Thursday, August 11, 2022

Fantasy Football Half-PPR Mock: Full results, plus one manager who started his draft with four running backs

As you start your draft prep for the upcoming season in 0.5-PPR leagues, one question you have to ask yourself is what’s your approach at running back? Do you want to load up at the position? Or is running back something you don’t need to prioritize anymore?

We’ll take a look at two different strategies in our latest 12-team, 0.5-PPR mock draft. George Maselli, picking at No. 5 overall, started his team with four running backs in a row — Dalvin Cook, Saquon Barkley, James Conner and Ezekiel Elliott. 

He drafted his first receiver, Gabriel Davis, in Round 5, and his other starting receivers in this three-receiver league are Drake London and Russell Gage. He also has Julio Jones, Jarvis Landry and DeVante Parker on his bench. Jalen Hurts is his quarterback, and Cole Kmet is his tight end. And George has Alexander Mattison and Gus Edwards as reserve running backs.

No team in this league comes close to this running backs corps, and George doesn’t even need to start Elliott until the bye weeks if everyone is healthy. But his receiving corps is clearly weak, at least going into the season, and we’ll find out if that matters in this format.

I took a different approach from the No. 3 overall selection, starting my team with Austin Ekeler. But that was the lone running back on my roster until Round 8 when I selected Rhamondre Stevenson.

The strength of my team is at receiver with Mike Evans, Michael Pittman, Terry McLaurin, Marquise Brown and Adam Thielen. I don’t have to play Thielen until the bye weeks as long as everyone is healthy, and I’m thrilled with this roster construction, which also includes Russell Wilson at quarterback and Dalton Schultz at tight end.

Now, my running back corps is weak coming out of the draft, even with Stevenson as a starter, although he’s one of my favorite breakout candidates. He’ll likely need Damien Harris to miss time to be a consistent Fantasy option, but I don’t mind rotating guys at RB2 given the talent that I have at every other position.

My reserve running backs are Isaiah Spiller as a handcuff to Ekeler, Rachaad White, Tyrion Davis-Price and Brian Robinson. All of these rookies have lottery-ticket appeal, and I just need one of these running backs, including Stevenson, to prove trustworthy.

Study these two teams — and every roster in this league — to see what strategy works best for you. For George, it was a robust-RB approach, while I leaned into drafting receivers. Hey, maybe George and I can make a trade at some point during the season. 

In this league, all touchdowns are worth six points, and we award one point for every 10 yards rushing and receiving and one point for every 25 yards passing. We also award 0.5 points for every reception. We feature a starting lineup of QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, TE and FLEX (RB/WR/TE) with six reserves for a 14-round draft.

Our draft order is as follows:

