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Postby cwebb » Wed Aug 21, 2002 11:18 am

Take a look at our articles, Point of View gives you a look at how drafts may go, and Cheat Sheets tell you our opinion on players...
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Draft Order for Yahoo

Postby DraftDodgers » Wed Aug 21, 2002 12:01 pm

Yahoo has a pre-draft feature which lets you create your own cheat sheet. If you are in an automated draft, or not present at a live draft, it chooses players in order from your cheat sheet, while also filling your starting positions first.

Let's stay you're into the Stud RB theory and want to draft two solid RBs in the first two rounds. Your league has 14 people, so in the first two rounds there will be 28 draft picks. Make your own cheat sheet, and start off by adding your top 28 (if you're paranoid) running backs to it. Realistically, some people will be drafting quaterbacks and wide receivers in the first two rounds so you could probably get away with listing 20-24 RBS easily enough.

Next, say you want WRs with your 3rd and 4th picks ... add a bunch of wide receivers to your list. Again, 20-24 would probably be more than sufficient, and having too many on your list will come in handy later (after your starting roster is filled, the computer will go back to the top of your cheat sheet and try to grab your highest players. You probably want those to be extra RBs and WRs).

If this is your first time, I'd advise a very conservative draft order. Strive to draft RB, RB, WR, WR, QB, TE, DT, PK. If your player rankings are decent (for example you don't rank Eddie George above Ahman Green or Drew Bledsoe above Daunte Culpepper, you will probably blow your competition out of the water in your very first outing.

CAUTION! The draft isn't the end of your fantasy season, it's the beginning. You're going to have some obvious holes to fill (one of your backups may have a bye the same week as your starter, you may have great depth at RB but none at WR, etc.) Don't panic! The first place to look for players is in the huge pool of players left over after the draft. Many excellent rookies like DeShaun Foster, T.J. Duckett, and Deion Branch probably won't even be drafted. Ditto some other decent players like Brian Finneran and Michael Westbrook or Larry Centers.

After the draft, the biggest danger you face is making bad trades. With your lack of experience, I advise coming here and posting any trade proposals you get, and letting these experienced guys help you judge the fairness of the deals. I have found in real life trading that even highly intelligent people are easily confused when trading multiple items. It may be easy to weigh a trade for the #10 RB vs. the #2 WR, but how about a deal that has 2 of your starters going for 1 better starter and 2 "will see some action" backups? Some bad trades may look very enticing. Take your time. If someone threatens to "deal their players elsewhere" if you don't make "a quick decision" they probably mean they're going to look for another sucker because you didn't take the bait.

If you're in a live draft, don't feel like you have to deviate from your draft order plan because some superstar like Warner or Moss still hasn't been taken. People who take Warner or Moss in the first round have to be ten times as good at this as the rest of us, because they have to draft RBs out of a rapidly draining pool. As stated elsewhere, the biggest factor in winning at fantasy football is how your players match up vs other players at the same positions. If 2 out of 3 of your RBs are superior to your opponent's RBs, and your QB is 2nd fiddle to their Warner, Garcia, or Manning, you are going to kick your butt every time you play them. Running backs have the quickest dropoff in talent and availability, whereas a guy like Drew Bledsoe may come out and post Warner type numbers. Also, drafting STud RB style, if your #1 point guy goes down, you still have a very solid team. If you grab Warner or Moss early, and one of them goes down, your all ready shaky team will fall off the planet and only win against those guys who draft DTs in the 1st rd.

Finally, take a look around on the net and make sure you are aware of the injury situations. I still see people drafting T Davis LOL :)
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Postby Ned » Wed Aug 21, 2002 9:14 pm

Speaking of T. Davis, it will be important for you to use the "exclude" feature that yahoo has if you are doing an automated draft. Basically you should have three columns, one with players in their default rankings (center), your list (right) and the list of players you absolutely don't want to draft (left).

By going through the default list and moving injured players like Davis and Jamir Miller into the excluded column you will make sure that you don't end up accidentally drafting them in late rounds because you decided not to specifically rank several hundred players (the computer basically puts your list at the top of the default list and works down from there).

Good Luck, and remember, the main thing is to have fun, so don't be afraid to trade or pick up players you would enjoy having on your team even if their value may not be as high as others (though if you want to stay out of the league cellar you might want to run it past this site before you do anything).
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