Fantasy Football Draft Prep: How to draft from the ninth overall pick in a full-point PPR league

You have just received notice from your league commissioner that you have drawn the 9th overall pick in your Fantasy Football drafts and now is the time to prepare. Below, I’ll break down what I thought was an ideal draft when picking 9th overall. If you find yourself picking No. 9 in your drafts, you can see it as a guide, blueprint, or at the very least some context as to which players might be in which rounds when you’re on the clock.

The Fantasy Football Today team came together to do a draft pick and here is my full squad from the #9 spot:

1.9: Dalvin Cook, RB, Vikings
2.4: CeeDee Lamb, WR, Cowboys
3.9: James Conner, RB, Cardinals
4.4: Allen Robinson, WR, Rams
5.9: Gabriel Davis, WR, Bills
6.4: Rashod Bateman, WR, Ravens
7.9: Dallas Goedert, TE, Eagles
8.10: Dak Prescott, QB, Cowboys
9.3: Cordarrelle Patterson, RB, Falcons
10.10: Ronald Jones, RB, Chiefs
11.3: Jameson Williams, WR, Lions
12.1: Tyrion Davis-Price, RB, 49ers
13.3: Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, Browns
2:10 p.m .: Wan’Dale Robinson, WR, Giants
15.3: Daniel Jones, QB, Giants

With the ninth pick overall, I couldn’t help but catch Cook in this full-point PPR. I understand the risk of injury with Cook, but the advantage is not built into his current ADP. The Vikings are turning to a modern offense with lots of passing, and that could mean big things for Cook’s target total. And we already know that in full point PPR leagues, goals are worth more than 3 times the value of a carry.

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While I’m a little concerned about my depth at wide receiver, I’m confident in my 1-2 at running back with James Conner ready to take on a potentially heavier workload now that Chase Edmonds is gone. Prescott and Goedert give me a fighter’s chance to compete on a weekly basis in both QB and TE against my opponents. And both Jones and Patterson showcase the depth I can get behind — Jones for his lead advantage in a top-five offense and Patterson for his receiving advantage in that format.

Favorite Choice: Rashod Bateman

As a strong supporter of Bateman’s talent entering the draft, I couldn’t be more thrilled to have him in Round 7 as he prepares for the jump in Year 2. Apart from Mark Andrews, Bateman has very little targeted competition. There has been speculation that Baltimore will return to heavyweight in 2022, but even if that were to come true, it would be offset by Lamar Jackson’s improving health and thus upgrading the passing game for Baltimore.

Choose I Might Regret: James Conner

I really like Conner as a late third-round pick, but there’s no denying his injury history dating back to his early career with the Steelers. And if the Eno Benjamin hype at the start of training camp is real and he figures prominently in Conner’s passing role, then it’s going to be very hard to take advantage of Conner.

Player who could make or break my team: Dalvin Cook

First-round capital spent on a running back these days will almost always qualify them for a decisive player. Very few full-backs have a perfectly clean injury bill – Najee Harris being one of them – but he is only entering the second year. Cook’s lower-body injuries have been constant for the past few seasons, but ultimately he hasn’t missed too much time. The flip side is that he could be the RB1 if this Vikings offense enters the current century and the defense – in rebuilding mode – forces them to catch up early and often.

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