1. R.J. White, Managing Editor, SportsLine and CBS Fantasy

2. Michael Pollex, CBS Sports Fantasy Player

3. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer

4. Meron Berkson, CBS Sports HQ Producer

5. George Maselli, Fantasy Editor

6. Robert Thomas, FFT Facebook Moderator

7. Jonathan Lazar, CBS Sports Fantasy Player

8. Chris Towers, Senior Editor, Fantasy Sports

9. Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer

10. Jack Capotorto, FFT/CBS Sports HQ Producer

11. Daniel Schneier, Fantasy Editor

12. Heath Cummings, Senior Fantasy Writer

Round By Round

Round 1
Pos Team Player
1 R.J. White J. Taylor RB IND
2 Michael Pollex C. McCaffrey RB CAR
3 Jamey Eisenberg A. Ekeler RB LAC
4 Meron Berkson C. Kupp WR LAR
5 George Maselli D. Cook RB MIN
6 Rob Thomas N. Harris RB PIT
7 Jonathan Lazar D. Henry RB TEN
8 Chris Towers J. Jefferson WR MIN
9 Dave Richard J. Mixon RB CIN
10 Jack Capotorto J. Chase WR CIN
11 Daniel Schneier T. Kelce TE KC
12 Heath Cummings A. Jones RB GB
Round 2
Pos Team Player
13 Heath Cummings M. Andrews TE BAL
14 Daniel Schneier D. Swift RB DET
15 Jack Capotorto S. Diggs WR BUF
16 Dave Richard A. Kamara RB NO
17 Chris Towers L. Fournette RB TB
18 Jonathan Lazar D. Adams WR LV
19 Rob Thomas N. Chubb RB CLE
20 George Maselli S. Barkley RB NYG
21 Meron Berkson C. Lamb WR DAL
22 Jamey Eisenberg M. Evans WR TB
23 Michael Pollex D. Samuel WR SF
24 R.J. White T. Hill WR MIA
Round 3
Pos Team Player
25 R.J. White K. Allen WR LAC
26 Michael Pollex A. Brown WR PHI
27 Jamey Eisenberg M. Pittman WR IND
28 Meron Berkson J. Williams RB DEN
29 George Maselli J. Conner RB ARI
30 Rob Thomas D. Montgomery RB CHI
31 Jonathan Lazar D. Moore WR CAR
32 Chris Towers D. Johnson WR PIT
33 Dave Richard M. Thomas WR NO
34 Jack Capotorto B. Hall RB NYJ
35 Daniel Schneier T. Higgins WR CIN
36 Heath Cummings B. Cooks WR HOU
Round 4
Pos Team Player
37 Heath Cummings M. Williams WR LAC
38 Daniel Schneier C. Sutton WR DEN
39 Jack Capotorto K. Pitts TE ATL
40 Dave Richard A. Robinson WR LAR
41 Chris Towers J. Allen QB BUF
42 Jonathan Lazar T. Etienne RB JAC
43 Rob Thomas J. Waddle WR MIA
44 George Maselli E. Elliott RB DAL
45 Meron Berkson C. Akers RB LAR
46 Jamey Eisenberg T. McLaurin WR WAS
47 Michael Pollex C. Godwin WR TB
48 R.J. White J. Dobbins RB BAL
Round 5
Pos Team Player
49 R.J. White G. Kittle TE SF
50 Michael Pollex D. Waller TE LV
51 Jamey Eisenberg M. Brown WR ARI
52 Meron Berkson D. Metcalf WR SEA
53 George Maselli G. Davis WR BUF
54 Rob Thomas J. Herbert QB LAC
55 Jonathan Lazar A. Gibson RB WAS
56 Chris Towers D. Mooney WR CHI
57 Dave Richard J. Jacobs RB LV
58 Jack Capotorto M. Sanders RB PHI
59 Daniel Schneier P. Mahomes QB KC
60 Heath Cummings L. Jackson QB BAL
Round 6
Pos Team Player
61 Heath Cummings E. Mitchell RB SF
62 Daniel Schneier A. Dillon RB GB
63 Jack Capotorto J. Jeudy WR DEN
64 Dave Richard R. Bateman WR BAL
65 Chris Towers A. Cooper WR CLE
66 Jonathan Lazar J. Smith-Schuster WR KC
67 Rob Thomas E. Moore WR NYJ
68 George Maselli J. Hurts QB PHI
69 Meron Berkson K. Hunt RB CLE
70 Jamey Eisenberg A. Thielen WR MIN
71 Michael Pollex C. Edwards-Helaire RB KC
72 R.J. White A. Lazard WR GB
Round 7
Pos Team Player
73 R.J. White C. Edmonds RB MIA
74 Michael Pollex T. Brady QB TB
75 Jamey Eisenberg D. Schultz TE DAL
76 Meron Berkson T. Burks WR TEN
77 George Maselli D. London WR ATL
