRB SF
63Adam AizerK. MurrayQB ARI
64Heath CummingsJ. Smith-SchusterWR PIT
65R.J. WhiteK. GolladayWR NYG
66Dave RichardD. PrescottQB DAL
67Chris TowersJ. JeudyWR DEN
68Scott EngelM. CarterRB NYJ
69Dan SchneierT. HigginsWR CIN
70Frank StampflD. SmithWR PHI
71Andrew BaumhorC. SuttonWR DEN
72Nate WilliamsT. BoydWR CIN
Round 7
PosTeamPlayer
73Nate WilliamsA. RodgersQB GB
74Andrew BaumhorD. GoedertTE PHI
75Frank StampflT. SermonRB SF
76Dan SchneierO. BeckhamWR CLE
77Scott EngelM. PittmanWR IND
78Chris TowersR. AndersonWR CAR
79Dave RichardJ. RobinsonRB JAC
80R.J. WhiteL. FournetteRB TB
81Heath CummingsD. HarrisRB NE
82Adam AizerB. CooksWR HOU
83Mike MillerD. CharkWR JAC
84Jamey EisenbergZ. MossRB BUF
Round 8
PosTeamPlayer
85Jamey EisenbergM. GordonRB DEN
86Mike MillerR. WilsonQB SEA
87Adam AizerD. JohnsonRB HOU
88Heath CummingsM. ThomasWR NO
89R.J. WhiteC. SamuelWR WAS
90Dave RichardW. FullerWR MIA
91Chris TowersA. BrownWR TB
92Scott EngelJ. HerbertQB LAC
93Dan SchneierL. Shenault Jr.WR JAC
94Frank StampflN. FantTE DEN
95Andrew BaumhorJ. ConnerRB ARI
96Nate WilliamsA. TrautmanTE NO
Round 9
PosTeamPlayer
97Nate WilliamsM. JonesWR JAC
98Andrew BaumhorK. DrakeRB LV
99Frank StampflT. BradyQB TB
100Dan SchneierR. TannehillQB TEN
101Scott EngelD. SamuelWR SF
102Chris TowersM. WilliamsWR LAC
103Dave RichardM. BrownWR BAL
104R.J. WhiteJ. LandryWR CLE
105Heath CummingsR. JonesRB TB
106Adam AizerT. PollardRB DAL
107Mike MillerD. MooneyWR CHI
108Jamey EisenbergL. MurrayRB NO
Round 10
PosTeamPlayer
109Jamey EisenbergJ. WilliamsRB DET
110Mike MillerG. EdwardsRB BAL
111Adam AizerA. DillonRB GB
112Heath CummingsJ. WaddleWR MIA
113R.J. WhiteD. SingletaryRB BUF
114Dave RichardI. SmithTE MIN
115Chris TowersT. HiltonWR IND
116Scott EngelT. ColemanRB NYJ
117Dan SchneierT. CohenRB CHI
118Frank StampflM. GallupWR DAL
119Andrew BaumhorJ. HurtsQB PHI
120Nate WilliamsN. HinesRB IND
Round 11
PosTeamPlayer
121Nate WilliamsC. DavisWR NYJ
122Andrew BaumhorG. BernardRB TB
123Frank StampflJ. WhiteRB NE
124Dan SchneierE. SandersWR BUF
125Scott EngelM. HardmanWR KC
126Chris TowersE. MooreWR NYJ
127Dave RichardJ. SmithTE NE
128R.J. WhiteM. StaffordQB LAR
129Heath CummingsT. Marshall Jr.WR CAR
130Adam AizerH. Ruggs IIIWR LV
131Mike MillerL. ThomasTE WAS
132Jamey EisenbergT. SmithWR NO
Round 12
PosTeamPlayer
133Jamey EisenbergD. ParkerWR MIA
134Mike MillerD. WatsonQB HOU
135Adam AizerJ. BurrowQB CIN
136Heath CummingsA. MattisonRB MIN
137R.J. WhiteJ. McKissicRB WAS
138Dave RichardM. BrownRB MIA
139Chris TowersD. BookerRB NYG
140Scott EngelX. JonesRB LAR
141Dan Schneier RamsDST LAR
142Frank StampflT. HigbeeTE LAR
