Don't have an account?
Join the Best Live Fantasy Chat Community!

Lost password? [X]

Receive free daily analysis:


Already have an account? Log in here.


Forgot Password


The Ideal MFL10 Draft - Part 1

MFL10 leagues bring a unique spin to the fantasy football draft process. Therefore, it should take some unique preparation as well. Risk/reward is the name of the game in best-ball formats. You need to find players with high ceilings without incurring too many risks that could potentially sink your team.

In this article, I'll lay out the first part of my draft strategy for the ideal draft slot in order to maximize fantasy potential. Picking one of the top three uber-backs in the first round would seem like the most obvious choice, but the dropoff to the late second round may be too much for some to wait on a receiver in this age of Zero-RB. Not me.

ADP values are taken from recent MFL10 drafts, based on a 12-team, PPR format.


My Ideal MFL10 Draft - Rounds 1-8

Round 1: Le'Veon Bell (RB, PIT) 1.03 - Bell is currently going third overall, behind Ezekiel Elliott at the #2 spot. In full-PPR leagues, Bell clearly has more value. This naturally assumes he stays healthy and doesn't do anything stupid before the season starts (again). Bell didn't just finish with prolific fantasy numbers after piling up 1,884 yards from scrimmage in 12 games, he should easily do it again. Scott Barrett's new research on Actual Opportunity over the last five years show Bell had the top AO/game of all NFL players. Not only that, he posted the highest such rate over the past decade. The three B's are still in Steel town now that Ben Roethlisberger has announced his return, so there's no reason to think he won't repeat a top-three performance at the very least.

Round 2: Jordy Nelson (WR, GB) 2.10 - Having to wait until the end of the second round to grab a WR1, there are three likely options according to current ADP: Sammy Watkins, Keenan Allen, or Jordy Nelson. Given that Allen missed the entire season with a torn ACL and Watkins lost half the year with a foot injury, while Nelson scored a league-leading 14 TD, I'll lean Nelson. The Green Bay offense is as safe as you can get for a pass-catcher and Nelson is still the top dog in town. He finished fifth in total Air Yards in 2016, so the floor is as high as possible in the crucial early rounds.

Round 3: Jay Ajayi (RB, MIA) 3.03 - Here's where it gets interesting. We could go with a safe PPR option like Jarvis Landry or reach for a tight end like Travis Kelce early, but that's not going to help us dominate a best-ball format. Jay Ajayi is still a big unknown in terms of fantasy value over the course of a full season, but he has shown more than anyone that he is capable of huge games. Even if Ajayi only rattles off one 200-yard ground effort, as opposed to the four he shockingly produced last season, he has shown tremendous upside in any given week. Ajayi finished first in elusiveness rating among all running backs and shouldn't be too dependent on the Dolphins' O-line, although that should also improve over the offseason. We are now set with a pair of stud RB early on that could easily win us a game single-handedly.

Round 4: Terrelle Pryor (WR, WAS) 4.10 - Six quarterbacks are off the board at this point and both Super Bowl QBs are probably still available. We'll pass for now, knowing that the position is deep enough to ignore for a couple more rounds. Kelvin Benjamin is tempting in a standard, re-draft league, but if we want more upside, we'll look at Washington's new WR1. Terrelle Pryor will take over for the tandem of Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson and could outproduce both in 2017. Jamison Crowder remains at the slot, Josh Doctson is completely unproven at the professional level, and Jordan Reed can't stay healthy. Pryor somehow managed a 1,000-yard season with five different QBs, playing for the worst team in the league. Not sure who will be smiling more, Kirk Cousins or owners who pick Pryor. His current ADP is 5.04, but that could climb as the season draws nearer.

Round 5: Hunter Henry (TE, SD) 5.03 - It's tempting to secure a third receiver like Golden Tate, who will hedge our bet on Pryor having a breakout season. We're not playing it safe here, though. Henry still has to fend off Antonio Gates for end zone looks, but it didn't stop him from scoring eight TD as a rookie. Henry finished second on the team with 17 red zone targets and should only improve in his second season. Meanwhile, Gates is only getting older and should see his receptions and yards continue to decline, as they have for the past three seasons. We now have a tight end with potential for 10 TD and can wait for depth at the position.

Round 6: Emmanuel Sanders (WR, DEN) 6.10 - This isn't the sexiest pick, but we don't need every pick to be boom or bust. Martavis Bryant has great potential, but is just too risky this early even though he's being picked early in the seventh round. Sanders might see his stock drop a bit as it's now clear that Tony Romo isn't coming to Denver, but he remains a consistent PPR option. He collected 1,000 receiving yards for the third straight season and didn't see his targets drop whatsoever. Sanders has shown big game ability, catching seven or more passes on five occasions last season, so we're not necessarily losing out on a high ceiling.

Round 7: Ameer Abdullah (RB, DET) 7.03 - At this point, if Dak Prescott (ADP: 6.01) or Marcus Mariota (ADP: 6.04) are available, either are logical choices. Otherwise, instead of settling for a second-tier veteran QB with a limited ceiling, Abdullah is worth a gamble. He certainly presents risk after missing nearly all of 2016, but he should be ready to roll by training camp. As a third RB backing up two top performers, Abdullah is a logical choice. Jim Bob Cooter's offense loves passing to the running back and Abdullah caught at least 20 passes his last three seasons in Nebraska.

