Finding Bargains On Draft Day

Folks is Frank Gore a good pick this year? Yes? No?

Tick tock, tick tock, tick tock

Regardless of your answer, I think I might be able to change your mind.

If you answered no: What if I told you I picked Gore in the 4th round of my draft last night? Would that have been a good pick? Darn right, getting Gore in the 4th round of a Fantasy draft certainly constitutes a great pick!

If you answered yes: What if I told you I selected Gore with the #1 overall selection? Was that a good pick? Hardly!

The point is clear. Regardless of how optimistic or pessimistic you are about an NFL starter, at some point in a draft, that player becomes a decent pick --- a bargain! At the right price, all viable NFL starters have Fantasy value.

At the bottom of this page, you'll find a link that takes you to a series of reports designed to help you identify draft day bargains. Actually, finding a bargain is easy --- find a truly undervalued player and you'll have found a bargain.

Top player lists, cheat sheets and other tools can certainly help on draft day. But, to really land a bargain, you might want to integrate Rankings with Average Draft Position (ADP) data. To help make the task easy, we've built a series of sortable reports. The idea here is simple. You want to find the biggest positive difference between the ADP data and the Ranking.

Value = Avg. Draft Position - Ranking

A positive difference implies the player is undervalued. A negative difference suggests the player is overvalued. By integrating Rankings with ADP data, you combine player potential with competitive analysis.

An Old But Good Case Study
Terrell Owens is one of the best receivers in the NFL. Few would argue this point. In fact, TVS analysis back in August of 2002 ranked Owens as the 4th Most Valuable Fantasy Player in the NFL -- an amazing accomplishment for a wide receiver!

However, Owens 4th place rating back in 2002 didn't necessarily suggest you draft him forth (or even late in the first round). Why? Often, Owens was getting selected early in the 2nd round. So, rather than selecting Owens with your first pick, you might consider selecting a Stud RB late in the 1st round. That way, you could still land Owens early in the 2nd round.

Passing up a high rated player is risky, but with the risk, comes the potential for even greater rewards. If you can land a stud RB and Owens, you'll be well on your way. We all have different risk tolerance --- only you can determine how much risk is right for you and your situation.

Putting together a well-designed draft strategy, having a backup plan, anticipating your competitor's moves and identifying bargains in each round is a lot of work. But, if you really want to win, it's essential. Do it well and you'll have an outstanding draft!

In a nutshell, you want to draft highly ranked players just before they're selected by one of your opponents. To do this, you'll want to utilize's Rankings and the Average Draft Position data. The following links address this issue.

As you examine the data reports, please recall Average Draft Position does not reflect the opinion of the staff.

Rather, the ADP data is presented solely as a reference to help you anticipate what your competition may be thinking and to help you identify draft day bargains. Also worth noting, players with an ADP between 11-20 are usually drafted in the 2nd round. Players with an ADP between 21-30 are usually drafted in the 3rd round, and so on. Finally, please understand the analysis assumes you must start a TE. If that's not the case, you can ignore the majority of the Tight End data.

The reports allow you to sort players by Average Draft Position, Overall Rank and by the difference between the two. Again, the larger the difference, the more undervalued the player. The more undervalued, the bigger the bargain!