Big Board Showdown Draft Strategy Guide

Welcome to the Big Board Showdown! Seven Rounds. One Champion. We’re going to opening up leagues to everyone soon, but in the meantime we need to get prepped for the 2021 NFL Draft!

This year is going to look a little different than last year. The 2021 version of Big Board Showdown will feature a salary cap. You will have 259 💰 to spend on creating your roster of 12 players - 2 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, 1 TE, 1 OL and 4 DEF.

This season, unlike last year, you can pick ANY player you would like …… so long as you fit all 12 players into your budget.

So how are YOU going to fill your squads? The strategy is all up to you, but we can help out a little bit. Below is our position by position draft guide.

Draft Guides by Position and Mock Draft

Quarterback / Running Back / Wide Receiver / Tight End

Offensive Line / Defense / Mock Draft 4.0

Overall Draft Strategy

Ok, now that you’ve read 20,000 words on every prospect in Big Board Showdown I’m sure you’re ready to pick your squad. But if you still need a little bit more help, here is how I’m personally attacking the Big Board……


There’s no doubt that you need one of the top five QBs on your team. Spending money on grabbing two of the top five doesn’t make sense within the context of the Big Board Showdown salary cap. So which one should you take?

There are two locks to go in the top 5 of the draft, thereby earning you 20 points: Trevor Lawrence and Zach Wilson. Wilson is two dollars cheaper so I would go with him. If you want to save a little bit more money on your QB1 then going for Mac Jones, Justin Fields or Trey Lance is a fine decision, but choose wisely. 

In some ways this decision comes down to who you believe the 49ers will select at No. 3 overall. If you choose correctly you’ll be saving some money and still getting 20 points. 

For the second QB slot I’m trying to target a QB who may go earlier than we expect. Kellen Mond is someone who is relatively inexpensive and could end up as a second round pick. Jamie Newman would also be nice pick here.

Running Back

Running back is a position that I’m targeting middle round prospects who could make their way into the second or third rounds., Instead of spending all of your 💰 on Najee Harris or Travis Etienne, I would rather pick players like Michael Carter, Khalil Herbert, Demetric Felton or Jaret Patterson. I don’t want to go with complete bargain picks here, but spending 40-50 total 💰 on your two running backs is a good idea.

Wide Receiver

If you think that Ja’Marr Chase is going to go No. 5 overall to the Cincinnati Bengals then I think it’s worth paying the price and grabbing him with one of your two wide receiver spots. If you think he’ll drop past the Bengals, then I may go a different direction.

There’s a ton of wide receivers who are likely to be drafted in the first two rounds. You could pass on Chase and grab two of Rashod Bateman, Terrace Marshall Jr., Elijah Moore, Amon-Ra St. Brown, Tylan Wallace or Dyami Brown. I like that strategy as well.

Personally I believe Chase is going to go to Cincy and I would rather bank those 20 points and grab someone like Anthony Schwartz (who could end up as a second round pick) with my other receiver spot.

Tight End

Another boom or bargain position here. If you believe Kyle Pitts will be a Top 5 pick, it may be worth it to grab him here and then spend less money at wide receiver or running back. Pitts is in play to be taken at No. 4 or No. 5 overall. 

If you choose to pass on Pitts, I’m inclined to spend less 💰 here and spread it around to other positions. That doesn’t mean I want to take cheapest option on the board, but I would target someone like Ben Mason or Tre’ McKitty who are likely to be fourth or fifth round picks.

Offensive Line

If you believe Penei Sewell or Rashawn Slater will be a top 5 pick then I would be interested in grabbing one of them and spending less of my budget on defensive selections. If Sewell or Slater don’t go in the top five, I would pass on them and take another lineman who could be a first round pick.

Players I like here: Samuel Cosmi, Teven Jenkins, Liam Eichenberg or Landon Dickerson.


I personally like the idea of spending part of my budget on one defensive player who is likely to go in the top 20 of the 2021 draft. I wouldn’t spend my budget on the most expensive options like Caleb Farley, Patrick Surtain II or Micah Parsons. Instead I would target a player like Jaelan Phillips or Greg Newsome II who could be just as valuable. 

Once I lock in my top defender, I’m probably looking to fill my budget with mid round prospects who could potentially end up as Round 2 or 3 picks. 

Players I like here: Levi Onwuzurike, Nick Bolton, Eric Stokes, Richie Grant and Tyler Shelvin.

Hopefully this guide will be helpful for you as you create your own strategy and path to victory. Enjoy Big Board Showdown and the 2021 NFL Draft. Make sure to finalize your picks before April 29th and good luck!