143Andrew BaumhorJ. ReagorWR PHI
144Nate WilliamsK. GainwellRB PHI
Round 13
PosTeamPlayer
145Nate WilliamsR. BatemanWR BAL
146Andrew BaumhorC. BeasleyWR BUF
147Frank StampflP. LindsayRB HOU
148Dan SchneierT. WilliamsWR DET
149Scott EngelR. GageWR ATL
150Chris TowersR. MooreWR ARI
151Dave RichardP. CampbellWR IND
152R.J. WhiteJ. BrownWR LV
153Heath CummingsD. EvansRB TEN
154Adam AizerA. RodgersWR GB
155Mike MillerG. DavisWR BUF
156Jamey EisenbergS. PerineRB CIN
Round 14
PosTeamPlayer
157Jamey EisenbergB. JarwinTE DAL
158Mike MillerR. PennyRB SEA
159Adam AizerD. WilliamsRB KC
160Heath Cummings RavensDST BAL
161R.J. White Football TeamDST WAS
162Dave Richard BuccaneersDST TB
163Chris TowersJ. MeyersWR NE
164Scott EngelR. TonyanTE GB
165Dan SchneierS. ShepardWR NYG
166Frank StampflA. St. BrownWR DET
167Andrew BaumhorN. AgholorWR NE
168Nate WilliamsW. GallmanRB SF
Round 15
PosTeamPlayer
169Nate Williams SaintsDST NO
170Andrew Baumhor SteelersDST PIT
171Frank Stampfl 49ersDST SF
172Dan SchneierH. HenryTE NE
173Scott Engel DolphinsDST MIA
174Chris Towers PatriotsDST NE
175Dave RichardT. LawrenceQB JAC
176R.J. WhiteJ. CookTE LAC
177Heath CummingsJ. KelleyRB LAC
178Adam Aizer ChargersDST LAC
179Mike Miller BillsDST BUF
180Jamey Eisenberg BroncosDST DEN
Team by Team
Nate Williams
RdPkPlayer
11C. McCaffreyRB CAR
224J. DobbinsRB BAL
325J. JeffersonWR MIN
448B. AiyukWR SF
549M. DavisRB ATL
672T. BoydWR CIN
773A. RodgersQB GB
896A. TrautmanTE NO
997M. JonesWR JAC
10120N. HinesRB IND
11121C. DavisWR NYJ
12144K. GainwellRB PHI
13145R. BatemanWR BAL
14168W. GallmanRB SF
15169 SaintsDST NO
Andrew Baumhor
RdPkPlayer
12D. CookRB MIN
223C. Edwards-HelaireRB KC
326D. MetcalfWR SEA
447C. KuppWR LAR
550J. ChaseWR CIN
671C. SuttonWR DEN
774D. GoedertTE PHI
895J. ConnerRB ARI
998K. DrakeRB LV
10119J. HurtsQB PHI
11122G. BernardRB TB
12143J. ReagorWR PHI
13146C. BeasleyWR BUF
14167N. AgholorWR NE
15170 SteelersDST PIT
Frank Stampfl
RdPkPlayer
13D. HenryRB TEN
222A. BrownWR TEN
327K. AllenWR LAC
446J. JacobsRB LV
551D. JohnsonWR PIT
670D. SmithWR PHI
775T. SermonRB SF
894N. FantTE DEN
999T. BradyQB TB
10118M. GallupWR DAL
11123J. WhiteRB NE
12142T. HigbeeTE LAR
13147P. LindsayRB HOU
14166A. St. BrownWR DET
15171 49ersDST SF
Dan Schneier
RdPkPlayer
14A. KamaraRB NO
221D. WallerTE LV
328D. SwiftRB DET
445M. SandersRB PHI
552A. ThielenWR MIN
669T. HigginsWR CIN
776O. BeckhamWR CLE
893L. Shenault Jr.WR JAC
9100R. TannehillQB TEN
10117T. CohenRB CHI
11124E. SandersWR BUF
12141 RamsDST LAR
13148T. WilliamsWR DET
14165S. ShepardWR NYG
15172H. HenryTE NE
Scott Engel
RdPkPlayer
15T. KelceTE KC
