This article is part of our The Z Files series.
For those unaware, KDS gives the drafter some control over their draft spot. Everyone prioritizes where they want to pick in the first round. The teams are then drawn randomly, with the first team selected award their highest priority. The second team gets their highest remaining choice, and so on. Little known fact: while the NFBC is credited with the advent of KDS, your humble pundit used it for a league called Mixed Nuts before the NFBC originated. Back around 2001, I recognized the direction of the industry was shifting away from single-league auction and towards mixed league drafts. To be honest, many of my brethren didn't compete in that format, so to edify ourselves, I gathered 16 colleagues and Mixed Nuts was born.
There are several philosophies regarding setting KDS slot priorities. While the theme will always keep that in mind, hopefully you'll see through my facade and realize this is just a thinly veiled means of talking about general draft concepts.
Early Picks Give the Greatest Advantage
In a previous Z Files, I presented an old ploy I call Graph-a-Draft. The idea is to take