When I first started this Roster Construction-Based Ranking Series, it was just one article. During the writing process, it kept getting longer and longer, as I provided samples for the different types of drafts strategies for each position. The individual positional breakdowns (RB, WR, QB) allowed me to highlight even more draft strategies than condensing it down. However, breaking up the positions prevented showing how this whole process really benefits you on draft day.

In this edition, it’s time to bring the whole process full circle and showcase the full draft board that will be created with the Roster Construction-Based Ranking program. When you identify and combine the types of positional draft strategies that you’re planning to utilize, along with your rankings and ADP, you can have a well laid out roster construction plan. Adding in the players ADP will help you identify any areas that your list is not realistic. It’s obvious that you cannot combine a draft strategy that looks to go RB Heavy and target multiple top WRs. However, a top QB/TE strategy can be added to an RB-Heavy or ZeroRB plan. Below are a few of the more common overall draft strategies and how to produce this list.

Balance Approach

The most common roster construction plan for most owners is an overall balanced plan, acquiring players at each position that rank near the top. An owner going for a balanced approach will likely have 2-3 RBs and 2-3 WRs rosters in the first 5-6 rounds, then shifting focus to a top 10 QB and TE, before proceeding to fill out a balanced bench of players.

Using the Roster Construction Rankings, the list for RB1 and WR1 will likely each have players in the top 10 at their position, and players in the top 20 of each position at the second required roster spots. Being the most common draft strategy for many players, the final results of your draft are going to look very similar to other owners and will likely closely mirror ADP. This is not a bad strategy, it just limits your ability to have significant roster differentiation, making trading and in-season start-sit decisions more difficult.

*In all the charts below, the number in parentheses is the player’s round ADP. Example: (4) represents a 4th Round ADP. 