78 Rob Thomas A. St. Brown WR DET
79 Jonathan Lazar K. Murray QB ARI
80 Chris Towers T. Pollard RB DAL
81 Dave Richard D. Hopkins WR ARI
82 Jack Capotorto D. Singletary RB BUF
83 Daniel Schneier K. Toney WR NYG
84 Heath Cummings D. Harris RB NE
Round 8
Pos Team Player
85 Heath Cummings R. Woods WR TEN
86 Daniel Schneier D. Smith WR PHI
87 Jack Capotorto R. Penny RB SEA
88 Dave Richard T. Hockenson TE DET
89 Chris Towers D. Goedert TE PHI
90 Jonathan Lazar C. Kirk WR JAC
91 Rob Thomas Z. Ertz TE ARI
92 George Maselli R. Gage WR TB
93 Meron Berkson H. Renfrow WR LV
94 Jamey Eisenberg R. Stevenson RB NE
95 Michael Pollex J. Cook RB BUF
96 R.J. White J. Robinson RB JAC
Round 9
Pos Team Player
97 R.J. White T. Lockett WR SEA
98 Michael Pollex K. Walker III RB SEA
99 Jamey Eisenberg R. Wilson QB DEN
100 Meron Berkson D. Prescott QB DAL
101 George Maselli A. Mattison RB MIN
102 Rob Thomas B. Aiyuk WR SF
103 Jonathan Lazar C. Patterson RB ATL
104 Chris Towers G. Wilson WR NYJ
105 Dave Richard S. Moore WR KC
106 Jack Capotorto K. Gainwell RB PHI
107 Daniel Schneier R. Jones RB KC
108 Heath Cummings D. Pierce RB HOU
Round 10
Pos Team Player
109 Heath Cummings T. Allgeier RB ATL
110 Daniel Schneier N. Hines RB IND
111 Jack Capotorto J. Burrow QB CIN
112 Dave Richard T. Lance QB SF
113 Chris Towers C. Olave WR NO
114 Jonathan Lazar P. Freiermuth TE PIT
115 Rob Thomas M. Gordon RB DEN
116 George Maselli D. Parker WR NE
117 Meron Berkson D. Henderson RB LAR
118 Jamey Eisenberg I. Spiller RB LAC
119 Michael Pollex K. Golladay WR NYG
120 R.J. White M. Gallup WR DAL
Round 11
Pos Team Player
121 R.J. White R. Mostert RB MIA
122 Michael Pollex G. Pickens WR PIT
123 Jamey Eisenberg R. White RB TB
124 Meron Berkson C. Claypool WR PIT
125 George Maselli J. Jones WR TB
126 Rob Thomas T. Boyd WR CIN
127 Jonathan Lazar M. Stafford QB LAR
128 Chris Towers J. Dotson WR WAS
129 Dave Richard M. Carter RB NYJ
130 Jack Capotorto C. Watson WR GB
131 Daniel Schneier M. Valdes-Scantling WR KC
132 Heath Cummings N. Collins WR HOU
Round 12
Pos Team Player
133 Heath Cummings J. Tolbert WR DAL
134 Daniel Schneier R. Moore WR ARI
135 Jack Capotorto J. Meyers WR NE
136 Dave Richard K. Cousins QB MIN
137 Chris Towers K. Osborn WR MIN
138 Jonathan Lazar M. Ingram RB NO
139 Rob Thomas D. Njoku TE CLE
140 George Maselli C. Kmet TE CHI
141 Meron Berkson A. Rodgers QB GB
142 Jamey Eisenberg T. Davis-Price RB SF
143 Michael Pollex D. Foreman RB CAR
144 R.J. White M. Mack RB HOU
Round 13
Pos Team Player
145 R.J. White D. Carr QB LV
146 Michael Pollex K. Herbert RB CHI
147 Jamey Eisenberg B. Robinson Jr. RB WAS
148 Meron Berkson M. Gesicki TE MIA
149 George Maselli J. Landry WR NO
150 Rob Thomas J. McKissic RB WAS
151 Jonathan Lazar D. Knox TE BUF
152 Chris Towers T. Sermon RB SF
153 Dave Richard I. McKenzie WR BUF
154 Jack Capotorto G. Everett TE LAC
155 Daniel Schneier D. Chark WR DET
156 Heath Cummings J. Williams WR DET
Round 14
Pos Team Player
157 Heath Cummings J. Fields QB CHI
158 Daniel Schneier R. Doubs WR GB
159 Jack Capotorto K. Hamler WR DEN
160 Dave Richard Z. White RB LV
161 Chris Towers S. Michel RB MIA
162 Jonathan Lazar R. Anderson WR CAR
163 Rob Thomas T. Tagovailoa QB MIA
164 George Maselli G. Edwards RB BAL
165 Meron Berkson I. Smith TE MIN
166 Jamey Eisenberg J. Palmer WR LAC
167 Michael Pollex I. Pacheco RB KC
168 R.J. White T. Lawrence QB JAC

