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How to Utilize Game Theory to Maximize Value in Fantasy Football Snake Drafts

It's not always best to draft the players highest on your board. Utilizing game theory can help you reduce opportunity cost and maximize the upside of your fantasy football rosters.

Being a bit of a tubster when I was a kid, I would go to great lengths in order to maximize my candy intake. Whether that meant buying a lesser sweet just because there was more of it or choosing a cheap option to save on allowance money to acquire more candy, these were extreme measures.

One such method of treat optimization involved a little bit of game theory. My sister and I would sort through our Halloween candy draft style, where we'd each take turns choosing two pieces of candy at a time. Now, I could go for the elite candy first -- Snickers, of course -- ensuring that it would be mine.

However, a little knowledge about my sister's drafting habits helped me skirt the system.

You see, because she was older than me, she had braces already, and I did not. With those contraptions on her teeth, she wasn't able to indulge in the delectable caramel centers of mankind's tastiest creation.

This gave me a bit of flexibility in my selection process. Knowing I could wait and get my Snickers later meant that I was able to draft lesser candies first in order to get the optimal dopeness out of my picks.

Even though no fantasy football asset can sniff the perfection involved in one mini Snickers bar, we can apply these same concepts to our season-long snake drafts. Let's explain what all of this means, why using game theory in your snake drafts is desirable, and how to best implement it once your draft rolls around.

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