Having played fantasy football draft style using spreadsheets in the past, take if from me, the drafting process is simultaneously the most fun part of the game, as well as the most important. Your league season will be defined by decisions you make at this stage.
We'll break down the drafting procedure here and have a follow up article highlighting the key areas to think about when determining your drafting strategy.
▪There are no limits to how many players you can have from a single team
▪There are no prices/budgets. Salary cap leagues require this as a means to ensure that not all squads are the same collection of 15 superstars (even though, with the salary cap, they often end up being similiar collections of superstars/value players). The underlying principle of draft style fantasy football removes the requirement to have a salary cap.
▪The squad will be made of 2 goalkeepers, 5 defenders, 5 midfielders and 3 forwards. There is a twist however. Something once again borne out of playing fantasy football for so many years. Defensive midfielders get completely neglected!! This means that of all the available midfielders, a significant proportion of them tend to be entirely overlooked in the drafting procedure. And for good reason - nobody wants a player that constantly gets 1-2 points per game and nothing more.The solution for this? Sub-classify midfielders into attacking and defensive. The points they earn will be dependant on this classification. Out of your squad's 5-man midfield, you are not restricted to a certain number of AM's and DM's. You can have all five of your midfielders as AM's or all five as DM's. We have tried to set up the scoring in such a way that defensive midfielders will be more attractive options than they have been in the past (very important if 10 squads in a league are going to choose five decent midfielders each). (Note - Exact points scoring to follow soon).
Squad selection order:
Once the league has been set up, the league administrator will launch the squad selection procedure. Once this has begun, no more teams will be allowed to enter the league.
All users will be put in a random order, after which a snake pattern will apply to selections. e.g. In a league with 5 teams (A, B, C, D and E), the selection procedure will be round 1; A, B, C, D, E; round 2 - E, D, C, B, A; round 3 - A, B, C, D, E; so on and so forth until all 15 rounds are complete.
We realize that not all users will be online all the time (well, some of us fantasy nutters will, but we cannot hold everyone up to our crazy standards). There are also time differences to consider (for those playing with friends/family across the globe). To help speed things along, we have developed the priority queue.
The priority queue allows you to queue up your targets in the order you would like them. When your turn to select comes about, our system will automatically select your topmost priority without you needing to log in. A few obvious, but important points:
▪Your competitors cannot see your priority queue
▪You can only add players to your queue that are available for selection
▪If a player in your queue gets selected by another user, he will automatically be removed from your queue.
That's about it really. We've tried to make the whole procedure as simple as possible without sacrificing functionality. We'll go into the strategic part about drafting in the next few articles.
They've been around forever. Every team has at least one, most of them two. The defensive midfielder.
Cornerstone of a successful real-world team. Bane of a successful fantasy football team.
They rack up the cards and the minus points that go with them. They rarely assist and might go the entire season without scoring a goal. And they try and tempt you with their guaranteed minutes.
Well, no more! We feel it is time that defensive midfielders came to be as important in fantasy football as they are in reality. Not least because it will suddenly make half the league's midfielders viable options - this is especially true for our draft style game as the Gareth Bale's and Theo Walcott's will be snapped up really quickly.
So, we've set up our player classification and points scoring systems somewhat differently. Every midfielder in the league will be classified as either a DM or an AM (obviously standing for defensive vs attacking midfielders). The points they score will be dependant on what their classification is!
The ominous late-summer air along with the crunch of the tell-tale leaves littering the ground signaled it was coming. My chest heaved a heavy sigh knowing that I would not be able to escape its grips. What did I have to offer that could compare with 300 pound men in shoulder pads broadcast in hi-definition? Yes, it is that time of year again, the season of the football widows.
Before marriage, I was familiar with "Monday Night Football." That was a manageable concession I was willing to make. One night a week. Easy. But I've since learned that there are NFL games all day Sunday and on Thursday nights as well. Throw college ball into the mix on Saturdays and the week is completely lost to the testosterone laden frenzy of the gridiron.
Perhaps if I had a favorite team, I would also succumb to the madness and hibernate with my husband in the man-cave until the spring thaw. I married into a Patriots family, so they are my adopted team and I actually do root for them. But its more of an after the fact curiosity cheer - 'hey, did our team win?' I can usually tell the answer by his demeanor. Hugs and kisses means a victory. Grunts and sighs signal a loss.
Over the years I have learned to live through this annual cycle of widowhood. I feel fortunate to catch glimpses of my husband during random minutes when a game was not being played, or being reviewed, or being commented upon with predictions for the next game. But in recent years a new type of football has crept into our lives and stolen away even those rare precious minutes when I saw my husband during the fall and winter months: Fantasy Football. (shudder).