Without a doubt, the most fun part of fantasy football is the league draft. It is a delightful time where you gather your friends, family, and/or coworkers and you select your team's players and give each other a hard time. At the end of the night, every team feels like they have the best team in the league bar none. That feeling is called "hope". Andy Dufresne in The Shawshank Redemption said it best, "hope is a good thing, maybe even the best of things; and no good thing ever dies." I believe he was talking about fantasy football.
There are two types of fantasy football drafts that leagues do: snake draft and auction draft. Both formats are very different and take extremely different strategies to build the optimal team. The snake draft format is where your team is assigned a draft position and each team takes turns making picks based on their assigned draft order until their respective teams' rosters are full. It is called a "snake draft" because once the last team picks at the end of a round, the order "snakes around" and they get to pick again. For instance, if you have the 12th draft position in a 12 team league, you will have the 12th and 13th pick. Next, the team with the 11th pick will pick after you make your two selections. It looks something like this: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,12,11,10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1.
Conversely, the auction draft does not really adhere to an order. Each team is assigned a budget of fake money to bid on players. For instance, every team may start with $100 (fake money) in which to bid on players to complete your team. There is an order in which each league member takes turns nominating an NFL player to be on the block for auctioning. The bidding then starts; and goes up and up until there is a high bidder for that player. Then the next team owner will nominate a different player and the bidding begins again.
Each of these drafts are very different in terms of function and strategy. I am here to help you develop a strategy and guide you through whichever format your league chooses. Let's do this!!