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Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor (28) carries the ball up field during the second half of an NFL football game against the Las Vegas Raiders, Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Last night Zach Ewing and myself completed a 10-team PPR fantasy football draft with you the listeners, and it was just as competitive as I imagined.

This league will be a battle all season, as the highest finishing listener will win a pair of tickets to Panthers at Saints on Jan. 8 courtesy of our friends at Caesars Sportsbook.

Let’s take a look at how the draft ended up, as we’ve got complete round-by-round results with my thoughts on the picks.

ROUND 1

1.1 (Zach) Jonathan Taylor

1.2 (Spencer) Christian McCaffrey

1.3 (Mark) Austin Ekeler

1.4 (Tommy F.) Cooper Kupp

1.5 (Nick) Derrick Henry

1.6 (Roy) Justin Jefferson

1.7 (Aaron) Ja’Marr Chase

1.8 (Tommy M.) Alvin Kamara

1.9 (Hunter) Najee Harris

1.10 (Horace) Dalvin Cook

No surprises here in the opening round, as I felt obliged to go chalk with McCaffrey even though his injury history makes me nervous. A trio of wide receivers flew off the board early and allowed elite running backs like Najee Harris and Dalvin Cook to slip.

Best value: Najee Harris (1.9)

Biggest reach: Cooper Kupp (1.4)

ROUND 2

2.1 (Horace) Davante Adams

2.2 (Hunter) Stefon Diggs

2.3 (Tommy M.) Javonte Williams

2.4 (Aaron) D’Andre Swift

2.5 (Roy) Travis Kelce

2.6 (Nick) Deebo Samuel

2.7 (Tommy F.) Joe Mixon

2.8 (Mark) Tyreek Hill

2.9 (Spencer) Saquon Barkley

2.10 (Zach) CeeDee Lamb

The second round saw several more wide receivers go off the board, which once again allowed some workhorse running backs to fall such as Joe Mixon and Saquon Barkley. I was also surprised that CeeDee Lamb went below more risky plays in Deebo Samuel and Tyreek Hill.

Best value: Joe Mixon (2.7)

Biggest reach: Deebo Samuel (2.6)

ROUND 3

3.1 (Zach) Mark Andrews

3.2 (Spencer) Michael Pittman

3.3 (Mark) Aaron Jones

3.4 (Tommy F.) Keenan Allen

3.5 (Nick) Mike Williams

3.6 (Roy) Leonard Fournette

3.7 (Aaron) James Conner

3.8 (Tommy M.) Kyle Pitts

3.9 (Hunter) Ezekiel Elliott

3.10 (Horace) Tee Higgins

I decided it was time to secure a wide receiver in Michael Pittman having already secured two running backs, although I must admit that Mark Andrews would’ve been nice (dang it, Zach). Kyle Pitts was also a nice value considering he’s set to join Kelce and Andrews in the elite tight end tier.

Best value: Kyle Pittts (3.8)

Biggest reach: Ezekiel Elliott (3.9)

ROUND 4

4.1 (Horace) Travis Etienne

4.2 (Hunter) D.J. Moore

4.3 (Tommy M.) Josh Allen

4.4 (Aaron) Mike Evans

4.5 (Roy) A.J. Brown

4.6 (Nick) J.K. Dobbins

4.7 (Tommy F.) Patrick Mahomes

4.8 (Mark) Terry McLaurin

4.9 (Spencer) Nick Chubb

4.10 (Zach) Breece Hall

The fourth round saw some studs plummet down the board such as A.J. Brown and Nick Chubb thanks to trendy youngsters such as Travis Etienne going earlier than expected as well as some quarterbacks. I made it a point to wait on a QB considering they only get four points for a passing touchdown.

Best value: Nick Chubb (4.9)

Biggest reach: Patrick Mahomes (4.7)

ROUND 5

5.1 (Zach) DK Metcalf

5.2 (Spencer) Diontae Johnson

5.3 (Mark) Justin Herbert

5.4 (Tommy F.) Jaylen Waddle

5.5 (Nick) George Kittle

5.6 (Roy) Marquise Brown

5.7 (Aaron) David Montgomery

5.8 (Tommy M.) Chris Godwin

5.9 (Hunter) Cam Akers

5.10 (Horace) Lamar Jackson

Zach took the plunge on DK Metcalf, which kicked off a run of risky pass catchers including my Diontae Johnson pick and Tommy’s Jaylen Waddle pick. I personally liked the Marquise Brown and David Montgomery picks considering the value in the middle of the fifth round.

Best value: David Montgomery (5.7)

Biggest reach: DK Metcalf (5.1)

ROUND 6

6.1 (Horace) Dameon Pierce

6.2 (Hunter) Tom Brady

6.3 (Tommy M.) Elijah Mitchell

6.4 (Aaron) Jerry Jeudy

6.5 (Roy) Courtland Sutton

6.6 (Nick) Gabe Davis

6.7 (Tommy F.) Josh Jacobs

6.8 (Mark) Darren Waller

6.9 (Spencer) Allen Robinson

6.10 (Zach) Brandin Cooks

There were several high-upside plays in this round, but none that I liked more than Uncle Big Nick’s Gabe Davis Davis pick. I was pleased with Allen Robinson though.

Best value: Gabe Davis (6.6)

Biggest reach: Dameon Pierce (6.1)

ROUND 7

7.1 (Zach) Joe Burrow

7.2 (Spencer) Dalton Schultz

7.3 (Mark) Clyde Edwards-Helaire

7.4 (Tommy F.) Amon-Ra St. Brown

7.5 (Nick) Hunter Renfrow

7.6 (Roy) Michael Thomas

7.7 (Aaron) Adam Thielen

7.8 (Tommy M.) Christian Kirk

7.9 (Hunter) Drake London

7.10 (Horace) T.J. Hockenson

This round was very meh in my opinion as far as talent, which is why I decided to lock down the tight end position with Dalton Schultz.

