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McFarland: Optimal Fantasy Football Draft Strategy Pick Nos. 9-12

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Last night, I entered a Footballguys Players Championship (FPC) draft at the FFPC to put all of my draft strategies and tier articles into an actionable format. In this article, I will walk you through my thought process round by round – including how I used or ignored average draft position (ADP) at different points in the draft. I let value and sleepers fall to me in some spots, and in others, I aggressively undercut ADP to ensure the roster construction I envisioned.

For those of you not familiar with the FPC format, it is one of my personal favorites because the tight-end premium scoring (1.5 PPR) and dual-flex spots allow for the deployment of many strategies. In this format, you must be strong at the flex while tight ends matter more than ever.

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FFPC Overview

Starters: 1QB, 2RB, 2WR, 1TE, 2FLX (RB, WR, TE), 1K, 1TDST
Scoring: PPR for all positions except TE, which receive an additional .5 per reception
Format: Re-draft
Teams: 12
Roster spots: 20
Entry fee: $350
Draft position: Pick 10
Team name: Well… bye.

If you lead your division in points or win the league, you advance to a playoff format versus teams from all the other leagues that did the same from Weeks 15 to 17. First place is $500K, which I have just missed three times.

Draft board:

All ADP information is per Fantasy Mojo.

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