QB RB1 RB2 WR1 WR2 WR3 TE1 FLEX B-RB3 B-RB4 BRB5 B-WR5 B-WR6
Patrick Mahomes (3) Saquon Barkley (1) Joe Mixon (2) DeAndre Hopkins (1) Mike Evans (2) Cooper Kupp (4) Travis Kelce (2) Dede Westbrook (10) Phillip Lindsay (4) Peyton Barber (12) Kalen Ballage (15) Mecole Hardman (8) Michael Gallup (UD)
Aaron Rodgers (5) Christian McCaffrey (1) Damien Williams (2) Davante Adams (1) Adam Thielen (2) Sammy Watkins (5) Zach Ertz (3) Geronimo Allison (8) James White (5) Austin Ekeler (9) Duke Johnson (UD) Courtland Sutton (10) Jamison Crowder (16)
Deshaun Watson (6) Ezekiel Elliott (1) Dalvin Cook (2) Julio Jones (1) Amari Cooper (3) Tyler Lockett (5) George Kittle (3) Marvin Jones (10) Chris Carson (5) Latavius Murray (8) Tevin Coleman (6) Keke Coutee (11) Josh Doctson (UD)
Andrew Luck (4) Alvin Kamara (1) Devonta Freeman (3) JuJu Smith-Schuster (2) Robert Woods (4) Robby Anderson (7) Evan Engram (6) Sterling Shepard (9) David Montgomery (4) Darrell Henderson (6) Chris Thompson (14) Larry Fitzgerald (9) Emmanuel Sanders (10)
Matt Ryan (7) Melvin Gordon (1) Josh Jacobs (3) Odell Beckham Jr (2) Stefon Diggs (3) Alshon Jeffery (6) OJ Howard (0) Will Fuller (7) Sony Michel (4) Royce Freeman (9) Theo Riddick (UD) DeSean Jackson (11) N'Keal Harry (8)
Carson Wentz (8) Le'Veon Bell (1) Kerryon Johnson (4) Michael Thomas (1) A.J. Green (3) Chris Godwin (5) Vance McDonald (7) Golden Tate (9) Lamar Miller (7) Rashaad Penny (7) Jordan Howard (8) Albert Wilson (UD) Quincy Enunwa (UD)
Cam Newton (10) James Conner (1) Leonard Fournette (3) Antonio Brown (2) Brandin Cooks (4) Calvin Ridley (5) Eric Ebron (6) Jarvis Landry (5) Miles Sanders (7) Derrius Guice (6) Damien Harris (14) Anthony Miller (13) Marquez Valdes-Scantling (14)
Josh Allen (12) Todd Gurley (2) Nick Chubb (2) Keenan Allen (3) Tyler Boyd (6) D.J. Moore (6) Hunter Henry (6) Allen Robinson (7) Mark Ingram (4) LeSean McCoy (9) Adrian Peterson (11) Corey Davis (9) A.J. Brown (UD)
Baker Mayfield (6) David Johnson (1) Aaron Jones (3) Julian Edelman (4) Kenny Golladay (4) Dante Pettis (8) Jared Cook (7) Dion Lewis (12) Jamaal Williams (16) Christian Kirk (8) Deebo Samuel (15)
Drew Brees (7) Kenyan Drake (5) T.Y. Hilton (2) Mike Williams (6) David Njoku (8) Nyheim Hines (12) Curtis Samuel (12) John Brown (UD)
Jameis Winston (10) Derrick Henry (4) Jack Doyle (UD) Jerick McKinnon (9) Mohamed Sanu (UD) D.K. Metcalf (9)
Russell Wilson (7) Marlon Mack (3) Jordan Reed (16) Matt Breida (15) Kenny Stills (16) Danny Amendola (UD)
Jared Goff (9) Tarik Cohen (5) Trey Burton (15) Daesean Hamilton (12) Cole Beasley (UD)
Kyler Murray (8) Kyle Rudolph (13) Marqise Lee (UD) Donte Moncrief (14)
Dak Prescott (13) Mark Andrews (0) Tyrell Williams (11) Devin Funchess (13)
Lamar Jackson (14) Chris Herndon IV (14) Robert Foster (16)
Ben Roethlisberger (11) Austin Hooper (10) Randall Cobb (UD)
Mitch Trubisky (13) Tyler Eifert (0)
Tom Brady (11) Greg Olsen (13)
Philip Rivers (10) Delanie Walker (12)
Kirk Cousins (12)
Jimmy Garoppolo (12)
Matthew Stafford (16)
RB-Heavy

As laid out in the RB Edition, the RB-Heavy approach will likely see a lot of use in 2019 drafts. The key to building a draft board in this format is recognizing where you can draft your top WR. If you’re content with a player who is likely their teams #2 WR, such as Chris Godwin, Jarvis Landry or Mike Williams as your top WR option, you can make this plan work. But therein lies the benefit of the roster-construction rankings process; you can lay out a draft plan that will help you identify that comfort threshold.

