The beginning of the next Fantasy Football season is always around the corner, and there are more tools than ever to prepare for your next draft day. This season, get the most out of your Fantasy team by using mock drafts.
For some, preparing for the draft is a full-time job. Meticulously watching film and taking pages of notes, running complex statistical models, and losing sleep from the regret of drafting Todd Gurley over David Johnson.
For others, it’s reading your favorite publication two hours before your league’s big draft or kegger.
Regardless, there is one source of preparation that most players will utilize: Mock Drafts. In the digital age, we have the power to utilize mock drafts in more ways than ever before. But this power comes with great responsibility that should be addressed before your next draft starts.
Today, we’ll look at what I’d consider the three types of mock drafts: Expert Mocks, Public Mocks, and Aggregate Mock Drafting.
3 Mock Draft Types That Will Change Your Game
Expert Mock Drafts
The oldest method of experiencing a mock draft was in your favorite magazine or website through expert leagues and mocks. These are fantastic starting points and allows readers to be exposed to new strategies that are cooked up by professionals. You can learn what a zero-running back team looks like without the risk.
Pro drafts usually are the first exposure the casual player has to Average Draft Position. They provide insight of where you should be comfortable taking a given player. The best part about expert leagues is the feedback and thought process from the participants. It is key to see honest decisions with explanations for why they drafted who they did.
This isn’t to say that pro mocks are perfect. At the end of the day, these mock drafts are done by human beings. Another issue, especially with printed magazines, is timing. Often times that Major Network: The Magazine mock draft was done in June or July, weeks before your team is picking and not able to account for the inevitable devastating injury in training camp.
With the internet, pro mocks are endlessly available and up to date. Heck, we’ve done a couple here with SCFE staff!
Public Mock Drafts
Professional and published mocks are generally minimally interactive experiences that don’t provide any insight of making the fast-paced decision. A popular mocking option that mitigates this issue is to participate in a public mock on your favorite Fantasy site.
It’s quick and easy to join and there’s no real money or pressure involved. The live experience is your opportunity to have some stranger with a tasteless username snag your round 12 sleeper just before you pick.
Public mocks are sometimes modifiable to whatever settings your league uses. Yes, it’s possible to even find people to participate in your 6-team, .5PPR, IDP, with 2 starting QBs. But we all have different habits and preferences. What better place to learn and grow new strategies than the live public mocks! These mocks are the breeding grounds for some very interesting and exciting tactics.
This option also comes with some issues. Particularly the potential for some fool to come in and draft their favorite player with the first overall pick and promptly ditch the lobby to eat paint chips before the second pick is even in. While the live mock is great for getting drafting experience, that experience is not necessarily indicative of the draft your league will hold.
The people you mock with are not your league-mates. Beware that these results and individuals are not the actual competition you’d find in your $100 entry league.
Aggregate Mock Drafting
A unique option that I’ve found in recent years is using aggregate data of pro and community mocks. Sites like FantasyFootballCalculator.com and the FantasyPros Draft Wizard use other users’ drafting habits to develop a fully computerized mock drafting experience. It is quick to set up and is easily the fastest mocking option. Aggregate mocks are a must for developing strategies for draft day.
Other sites like borischen.co do a mass average of expert rankings. Seeing player trends throughout the preseason and training camp can help you predict the market to come, and help generate some great what-if scenarios.
These sources are even great for finding the range of your stud WR, where the mean ADP is an underrated QB, and feature a clean graphical interface to view data over time.
Aggregate mocks are not necessarily services that are going to give you experience drafting with the individuals in your league. However, they are invaluable so you can see who will be available in the 6th round.
All in all, most forms of mock drafting are useful tools when framed in the right context, but it’s important to know what kind of information is being generated by each mock draft and how to best use it. I recommend using a combination of the three mock draft types while keeping your ear to the ground on potential injuries and sleepers throughout training camp and preseason to really get an edge in your Fantasy drafts for the upcoming season.
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If you are looking for a place to conduct a mock draft or need assistance with drafting in general, check out the Fantasy Pros Draft Wizard. This is a terrific tool that will help you dominate your league, along with So-Called Fantasy Experts, of course.
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