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, interceptions lost, and points allowed the cheat sheet will automatically deduct points.
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 patent-pending 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 Adrian Peterson 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, Adrian Peterson 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 ranking to reflect it. So while the average person is reaching to draft Adrian Peterson, 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!
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!
How do I use the cheat sheet during the draft?
When it’s time for your draft, you can use the cheat sheet on your computer, or you can print it out. If you don’t know your draft spot, you can wait until you find out, select the draft position at the top and your cheat sheet will be ready. If you have to print before you know your draft spot, you can just print a cheat sheet for each draft position! Having the draft-pick overlays allows you to adapt quickly during your draft. While others fumble around with multiple cheat sheets or multiple computer screens, you’ll be ready. Bring a pen, cross players off as they’re drafted and 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 to guide you!