Round 8: Philip Rivers (QB, LAC) 8.10 - Philip Rivers as your starting fantasy QB in 2017 certainly seems like we're settling, but a closer look may convince you otherwise. Rivers has gone over 4,200 passing yards for four straight seasons, even without his top receiver Keenan Allen. Look back further and you'll see that eight of his last nine seasons have resulted in 4,000-yard seasons. The Chargers may be in a new city, but Rivers will still be his same, reliable self.

Check out all of RotoBaller's fantasy football rankings. Staff rankings are updated regularly for all positions and include standard formats, PPR scoring, tiered rankings and dynasty leagues.

More Recent Articles


Week 11 Start/Sit: Monday Night Football Matchups Analysis

Welcome back to Mexico City. Last season, the Chiefs were supposed to take on the Rams in this game before field conditions moved the game to Los Angeles. Even though the game was moved, the fantasy output was amazing as both teams scored over 50 points and there was not an unhappy fan among us.... Read More

Fantasy Football News and Injuries - Running Updates

Below is a quick-hit list of running notes on relevant injuries and player news, including pre-game reports and live in-game updates. Stay tuned for updates all throughout the week and on Sunday morning game day:   Week 11 Marlon Mack has been diagnosed with a broken hand and may be out several weeks. Emmanuel Sanders (ribs)... Read More

Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups & Adds

This could be the most exciting installment of waiver wire adds in a while. Not that any of these choices are necessarily league-winners but at least we have a bunch of new names to ponder. Bye weeks are nearly over but this one will be particularly tough with the high-scoring Chiefs, Vikings, Chargers, and Cardinals... Read More

Waiver Wire Express - Week 12 Lightning Round

We're onto Week 12, which means the last of the bye weeks approaches. The Cardinals, Chargers, Chiefs and Vikings hit the hammocks as we can finally start to look at players without worrying about future offweeks. To help you look towards those precious playoff weeks, here is the waiver wire lightning round heading into Week... Read More

Running Back Waiver Wire Pickups - Week 12

The regular season continues to advance at a relentless pace as we have now entered the planning process for Week 12. Some of you are concentrating on building lineups that will commandeer a spot in the fantasy playoffs, while others are making slight adjustments to teams that have already secured their place in the postseason.... Read More

Wide Receiver Waiver Wire Pickups - Week 12

Week 11 is behind us and we're getting closer and closer to the end of the fantasy regular season. For some of us, Week 12 represents the final chance to get into the postseason, while for others we have another week or two left. Here, to help you get ready for the playoffs, is a... Read More

Week 12 Tight End Waiver Wire Picks and Streamers

With fantasy football leagues only a couple weeks away from their playoffs, this is not the time for teams to be short a tight end. Not only do fantasy footballers have no Travis Kelce or Hunter Henry during this crucial week in their fantasy seasons, they do not get to take advantage of using a... Read More

Quarterback Waiver Wire Pickups and Streamers - Week 12

We saw some monster weeks at the quarterbacks position, with four quarterbacks topping 37 points, and ten scoring over 25 points. These weren't all big names putting up these points either, as low-owned quarterbacks like Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold, and even Jeff Driskel had some big numbers in Week 11. That means we've got plenty... Read More

Week 11 Fantasy Football Staff Rankings

Below you will find all of RotoBaller's fantasy football weekly rankings, tiers, player news and stats for the 2019 NFL season. Our Ranking Wizard displays our staff's rankings for various league formats, all in one easy place. Here's what you'll find: Weekly PPR Rankings Weekly Half-PPR Rankings Weekly Standard Rankings Dynasty League Rankings     Fantasy... Read More

NFL Matchup Ratings Tool - Weekly Player Projections

  If you see the red "Upgrade" button below, then you are not a Premium subscriber, or have not yet logged in. Learn more about our NFL Matchup Ratings and projections system. Editor's Note: Get any full-season NFL Premium Pass for 50% off. Our exclusive In-Season Lineup Tools, Lineup Optimizer and over 150 days of... Read More

Week 11 Chat - Live Fantasy Football Game Day Q&A

It's Sunday Morning Week 11... Do You Know Who to Start? Each Sunday morning of the NFL season, RotoBaller's experts will be moderating the industry's leading live chat room and answering a bunch of your fantasy football questions, from around 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM ET. Come join in on the fun, and get your... Read More

Fantasy Football Starts and Sits: Matchups Analysis for Week 11

Welcome to our Week 11 matchup analysis and start/sit column for fantasy football. We'll be covering every single contest from the Sunday slate in one convenient location, helping you make the best decisions for your fantasy lineups. Be sure to check back regularly because this article will be updated as news comes in regarding injuries and other... Read More

Wide Receiver / Cornerback Matchups To Target in Week 11

In Week 10, the Buccaneers defeated the Cardinals in a game that featured a whopping 57 points scored between the two teams. Christian Kirk was expected to exploit the Buccaneers weak secondary, and he exceeded all expectations by catching three touchdowns, finishing as the No. 1 wide receiver on the week. On the other side... Read More

Holiday Shopping - Who To Buy For The Playoffs Run

As the fantasy football season nears the home stretch, most owners should begin turning their eyes towards the remaining six weeks of the fantasy schedule. Either you're comfortably in the playoffs and need to see who you should be rostering in order to get the best matchups or you need that extra boost to qualify... Read More

Updated Week 11 PPR Rankings (Top 300)

Welcome to Week 11 RotoBallers. Below are our updated consensus Week 11 PPR rankings for fantasy football, including some running notes on relevant injuries, player news and rankings updates: Emmanuel Sanders is officially active. George Kittle (ankle, knee) has officially been ruled out. Matt Breida will not play in Week 11. Jay Ajayi was signed by the... Read More