Just missed out on the No. 1 overall pick in an upcoming best ball draft? No worries. PFF has you covered with an exclusive guide to the 1.02 for drafts this summer.
This article is part of PFF’s inaugural Best Ball DraftKit, wherein I've made it my mission to offer readers as close to an exact go-to draft guide based on pick number in upcoming best-ball drafts. This way, we have a plan of attack as soon as we learn our draft slot. Along the way, we'll identify player targets and team stacks based on real-life ADP, while letting our opponents frantically search draft boards once the action commences.
Of course, drafts can be wild — I just wrapped up an Underdog best ball draft where Sam Darnold went in the sixth round — so we need to remain fluid. But that’s why this crash course (and handy flow chart) offers a collection of different options to help guide you to a championship-caliber roster. As you’ll soon discover, drafting at the 1.02 creates an easy path to stack the Minnesota Vikings and Cincinnati Bengals.
Editor's Note: Dive into PFF's 2021 Best Ball DraftKit for everything you need to win it all at the end of the year!
1.02: RB TIER 1
There’s no need to overthink the No. 2 pick. Dalvin Cook has cemented himself as the second-best option fantasy football after finishing the 2020 season third in fantasy points (24.1), second in expected fantasy points (21.0) and first in touches per game (25.4).
2.11: WR TIER 1/2, TE TIER 1 OR RB TIER 2
JUSTIN JEFFERSON, MINNESOTA VIKINGS
CLYDE EDWARDS-HELAIRE, KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
CALVIN RIDLEY, ATLANTA FALCONS
With Cook entrenched as a fantasy RB1, it’s time to go all-in on the Minnesota Vikings offense. Rookie sensation Justin Jefferson is frequently available in this range, which makes him perfect for a Vikings stack.
Jefferson's first season in the NFL was truly historic. The 22-year-old compiled 1,400 receiving yards (third among all WRs), earned a 90.5 PFF receiving grade (second) and averaged an absurd 2.66 yards per route run (second).
Because Jefferson can sometimes fall into the third round, it's worth considering Clyde Edwards-Helaire here to increase the chances of acquiring both second-year players. CEH has legit RB1 upside in the Chiefs high-octane offense.
Edwards-Helaire was the RB11 overall through the first six weeks of last season, averaging 15.9 fantasy points (17th), 18.3 expected fantasy points (seventh) and an absurd 21.3 touches per game. The Chiefs also revamped their offensive line through NFL free agency and the draft, setting the stage for CEH to smash expectations.