220A. GibsonRB WAS
329T. McLaurinWR WAS
444M. EvansWR TB
553M. GaskinRB MIA
668M. CarterRB NYJ
777M. PittmanWR IND
892J. HerbertQB LAC
9101D. SamuelWR SF
10116T. ColemanRB NYJ
11125M. HardmanWR KC
12140X. JonesRB LAR
13149R. GageWR ATL
14164R. TonyanTE GB
15173 DolphinsDST MIA
Chris Towers
RdPkPlayer
16A. EkelerRB LAC
219G. KittleTE SF
330J. AllenQB BUF
443T. EtienneRB JAC
554C. EdmondsRB ARI
667J. JeudyWR DEN
778R. AndersonWR CAR
891A. BrownWR TB
9102M. WilliamsWR LAC
10115T. HiltonWR IND
11126E. MooreWR NYJ
12139D. BookerRB NYG
13150R. MooreWR ARI
14163J. MeyersWR NE
15174 PatriotsDST NE
Dave Richard
RdPkPlayer
17J. TaylorRB IND
218N. HarrisRB PIT
331D. MontgomeryRB CHI
442C. GodwinWR TB
555C. ClaypoolWR PIT
666D. PrescottQB DAL
779J. RobinsonRB JAC
890W. FullerWR MIA
9103M. BrownWR BAL
10114I. SmithTE MIN
11127J. SmithTE NE
12138M. BrownRB MIA
13151P. CampbellWR IND
14162 BuccaneersDST TB
15175T. LawrenceQB JAC
R.J. White
RdPkPlayer
18A. JonesRB GB
217N. ChubbRB CLE
332A. RobinsonWR CHI
441D. MooreWR CAR
556K. HuntRB CLE
665K. GolladayWR NYG
780L. FournetteRB TB
889C. SamuelWR WAS
9104J. LandryWR CLE
10113D. SingletaryRB BUF
11128M. StaffordQB LAR
12137J. McKissicRB WAS
13152J. BrownWR LV
14161 Football TeamDST WAS
15176J. CookTE LAC
Heath Cummings
RdPkPlayer
19D. AdamsWR GB
216J. MixonRB CIN
333P. MahomesQB KC
440T. LockettWR SEA
557M. AndrewsTE BAL
664J. Smith-SchusterWR PIT
781D. HarrisRB NE
888M. ThomasWR NO
9105R. JonesRB TB
10112J. WaddleWR MIA
11129T. Marshall Jr.WR CAR
12136A. MattisonRB MIN
13153D. EvansRB TEN
14160 RavensDST BAL
15177J. KelleyRB LAC
Adam Aizer
RdPkPlayer
110E. ElliottRB DAL
215C. RidleyWR ATL
334C. CarsonRB SEA
439A. CooperWR DAL
558T. HockensonTE DET
663K. MurrayQB ARI
782B. CooksWR HOU
887D. JohnsonRB HOU
9106T. PollardRB DAL
10111A. DillonRB GB
11130H. Ruggs IIIWR LV
12135J. BurrowQB CIN
13154A. RodgersWR GB
14159D. WilliamsRB KC
15178 ChargersDST LAC
Mike Miller
RdPkPlayer
111S. BarkleyRB NYG
214D. HopkinsWR ARI
335R. WoodsWR LAR
438D. HendersonRB LAR
559K. PittsTE ATL
662R. MostertRB SF
783D. CharkWR JAC
886R. WilsonQB SEA
9107D. MooneyWR CHI
10110G. EdwardsRB BAL
11131L. ThomasTE WAS
12134D. WatsonQB HOU
13155G. DavisWR BUF
14158R. PennyRB SEA
15179 BillsDST BUF
Jamey Eisenberg
RdPkPlayer
112T. HillWR KC
213S. DiggsWR BUF
336C. LambWR DAL
437J. JonesWR TEN
560L. JacksonQB BAL
661J. WilliamsRB DEN
784Z. MossRB BUF
885M. GordonRB DEN
9108L. MurrayRB NO
10109J. WilliamsRB DET
11132T. SmithWR NO
12133D. ParkerWR MIA
13156S. PerineRB CIN
14157B. JarwinTE DAL
15180 BroncosDST DEN

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