Cheat Sheet FAQs
How do I get started?
First, make sure you enter your league information and custom scoring requirements on the League Settings page. This ensures the cheat sheet will rank players according to your league settings – giving you a tremendous advantage in your league! On the League Settings page, use the drop-down arrows where shown and only enter positive numbers – for things like fumbles lost and interceptions the cheat sheet will automatically deduct points; you can enter negative numbers in the defensive points allowed categories.
What are the numbers at the top and what are those yellow lines?
Those are our innovative, draft-pick overlays! To prepare for your snake or linear draft, you can click the buttons at the top of the cheat sheet to see where your picks will be for all your draft positions. For example, if you select spot four a yellow line will appear at every spot where it will be your turn to pick. Using the ADP column, you can get an idea of what players will be available for each possible draft position. This allows you to quickly plan a strategy for any draft position – you’ll never have to mock draft again! If you want to see the impact of starting WR, WR or RB, WR you can look at your 3rd pick and see what players will be available in each scenario. You can quickly see the impact of those decisions for every possible draft position – it would take hours of mock drafting to do this!
What does the ADP column mean?
ADP stands for 'Average Draft Position'. This column shows, on average, where the player is being picked in public leagues.
What does the Score column mean?
The Score column shows the player’s custom blueprint score according to your league settings; this score is what allows us to compare players at different positions and is what makes our patented matrix format possible. Blueprint scores can be positive or negative. If a player has a positive blueprint score, he is expected to perform above average at his position. If a player has a negative blueprint score, he is expected to perform below average at his position. So, for example, if you want your starting running backs to be in the top half of your league, you’ll want to target running backs with positive blueprint scores. Or you may decide to select running backs with negative blueprint scores because you want to focus on getting wide receivers who are above average.
What does the ∆ column mean?
The ∆ column shows the difference between the player’s average draft position and where he is ranked according to your league settings. For example, if your cheat sheet ranks Tyreek Hill at number 8 but the ADP shows him at number 5, that means the average person values him more than you do. Why is this? Sometimes it’s just people drafting with their hearts instead of their heads, but it is also caused by people not understanding their league settings. If you’re in a PPR league, Tyreek Hill isn’t as valuable because he doesn’t catch a lot of passes, but some people don’t realize that and don’t have a cheat sheet that adjusts their rankings to reflect it. So while the average person is reaching to draft Tyreek Hill, you’re sitting back waiting to get a player that is actually more valuable in your league settings.
What do the colors mean?
The red and green colors are tied to the ∆ column that we described above. You can use the color coding to identify players who are being drafted earlier or later than where you have them ranked. The more green a player is, the higher you value him compared to others. The more red a player is, the lower you value him compared to others. In general, red players will be gone before they get to the point where you would consider picking them. So, if you absolutely must draft a red player, then you know you’ll have to reach and get him before he’s gone. This also means you should focus your strategy on drafting green players. The more green a player is, the longer you can wait to pick him. In some cases, depending on your league settings, you may value a player at spot 12 but, on average, he is not being drafted until spot 35. You can pick players that aren’t as green with your first two picks and take your chances that the other player will still be there – as long as you draft him before spot 35! That’s like getting two-players-for-one!
How do I use the cheat sheet during the draft?
Click on player names to cross them out as they've been picked. Or, print your cheat sheet, bring a pen, and cross players off as they’re drafted. Continue adjusting your plan as you see who is being selected – it will be easy to adjust your plan on the fly because you’ll have the draft-pick overlays and ∆ column to guide you!
How can I see more players on my cheat sheet?
Your cheat sheet will default to the same number of rounds as you have total roster spots. But as you get to the end of the draft, you may want to see more WRs and RBs, for example, so you can increase the number of bench positions on your league setup tab. It won't have any impact on the rest of the cheat sheet, but it will generate more rounds on the cheat sheet, allowing you to see more players at the end of the draft.
What are the position sliders at the top of the cheat sheet?
You can slide these bars left and right to adjust the importance of positions on your cheat sheet. We recommend leaving them as-is, but if you wanted to de-emphasize TE or QB, for example, you can slide their bars to the left and the TEs and QBs will drop some on the cheat sheet. Similarly, you can move a position slider to the right to make that position rise on the cheat sheet. Play around with it; just have to refresh the page to reset them.
What about Defense and Kicker?
Go to the 'Defense and Kicker' tab, print the list, and then start looking for value gaps once you fill out the rest of your starting lineup. The top defenses and kickers are mathematically worth drafting as high as the fourth round, but you don't need to do that. If you start looking at them anywhere from around round 9 and on you'll still likely get your pick of each. Look for a spot where you see a lot of other players available still (green in the delta column) so you know if you grab a defense or kicker now, you can still get one of those players you like later. We're working on an addition to the cheat sheet that adds a DEF/K column. Stay tuned!
What is the Blueprint Advantage checkbox?
The 'Blueprint Advantage' can be turned on or off. It puts the players we're targeting in bold, blue font on your cheat sheet. These are players that, generally, we're prioritizing over other players in the same range. Depending on your custom league settings though, these players may or may not make sense for you, so you can elect to turn this feature off if you prefer. And, every player becomes a value at some point. Just because the top-ranked player on your cheat sheet isn't blue, doesn't mean you shouldn't still select him at number one. And if the tenth-ranked player falls to you at spot 20, you should take him, even if you have a blue player ranked 20th.
What is the (R) after a player's name?
This denotes that the player is a rookie.
What is the (2) after a player's name?
This denotes that the player is a 2nd-year WR. It's widely known in the industry that 2nd-year WRs are most likely to break out, thus making them good upside picks in the mid to late rounds. This allows you to use this (2) as a tie-breaker or a target when looking for upside WRs.
What is the Simple checkbox?
Our classic cheat sheet uses the Delta column to help you find value during the draft. Often, you'll find a player ranked 10 to 20 spots higher than where his ADP is. Knowing this allows you draft another player, then also draft that player before he reaches his ADP. You can literally double the value of your picks. But, that can get complicated to follow, so our Simple cheat sheet moves positive Delta players closer to their ADP, so you can just draft best player available on your cheat sheet. For example, if a player is ranked 10 spots higher than his ADP, we'll move him to only 5 spots higher than his ADP - we don't want you to miss out on drafting that valuable player, but we know you sometimes just want to move down your cheat sheet picking best player available. This will help you do that.