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The Importance of Custom Scoring in Cheatsheets - Footballguys

Why it's important to get cheatsheets with custom scoring

If you're using a generic cheatsheet instead of custom cheatsheets, you're doing Fantasy Football wrong.

Read on and we'll show you why.

Think back a few years ago. To the days when guys drafted from a magazine with a dated, generic non-specific cheatsheet. As the Shark of your league, you ate those Fish alive.

Today, the Fish in your league are the guys who draft with a generic non-specific cheatsheet they've downloaded "from the internet". The only difference is it's not as dated.

But because it's a one size fits all solution to a very specific problem, the advice and the results are just as bad.

Here's the hard truth. Once you project the stats, a player's value is largely determined by three things.

  1. Your specific scoring system.
  2. Your specific starting lineup requirements.
  3. Your specific number of teams in your league.

Those factors determine a player's value factoring the projected points scored against the supply and demand in the market. It's Economics 101. It's why Diamonds and Rob Gronkowski are both so valuable.

Consider Julio Jones.

We currently have Jones projected for 84 receptions, 1,336 yards, and 6.7 touchdowns. That's pretty much in line with what most people are projecting for Jones.

It's "common knowledge" Jones is a great option early in the second round. Most all the internet rankings say so. Sometimes, he's drafted late in the first round. In other drafts, he falls deeper into Round 2.

But listen up - and this is important - a stat line of 84 receptions, 1,336 yards, and 6.7 touchdowns for a wide receiver does not necessarily mean he's worth a second round pick.

10 Teams/TD-Only Scoring
Start 1 QB/2 RB/2 WR/1 TE/0 flex
12 Teams/Standard Scoring
Start 1 QB/2 RB/3 WR/1 TE/0 flex
16 Teams/PPR Scoring w/6pt Passing TDs
Start 2 QB/2 RB/3 WR/1 TE/1 flex
not in Top 50 overall
#13 overall
#24 overall

So DEPENDING ON YOUR LEAGUE, Jones posting 84 receptions, 1,336 yards, and 6.7 touchdowns could mean he's ranked in the Top 13. Or the Top 24. Or not in the Top 50.

It's simple economics.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOU? You need a custom cheatsheet that takes into account the crucial components that can accurately value players for YOUR league. Not a generic one size fits all type solution.

And stuff like this doesn't just happen with Jones. Look at a couple of players from every position. And again, this shows how the same projected stats can have a radically different value based on the specific situation.

Pos
Player
10 Teams/TD-Only Scoring
Start 1 QB/2 RB/2 WR/1 TE/0 flex
12 Teams/Standard Scoring
Start 1 QB/2 RB/3 WR/1 TE/0 flex
16 Teams/PPR Scoring w/6pt Passing TDs
Start 2 QB/2 RB/3 WR/1 TE/1 flex
QB
Aaron Rodgers
#14 overall
#34 overall
#2 overall
QB
Alex Smith
not in Top 50
not in Top 60
#25 overall
RB
Jerick McKinnon
#34 overall
#27 overall
#54 overall
RB
Leonard Fournette
#4 overall
#8 overall
#27 overall
WR
Michael Thomas
#40 overall
#18 overall
#28 overall
WR
Davante Adams
#15 overall
#21 overall
#38 overall
TE
Rob Gronkowski
#11 overall
#16 overall
#51 overall
TE
Kyle Rudolph
#32 overall
not in Top 60
not in Top 80

The bottom line is the scoring system, the starting lineup requirements, and the number of teams matter. A LOT.

Especially in the overall rankings. And unless your league drafts all the quarterbacks, then all the running backs, then all the wide receivers, and then tight ends, overall rankings matter.

A lot.

But the differences are clearly a huge factor even among the positions.

