2022 Fantasy Soccer: How one can draft from fourth general choose in 0.5-PPR leagues, beginning with Cooper Kupp

September 2, 2022

When the perfect participant in Fantasy Soccer final season falls to you with the No. 4 choose, there is no level in questioning it. Do not look a present horse within the mouth, because the saying goes — simply take Cooper Kupp. Certain, he could not repeat final yr’s historic manufacturing, however even a ten% across-the-board drop would nonetheless outscore each different huge receiver from at the least the previous decade — and that is solely as a result of I did not look farther again than that.

There are some analysts who’ve made the change to Justin Jefferson because the No. 1 huge receiver, but when I am selecting anyplace after No. 3 general in something aside from a straight non-PPR league, and Kupp is on the board, he is on my workforce. The alternatives after that in our newest pick-by-pick collection had been fairly a bit harder. 

The final time we did this train, I used to be additionally selecting fourth and I took Tyreek Hill with my third-round choose; this time, I took him within the second. And I wasn’t even certain if I liked his worth within the third final time. What modified? Properly, I am feeling much more optimistic about Miami’s offense after watching them in preseason, and this being a 0.5-PPR format makes my issues about Hill’s catch whole rather less regarding. He will get loads of touches in Miami’s offense, and whereas the explosive performs can be rather less plentiful with out Patrick Mahomes, he is nonetheless going to generate chunks of yardage often. 

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This is the remainder of my workforce from the No. 4 spot:

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

It is humorous, in each of our pick-by-pick collection, I ended up with Allen and Hill within the second and third rounds, I simply flipped the order. And, identical to final time, I solely had one operating again in my first six picks. I do not love Elliott as my RB1, particularly given Tyron Smith’s knee/hamstring damage, however Elliott nonetheless seems like a reasonably high-floor choose — amongst operating backs prone to be accessible within the fourth or fifth rounds, there in all probability is not anybody with a greater likelihood to common, say, 12-13 0.5-PPR factors per sport; he simply in all probability does not have an excellent sensible path to, say, 20 PPG. 

However I feel I made up for that with a wonderful WR corps, but in addition some very nice complementary operating backs. Devin Singletary’s preseason utilization suggests he might have the same position to the one he closed final season with, as he dominated first-team reps alongside Allen; I am not anticipating Singletary to common 17.5 0.5-PPR factors per sport like he did over the ultimate six video games, together with the playoffs, however he needs to be a strong starter. And Stevenson might be greater than strong because the potential pass-catching again for the Patriots, along with no matter speeding work he is capable of siphon off from Damien Harris. Between these three, I ought to have two good backs most weeks. 

Favourite choose

Okwuegbunam has turn out to be my go-to late-round tight finish. There was some consternation amongst Fantasy analysts when Okwuegbunam performed deep into the fourth quarter within the second preseason sport, however the Broncos stated on the time it was nearly getting him wanted reps as he was studying a brand new position within the offense, after which they proceeded to take a seat him together with the remainder of the starters within the third preseason sport. Okwuegbunam goes to have an enormous alternative on this offense because the No. 3 possibility, and do not be stunned if he is lining up out within the slot often. Rookie Greg Dulcich is on IR to open the season, which solely makes me extra assured in Okwuegbunam.

Decide I’d remorse


I am dedicated to taking one of many high-end quarterbacks in most of my leagues, and after I’m drafting with my QB-hating colleagues, that often means Allen within the first few rounds. And there is all the time the danger that Allen is simply run-of-the-mill good fairly than a near-30-PPG scorer, wherein case I’d remorse making this type of wager on him. I do not suppose I’ll, his talent set is just too beneficial, but when he runs only a bit much less close to the objective line, it might occur. 

Make or break participant


Elliott has been higher than he in all probability will get credit score for when wholesome the previous two seasons, however between a nagging knee damage final season and a calf problem in 20220, he is been enjoying hobbled an terrible lot. Add within the lack of the Cowboys’ beginning left deal with for what might be the entire season, and this could be a troublesome spot for Elliott to thrive in. I do not suppose there’s a lot sensible likelihood of Elliott shedding enjoying time to Tony Pollard, however the worse consequence could be that Elliott is lively all season and simply is not ok to be price beginning, as was true for a lot of final season.