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Fantasy Football Mock Draft: How to Approach Pick 1.09 (2024)

The NFL season will be here faster than expected, and before that comes the all-important fantasy football drafting season! What better way to prepare for your fantasy football draft than completing FREE mocks with our fantasy football mock draft simulator?

This series will give you an overview of what you can expect to see no matter which first-round pick you draw. In what feels like a very strong first round in 2024, nailing your picks will be more important than ever.

Let’s dive into our approach for the fantasy football 1.09 pick for upcoming drafts. We look into the players likely to be available, those to target/avoid and a mock draft from the pick to help you prepare for your fantasy football league.

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Fantasy Football Draft Strategy: Pick 1.09

Players to Consider at 1.09 Fantasy Football Draft Pick

Here are players that are likely to be available when you make your selection:

Players to Target at 1.09 Fantasy Football Draft Pick

If available, you should target these fantasy football players at the 1.09 draft pick.

Breece Hall (RB – NYJ)

Despite playing with a miserable set of quarterbacks, running behind a horrible offensive line and coming off an ACL injury, Breece Hall led all running backs with 93 targets and was second in receptions with 74.

However, due to the ineptness of the Jets’ offense, Hall finished with only eight touchdowns, tied for 17th-most among the position. Thirty-six other running backs had more attempts inside the red zone than Hall did, and the Jets ranked fourth-worst in percentage of drives to end in points (26%). Even with an aged Aaron Rodgers, that should be better this year. Hall has the RB1 overall potential in his outlook.

Puka Nacua (WR – LAR)

Before this point in the draft, it might be too risky to draft Puka Nacua, but now, if you’re set on a wide receiver, Nacua remains the best option on the board. Nacua broke both the NFL rookie receiving yards and receptions records with 105 receptions and 1,486 receiving yards (fourth in the NFL). He also scored six touchdowns and had a 28.8% target share.

Nacua might be at risk of a healthy Cooper Kupp hoovering up more catches this year, or maybe the running game steals work from him now that they’ll have a better backup option in Blake Corum in case Kyren Williams goes down. Still, Nacua could also take a second-year leap, which wouldn’t be uncommon. If that happens he can be a true league-winner… again.

Players to Avoid at 1.09 Fantasy Football Draft Pick

Here are a few potential fantasy football draft landmines that you should avoid.

A.J. Brown (WR – PHI)

In a straight-up choice between Nacua and A.J. Brown, I lean Nacua every time. This past year was a tale of two halves for Brown, who scored 22.6 points per game in Weeks 1-9 before going off a cliff and scoring only 12.3 points per game for the rest of the season. Part of this can be attributed to the Eagles’ collapse in general and an injury to Jalen Hurts that we never heard any proper details about.

However, that didn’t seem to hinder DeVonta Smith. The former Heisman Trophy winner still returned reasonable value as the PPR WR13 over the second half of the year, scoring 3.2 points more per game than Brown despite seeing a 6% lower target share than Brown’s 31%. Smith continues to ascend and has shown he warrants plenty of targets, which, given his age, seems fair. At the 1.09, Nacua and Garrett Wilson are easier clicks.

Jahmyr Gibbs (RB – DET)

The Lions didn’t receive much praise for the perceived reach of Jahmyr Gibbs in the 2023 NFL Draft, but a little over a year later, it’s clear they made a good choice. Unfortunately for Gibbs, though, David Montgomery is still in Detroit and will be capping his upside for the near future.

The Lions continue to say they plan on running a committee between Montgomery and Gibbs in 2024, and it makes sense, given their abilities mesh well together. Montgomery led the backfield in touches last year with 17.3 per game to Gibbs’s 15.8. He also led the pair with 4.0 evaded tackles per game compared to Gibbs, who had 3.5.

Gibbs produced explosive runs, with a massive 8.88% big run rate, which dwarfed Montgomery’s 3.83%. Still, because the Lions preferred Montgomery at the goal line, it kept him very fantasy-relevant. Gibbs deserves to go around the end of the first round or early in the second, but not this high in drafts.

Roster Constructions to Consider at 1.09 Fantasy Football Draft Pick

When drafting from the 1.09, we are at the back end of a tier of top-talent players. While the ones coming afterward are also great players, there start to be a few questions about their ceiling outcomes. Wide receivers dry up very quickly in this year’s drafts. However you build in the first two rounds will dictate how you attack the rest of the draft.

If we select Hall then it’s best to consider a Hero RB approach and not take a second running back in round two (likely Saquon Barkley or Jonathan Taylor). By round three, the quality of our WR1s will be quite far behind the rest of our league. If you select a WR in round one, this year’s Average Draft Position (ADP) sets up nicely to wait until round four or later to take your first RB, with Zero RB very much the flavor of 2024.

Fantasy Football Mock Draft from the 1.09 Pick

We used our FREE fantasy football mock draft simulator to show you an example of a draft from the 1.09 position. You can sync your league for free and mock draft against your fantasy football league settings to prepare more specifically for your draft.

Here’s how our fantasy football mock draft from the 1.09 position turned out:

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