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As you start your draft prep for the upcoming season in 0.5-PPR leagues, one question you have to ask yourself is what's your approach at running back? Do you want to load up at the position? Or is running back something you don't need to prioritize anymore?

We'll take a look at two different strategies in our latest 12-team, 0.5-PPR mock draft. George Maselli, picking at No. 5 overall, started his team with four running backs in a row -- Dalvin Cook, Saquon Barkley, James Conner and Ezekiel Elliott. 

He drafted his first receiver, Gabriel Davis, in Round 5, and his other starting receivers in this three-receiver league are Drake London and Russell Gage. He also has Julio Jones, Jarvis Landry and DeVante Parker on his bench. Jalen Hurts is his quarterback, and Cole Kmet is his tight end. And George has Alexander Mattison and Gus Edwards as reserve running backs.

No team in this league comes close to this running backs corps, and George doesn't even need to start Elliott until the bye weeks if everyone is healthy. But his receiving corps is clearly weak, at least going into the season, and we'll find out if that matters in this format.

I took a different approach from the No. 3 overall selection, starting my team with Austin Ekeler. But that was the lone running back on my roster until Round 8 when I selected Rhamondre Stevenson.

The strength of my team is at receiver with Mike Evans, Michael Pittman, Terry McLaurin, Marquise Brown and Adam Thielen. I don't have to play Thielen until the bye weeks as long as everyone is healthy, and I'm thrilled with this roster construction, which also includes Russell Wilson at quarterback and Dalton Schultz at tight end.

Now, my running back corps is weak coming out of the draft, even with Stevenson as a starter, although he's one of my favorite breakout candidates. He'll likely need Damien Harris to miss time to be a consistent Fantasy option, but I don't mind rotating guys at RB2 given the talent that I have at every other position.

My reserve running backs are Isaiah Spiller as a handcuff to Ekeler, Rachaad White, Tyrion Davis-Price and Brian Robinson. All of these rookies have lottery-ticket appeal, and I just need one of these running backs, including Stevenson, to prove trustworthy.

Study these two teams -- and every roster in this league -- to see what strategy works best for you. For George, it was a robust-RB approach, while I leaned into drafting receivers. Hey, maybe George and I can make a trade at some point during the season. 

In this league, all touchdowns are worth six points, and we award one point for every 10 yards rushing and receiving and one point for every 25 yards passing. We also award 0.5 points for every reception. We feature a starting lineup of QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, TE and FLEX (RB/WR/TE) with six reserves for a 14-round draft.

Our draft order is as follows:

1. R.J. White, Managing Editor, SportsLine and CBS Fantasy
2. Michael Pollex, CBS Sports Fantasy Player
3. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer
4. Meron Berkson, CBS Sports HQ Producer
5. George Maselli, Fantasy Editor
6. Robert Thomas, FFT Facebook Moderator
7. Jonathan Lazar, CBS Sports Fantasy Player
8. Chris Towers, Senior Editor, Fantasy Sports
9. Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer
10. Jack Capotorto, FFT/CBS Sports HQ Producer
11. Daniel Schneier, Fantasy Editor
12. Heath Cummings, Senior Fantasy Writer

