It’s Monday, so that means it’s time for yet another mock draft! I’ve already covered 1QB PPR leagues, here and here, so this week we’re doing a mock draft for one of the hottest formats to take over the fantasy football community. That’s right. It’s time for a Superflex fantasy PPR mock draft for 2020! Let’s get into it.
Fantasy PPR Superflex Mock Draft 2020 – Introduction
This time around, I decided to draft from the 12th pick, giving me a chance to elaborate more on my draft strategies when you have back to back picks in snake drafts. Being on the end tends to force you to reach a little more, but you don’t have to spend as much time reacting to others as you do when you’re in the middle. When you’re at the end of the round, you have more power to dictate and lead than to follow, which can be nice, depending on your league.
This mock will be similar to last week’s in terms of starting roster: 1QB, 2RB, 3WR, 1TE, 2Flex, and 1SUPERFLEX. The addition of a Superflex spot means you can start a second QB if you want. It’s not required, but it’s highly encouraged given their ability to score more points week to week. In some scoring settings, like the Scott Fish Bowl, a second QB isn’t as highly valued as you might think, so always check the settings in your league before you draft, just in case.
Now that we’ve established the ground rules, let’s get it going!
Going RB/RB to start in Superflex leagues and why it works
Not a lot of shock at the start this week, with most of the top guys going where they should. Both Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson went in the first round, which is expected in a league like this, but for my 1-2 turn, I decided to double up on two sophomore running backs in Miles Sanders and Josh Jacobs. In redraft, I still prefer having more top-end running backs than top-end receivers, even in PPR. I also prefer this strategy in Superflex when Mahomes and Jackson are already taken. You can usually find some great QB value in the middle rounds without having to reach for them here.
After seeing only three more QBs go in the second and third rounds, I decided to grab WR Odell Beckham Jr. and QB Deshaun Watson with my third and fourth picks. I think OBJ should return to greatness this season, and Watson is still a top-five QB in fantasy, even with the loss of stud DeAndre Hopkins to Arizona. Through four picks, I’m very happy with how my team is shaping up.
A quick note: When drafting from the turns, I try to be as balanced as I can and generally won’t double up on a position unless the players on the board make it a necessity, like the two RBs did for me at the 1-2 turn. Also, for keeper leagues, make sure you take the “better” player with your second pick in case you decide to keep them and your league factors in their draft round next season.
Pairing aging veterans with younger studs provides balance
Three more QBs go off the board in the fourth and fifth, and I decide I don’t want to risk another run before I’m back up in two rounds. Therefore, I decided to take two aging veterans to help bolster the floor of my team in QB Tom Brady and WR T.Y. Hilton. Brady is a terrific SF option since he should get plenty of points on his new team, and Hilton is still the WR1 for new QB Philip Rivers and the Indianapolis Colts.
After my Hilton pick to start the sixth round, eight more QBs were drafted. This makes me very happy to have grabbed Brady when I did. In SF leagues, QB runs can happen at any time, and being on the turn can force you into a bad spot if you’re not looking ahead. I still need a third option, but I’ll look for who’s left in the later rounds for that bye week filler.
I’m back up at 7.12 and decide to grab some more young RB depth in Devin Singletary and Cam Akers. Drafting these two RBs here puts them in my flex spots, but both are more likely to be used for bye weeks and spot starts due to injuries than as every week flex players. There is almost always enough WR depth in the later rounds, or on waivers, to fill those roles on a weekly basis, and like I said before, I prefer more RB depth in redraft, even in SF leagues.
Later in the draft, it’s all about upside
Back up again at 9.12, I start looking at tight ends. Generally, I wouldn’t take Rob Gronkowski this early, as I’m not sold that he will be the starter there all year, but it’s a mock draft, so why not. Welcome to the team, Gronk! I pair him with a rookie WR that has a ton of upside as my WR3 in CeeDee Lamb. These two are a yin and yang type of duo, with Gronk having a low ceiling and Lamb having a high floor. This way, I can keep my team somewhat balanced as a whole.
At the 11-12 turn, I pair up another QB/WR stack with Tua Tagovailoa and Preston Williams. These two are terrific sleeper picks, as both could end up in the top 12 at their position if things go right. In these later rounds, I’m aiming for all upside, and these two are chock full of that. Tua could be the starter early in the season, but if not, I won’t really need him until Watson’s bye in Week 8, and he should be ready by then.
Generally speaking, I don’t mind having two players from the same team on my fantasy team, especially when it’s a QB and a pass catcher, but it can get you into trouble if you do too much of that. Not only does it make your bye weeks more frustrating at times, but it can also put too many eggs in fewer baskets. If the team struggles as a whole, then you will have two positions in your lineup that struggle as well. It’s not something to be too concerned with, just something worth mentioning since I did it twice in this draft.
To finish this fantasy PPR mock draft for 2020, I decide to change directions and stack two more RBs on my team. From past experience, RB depth is crucial at the start of your season, as RBs tend to get injured earlier and more often than other positions. My pairing of Duke Johnson and DeAndre Washington are two guys that will be able to show me what they’re worth right out of the gate. If they bomb, then I am fine dropping them for up and coming WRs to fill my flex spots down the stretch. On the other hand, if they hit, I’ve got some great trade pieces to build my roster for the playoffs.
Fantasy PPR Superflex Mock Draft 2020 – Conclusion
Overall, I love the way this team shaped up. I’m very happy with my RB depth, even on my bench, and feel like my WR group should be strong enough to carry me to the postseason, barring injuries. My QBs feel a little weak, and all three have question marks around them from last year, but overall they should perform well.
One regret I have looking back is that I would have preferred grabbing Hunter Henry instead of Gronk at 9.12. I think Henry has a better chance at being fantasy relevant for more of the season than Gronk does, and they tend to go in the same range. I don’t feel like I reached to get Gronk, but I do think the allure of the stack with Brady blinded me to the better overall player for my team.
What do you think about this fantasy PPR mock draft for 2020? Is this how you like to build your rosters too, or do you go an entirely different direction? One of the main benefits of mock drafting is trying out different things and seeing the results, so stay tuned as we get closer to the season for more mock draft Monday coverage here at Pro Football Network!
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Andrew Hall is a writer for PFN covering the NFL and Fantasy Football. You can follow him on Twitter: @AndrewHallFF.