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The No. 6 pick in full PPR is a place where people can legitimately debate between three different positions. In non-PPR or 0.5 PPR, you should probably just take a running back. That's in part because of positional scarcity, but also because the best running backs outscore the best receivers in this format, even if it's not as striking as it is when catches don't count for anything. 

The middle of the draft is also an ideal place to build a balanced roster, and to take advantage of players who fall past their ADP. With a pick close to once every 12 picks, you're at far less risk of missing a run at any one position, so you can search out value and feel free to reach less than you may have to at the end. That doesn't mean you shouldn't "get your guys." You definitely should, but you can just be a bit more strategic about it.

Here's my team from No. 6 overall

1.6 Aaron Jones, RB, GB
2.7 A.J. Brown, WR, TEN
3.6 Keenan Allen, WR, LAC
4.7 Josh Jacobs, RB, LV
5.6 Dak Prescott, QB, DAL
6.7 Chase Edmonds, RB, ARI
7.6 D.J. Chark, WR, JAC
8.7 Antonio Brown, WR, TB
9.6 Noah Fant, TE, DEN
10.7 Michael Gallup, WR, DAL
11.6 Alexander Mattison, RB, MIN
12.7 Jakobi Meyers, WR, NE
13.6 Darrynton Evans, RB, TEN
14.7 Rob Gronkowski, TE, TB
15.6 Byron Pringle, WR, KC

While the A.J. Brown pick was definitely a "get your guy" pick, the rest of the draft was definitely about value, at least according to my rankings. We'll talk about Jacobs, Prescott, and Fant below, but Edmonds, Chark, and Antonio Brown were three picks in a row where I landed a player one round after I would have been happy selecting them. None of the three have a particularly high floor, but their ceiling is obvious. And the ceiling is what you can shoot for when you've already secured solid starters at five positions.

Speaking of the ceiling, you'll notice a couple of backup running backs that are not my own in the double-digit rounds. There's far more ceiling having someone else's backup than a runner on your own team If Dalvin Cook or Derrick Henry go down, I might have someone pushing Jacobs into a flex spot. I'm not sure how much ceiling Rob Gronkowski has, but I would like to secure a second tight end if I don't draft one of the top four. Darren Waller and Logan Thomas have shown us the past two seasons how valuable a tight end boom from the end of the draft can be.

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Favorite Pick
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DEN Denver • #87
Age: 23 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Fantasy Breakdown (PPR)
OVERALL RNK
102nd
TE RNK
8th
PROJ PTS
162.1
SOS
31
ADP
88
2020 Stats
REC
62
TAR
93
REYDS
673
TD
3
FPTS/G
10
It might seem odd that I drafted a backup tight end, and Fant was my favorite pick. That's because there's a lot of hidden upside in Fant. In 12 healthy games last year with a quarterback (remember the Kendall Hinton game?), Fant averaged 11.5 PPR Fantasy points per game. That would have been TE5 in 2020. Considering he's still just 23 years old, he had terrible touchdown luck last year and he's almost certain to get better quarterback play in 2021,those numbers shouldn't be considered anywhere close to Fant's ceiling.
Pick I Might Regret
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DAL Dallas • #4
Age: 28 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Fantasy Breakdown (PPR)
OVERALL RNK
56th
QB RNK
5th
PROJ PTS
397.6
SOS
17
ADP
36
2020 Stats
PAYDS
1856
RUYDS
93
TD
13
INT
4
FPTS/G
30.7
In fairness, I drafted Prescott before the shoulder injury. So that's one way I could definitely regret this pick. But also, Russell Wilson came back around to me in Round 6, which I didn't anticipate. The combination of Etienne and Wilson may be better than Prescott and Edmonds. Especially if Prescott isn't 100% or Etienne becomes a feature back at some point in the year.
Make or Break Pick
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LV Las Vegas • #28
Age: 23 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Fantasy Breakdown (PPR)
OVERALL RNK
44th
RB RNK
20th
PROJ PTS
205.1
SOS
13
ADP
37
2020 Stats
RUYDS
1065
REC
33
REYDS
238
TD
12
FPTS/G
15.4
The addition of Kenyan Drake has a lot of people very worried about Jacobs, and I get it. But Jacobs has shared for most of his career and he's been a pretty reliable high-end RB2 with weekly RB1-upside. If that continues, I probably have a pair of top-15 running backs to go along with my top-five quarterback and top-10 receivers. That's a contender. But if Jacobs splits 50-50 with Drake and Edmonds remains in something close to his past role, I have a real problem at running back.