Round By Round
Round 1
PosTeamPlayer
1R.J. WhiteJ. TaylorRB IND
2Michael PollexC. McCaffreyRB CAR
3Jamey EisenbergA. EkelerRB LAC
4Meron BerksonC. KuppWR LAR
5George MaselliD. CookRB MIN
6Rob ThomasN. HarrisRB PIT
7Jonathan LazarD. HenryRB TEN
8Chris TowersJ. JeffersonWR MIN
9Dave RichardJ. MixonRB CIN
10Jack CapotortoJ. ChaseWR CIN
11Daniel SchneierT. KelceTE KC
12Heath CummingsA. JonesRB GB
Round 2
PosTeamPlayer
13Heath CummingsM. AndrewsTE BAL
14Daniel SchneierD. SwiftRB DET
15Jack CapotortoS. DiggsWR BUF
16Dave RichardA. KamaraRB NO
17Chris TowersL. FournetteRB TB
18Jonathan LazarD. AdamsWR LV
19Rob ThomasN. ChubbRB CLE
20George MaselliS. BarkleyRB NYG
21Meron BerksonC. LambWR DAL
22Jamey EisenbergM. EvansWR TB
23Michael PollexD. SamuelWR SF
24R.J. WhiteT. HillWR MIA
Round 3
PosTeamPlayer
25R.J. WhiteK. AllenWR LAC
26Michael PollexA. BrownWR PHI
27Jamey EisenbergM. PittmanWR IND
28Meron BerksonJ. WilliamsRB DEN
29George MaselliJ. ConnerRB ARI
30Rob ThomasD. MontgomeryRB CHI
31Jonathan LazarD. MooreWR CAR
32Chris TowersD. JohnsonWR PIT
33Dave RichardM. ThomasWR NO
34Jack CapotortoB. HallRB NYJ
35Daniel SchneierT. HigginsWR CIN
36Heath CummingsB. CooksWR HOU
Round 4
PosTeamPlayer
37Heath CummingsM. WilliamsWR LAC
38Daniel SchneierC. SuttonWR DEN
39Jack CapotortoK. PittsTE ATL
40Dave RichardA. RobinsonWR LAR
41Chris TowersJ. AllenQB BUF
42Jonathan LazarT. EtienneRB JAC
43Rob ThomasJ. WaddleWR MIA
44George MaselliE. ElliottRB DAL
45Meron BerksonC. AkersRB LAR
46Jamey EisenbergT. McLaurinWR WAS
47Michael PollexC. GodwinWR TB
48R.J. WhiteJ. DobbinsRB BAL
Round 5
PosTeamPlayer
49R.J. WhiteG. KittleTE SF
50Michael PollexD. WallerTE LV
51Jamey EisenbergM. BrownWR ARI
52Meron BerksonD. MetcalfWR SEA
53George MaselliG. DavisWR BUF
54Rob ThomasJ. HerbertQB LAC
55Jonathan LazarA. GibsonRB WAS
56Chris TowersD. MooneyWR CHI
57Dave RichardJ. JacobsRB LV
58Jack CapotortoM. SandersRB PHI
59Daniel SchneierP. MahomesQB KC
60Heath CummingsL. JacksonQB BAL
Round 6
PosTeamPlayer
61Heath CummingsE. MitchellRB SF
62Daniel SchneierA. DillonRB GB
63Jack CapotortoJ. JeudyWR DEN
64Dave RichardR. BatemanWR BAL
65Chris TowersA. CooperWR CLE
66Jonathan LazarJ. Smith-SchusterWR KC
67Rob ThomasE. MooreWR NYJ
68George MaselliJ. HurtsQB PHI
69Meron BerksonK. HuntRB CLE
70Jamey EisenbergA. ThielenWR MIN
71Michael PollexC. Edwards-HelaireRB KC
72R.J. WhiteA. LazardWR GB
Round 7
PosTeamPlayer
73R.J. WhiteC. EdmondsRB MIA
74Michael PollexT. BradyQB TB
75Jamey EisenbergD. SchultzTE DAL
76Meron BerksonT. BurksWR TEN
77George MaselliD. LondonWR ATL
78Rob ThomasA. St. BrownWR DET
79Jonathan LazarK. MurrayQB ARI
80Chris TowersT. PollardRB DAL
81Dave RichardD. HopkinsWR ARI
82Jack CapotortoD. SingletaryRB BUF
83Daniel SchneierK. ToneyWR NYG
84Heath CummingsD. HarrisRB NE
Round 8
PosTeamPlayer
85Heath CummingsR. WoodsWR TEN
86Daniel SchneierD. SmithWR PHI
87Jack CapotortoR. PennyRB SEA
88Dave RichardT. HockensonTE DET
89Chris TowersD. GoedertTE PHI
90Jonathan LazarC. KirkWR JAC
91Rob ThomasZ. ErtzTE ARI
92George MaselliR. GageWR TB
93Meron BerksonH. RenfrowWR LV
94Jamey EisenbergR. StevensonRB NE
