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In your all opinions, is it better to draft your yearly leagues now or later? I can see the benefit in both...draft now and you can pick off some possible gems before anyone catches on or draft later after preseason performance and injuries help you determine what your targets are. What say you?

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I say after third preseason game. You may get the gems now or you may get a top pick that tears something.

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Im tempted to draft early this year... primarily cause I really want to and have nothing to do, but also cause I wanna draft some sleepers before they catch on. I'm thinking in mid July

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I want to draft the first week of August in most leagues. Late enough to limit injury concerns, but early enough to where the sleepers shouldn't be too hyped up. It also doesn't help that Yahoo updates their rankings in mid August.

Last year, I had been doing all of my mocks with the normal Yahoo rankings and a few days before my draft, I noticed a lot of my "sleepers" were ranked a good bit higher.

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Labor Day weekend every year. I have drafts in August that are great, but my Labor Day league is the best. Sure a lot more concrete info is out there, but you can use that to your advantage as well.

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I want to draft the first week of August in most leagues. Late enough to limit injury concerns, but early enough to where the sleepers shouldn't be too hyped up. It also doesn't help that Yahoo updates their rankings in mid August.

Last year, I had been doing all of my mocks with the normal Yahoo rankings and a few days before my draft, I noticed a lot of my "sleepers" were ranked a good bit higher.

I found a website that has a pretty good illustration of what you're talking about:

http://fantasyfootballimpact.com/strategies-for-fantasy-football/drafting-strategies/online-draft-strategy-matt-ryan/

As a case in point, let’s discuss Matt Ryan, quarterback of the Atlanta Falcons. Through most of August, 2012, Matt Ryan was ranked very low on the Yahoo! ranked default player list (read undervalued). This ranking combined with the fact that a surprisingly high number of team owners tend to use the list as their only guide for drafting their team, resulted in Matt Ryan being consistently drafted mainly in the 8th – 12th round range. Instead of wasting a high draft pick to acquire him, shrewd team owners were waiting until later in the draft when Ryan’s name neared the top of the ranked default player list to select him. (Knowing that team owners use the list as a guide as to when to draft a player is a great advantage! Astute team owners knew there was little chance of Matt Ryan going earlier than where he was positioned on the list.)

Later in August, Yahoo! published a feature article on their fantasy football home page bemoaning the lack of fantasy love Matt Ryan was receiving in Yahoo! drafts. They couldn’t understand why Matt Ryan was not being drafted any higher than he was – especially considering the weapons he had at his disposal, e.g. Roddy White, Julio Jones and Tony Gonzalez. Based on the all the information we have discussed on the “autodraft” process and the ranked default player list, it seems odd that Yahoo! would lament the low average draft position of Matt Ryan that they themselves created by their low placement of him on their ranked default player list.

Shortly after the article was posted, Yahoo! updated their ranking of Matt Ryan in their default player list. The result was predictable. Matt Ryan was immediately being selected mainly in the 3rd – 5th round range, thus proving that the ranking on the Yahoo! default player list influences when a player is selected in an online draft. If you get nothing out of this article, remember that last phrase – the ranking on the Yahoo! default player list influences when a player is selected in an online draft.

As silly as it seems, at Yahoo ADP = Yahoo's default rankings, generally speaking. That's a good thing to remember when doing drafts there.

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This is very true. If you go on Yahoo right now, you'll notice that Lamar Millers ADP is I think in the 70 or 80 range. Why? I have no idea.

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This is very true. If you go on Yahoo right now, you'll notice that Lamar Millers ADP is I think in the 70 or 80 range. Why? I have no idea.

You can also get Cecil Shorts easily in the tenth. That won't be the case in late August. Based on what I know now I'm completely on board with having all of my "pro" league drafts wrapped up my early to mid August.

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How does your league divide payouts?

In a 25$ 10man league We pay 1-$135 2-$75 3-45$

Hard to do with that small of a league and entry fee, but usually I like all playoffs teams to get at least their entry fee back -- nothing worse than dominating a league for 13-14 weeks, then losing both your playoff games only to receive NOTHING back. You've also got $5 too much on your payouts.

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It's 40 instead of 45. We used to split the third place cash to the division winners but changed it last year to the third place game just to make it matter. We take top 6 in to playoffs with division winners getting a bye so I thought that was rewarding in its self. All they have to do is win one game and they are in the money round then.

