I don’t care if you are in 100 expert leagues, the one you want to absolutely crush is still that first “home” league you joined with your local friends and family. No one wants to come into the office after a close loss to your raucous coworker.
Which type of draft do you care about more?
— Troy King ⚔️?? (@TKingMode) August 22, 2021
If you are like me you’ve noticed that these drafts are usually very different from your typical sharp drafts, so I’ve spent some time analyzing the differences and developing a process for taking these leagues down specifically. For the purposes of the article, we will be looking at the full planning process I went through for my upcoming draft.
Scoring: Half PPR
Rosters: QB/2RB/2WR/TE/FLX/PK/DEF + 6 BN
Exploiting Platform Rankings
The first major change I developed from a normal draft procedure is in regard to average draft position (ADP). Most of your league mates are going to be rolling into the draft with less preparation than you. Because of this, your draft is unlikely to follow ADP. Instead, it will follow the default rankings present in the draft room for your platform.
I put these two findings together in a simple tool. You can just insert a player’s ranking from your draft platform and it will tell you the percentage chance that player will be available at each pick.
Chance of Falling:
For example, one of my targets, Laviska Shenault Jr., has a site ranking of 133 on NFL.com. From the tool, to have at least an 80% chance of him being there, I would need to select him by pick 121. Prior to my drafts, I like to identify a list of targets especially after Round 6 and plan out where to slot them into my draft round-by-round with this procedure.