Using Our Draft Kit to Win Your Yahoo Fantasy Football League
Nothing can derail a fantasy football season quite like a bad draft.
I don't mean injuries and busts, necessarily. I mean entering your draft lobby and realizing that your favorite picks, the late-round gems you scrounged for, are listed as mid-round picks on your site's draft app.
While there's nothing you can do to make your host site change their rankings, you can at least prepare for your draft by doing mock drafts on your site and studying the rankings that your leaguemates assuredly will be seeing when building their fantasy football teams for the upcoming season.
1. Yahoo's default leagues now feature two wide receivers and a flex position. Gone are the days of the three-receiver lineup. This impacts position scarcity and opportunity cost when building lineups. Take note.
2. Yahoo's default leagues now reward half a point per reception. It's not a full point, but half a point can still impact the way that you should try to build your lineup. Our free draft kit can be set to 0.5 PPR.
3. Yahoo's positional value is in line with ours. The number of quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, and tight ends inside Yahoo's top 125 is very close to how our projections value the different positions.
4. But the individual player rankings are generally very different. This means that no positions look to be inherently overvalued or undervalued but that there are players our algorithms rank differently.
5. You have just six bench spots in default leagues. This gives you one fewer spot than in ESPN default leagues, and that means fewer chances to cling to upside players.
Overvalued Yahoo Players According to Our Projections
If we set our draft kit to match Yahoo's default settings (in a 12-team league), these players stand out as the most overvalued.
Aaron Jones, suspended for two games, is the first Green Bay Packers running back listed in the Yahoo app. The algorithm disagrees and ranks him 164th overall. Meanwhile, the algorithm likes Ty Montgomery (114th overall) the most, and he's listed 149th on Yahoo. Jamaal Williams (116th in numberFire's rankings in a default Yahoo league) is found 125th in the draft app.
A select few tight ends are overvalued in this setup. While you can flex a tight end in a default Yahoo league now, you can still find better values than these options above.
Undervalued Yahoo Players According to Our Projections
Let's check the flipside. These quarterbacks and tight ends are at least 12 picks later than our algorithm ranks them.
There are some big-name options on this list, especially Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, and Drew Brees. While you don't need to spend an early-round pick on your passers in a standard Yahoo league, having Rodgers slip into the fourth round, for example, is a good value, based on our algorithm's projection.
Jack Doyle and Delanie Walker represent two significant value options at the tight end position in case you can't or don't want to stream the position. Doyle could last until the double-digit rounds if your leaguemates stick to the draft app rankings.
Giovani Bernard is an afterthought in the Yahoo draft app, but he's a top-120 pick in our rankings. He finished as the RB29 in half-PPR formats in 2017 and is our RB40 this year but is the RB56 in Yahoo's draft app.
A few fantasy-relevant players are listed way down the list on Yahoo.
Among the receivers who fit the bill (listed outside the top 1,000 on Yahoo), there is Brandon Marshall (252nd in our rankings), Ryan Grant (253rd), Antonio Callaway (255th), Eric Decker (259th), Chester Rogers (277th), and Tyler Boyd (280th).
It's so, so, so important to make sure that your rankings are customized to your league settings, and you have no reason not to have them by your side. Just head over to our draft kit and plug in your settings and then dominate your Yahoo fantasy football draft this season.