95Michael PollexJ. CookRB BUF
96R.J. WhiteJ. RobinsonRB JAC
Round 9
PosTeamPlayer
97R.J. WhiteT. LockettWR SEA
98Michael PollexK. Walker IIIRB SEA
99Jamey EisenbergR. WilsonQB DEN
100Meron BerksonD. PrescottQB DAL
101George MaselliA. MattisonRB MIN
102Rob ThomasB. AiyukWR SF
103Jonathan LazarC. PattersonRB ATL
104Chris TowersG. WilsonWR NYJ
105Dave RichardS. MooreWR KC
106Jack CapotortoK. GainwellRB PHI
107Daniel SchneierR. JonesRB KC
108Heath CummingsD. PierceRB HOU
Round 10
PosTeamPlayer
109Heath CummingsT. AllgeierRB ATL
110Daniel SchneierN. HinesRB IND
111Jack CapotortoJ. BurrowQB CIN
112Dave RichardT. LanceQB SF
113Chris TowersC. OlaveWR NO
114Jonathan LazarP. FreiermuthTE PIT
115Rob ThomasM. GordonRB DEN
116George MaselliD. ParkerWR NE
117Meron BerksonD. HendersonRB LAR
118Jamey EisenbergI. SpillerRB LAC
119Michael PollexK. GolladayWR NYG
120R.J. WhiteM. GallupWR DAL
Round 11
PosTeamPlayer
121R.J. WhiteR. MostertRB MIA
122Michael PollexG. PickensWR PIT
123Jamey EisenbergR. WhiteRB TB
124Meron BerksonC. ClaypoolWR PIT
125George MaselliJ. JonesWR TB
126Rob ThomasT. BoydWR CIN
127Jonathan LazarM. StaffordQB LAR
128Chris TowersJ. DotsonWR WAS
129Dave RichardM. CarterRB NYJ
130Jack CapotortoC. WatsonWR GB
131Daniel SchneierM. Valdes-ScantlingWR KC
132Heath CummingsN. CollinsWR HOU
Round 12
PosTeamPlayer
133Heath CummingsJ. TolbertWR DAL
134Daniel SchneierR. MooreWR ARI
135Jack CapotortoJ. MeyersWR NE
136Dave RichardK. CousinsQB MIN
137Chris TowersK. OsbornWR MIN
138Jonathan LazarM. IngramRB NO
139Rob ThomasD. NjokuTE CLE
140George MaselliC. KmetTE CHI
141Meron BerksonA. RodgersQB GB
142Jamey EisenbergT. Davis-PriceRB SF
143Michael PollexD. ForemanRB CAR
144R.J. WhiteM. MackRB HOU
Round 13
PosTeamPlayer
145R.J. WhiteD. CarrQB LV
146Michael PollexK. HerbertRB CHI
147Jamey EisenbergB. Robinson Jr.RB WAS
148Meron BerksonM. GesickiTE MIA
149George MaselliJ. LandryWR NO
150Rob ThomasJ. McKissicRB WAS
151Jonathan LazarD. KnoxTE BUF
152Chris TowersT. SermonRB SF
153Dave RichardI. McKenzieWR BUF
154Jack CapotortoG. EverettTE LAC
155Daniel SchneierD. CharkWR DET
156Heath CummingsJ. WilliamsWR DET
Round 14
PosTeamPlayer
157Heath CummingsJ. FieldsQB CHI
158Daniel SchneierR. DoubsWR GB
159Jack CapotortoK. HamlerWR DEN
160Dave RichardZ. WhiteRB LV
161Chris TowersS. MichelRB MIA
162Jonathan LazarR. AndersonWR CAR
163Rob ThomasT. TagovailoaQB MIA
164George MaselliG. EdwardsRB BAL
165Meron BerksonI. SmithTE MIN
166Jamey EisenbergJ. PalmerWR LAC
167Michael PollexI. PachecoRB KC
168R.J. WhiteT. LawrenceQB JAC
Team by Team
R.J. White
RdPkPlayer
11J. TaylorRB IND
224T. HillWR MIA
325K. AllenWR LAC
448J. DobbinsRB BAL
549G. KittleTE SF
672A. LazardWR GB
773C. EdmondsRB MIA
896J. RobinsonRB JAC
997T. LockettWR SEA
10120M. GallupWR DAL
11121R. MostertRB MIA
12144M. MackRB HOU
13145D. CarrQB LV
14168T. LawrenceQB JAC
Michael Pollex
RdPkPlayer
12C. McCaffreyRB CAR
223D. SamuelWR SF
326A. BrownWR PHI
447C. GodwinWR TB
550D. WallerTE LV
671C. Edwards-HelaireRB KC
774T. BradyQB TB
895J. CookRB BUF
998K. Walker IIIRB SEA
10119K. GolladayWR NYG
11122G. PickensWR PIT
