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According to the Data: The Start of a New Fantasy Football Draft Value Chart

Jonathan Bales

Jonathan Bales

Jonathan Bales is the author of the Fantasy Football for Smart People book series. In addition to RotoWire, Jonathan also provides content to the New York Times, Dallas Morning News, DallasCowboys.com, and NBC.

The Start of a New Fantasy Football Draft Value Chart

Last summer, I began to break down the relative value of each draft slot in an effort to determine if selecting near the top, middle or bottom of drafts has any inherent value over large sample sizes. The results seemed to indicate that selecting near the top or bottom of snake drafts is more advantageous than picking in the middle.

Either way, that article planted a seed which is just finally beginning to grow: make a new fantasy football draft value chart. NFL teams use draft charts all of the time to make trades. The charts are based off of historic NFL production, and they provide a foundation for teams to make moves on draft day.

There are also some fantasy draft value charts out there, but fantasy football is such a fluid game I think it makes sense to update the charts every year. More importantly, it's difficult

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