Above The Standard - Draft Position Index Ratings Part 3
Welcome to the third and final part of the 2013 Fantasy Draft Position Index Ratings series. Part one broke down the index by draft position, part two broke it down by football position, and this article will show you how to draft a team that always ends up with an index rating above 100.
In case you aren’t familiar with the index ratings, here’s an overview: I ran dozens of mock drafts and then used the PFF Fantasy projections to find out, on average, how your draft position affects your chances at drafting a good team. Through all of this a standard formed. The standard – an index rating of 100 – means “average.” A rating of 110 means 10 percent above average, etc. etc. The starters for the mocks were 1-QB, 2-RB, 3-WR, 1-TE, and 1-Flex (RB/WR/TE) in a points-per-reception (PPR) league. Only skill position starters are included in the draft position index (which means bench players are not).
So, if you’ve been smart, you’ve used the first two parts of this series to help you either draft or prep for your draft. All of the data is there to help you figure out how the index ratings impact your own personal draft strategy.
But maybe you’ve still got a draft coming up and you don’t know what strategy to deploy. Do you go for Jimmy Graham early? What about Calvin Johnson? Do you take a running back even if it’s a guy that isn’t get as much love this year, like Ray Rice? There are a lot of different strategies out there, and I’ve tried them all. In fact, in the name of research for this article, I tried out all of the (viable) draft strategies from all 12 spots in a 12-team league. I then put my teams up against the index standard to see which strategy always came out on top.