Best value: Dalton Schultz (7.2)

Biggest reach: Michael Thomas (7.6)

ROUND 8

8.1 (Horace) Devin Singletary

8.2 (Hunter) Tyler Lockett

8.3 (Tommy M.) Darnell Mooney

8.4 (Aaron) Russell Wilson

8.5 (Roy) Jalen Hurts

8.6 (Nick) Trey Lance

8.7 (Tommy F.) Amari Cooper

8.8 (Mark) Kareem Hunt

8.9 (Spencer) Rashod Bateman

8.10 (Zach) Antonio Gibson

This was the sweet spot to pick a quarterback I felt, so I was heated whenever Jalen Hurts was taken four picks in front of me. I was cool with Rashod Bateman though.

Best value: Jalen Hurts (8.5)

Biggest reach: Trey Lance (8.6)

ROUND 9

9.1 (Zach) JuJu Smith-Schuster

9.2 (Spencer) AJ Dillon

9.3 (Mark) DeVonta Smith

9.4 (Tommy F.) Zach Ertz

9.5 (Nick) Elijah Moore

9.6 (Roy) Rhamondre Stevenson

9.7 (Aaron) Tony Pollard

9.8 (Tommy M.) Chase Edmonds

9.9 (Hunter) Dallas Goedert

9.10 (Horace) Miles Sanders

Best value: AJ Dillon (9.2)

Biggest reach: Zach Ertz (9.4)

ROUND 10

10.1 (Horace) Chris Olave

10.2 (Hunter) Kyler Murray

10.3 (Tommy M.) Rashaad Penny

10.4 (Aaron) Dawson Knox

10.5 (Roy) Dak Prescott

10.6 (Nick) Damien Harris

10.7 (Tommy F.) Aaron Rodgers

10.8 (Mark) Evan McPherson

10.9 (Spencer) Brandon Aiyuk

10.10 (Zach) DeAndre Hopkins

Best value: Kyler Murray (10.2)

Biggest reach: Evan McPherson (10.8)

ROUND 11

11.1 (Zach) Michael Carter

11.2 (Spencer) Matthew Stafford

11.3 (Mark) Bills D/ST

11.4 (Tommy F.) Cordarrelle Patterson

11.5 (Nick) Allen Lazard

11.6 (Roy) James Cook

11.7 (Aaron) Robert Woods

11.8 (Tommy M.) Michael Gallup

11.9 (Hunter) Pat Freiermuth

11.10 (Horace) Skyy Moore

Best value: Allen Lazard (11.5)

Biggest reach: Bills D/ST (11.3)

ROUND 12

12.1 (Horace) Kenneth Gainwell

12.2 (Hunter) Raheem Mostert

12.3 (Tommy M.) Justin Tucker

12.4 (Aaron) Wil Lutz

12.5 (Roy) Kenneth Walker

12.6 (Nick) Marquez Valdes-Scantling

12.7 (Tommy F.) Mike Gesicki

12.8 (Mark) Melvin Gordon

12.9 (Spencer) Derek Carr

12.10 (Zach) Kadarius Toney

Best value: Kenneth Walker (12.5)

Biggest reach: Wil Lutz (12.4)

ROUND 13

13.1 (Zach) Alexander Mattison

13.2 (Spencer) Brian Robinson

13.3 (Mark) DJ Chark

13.4 (Tommy F.) Chase Claypool

13.5 (Nick) Packers D/ST

13.6 (Roy) Nyheim Hines

13.7 (Aaron) Jarvis Landry

13.8 (Tommy M.) J.D. McKissic

13.9 (Hunter) Garrett Wilson

13.10 (Horace) Kirk Cousins

Best value: Jarvis Landry (13.7)

Biggest reach: Packers D/ST (13.5)

ROUND 14

14.1 (Horace) Isiah Pacheco

14.2 (Hunter) Treylon Burks

14.3 (Tommy M.) George Pickens

14.4 (Aaron) Saints D/ST

14.5 (Roy) 49ers D/ST

14.6 (Nick) Hunter Henry

14.7 (Tommy F.) Ravens D/ST

14.8 (Mark) Matt Ryan

14.9 (Spencer) Cole Kmet

14.10 (Zach) Steelers D/ST

Best value: George Pickens (14.3)

Biggest reach: Steelers D/ST (14.10)

ROUND 15

15.1 (Zach) James Robinson

15.2 (Spencer) Colts D/ST

15.3 (Mark) Jakobi Meyers

15.4 (Tommy F.) Jamaal Williams

15.5 (Nick) Tyler Bass

15.6 (Roy) Harrison Butker

15.7 (Aaron) Darrell Henderson

15.8 (Tommy M.) Eagles D/ST

15.9 (Hunter) Cowboys D/ST

15.10 (Horace) Commanders D/ST

ROUND 16

16.1 (Horace) Brandon McManus

16.2 (Hunter) Matt Gay

16.3 (Tommy M.) Isaiah Likely

16.4 (Aaron) Kenny Golladay

16.5 (Roy) Zamir White

16.6 (Nick) Jaylen Warren

16.7 (Tommy F.) Daniel Carlson

16.8 (Mark) Khalil Herbert

16.9 (Spencer) Cade York

16.10 (Zach) Dustin Hopkins

Spencer ‘the Guru’ Urquhart (@spencertheguru) has been a fantasy football analyst since 2014, founding a community of over 6,000 followers on Instagram

Email Spencer Urquhart at surquhart@theadvocate.com.