Here’s an update on draft fantasy football at FFGeek. With a few contributors and friends of the site we’ve started a league and I’ve got a rough draft order started.
draft fantasy football – some draft player order thoughts
You may have seen my article last week where I announced that I was partnering with www.draftfantastfootball.co.uk to bring draft fantasy football to FFGeek.
Well since then I’ve got 10 contributors and friends of the site to enter into a league, We’ve got a draft date and I’ve had a first go at my draft player order
A reminder of the basics
Here’s a reminder the basic concept. In Draft Fantasy Football each manager in your league picks a unique squad of players in what is known as “the draft“. The draft progresses turn by turn until all squads are filled up. You pick a lineup each week and score points based on your teams player performances.
There’s no salary cap and only 1 manager can own a player. Once the season starts you can refresh your squad through trading players with other managers, transferring in free agents and transferring in players who become available through waivers
The first thing to do is go to the site using this draftfantasyfootball link. You can then create or join a league. A league will involve up to 16 managers. League options are classic points scoring or head to head. The leagues are also public or private. Initial squads of 15 players are chosen in the draft. The squad will be 15 players and set up like this:
Between 1 – 2 Goalkeeper
Also between 3 – 6 Defenders
Between 3 – 6 Midfielders
Between 3 – 6 Forwards
Each week your team will be 11 players in the usual formations with a bench of 4 players of subs to come on if needed.
The FFGeek contributors league
I’ve set up a league for FFGeek contributors and friends of the site. These include Rob Reid (the FPL Vet, Alex Ball and Joseph Crilley (Spurs man), Stephen Toumi and David Brown (Man City supporter)
Our live draft is set up for August 3rd at 8pm UK time and I may even have a live access of some sort
My draft order
If you can’t make your league live draft for any reason then there is an auto pick on the site. That will make the selections for you in an order selected by the draft fantasy football site. You can also input your own draft order in advance if you think you’re not going to make your live draft. I’ve done one but since I’m certain to be there I wont be inputting it.
I have made a draft order for different positions. What’s interesting from that is the lack for forwards and goalkeepers. I’m not so worried about GKs. I’ll get one in the draft and having done that in the worst case I could just get his reserve.
My draft order is very indicative and just so when the live draft is happening I can tick off players that are picked by others and myself. That will enable me to see how my team is getting filled up and where I need to concentrate next and whats left.
Stuff to think about
The conundrum I can see which needs more thought is the bench. How much guaranteed gametime do you want on your bench to cover injuries and get the best fixtures for your players each week versus how many players can you keep on your bench in the hope that they break into the team. I could mention someone like Fabregas or Martial. Neither are great starting prospects but should they become first team regulars they could have good returns. Do I try and draft them or just hope I’m quick enough to pick them up as a free agent or in the waivers.
The other issue on my mind is what order of positions to draft people in. Premium forwards look to be first on the list as they will probably go after the first round. In my draft order for forwards the manager with the 10th pick will get Vardy. However, the person with the 10th pick though will then pick first next so you’re probably going for a premium midfielder ie Sanchez at that time otherwise all the real premium mids will be gone. I’m making some sweeping statements but you see the point.
All stuff to ponder.
Any way here’s my draft order by different positions. It is very indicative for the live draft and will depend on who picks who but it is a handy starter for 10. It will also be useful to tick off players as they go.
That’s it I’ll give another update next week
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