Using the Draft Dashboard for a Scott Fish Bowl Mock Draft – The Wrong Read, No. 43
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Welcome to the 43rd installment of the “The Wrong Read.” This article series started as one that reflected on recent podcast episodes and extended the ideas discussed there to logical conclusions with broader applications. Since then it’s become a space for me to write about whatever I want, with irregular references to various podcast episodes. Scott Fish Bowl drafts kick off on Monday. We’ve had quite a bit of coverage, including projections, a historical perspective on scoring, and advice on general draft strategy. One of the best ways to prepare for an upcoming draft, however, is to do a mock draft first. A mock draft lets you plan out your picks in each round in advance, to a degree. And one of the new tools that’s part of the FFDRAFTPREP suite of Excel tools, included in a RotoViz subscription, allows you to do just that. I’m going to use the 2018 Draft Dashboard to do a mock draft for #SFB8. But you can use this tool to set up a mock draft for any sort of league format you are in. The first and most important thing to do when setting up a mock with the tool is to make sure you have your league settings and ADP set correctly. The combination of ADP and roster settings are going to have the largest impact on where players are drafted, so it’s imperative that you get these things right, or as close as possible. Reliable Scott Fish Bowl ADP is hard to come by. There have been a number of mock drafts organized, and ADP has been compiled from those. However, many people use mock drafts to try out strategies that they might not necessarily employ in an actual draft. Additionally, by the later rounds of a mock draft, many participants may have more or less tuned out and are not being especially thoughtful about their picks. The sample size also presents issues. For this reason, I wanted to use ADP from real drafts if possible.