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A brand new & totally FREE Draft Planalyzer is now ready for your perusal!

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Hailed by DavidGonos.com  in 2012 as possibly being “your Fantasy Football league’s Mel Kiper”. This year, Mr. Gronos calls it “easily one of my favorite draft tools around” and writes (Fantasysports.org):

“In all of these Fantasy tools, this one perplexes me the most. Not because I don’t understand it, but I guess because I don’t understand how none of the major Fantasy sites have stolen the idea yet.”

Find out why: Get your last three year’s worth of draft data and go to it!

!!- Version 13.01 is now available for Microsoft Excel, featuring the brand new, long-awaited ADP-o-matic  -!!

Libre Office version 13.00 (original version, update coming soon).

Want to check it out prior to downloading it? Watch the video overview for last year’s version here!

Click on the Resources-> Draft Planalyzer tab above to download.

Under the ‘Articles’ tab on this site you can learn how to use the spreadsheet.. we will be updating for the new version but it is still very relevant. Also, we’ll be recording some screencast video tutorials on how to use it soon. Once training camps start rolling we’ll post more useful info on reducing draft pick busts and how to punch up the fun factor in your leagues.

Note: The individual owner content available in last year’s version has been removed. It may return in a new edition.

Draft Planalyzer Features Include:

  • New in version 13.01! Generate a CUSTOM ADP for *your* league with the ADP-o-matic or build your own- perfect for use with Footballguys.com’s ‘Draft Dominator*’.
  • New in version 13.00! Automatically generate a variety of customized baselines to hone your VBD strategy!
  • Filterable Lists: Example,  show what your league’s typical pick depth is at draft slot 5
  • Process up to 320 draft picks in straight, serpentine or third-round reversal orders, up to 25 rounds.
  • Up to 12 different player positions- customize with *your* league’s positions
  • Up to 16 teams/owners
  • Automatically generated tables and charts with no macros necessary.
  • Ability to enter up to your past three years of drafts, and weight them for computing averages.
  • Versions for Libre Office, available for free here, and Microsoft Excel, which is compatible with many spreadsheet programs
  • Did we mention.. it’s completely, 100% FREE?

*Draftologist.com is in no way affiliated with Footballguys.com nor has the Draft Planalyzer been endorsed for use with their products. ‘Footballguys’, ‘Footballguys.com’, and ‘Draft Dominator’ are trademarks of Footballguys.

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Draftologist.com is pleased to kick off the 2014 fantasy football draft season with some sound strategy advice from guest contributor Jess Tarling.

Fantasy Football Drafting Advice

If you are a NFL fan, it seems like the fall can’t get here soon enough. It is always tough to get through the summer months, but most people who play fantasy football tend to look at projections and ratings heading into the fall to pass the time. Having the right draft strategy in fantasy football can make a huge difference. Here are a few tips to work on between now and draft day.

Fantasy Playoff Weeks Are Huge

As long as you are one of the top teams in your regular season, it all comes down to the playoffs. That is why it is extremely important to take note of who your top players go up against to end the regular season. Scheduling is always going to be imbalanced in some way, and a top quarterback could be facing difficult defenses to end the regular season. You want the most favorable matchups possible when the season is on the line.

Avoid Rookie Quarterbacks

The 2014 NFL draft class had a few intriguing quarterbacks taken early on, but none of them are nearly ready to compete on a weekly basis and put up huge numbers in fantasy football. For starters, guys like Blake Bortles, Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater are not on very good teams. Secondly, they are not nearly on the same level as other rookies who have had success from the very beginning such as Andrew Luck and Cam Newton.

Running Back Comes Down To Depth

In an era with very few featured running backs left, it is more important to have depth on your roster. After all, it is perhaps the most important position in fantasy football. Injuries are also fairly common, so having depth can help soften the blow if your 1st or 2nd round player goes down with an injury and has to miss a few games.

Tight Ends Matter

Just like the NFL is changing with how they handle running backs, the league as a whole seems to be throwing the football to the tight end on a consistent basis. In fact, that position in a way is turning into a receiver for the passing game. Not every tight end is going to be as productive as Jimmy Graham, but make sure you get a good one earlier than normal.

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As promised, a special article on how I use Draft Planalyzer to set up Footballguys.com’s Draft Dominator.

Check it out here.

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One Big Idea. Many endeavors have launched because of a single idea, born of a nagging need.

I didn’t draft well prior to 2004. I tried to subscribe to VBD, thought I knew how to use ADP, figured I understood how the scoring system affected player values. But, like so many still do, I ignored the previous years’ drafts and their gold mine of information, much to my chagrin. Then, as I struggled with the concepts of baselines and trying to get a better idea of how my league drafted differently that generic ADP indicated, I started very simply by tallying up how many of each position went in each round. Then I did it for a couple more years back.

I saw the patterns- the draft did not change much from round to round, year to year. Better yet, since I always knew what slot I would be drafting from, I could get an idea, based on history, how many of each position would be drafted at a given slot in the draft in a given round. This became the core of what is now the Draft Planalyzer. Read on to learn how to use the Planalyzer Draft List for your league, right here.

Headsup- tomorrow, at long last, we cover the brand new Baseliner feature!

 

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The human mind seeks patterns to find context and make sense of the world around us. This certainly applies to analyzing your past drafts to plan for this year.

Now that we’ve prepared our data for analysis, its time to move on to the second ‘P’ of our 3P Draft Strategy- Planning and Analysis. Planalyze, as we call it here on Draftologist.com.

We begin ‘planalyzing’ in Part III of our series, examining the Dashboard tab of the free Draft Planalyzer (available under resources), which sheds light on the first discernible patterns in your league’s draft habits. Check it out right here.

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The key to a successful fantasy football draft strategy in 2013, like any year, is preparation.

There is no way around that. You’ll find a multitude of sites and publications offering advice and guidance on draft strategies, methods, projections and gamesmanship. None of them, though, can help you narrow down the way your league drafts. That’s a key part of draftology- understanding your league’s draft habits.

I’ve developed a spreadsheet-based tool to assist us in organizing and analyzing the data from up to three years of past drafts in our redraft leagues. We call it the Draftologist.com Draft Planalyzer, and it is available under resources above. As part of our 3P draft strategy, we tackle the first ‘P’- preparation, in an article that shows you how to set up the Planalyzer. Organization is the key to proper preparation, and we show you how to organize your draft data, which allows us to turn it into valuable information.

Download the Planalyzer, get your last three drafts, and follow along here.

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Run a search on Google for “fantasy football draft strategy” and you’ll get over 4.5 million hits.

Question: How many of those links can give you specific information about your redraft league’s tendencies on draft day?

Answer: None. Zip. Zero. There is only one place to get that information, and that is from your past years’ draft results. Still got ‘em? Good. Beginning this weekend, the Draftologist will walk you through preparing, planning and perfecting your draft strategy- the 3P Draft Strategy.

We’ll leverage the Draft Planalyzer, available here for free. And, new this year, we’ll delve into generating sensible baselines and even a custom ADP list that you can use to own your draft.

Redraft leagues have three seasons: Draft, regular and playoff. Maximize your chances of  joining the playoff fun in *your* league and stay tuned this week. You can start, right now, by reading our Introduction.

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