First and foremost, it's important to come to your draft prepared. That means having your research done, not only on the players you're hoping to draft, but also on your league settings. Your number of competitors, as well as whether you're in a points or categories league, and to a lesser extent whether or not you're in a head-to-head format, all affect your draft-day strategy. Roster settings are also something to keep in mind, as bench size, positional limits and number of IR slots can all play a role in your approach.
That said, the remainder of this column will focus on snake drafts in default Yahoo! Fantasy Hockey leagues, which employ a head-to-head format with 10 categories: goals, assists, plus/minus, power-play points, shots on goal and hits for skaters, as well as wins, GAA, save percentage and shutouts for goalies.
Now that we've covered pre-draft preparation, let's move on to some tips and strategies for once you get into the draft...
Know the drop-offs and defaults
A common strategy when putting together your pre-draft cheat sheet is to separate players into tiers. Making pre-draft tiers is only half the battle, though, as using them properly during the draft is just as important. Whether you make custom rankings or use the provided defaults, knowing when a position is about to experience a major drop-off is key to accruing as much talent as possible. For example, if you're angling to get a goalie early, drafting the last of Robin Lehner