Regarding autodraft, what Darrel said, with this addendum: We have eight teams right now, which will each be drafting 16 players: 128 players total, unless another team joins. If there's a player you'd really like who's ranked by Yahoo, say, 110th, 120th, you might want to move him up to, oh, 75th or so -- you're probably safe with that. Because of the way Yahoo autopicks, though -- which is that if you don't have a x
positions filled with any players from those positions with x
rounds to go, those x
rounds must be players from those x
positions -- I won't go much lower than about 90th for a low-ranked player that you really want to have. If he's around 75th, you might want to move him up to about 50th; if 50th, maybe 30th; if 30th, 15th or so.
I am extremely unobsessive about picking players for the draft, and it constantly gets me finishes in the top half of the league (if never first place).
I assume that skill plays a role at some point in this process -- once the draft is done? -- or is it all just dumb luck?
There's some luck -- like that which belongs to whoever drafted Adrian Peterson in the sixth round his rookie season -- but there's a lot of less-luck-related with your roster from week-to-week: deciding who's starting and who's benching, filling your (ugh) bye-week holes with the best TE you can find from the free agency pool, figuring out if it's worth wasting a bench spot with a star player injured through at least week 13, etc. There's also the option of trading players with your GM comrades, but in my experience no one does that much but me (and, obviously, people who are right then trading with me).
Edited by M. Dale Prins, 30 August 2009 - 01:49 AM.