QB RB1 RB2 WR1 WR2 WR3 TE1 FLEX B-RB4 B-RB5 BRB6 B-WR4 B-WR5
Patrick Mahomes (3) Saquon Barkley (1) Joe Mixon (2) DeAndre Hopkins (1) Robby Anderson (7) Dede Westbrook (10) Travis Kelce (2) Kenyan Drake (5) Peyton Barber (12) LeSean McCoy (9) Chris Thompson (14) Mecole Hardman (8) Michael Gallup (UD)
Aaron Rodgers (5) Christian McCaffrey (1) Damien Williams (2) Davante Adams (1) Alshon Jeffery (6) Geronimo Allison (8) Zach Ertz (3) Derrick Henry (4) Austin Ekeler (9) Dion Lewis (12) Theo Riddick (UD) Courtland Sutton (10) Jamison Crowder (16)
Deshaun Watson (6) Ezekiel Elliott (1) Dalvin Cook (2) Julio Jones (1) Chris Godwin (5) Marvin Jones (10) George Kittle (3) Marlon Mack (3) Latavius Murray (8) Nyheim Hines (12) Jordan Howard (8) Keke Coutee (11) Josh Doctson (UD)
Andrew Luck (4) Alvin Kamara (1) Devonta Freeman (3) JuJu Smith-Schuster (2) Calvin Ridley (5) Sterling Shepard (9) Evan Engram (6) Tarik Cohen (5) Darrell Henderson (6) Jerick McKinnon (9) Damien Harris (14) Larry Fitzgerald (9) Emmanuel Sanders (10)
Matt Ryan (7) Melvin Gordon (1) Josh Jacobs (3) Odell Beckham Jr (2) D.J. Moore (6) Will Fuller (7) OJ Howard (0) Phillip Lindsay (4) Royce Freeman (9) Matt Breida (15) Adrian Peterson (11) DeSean Jackson (11) N'Keal Harry (8)
Carson Wentz (8) Le'Veon Bell (1) Kerryon Johnson (4) Michael Thomas (1) Dante Pettis (8) Golden Tate (9) Vance McDonald (7) James White (5) Rashaad Penny (7) Kalen Ballage (15) Jamaal Williams (16) Albert Wilson (UD) Quincy Enunwa (UD)
Cam Newton (10) James Conner (1) Leonard Fournette (3) Antonio Brown (2) Mike Williams (6) Jarvis Landry (5) Eric Ebron (6) Chris Carson (5) Derrius Guice (6) Duke Johnson (UD) Kareem Hunt (7) Anthony Miller (13) Marquez Valdes-Scantling (14)
Josh Allen (12) Todd Gurley (2) Nick Chubb (2) Keenan Allen (3) Allen Robinson (7) Hunter Henry (6) David Montgomery (4) Tevin Coleman (6) D'Onta Foreman (UD) Corey Davis (9) A.J. Brown (UD)
Baker Mayfield (6) David Johnson (1) Aaron Jones (3) Julian Edelman (4) Jared Cook (7) Sony Michel (4) Jalen Richard (UD) Christian Kirk (8) Deebo Samuel (15)
Drew Brees (7) T.Y. Hilton (2) David Njoku (8) Lamar Miller (7) Alexander Mattison (12) Curtis Samuel (12) John Brown (UD)
Jameis Winston (10) Mike Evans (2) Jack Doyle (UD) Miles Sanders (7) Ito Smith (9) Mohamed Sanu (UD) D.K. Metcalf (9)
Russell Wilson (7) Adam Thielen (2) Jordan Reed (16) Mark Ingram (4) Giovani Bernard (16) Kenny Stills (16) Danny Amendola (UD)
Jared Goff (9) Amari Cooper (3) Trey Burton (15) CJ Anderson (15) Daesean Hamilton (12) Cole Beasley (UD)
Kyler Murray (8) Robert Woods (4) Kyle Rudolph (13) Mike Davis (15) Marqise Lee (UD) Donte Moncrief (14)
Dak Prescott (13) Stefon Diggs (3) Mark Andrews (0) Carlos Hyde (10) Tyrell Williams (11) Devin Funchess (13)
Lamar Jackson (14) A.J. Green (3) Chris Herndon IV (14) Darwin Thompson (UD) Robert Foster (16)
Ben Roethlisberger (11) Brandin Cooks (4) Austin Hooper (10) Jaylen Samuels (10) Randall Cobb (UD)
Mitch Trubisky (13) Tyler Boyd (6) Tyler Eifert (0)
Tom Brady (11) Kenny Golladay (4) Greg Olsen (13)
Philip Rivers (10) Cooper Kupp (4) Delanie Walker (12)
Kirk Cousins (12) Sammy Watkins (5)
Jimmy Garoppolo (12) Tyler Lockett (5)
Matthew Stafford (16)
ZeroRB

