Draft Strategy

Man vs. Machine: Picking From Five and I’m Still Alive!

In this series, RotoViz writers will be using the Draft Dashboard, the flagship tool of the FFDRAFTPREP Package, to practice approaching 2018 fantasy drafts. Twelve authors will be participating and each will be mock-drafting from a different starting position, using the tool. The aim of this series is to outline the strategies employed by our writers, the information they are using to inform their decisions, and to obtain an understanding of how draft slot plays a role in the development of their strategy. At the end of each mock, the author will compare their team to those drafted by the computer and self-assess whether or not they “won” the draft. Let’s get to it.


For consistency, the writers in this series will draft in 12-team PPR leagues, and the ADP source will be set to “Average PPR.” Starting lineups comprise 10 players: 1 QB, 2 RBs, 3 WRs, 1 TE, 1 flex (any RB/WR/TE), 1 kicker and 1 defense, with a six-player bench. The computer teams are set to “Mixed,” which means some will emphasize balanced rosters, while others may heavily weight running backs or wide receivers. I’m picking from spot number five, giving me a great opportunity to play the draft while accounting for positional runs.

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