My reaction to being told I’ve just signed up for a snake draft.
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They’re about as cool as pajama jeans, as outdated as Jnco jeans, and as lame as Bugle Boy jeans. They are snake drafts, and they just won’t die.
The biggest reason everyone hasn’t converted yet to auctions, in my all-knowing and humble opinion, is fear. People are scared of the unknown and the comfort of snake drafts is too strong for some to make the switch. Since we did an auction strategy piece, we’re sort of required to present some sort of snake draft strategy post to help you. Well, let me “help” you understand why snake drafts are awful.
There’s one chief flaw with snake drafts: they’re too random. As if fantasy football wasn’t full of enough bullshit-ass strokes of luck (good and bad) in-season, you have snake drafts randomizing the shit out of things before the games even start. Even if you pre-set a draft order, one thing is for sure: draft position dictates who you end up with. If you take a fantasy owner and give him two drafts with the same group of people in two different draft positions, that owner will create two entirely different teams. Maybe a couple of sleepers will wind up being the same, but that’s about it. In auctions, everyone starts off on even ground and the situations you are in later in the auction are the direct result of the moves you make (not the order in which you select players).
Hopefully, you’ll take these pearls of wisdom and upgrade your league. If not... well, you suck.
So the uber-helpful strategy for those of us who do play in leagues with a snake draft is "They suck, so don't play in them?" Seriously??
I play in leagues that use one or the other form of drafting and can honestly say that I enjoy both. Each has its own respective merits. But if you don't care for snake-style drafting -- which is fine, since everyone is entitled to his own opinions and preferences -- why write an "article" on it?
Could the main editor of this site perhaps replace this "advice" with an article that actually might help those whose leagues do utilize snake drafts? (There are plenty of us out there!) Just a suggestion.
Oh man a Jnco reference lol. I remember going to JC Penny and paying like $60 for a HUGE pair of pants. I wish I could go back in time and slap myself.
snake drafts are for commies! only tip you can really give is to those who are in the frst or last draft position. When it's your turn, grab the players you want regardless if you're reaching or not as it's likely they won't be there when your turn comes again.
Seriously though, upgrade your league to aucton drafts, it requires a lot more skill and is a hell of a lot more fun. Change is good people