Team by Team

R.J. White
Rd Pk Player
1 1 J. Taylor RB IND
2 24 T. Hill WR MIA
3 25 K. Allen WR LAC
4 48 J. Dobbins RB BAL
5 49 G. Kittle TE SF
6 72 A. Lazard WR GB
7 73 C. Edmonds RB MIA
8 96 J. Robinson RB JAC
9 97 T. Lockett WR SEA
10 120 M. Gallup WR DAL
11 121 R. Mostert RB MIA
12 144 M. Mack RB HOU
13 145 D. Carr QB LV
14 168 T. Lawrence QB JAC
Michael Pollex
Rd Pk Player
1 2 C. McCaffrey RB CAR
2 23 D. Samuel WR SF
3 26 A. Brown WR PHI
4 47 C. Godwin WR TB
5 50 D. Waller TE LV
6 71 C. Edwards-Helaire RB KC
7 74 T. Brady QB TB
8 95 J. Cook RB BUF
9 98 K. Walker III RB SEA
10 119 K. Golladay WR NYG
11 122 G. Pickens WR PIT
12 143 D. Foreman RB CAR
13 146 K. Herbert RB CHI
14 167 I. Pacheco RB KC
Jamey Eisenberg
Rd Pk Player
1 3 A. Ekeler RB LAC
2 22 M. Evans WR TB
3 27 M. Pittman WR IND
4 46 T. McLaurin WR WAS
5 51 M. Brown WR ARI
6 70 A. Thielen WR MIN
7 75 D. Schultz TE DAL
8 94 R. Stevenson RB NE
9 99 R. Wilson QB DEN
10 118 I. Spiller RB LAC
11 123 R. White RB TB
12 142 T. Davis-Price RB SF
13 147 B. Robinson Jr. RB WAS
14 166 J. Palmer WR LAC
Meron Berkson
Rd Pk Player
1 4 C. Kupp WR LAR
2 21 C. Lamb WR DAL
3 28 J. Williams RB DEN
4 45 C. Akers RB LAR
5 52 D. Metcalf WR SEA
6 69 K. Hunt RB CLE
7 76 T. Burks WR TEN
8 93 H. Renfrow WR LV
9 100 D. Prescott QB DAL
10 117 D. Henderson RB LAR
11 124 C. Claypool WR PIT
12 141 A. Rodgers QB GB
13 148 M. Gesicki TE MIA
14 165 I. Smith TE MIN
George Maselli
Rd Pk Player
1 5 D. Cook RB MIN
2 20 S. Barkley RB NYG
3 29 J. Conner RB ARI
4 44 E. Elliott RB DAL
5 53 G. Davis WR BUF
6 68 J. Hurts QB PHI
7 77 D. London WR ATL
8 92 R. Gage WR TB
9 101 A. Mattison RB MIN
10 116 D. Parker WR NE
11 125 J. Jones WR TB
12 140 C. Kmet TE CHI
13 149 J. Landry WR NO
14 164 G. Edwards RB BAL
Rob Thomas
Rd Pk Player
1 6 N. Harris RB PIT
2 19 N. Chubb RB CLE
3 30 D. Montgomery RB CHI
4 43 J. Waddle WR MIA
5 54 J. Herbert QB LAC
6 67 E. Moore WR NYJ
7 78 A. St. Brown WR DET
8 91 Z. Ertz TE ARI
9 102 B. Aiyuk WR SF
10 115 M. Gordon RB DEN
11 126 T. Boyd WR CIN
12 139 D. Njoku TE CLE
13 150 J. McKissic RB WAS
14 163 T. Tagovailoa QB MIA
Jonathan Lazar
Rd Pk Player
