A lot can change between now until Week 1, but that isn't holding us back from using all the information we have at our disposal to explore the possibilities for what a typical snake draft could look like later this summer. Not to be confused with the PPR experts draft, we also conducted a 14-man, standard format draft that will appear in the annual RotoWire Football magazine.
Full disclosure: Prior to drafting, I did a handful of mock drafts on ESPN in the days leading up to Wednesday's kickoff. However, in hindsight I don't feel as if that was time well spent. Drafting against this caliber of competition — which mostly included award-winning columnists and noted high-stakes fantasy players (I fit neither description) — the board fell much differently compared to the what I observed in those ESPN mocks with random people.
I nonetheless employed the only strategy I personally find intuitive: to have a very loose approach until Round 5 or 6 while simultaneously attempting to have one and only one of my RB or WR corps upside-minded (and the other safety-minded). That latter part is more of an ideal thing than anything else. But in any case, I just don't believe in the logic of bypassing the best player available in lieu of any sort of positional preference. At the same time, the perceived value of most remaining players relative to others seems significantly more subjective in later rounds than in the first few, where we're