12143D. ForemanRB CAR
13146K. HerbertRB CHI
14167I. PachecoRB KC
Jamey Eisenberg
RdPkPlayer
13A. EkelerRB LAC
222M. EvansWR TB
327M. PittmanWR IND
446T. McLaurinWR WAS
551M. BrownWR ARI
670A. ThielenWR MIN
775D. SchultzTE DAL
894R. StevensonRB NE
999R. WilsonQB DEN
10118I. SpillerRB LAC
11123R. WhiteRB TB
12142T. Davis-PriceRB SF
13147B. Robinson Jr.RB WAS
14166J. PalmerWR LAC
Meron Berkson
RdPkPlayer
14C. KuppWR LAR
221C. LambWR DAL
328J. WilliamsRB DEN
445C. AkersRB LAR
552D. MetcalfWR SEA
669K. HuntRB CLE
776T. BurksWR TEN
893H. RenfrowWR LV
9100D. PrescottQB DAL
10117D. HendersonRB LAR
11124C. ClaypoolWR PIT
12141A. RodgersQB GB
13148M. GesickiTE MIA
14165I. SmithTE MIN
George Maselli
RdPkPlayer
15D. CookRB MIN
220S. BarkleyRB NYG
329J. ConnerRB ARI
444E. ElliottRB DAL
553G. DavisWR BUF
668J. HurtsQB PHI
777D. LondonWR ATL
892R. GageWR TB
9101A. MattisonRB MIN
10116D. ParkerWR NE
11125J. JonesWR TB
12140C. KmetTE CHI
13149J. LandryWR NO
14164G. EdwardsRB BAL
Rob Thomas
RdPkPlayer
16N. HarrisRB PIT
219N. ChubbRB CLE
330D. MontgomeryRB CHI
443J. WaddleWR MIA
554J. HerbertQB LAC
667E. MooreWR NYJ
778A. St. BrownWR DET
891Z. ErtzTE ARI
9102B. AiyukWR SF
10115M. GordonRB DEN
11126T. BoydWR CIN
12139D. NjokuTE CLE
13150J. McKissicRB WAS
14163T. TagovailoaQB MIA
Jonathan Lazar
RdPkPlayer
17D. HenryRB TEN
218D. AdamsWR LV
331D. MooreWR CAR
442T. EtienneRB JAC
555A. GibsonRB WAS
666J. Smith-SchusterWR KC
779K. MurrayQB ARI
890C. KirkWR JAC
9103C. PattersonRB ATL
10114P. FreiermuthTE PIT
11127M. StaffordQB LAR
12138M. IngramRB NO
13151D. KnoxTE BUF
14162R. AndersonWR CAR
Chris Towers
RdPkPlayer
18J. JeffersonWR MIN
217L. FournetteRB TB
332D. JohnsonWR PIT
441J. AllenQB BUF
556D. MooneyWR CHI
665A. CooperWR CLE
780T. PollardRB DAL
889D. GoedertTE PHI
9104G. WilsonWR NYJ
10113C. OlaveWR NO
11128J. DotsonWR WAS
12137K. OsbornWR MIN
13152T. SermonRB SF
14161S. MichelRB MIA
Dave Richard
RdPkPlayer
19J. MixonRB CIN
216A. KamaraRB NO
333M. ThomasWR NO
440A. RobinsonWR LAR
557J. JacobsRB LV
664R. BatemanWR BAL
781D. HopkinsWR ARI
888T. HockensonTE DET
9105S. MooreWR KC
10112T. LanceQB SF
11129M. CarterRB NYJ
12136K. CousinsQB MIN
13153I. McKenzieWR BUF
14160Z. WhiteRB LV
Jack Capotorto
RdPkPlayer
110J. ChaseWR CIN
215S. DiggsWR BUF
334B. HallRB NYJ
439K. PittsTE ATL
558M. SandersRB PHI
663J. JeudyWR DEN
782D. SingletaryRB BUF
887R. PennyRB SEA
9106K. GainwellRB PHI
10111J. BurrowQB CIN
11130C. WatsonWR GB
12135J. MeyersWR NE
13154G. EverettTE LAC
14159K. HamlerWR DEN
Daniel Schneier
RdPkPlayer
111T. KelceTE KC
214D. SwiftRB DET
335T. HigginsWR CIN
438C. SuttonWR DEN
559P. MahomesQB KC
662A. DillonRB GB
783K. ToneyWR NYG
886D. SmithWR PHI
9107R. JonesRB KC
10110N. HinesRB IND
11131M. Valdes-ScantlingWR KC
12134R. MooreWR ARI
13155D. CharkWR DET
14158R. DoubsWR GB
Heath Cummings
RdPkPlayer
112A. JonesRB GB
213M. AndrewsTE BAL
336B. CooksWR HOU
437M. WilliamsWR LAC
560L. JacksonQB BAL
661E. MitchellRB SF
784D. HarrisRB NE
885R. WoodsWR TEN
9108D. PierceRB HOU
10109T. AllgeierRB ATL
11132N. CollinsWR HOU
12133J. TolbertWR DAL
13156J. WilliamsWR DET
14157J. FieldsQB CHI