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Postby The Jury » Thu Oct 06, 2005 8:15 am

You guys are forgetting the main ingredient - the a printoff of the Cafe's rankings page ;-)
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Postby Minor League Skilz » Thu Oct 06, 2005 9:01 am

I use the big spread sheet of all the teams and fill in players by position as I go. In my league not everyone was doing that so I felt I gained a little bit of an advantage there.

I basically combine your ideas on two and three. I rank my players by position and then add any little comments or symbols I need to focus on targeted players.
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Postby RAmst23 » Thu Oct 06, 2005 9:19 am

I really like nachos. I mean alot. So usually I'll start getting ready about 45 minutes before the draft. You don't want to have too few tortilla chips, otherwise the whole process is useless. Spread those chips out on a plate, grate some cheddar, then throw that bad boy in the microwave. Add some salsa and sour cream, and well, guranteed first place.

I also like to do that tier thing, where one separates the players at a position.. but I do that 10 minutes before the draft.
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Postby chadlincoln » Thu Oct 06, 2005 10:02 am

I always have some guys in mind that I want. Then I do about 20 or so practice drafts on Yahoo with multiple Yahoo accounts that I have. I do all those before I do my drafts with the Yahoo screen name that I care about and follow. By then, I have a pretty good idea of who's going where and when to bite on players. I do this along with my research.
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Postby BaseballFann0008 » Thu Oct 06, 2005 10:04 am

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Postby RAmst23 » Thu Oct 06, 2005 11:47 am

chadlincoln wrote:I always have some guys in mind that I want. Then I do about 20 or so practice drafts on Yahoo with multiple Yahoo accounts that I have. I do all those before I do my drafts with the Yahoo screen name that I care about and follow. By then, I have a pretty good idea of who's going where and when to bite on players. I do this along with my research.


Just wondering, but how well does this work? I did alot of Yahoo drafts last year, and it seems like they'll be 1-2 guys doing an auto-draft, and another 1-2 who have absolutely no idea what they're doing. Doesn't this affect the draft to the point where the results are rendered useless?

To me it seems like doing Yahoo drafts against watered down competition won't really give one a sense of how a competitive league would draft when it comes to their draft day.
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Postby Mustangs989 » Thu Oct 06, 2005 6:19 pm

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chadlincoln wrote:I always have some guys in mind that I want. Then I do about 20 or so practice drafts on Yahoo with multiple Yahoo accounts that I have. I do all those before I do my drafts with the Yahoo screen name that I care about and follow. By then, I have a pretty good idea of who's going where and when to bite on players. I do this along with my research.


Just wondering, but how well does this work? I did alot of Yahoo drafts last year, and it seems like they'll be 1-2 guys doing an auto-draft, and another 1-2 who have absolutely no idea what they're doing. Doesn't this affect the draft to the point where the results are rendered useless?

To me it seems like doing Yahoo drafts against watered down competition won't really give one a sense of how a competitive league would draft when it comes to their draft day.

Honestly Yahoo! drafts don't prepare you much for competitive drafts IMO. Too many people not there and using autorankings or having no idea what they're doing. I also don't like the fact you have 20 practice drafts then just abandon the team. It's no wonder many leagues at Yahoo! are a joke because they are just used as practice. If all agree that it is just going to be a mock then that's fine. But your ruining competition for the few people per league that are looking for it. Defenitely isn't something that I would do.
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Postby OhMrScottyTrav06 » Thu Oct 06, 2005 7:41 pm

You can never predict what's actually going to happen beyond the first 5 picks or so. Managers can be unpredictable at times and who knows what players they prefer to take. I usually have a list of players at each position and my own personal rankings of them, and I put the sleepers on there as well to help me remember who I might look for in later rounds. I draft a lot by feel as well. Sometimes I take the best player available at a position I don't have, other times, I look for position/category special guys that I realize I need to take. Tough process for sure.
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Postby GotowarMissAgnes » Thu Oct 06, 2005 7:50 pm

I do multiple "mock" drafts using xiefrank's program, the accumulated draft rankings from yahoo, and rankings expert drafts from cafe and other fantasy pages. I'll go through the league noting likely picks by the teams ahead of me to get a sense of where guys I'd like will get targeted, runs, et.
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Postby WittyC » Fri Oct 07, 2005 2:56 am

The answer for this depends solely on the type of draft: live vs. online.

In an online draft, I have a sprawling of papers, the most important of which are my own rankings. Then, of course, I require my 100 oz. big gulp (AKA The Diabetes Maker) and whatever junk food is tickling my fancy that day.

For a live draft, I tend to look 100% organized and make the rest of the league think I'm cold and calculating, when in reality I'll take Eric Chavez over Scott Rolen based solely on facial hair. Depending on the crowd, I like to adhere to some of Simmon's standards (I'd link to the article, but I'm sure ESPN is making people pay to read it). Anything that can distract other owners (i.e. porno mags, video games, sloppy food, hard liquor, pink tank top) is a plus.

Also, I'll bring a fantasy magazine with, and though I might use it in crunch time, it's really just for show.

As Stephen A. Smith might say, at the end of the day everyone here knows exactly how they rank guys, or what value they apply to them in an auction. Hell, most people here could rattle off their first 5 round rankings for '06 if they were asked on the spot. Any resources are simply a crutch that we could get by without. About the only thing any of us might need would be a sleeper list.
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