Fantasy sports have exploded in popularity over the last decade and a half. They involve drafting a set of real-life players in a sport and adding them to a fictional team the manager creates. The most popular way of distributing these players is through the use of a snaking draft where managers follow a pre-determined order and select players (just like teams do in real life). Once everyone has selected, the next round begins and the player who chose last will select first. This form of draft, while still highly enjoyable, is archaic compared to an auction style of draft. In an auction, managers arrive with a set amount of money and bid against each other for a player’s rights. Here are 10 reasons to move a fantasy draft into an auction-based style of draft.
10. Everyone Begins On An Even Playing Field
In an auction, everyone has the same amount of money and the same right to every player. Consequently, in a snake draft, every manager is placed in a separate draft slot. During some seasons, it may be better to draft near the top if the high-end talent has a significant dropoff. During this scenario, drafting at the bottom would be disadvantageous as potentially making two picks in a row could prove less beneficial than having the one early pick. On the other hand, some seasons there is no consensus number one pick and therefore being saddled with the first pick can be frustrating. After an auction, there can be no complaints about draft position because everyone entered on an even playing field. Fantasy sports represent a game meant for fun but it is a highly competitive. Fantasy would not be fun if some managers held an advantage over others prior to the year even beginning.