After the 2015 season, also known as the RB-pocalypse, the fantasy industry went all-in on ZeroRB. While still a perfectly viable draft strategy, the past few seasons have pushed it back into the minority of draft plans. One of the most commonly used clichés in fantasy football is to zig when others zag. In 2019, ZeroRB can again be considered a viable zig to the RB-Heavy zag. Owners willing to follow this draft strategy are often coming out of drafts with a WR corps that was all first round players within the past few seasons. Using current PPR ADP found in the Ultimate Draft Kit,  A team could realistically fill their three WR spots and Flex position with a squad of Michael Thomas (late first ADP), Julio Jones (early second ADP), A.J. Green (late third ADP) and Julian Edelman (early fourth ADP). Those four players roughly project for a combined 500 receptions, 5,000 yards, and 40 TDs. If that doesn’t excite you in a PPR league, I don’t know what will. The cost of that roster build is having your two starting RBs be James White and Tarik Cohen.

QB RB1 RB2 WR1 WR2 WR3 TE1 FLEX B-RB3 B-RB4 BRB5 B-WR5 B-WR6
Patrick Mahomes (3) Saquon Barkley (1) James White (5) DeAndre Hopkins (1) Antonio Brown (2) Amari Cooper (3) Travis Kelce (2) Cooper Kupp (4) Dion Lewis (12) Chris Thompson (14) Frank Gore (UD) Dede Westbrook (10) Michael Gallup (UD)
Aaron Rodgers (5) Christian McCaffrey (1) Chris Carson (5) Davante Adams (1) Keenan Allen (3) Robert Woods (4) Zach Ertz (3) Sammy Watkins (5) Nyheim Hines (12) Theo Riddick (UD) Ronald Jones II (8) Geronimo Allison (8) Jamison Crowder (16)
Deshaun Watson (6) Ezekiel Elliott (1) David Montgomery (4) Julio Jones (1) Julian Edelman (4) Stefon Diggs (3) George Kittle (3) Tyler Lockett (5) Jerick McKinnon (9) Jordan Howard (8) Kenneth Dixon (UD) Marvin Jones (10) Josh Doctson (UD)
Andrew Luck (4) Alvin Kamara (1) Sony Michel (4) JuJu Smith-Schuster (2) T.Y. Hilton (2) A.J. Green (3) Evan Engram (6) Robby Anderson (7) Matt Breida (15) Damien Harris (14) Devin Singletary (10) Sterling Shepard (9) Emmanuel Sanders (10)
Matt Ryan (7) Melvin Gordon (1) Lamar Miller (7) Odell Beckham Jr (2) Mike Evans (2) Brandin Cooks (4) OJ Howard (0) Alshon Jeffery (6) Kalen Ballage (15) Adrian Peterson (11) Devontae Booker (UD) Will Fuller (7) N'Keal Harry (8)
Carson Wentz (8) Le'Veon Bell (1) Miles Sanders (7) Michael Thomas (1) Adam Thielen (2) Tyler Boyd (6) Vance McDonald (7) Chris Godwin (5) Duke Johnson (UD) Jamaal Williams (16) Benny Snell Jr. (UD) Golden Tate (9) Quincy Enunwa (UD)
Cam Newton (10) James Conner (1) Mark Ingram (4) Kenny Golladay (4) Eric Ebron (6) Calvin Ridley (5) Tevin Coleman (6) Justice Hill (13) Jarvis Landry (5) Marquez Valdes-Scantling (14)
Josh Allen (12) Todd Gurley (2) Peyton Barber (12) Hunter Henry (6) D.J. Moore (6) Justin Jackson (UD) Allen Robinson (7) A.J. Brown (UD)
Baker Mayfield (6) David Johnson (1) Austin Ekeler (9) Jared Cook (7) Dante Pettis (8) Alfred Blue (UD) Mecole Hardman (8) Deebo Samuel (15)
Drew Brees (7) Joe Mixon (2) Latavius Murray (8) David Njoku (8) Mike Williams (6) Doug Martin (UD) Courtland Sutton (10) John Brown (UD)
Jameis Winston (10) Damien Williams (2) Darrell Henderson (6) Jack Doyle (UD) Chase Edmonds (UD) Keke Coutee (11) D.K. Metcalf (9)
Russell Wilson (7) Dalvin Cook (2) Royce Freeman (9) Jordan Reed (16) Larry Fitzgerald (9) Danny Amendola (UD)
Jared Goff (9) Devonta Freeman (3) Rashaad Penny (7) Trey Burton (15) DeSean Jackson (11) Cole Beasley (UD)
Kyler Murray (8) Josh Jacobs (3) Derrius Guice (6) Kyle Rudolph (13) Albert Wilson (UD) Donte Moncrief (14)
Dak Prescott (13) Kerryon Johnson (4) LeSean McCoy (9) Mark Andrews (0) Anthony Miller (13) Devin Funchess (13)
Lamar Jackson (14) Leonard Fournette (3) Chris Herndon IV (14) Corey Davis (9) Robert Foster (16)
Ben Roethlisberger (11) Nick Chubb (2) Austin Hooper (10) Christian Kirk (8) Randall Cobb (UD)
Mitch Trubisky (13) Aaron Jones (3) Tyler Eifert (0) Curtis Samuel (12)
Tom Brady (11) Kenyan Drake (5) Greg Olsen (13) Mohamed Sanu (UD)
Philip Rivers (10) Derrick Henry (4) Delanie Walker (12) Kenny Stills (16)
Kirk Cousins (12) Marlon Mack (3) Daesean Hamilton (12)
Jimmy Garoppolo (12) Tarik Cohen (5) Marqise Lee (UD)
Matthew Stafford (16) Phillip Lindsay (4) Tyrell Williams (11)
Stud QB/TE

