Average Draft Positions

On every fantasy football site there are Average Draft Positions (ADPs), which simply mean spots where players have been taken on average through drafts on that site up to the moment. This list of ADPs should be the first thing you print out when doing your own draft prep because they give you a window into the tendencies of fantasy owners on that site. Here are the ADPs for the top 16 players on cbssports.com…

  1. Antonio Brown, WR
  2. Todd Gurley, RB
  3. Odell Beckham, Jr., WR
  4. Julio Jones, WR
  5. David Johnson, RB
  6. Adrian Peterson, RB
  7. Ezekiel Elliott, RB
  8. DeAndre Hopkins, WR
  9. Rob Gronkowski, TE
  10. Le’Veon Bell, RB
  11. Cam Newton, QB
  12. Lamar Miller, RB
  13. Jamaal Charles, RB
  14. Devonta Freeman, RB
  15. A.J. Green, WR
  16. Dez Bryant, WR

As you can see, on the CBS site the WRs dominate the top 16, as they should, but I’m mildly surprised to see only one QB make this list. That’s not because I think more QBs should be on it, but because I know a lot of leagues tend to get QB happy early. As more drafts come in I think Andrew Luck and Aaron Rodgers will rise into this list.

But keep in mind these are only average positions, and your league is its own animal, with the other owners in your league perhaps valuing players differently. The key for you is to try and get value in each and every round. Have a comprehensive list of your own, of your own draft positions, but keep in mind their actual draft positions at the same time.

That’s easy to do in most draft rooms because the site ADP is already listed. And on CBS and ESPN, if you get your homework done early you can populate your own draft position list to use on draft night. It makes things so much easier than they used to be, when you were there with your papers spread out before you trying to find all of your lists.  Do the work early so that when players go outside of their ADPs you can see where you ranked them and see if they fall to you at the spot you value them in.

Many owners take the ADPs as a sign of where players should be drafted, and go by them exclusively, and you can take advantage of them. You’ll know them during the draft because they’re the ones who don’t take any chances on players down the ADP list in any round. Make note of who they are so you don’t have to worry in later rounds that they’ll grab the guy you want. If he’s not at the top of the ADP list then you’re safe.

I love ADPs because they give you an idea of how other players are drafting, and they give you a chance to adjust to it ahead of time. Don’t draft without paying attention to them and creating your own draft positions to compare.

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