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A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Draft

A few things generally happen at the end-of-the-year meeting/party for my fantasy league. Obviously the league champion gets to gloat…and we recall some of the epic NFL plays that impacted the fantasy world. However, the central item during this meeting is the redraft order for next season.

As you can understand, this is months ahead of the next fantasy season as we generally draw cards and scribble the order on a napkin (and hope the napkin survives). Knowing your draft position ahead of time allows you to better prepare and plan for draft day, almost to the point where draft day has become mundane.

Then about four years ago one of the owners suggested a rule that allowed an owner that was dissatisfied with his draft position, or at least the players that would be available to him, to “slide” to a different position. This only could occur in the first round, and would lock the owner into that new position for the draft. So for example, if Team 5 did not like the prospect of picking fifth overall, he could choose to slide to any other position 6-12. Then each owner impacted would “slide” up the draft board. We’ll assume Team 5 slid to the 11th spot … so owners 11, 10, 9, 8. 7, and 6 slide up to 10, 9, 8, etc.

The team that slid to 11th would be locked in at 11th, and the team that was supposed to pick sixth, now would pick fifth. Unless that team also was dissatisfied with this draft position. This team could elect to slide to either sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth, 10th or 12th. And so on. This jockeying for a better strategic place to draft from can completely turn the draft into chaos!

Last season I was supposed to pick ninth … but after a remarkable amount of “sliding” I found myself picking fourth! I was in position to grab
Doug Martin

(who was in the top 3 running backs on my list)! I had not prepared for the possibility of landing a top 3 running back at the ninth spot – so this event certainly turned my draft strategy upside down. I was ecstatic! But this is fantasy football and unfortunately,
Doug Martin

was a bit of a bust and then got injured. Ironically, last season I found myself wishing many times that our draft would have been more mundane.

(This season I am supposed to pick 10th – wish me luck!)

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