The best fantasy pick in each round of the draft

There is value to be had in each round of a fantasy draft, and Mike Castiglione identifies the best values all the way through.

| 3 months ago
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The best fantasy pick in each round of the draft

We’re into the dog days of training camp, which means fantasy draft season is heating up along with the August sun. So, today we are looking at the top available option to target in each round of a 12-team standard league draft. Point blank, just the single best fantasy target out of the 12 available.

The players listed in each round below are sorted by current ADP consensus data from FantasyPros. The aim here is to help you fine-tune your draft board with a target to earmark in each round, and perhaps even identify a sweet spot for those who have the choice of starting draft position. One final disclosure: I went into this with no preconceptions, but rather, I let our research and rankings guide my selections. You won’t want to follow this list to the letter, necessarily — you’d end up with only two running backs, for example, even if they are elite ones — but use this as a starting point and adjust as needed and you’ll be off to a nice head start.

Let’s get right to it.

Round 1

1 Antonio Brown
2 Odell Beckham Jr.
3 Todd Gurley
4 Julio Jones
5 Adrian Peterson
6 David Johnson
7 Ezekiel Elliott
8 DeAndre Hopkins
9 Rob Gronkowski
10 Le’Veon Bell
11 Dez Bryant
12 A.J. Green

Best pick: Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers (PFF Rank: 1)

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Mike is a member of the FSWA and a staff writer for PFF Fantasy who focuses on both redraft and dynasty content, having spent several years covering FBS for a number of publications.

  • Don Elretseo

    When you factor in injury history and suspensions AB really shines brighter than anyone else. Business is booming!

  • Kyle Prodzinski

    Like the article. Only one beef with it. Mike Wallace should NEVER be the best pick, no matter what round it is lol

    • Mike Castiglione

      Since you actually read til the end I won’t argue 😉