A stud QB or TE can easily be added into any of the roster builds shows above with minimal variation to the strategies, but the tricky part comes when acquiring a top player at both positions. You will be sacrificing a key starter at RB and/or WR in this build, but some owners feel it is beneficial. If you want stack Travis Kelce and Patrick Mahomes on a team, it’s going to cost you mid-second (Kelce), and mid-third (Mahomes) draft picks to do so.

Superflex

One of the most significant changes in a Superflex league is the ADP impact on the other positions as much as the QBs. Here, the key is finding reliable ADP data to utilize in your process, because using standard ADP data is useless. In the sample below, the ADP data has been pulled from Fantasy Football Calculator’s 2QB ADP. In a Superflex/2QB format, you’ll want to roster three QBs, so additional spots have been added for that purpose. While I am only sharing a sample of a balanced draft plan below, you can read more about the variousSuperflex draft strategies in my “4 Ways to Draft QBs in Superflex/2QB Leagues Article“.

QB SFLEX RB1 RB2 WR1 WR2 WR3 TE1 FLEX B-QB3 B-RB3 B-RB4 BRB5 B-WR5 B-WR6
Patrick Mahomes (1) Kyler Murray (7) Saquon Barkley (1) Joe Mixon (2) DeAndre Hopkins (1) Mike Evans (2) Cooper Kupp (5) Travis Kelce (2) Dede Westbrook (11) Andy Dalton (10) Phillip Lindsay (5) Peyton Barber (13) Kalen Ballage (14) Mecole Hardman (13) Michael Gallup (UD)
Aaron Rodgers (2) Dak Prescott (6) Christian McCaffrey (1) Damien Williams (3) Davante Adams (1) Adam Thielen (3) Sammy Watkins (8) Zach Ertz (3) Geronimo Allison (13) Derek Carr (8) James White (7) Austin Ekeler (13) Duke Johnson (UD) Courtland Sutton (10) Jamison Crowder (UD)
Deshaun Watson (2) Lamar Jackson (8) Ezekiel Elliott (1) Dalvin Cook (2) Julio Jones (2) Amari Cooper (3) Tyler Lockett (7) George Kittle (3) Marvin Jones (11) Sam Darnold (8) Chris Carson (5) Latavius Murray (9) Tevin Coleman (8) Keke Coutee (11) Josh Doctson (UD)
Andrew Luck (1) Ben Roethlisberger (5) Alvin Kamara (1) Devonta Freeman (4) JuJu Smith-Schuster (2) Robert Woods (5) Robby Anderson (7) Evan Engram (7) Sterling Shepard (10) Nick Foles (10) David Montgomery (7) Darrell Henderson (11) Chris Thompson (15) Larry Fitzgerald (11) Emmanuel Sanders (10)