1 7 D. Henry RB TEN
2 18 D. Adams WR LV
3 31 D. Moore WR CAR
4 42 T. Etienne RB JAC
5 55 A. Gibson RB WAS
6 66 J. Smith-Schuster WR KC
7 79 K. Murray QB ARI
8 90 C. Kirk WR JAC
9 103 C. Patterson RB ATL
10 114 P. Freiermuth TE PIT
11 127 M. Stafford QB LAR
12 138 M. Ingram RB NO
13 151 D. Knox TE BUF
14 162 R. Anderson WR CAR
Chris Towers
Rd Pk Player
1 8 J. Jefferson WR MIN
2 17 L. Fournette RB TB
3 32 D. Johnson WR PIT
4 41 J. Allen QB BUF
5 56 D. Mooney WR CHI
6 65 A. Cooper WR CLE
7 80 T. Pollard RB DAL
8 89 D. Goedert TE PHI
9 104 G. Wilson WR NYJ
10 113 C. Olave WR NO
11 128 J. Dotson WR WAS
12 137 K. Osborn WR MIN
13 152 T. Sermon RB SF
14 161 S. Michel RB MIA
Dave Richard
Rd Pk Player
1 9 J. Mixon RB CIN
2 16 A. Kamara RB NO
3 33 M. Thomas WR NO
4 40 A. Robinson WR LAR
5 57 J. Jacobs RB LV
6 64 R. Bateman WR BAL
7 81 D. Hopkins WR ARI
8 88 T. Hockenson TE DET
9 105 S. Moore WR KC
10 112 T. Lance QB SF
11 129 M. Carter RB NYJ
12 136 K. Cousins QB MIN
13 153 I. McKenzie WR BUF
14 160 Z. White RB LV
Jack Capotorto
Rd Pk Player
1 10 J. Chase WR CIN
2 15 S. Diggs WR BUF
3 34 B. Hall RB NYJ
4 39 K. Pitts TE ATL
5 58 M. Sanders RB PHI
6 63 J. Jeudy WR DEN
7 82 D. Singletary RB BUF
8 87 R. Penny RB SEA
9 106 K. Gainwell RB PHI
10 111 J. Burrow QB CIN
11 130 C. Watson WR GB
12 135 J. Meyers WR NE
13 154 G. Everett TE LAC
14 159 K. Hamler WR DEN
Daniel Schneier
Rd Pk Player
1 11 T. Kelce TE KC
2 14 D. Swift RB DET
3 35 T. Higgins WR CIN
4 38 C. Sutton WR DEN
5 59 P. Mahomes QB KC
6 62 A. Dillon RB GB
7 83 K. Toney WR NYG
8 86 D. Smith WR PHI
9 107 R. Jones RB KC
10 110 N. Hines RB IND
11 131 M. Valdes-Scantling WR KC
12 134 R. Moore WR ARI
13 155 D. Chark WR DET
14 158 R. Doubs WR GB
Heath Cummings
Rd Pk Player
1 12 A. Jones RB GB
2 13 M. Andrews TE BAL
3 36 B. Cooks WR HOU
4 37 M. Williams WR LAC
5 60 L. Jackson QB BAL
6 61 E. Mitchell RB SF
7 84 D. Harris RB NE
8 85 R. Woods WR TEN
9 108 D. Pierce RB HOU
10 109 T. Allgeier RB ATL
11 132 N. Collins WR HOU
12 133 J. Tolbert WR DAL
13 156 J. Williams WR DET
14 157 J. Fields QB CHI

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