2022 Fantasy Football: How to draft from fourth overall pick in 0.5-PPR leagues, starting with Cooper Kupp

When the best player in fantasy football last season fell to you at No. 4, there’s no point in questioning it. Don’t put a gift horse in your mouth, as the saying goes — take Cooper Kupp. Granted, he probably won’t repeat last year’s historic production, but even a 10 percent drop across the board would still outpace every other wide receiver of at least the past decade — and that’s just because I haven’t looked back far.

There are some analysts who already have Justin Jefferson as the No. 1 wide receiver, but if I go anywhere after No. 3 in any other game outside of the PPR league, and Koop is on the board, he’s in my in the team. In our latest pick-by-one series, the choices after that are much more difficult.

The last time we did this practice, I was the fourth overall pick and I used my third-round pick to pick Tyreek Hill; this time, I took him on the second. And I’m not even sure I like his last value. What has changed? Well, after watching the Miami Heat’s offense in the preseason, I’m more optimistic about their offense, and this 0.5-PPR format makes me less worrisome about Hill’s catch total. He’ll get a lot of touches in Miami’s offense, and while he’ll be a little less explosive without Patrick Mahomes, he’ll still be generating a lot of yards on a regular basis.

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Here are the other members of my team number 4:

1.4: Cooper Cooper, WR, Rams
2.9: Tyreek Hill, WR, Dolphins
3.4: Josh Allen, QB, Beal
4.9: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Cowboys
5.4: DK Metcalfe, WR, Seahawks
6.9: Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, Lions
7.4: Devin Singletary, RB, Bills
8.9: Rhamondre Stevenson, RB, Patriots
9.4: Chris Olaf, WR, Saints
10.9: Isaiah McKenzie, WR, Beal
11.4: Albert Okwuegbunam, TE, Broncos
12.9: Romeo Dubs, WR, Packers
13.4: JD McKissic, RB, Commander
14.9: Eno Benjamin, RB, Cardinals
15.4: Velus Jones Jr., WR, Bears

The funny thing is, in our two draft series, I got Allen and Hill in the second and third rounds, I just reversed the order. And, like last time, I only had one running back in the first six picks. I don’t like Elliott as my RB1, especially considering Tyron Smith’s knee/hamstring injury, but Elliott still feels like a pretty high pick — in a running back that could come in the fourth or fifth round , probably doesn’t have anyone with a better chance of averaging 12-13 0.5-PPR points per game; he just probably doesn’t have a super realistic path to, say, 20 PPG.

But I think I make up for that with a good WR team, but also some really good complementary running backs. Devin Singletary’s use in the preseason suggests he can play a similar role to what he did at the end of last season as he dominated first-team representation with Allen; I don’t expect Singletary to average 17.5 0.5-PPR points, like He did in the last six games including the playoffs, but he should be a solid starter. Stevenson could work as a passing guard for the Patriots, and he could be more solid in addition to any rush work he can draw from Damien Harris. Between those three, I should have two good supports most weeks.

favorite choice

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Okwuegbunam has become my back tight end. Fantasy analysts were a little stunned when Okwuegbunam hit the fourth quarter in Game 2 of the preseason, but the Broncos said at the time it was just for him to learn a new role on offense, so they needed the rep , and then they sat down with the rest of the starters in Game 3 of the preseason. Okwuegbunam will have a good chance on this offense as the No. 3 option, and don’t be surprised if he’s regularly lined up at this position. Rookie Greg Dulcich will start the season on IR, which only gives me more confidence in Okwuegbunam.

choose me may regret

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I’m committed to picking a high-end quarterback in most of my leagues, and when I’m drafting with my QB-hating colleagues, that usually means Allen in the first few rounds. And there’s always the risk that Allen is just an average good player, not a near-30-point scorer, in which case I might regret making that kind of bet on him. I don’t think I will, his technique is too valuable, but if he ran a little less around the goal line it could have happened.

make or break player

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Over the past two seasons, Elliott has played better than he could possibly have gotten when he was healthy, but between last season’s knee injury and a calf problem in 2020, he’s been abysmal. Combine that with the potential loss of the Cowboys’ starting left tackle all season, and it could be a tough time for Elliott to thrive. I think it’s unlikely that Elliott will lose minutes to Tony Pollard, but a worse outcome could be that Elliott has been active all season, just not good enough to be worth starting, most of last season Time is like that.

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