Matt Ryan (3) Mitch Trubisky (6) Melvin Gordon (1) Josh Jacobs (5) Odell Beckham Jr (2) Stefon Diggs (4) Alshon Jeffery (8) OJ Howard (6) Will Fuller (8) Marcus Mariota (11) Sony Michel (4) Royce Freeman (9) Theo Riddick (UD) DeSean Jackson (12) N'Keal Harry (10)
Carson Wentz (4) Tom Brady (6) Le'Veon Bell (1) Kerryon Johnson (5) Michael Thomas (1) A.J. Green (4) Chris Godwin (6) Vance McDonald (8) Golden Tate (10) Eli Manning (14) Lamar Miller (9) Rashaad Penny (9) Jordan Howard (8) Albert Wilson (UD) Quincy Enunwa (UD)
Cam Newton (4) Philip Rivers (6) James Conner (2) Leonard Fournette (3) Antonio Brown (3) Brandin Cooks (5) Calvin Ridley (7) Eric Ebron (6) Jarvis Landry (7) Joe Flacco (12) Miles Sanders (9) Derrius Guice (6) Damien Harris (15) Anthony Miller (16) Marquez Valdes-Scantling (14)
Josh Allen (7) Kirk Cousins (7) Todd Gurley (2) Nick Chubb (3) Keenan Allen (4) Tyler Boyd (7) D.J. Moore (6) Hunter Henry (6) Allen Robinson (9) Dwayne Haskins (12) Mark Ingram (5) LeSean McCoy (10) Adrian Peterson (12) Corey Davis (9) A.J. Brown (16)
Baker Mayfield (2) Jimmy Garoppolo (5) David Johnson (1) Aaron Jones (4) Julian Edelman (4) Kenny Golladay (5) Dante Pettis (9) Jared Cook (8) Josh Rosen (13) Dion Lewis (16) Jamaal Williams (UD) Christian Kirk (9) Deebo Samuel (16)
Drew Brees (3) Matthew Stafford (9) Kenyan Drake (6) T.Y. Hilton (4) Mike Williams (7) David Njoku (9) Case Keenum (UD) Nyheim Hines (16) Kareem Hunt (8) Curtis Samuel (14) John Brown (UD)
Jameis Winston (5) Derrick Henry (4) Jack Doyle (UD) Jerick McKinnon (15) D'Onta Foreman (UD) Mohamed Sanu (UD) D.K. Metcalf (10)
Russell Wilson (3) Marlon Mack (3) Jordan Reed (15) Matt Breida (15) Jalen Richard (UD) Kenny Stills (UD) Danny Amendola (UD)
Jared Goff (4) Tarik Cohen (6) Trey Burton (12) Alexander Mattison (14) Daesean Hamilton (UD) Cole Beasley (UD)
Kyle Rudolph (13) Ito Smith (10) Marqise Lee (15) Donte Moncrief (UD)
Giovani Bernard (UD) Tyrell Williams (13) Devin Funchess (12)
CJ Anderson (UD) Robert Foster (16)
Randall Cobb (16)

Watch out for the final edition of this draft strategy series, where I will put this whole program to the test by running through a Mock Draft using the Roster Construction-based Rankings Program!


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