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I found a website that has a pretty good illustration of what you're talking about:

http://fantasyfootba...tegy-matt-ryan/

Thanks for the mention. I'm glad the article was useful. The Matt Ryan situation at Yahoo last year was definitely an advantage to drafting earlier rather than later. And you are right about Cecil Shorts for 2013. I can't imagine him being drafted as a WR4 in late August. Knowing the default list well before embarking on an on-line draft is a must - especially at Yahoo.

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How does your league divide payouts?

In a 25$ 10man league We pay 1-$135 2-$75 3-45$

In one of my 10-player leagues with a $20 buy-in it's $120, $40, $20, then $20 for most regular season points. So a 6-2-1-1 payout.

I like the idea of the guy that "wins" the regular season to be on a freeroll.

Sometimes, it's also easier if the payouts are multiples of the buy-in, but not necessary.

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another benefit to drafting the beginning of Aug. or sooner is that on Yahoo you can forgo drafting a K or DST and grab 2 more skill positions sleepers. this will give you a 33% greater bench going into the preseason games when some breakout guys lock down roster spots.

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I will never be in a money league that drafts early.

The "gems" are nice, but I know I'd lose my mind if my top pick tore his knee up before I even got to use him.

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I play with passing tds set at 6pts. Always have, always will. What does everyone else play with and why?

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I play in two leagues that have passing as 6 and another with passing as 5.

Why? Because thats how the leagues were set up lol.

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I always draft the weekend before games start.

4 points for passing TDs.

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Personally, the earlier the better for draft day. Obviously there is the danger of a high pick being injured but I have that much more confidence in my early preparation than I do in that of many of the owners I play with.

The most fair time, though, is anywhere between the 2nd weekend of preseason and the end of August.

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How does your league divide payouts?

In a 25$ 10man league We pay 1-$135 2-$75 3-45$

In one of my 10-player leagues with a $20 buy-in it's $120, $40, $20, then $20 for most regular season points. So a 6-2-1-1 payout.

I like the idea of the guy that "wins" the regular season to be on a freeroll.

Sometimes, it's also easier if the payouts are multiples of the buy-in, but not necessary.

Ours is a $250 buy in and we have a lot of different things:

Champion, runner up, 3rd place game winner, total points leader, 2nd in points, high point week and bottom 6 tournament winner all get a share. The one thing we are thinking of changing is that each of the guys in the final four get something.

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In your all opinions, is it better to draft your yearly leagues now or later? I can see the benefit in both...draft now and you can pick off some possible gems before anyone catches on or draft later after preseason performance and injuries help you determine what your targets are. What say you?

Personally I think the later you draft the more your work and knowledge of the game are diminished. I would love to draft before training camp begins, which would force guys to "read the situation" versus just having it completely told to them in black and white. Also, I think the bounceback trends, sleepers, etc get pretty much wiped off the map by late August which frustrates the heck out of me, I would love an early draft and injuries are gonna happen anytime, I would rather have what I believe would be a clear advantage over many of the "casual" owners.

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I wouldn't mind doing a little something for the constellation bracket. Keep those teams involved.

Does the constellation bracket have something to do with fantasy astrology? ;)

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Lol it's for future stars!!

I type way to fast for my phone and never check when it autocorrects. So what would be a good bone to throw to the CONSOLATION winner. Thank you senator, that was a good laugh.

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Lol it's for future stars!!

I type way to fast for my phone and never check when it autocorrects. So what would be a good bone to throw to the CONSOLATION winner. Thank you senator, that was a good laugh.

You're certainly not the first person to make a typo (on an cell phone nevertheless) but I couldn't resist. Bravo for being a good sport.

As far as the consolation winner....how about #1 pick? I like this especially in a dynasty so that teams won't tank for the #1 pick. In redraft I don't see this as a big problem--#1 isn't even a coveted spot every season. Under this format's in every team's best interest to win every week until the end of the season.

I've been trying to make something like this happen in one of my leagues since the end of 2011 season when a poor team, whose owner wanted to make sure he got Trent Richardson, started Steve Slaton in the final week instead of a handful of relevant options to lock up the #1 spot.

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