Quarterback Rankings from Late July

Quarterback
Team
6-pt TD
4-pt TD
TD-Only (6 pt)
TD-Only (4 pts)
Aaron Rodgers
GB
1
2
1
1
Deshaun Watson
HOU
2
1
4
4
Tom Brady
NE
3
5
2
2
Carson Wentz
PHI
4
6
3
3
Russell Wilson
SEA
5
4
7
7
Cam Newton
CAR
6
3
8
5
Drew Brees
NO
7
7
5
6
Ben Roethlisberger
PIT
8
8
6
8
Philip Rivers
LAC
9
13
11
13
Matthew Stafford
DET
10
12
10
11
Kirk Cousins
MIN
11
11
12
9
Jimmy Garappolo
SF
12
9
17
17
Alex Smith
WAS
13
10
14
15
Jared Goff
LAR
14
15
9
10
Patrick Mahomes
KC
15
14
15
14

Running Back Rankings from Late July

Running Back
Team
Non-PPR
PPR
TD-Only
0.5 PPR
Todd Gurley
LAR
1
1
1
1
Ezekiel Elliott
DAL
2
5
2
3
Le'Veon Bell
PIT
3
2
6
2
David Johnson
ARI
4
3
5
4
Alvin Kamara
NO
5
4
3
5
Leonard Fournette
JAC
6
9
4
7
Melvin Gordon
LAC
7
6
7
6
Dalvin Cook
MIN
8
10
8
9
Kareem Hunt
KC
9
8
9
8
Saquon Barkley
NYG
10
7
11
10
Devonta Freeman
ATL
11
14
10
12
LeSean McCoy
BUF
12
12
15
11
Jordan Howard
CHI
13
16
13
15
Jerick McKinnon
SF
14
13
18
14
Christian McCaffrey
CAR
15
11
12
13
Joe Mixon
CIN
16
15
19
16
Alex Collins
BAL
17
19
21
17
Derrick Henry
TEN
18
21
14
19
Kenyan Drake
MIA
19
17
28
18

Wide Receiver Rankings from Late July

Wide Receiver
Team
Non-PPR
PPR
TD-Only
0.5 PPR
Antonio Brown
PIT
1
1
2
1
DeAndre Hopkins
HOU
2
2
1
2
Odell Beckham Jr
NYG
3
3
3
3
Julio Jones
ATL
4
5
17
5
Keenan Allen
LAC
5
4
5
4
Michael Thomas
NO
6
6
14
6
A.J. Green
CIN
7
7
7
7
Mike Evans
TB
8
8
9
8
Davante Adams
GB
9
9
4
9
Adam Thielen
MIN
10
10
22
10
T.Y. Hilton
IND
11
13
21
13
Tyreek Hill
KC
12
14
11
14
Doug Baldwin
SEA
13
12
8
11
JuJu Smith-Schuster
PIT
14
15
10
15
Amari Cooper
OAK
15
16
19
16
Brandin Cooks
LAR
16
20
12
18
Stefon Diggs
MIN
17
18
13
17
Alshon Jeffery
PHI
18
21
6
20
Larry Fitzgerald
ARI
19
11
25
12
Marvin Jones
DET
20
25
16
23
Josh Gordon
CLE
21
24
33
24
Allen Robinson
CHI
22
22
26
22
Demaryius Thomas
DEN
23
17
28
19
Sammy Watkins
KC
24
27
18
26
Golden Tate
DET
25
19
34
21
Michael Crabtree
BAL
26
23
15
25
Marquise Goodwin
SF
27
31
51
27
Robby Anderson
NYJ
28
30
27
28
Devin Funchess
CAR
29
28
20
29
Chris Hogan
NE
30
34
23
34

Tight End Rankings from Late July

Tight End
Team
Non-PPR
PPR
TD-Only
0.5 PPR
Rob Gronkowski
NE
1
1
1
1
Travis Kelce
KC
2
2
5
2
Zach Ertz
PHI
3
3
3
3
Jimmy Graham
GB
4
6
2
6
Greg Olsen
CAR
5
5
7
5
Evan Engram
NYG
6
4
6
4
Delanie Walker
TEN
7
7
10
7
Kyle Rudolph
MIN
8
8
4
8
Jordan Reed
WAS
9
9
9
9
O.J. Howard
TB
10
12
8
10

Here's the bottom line. The days of picking up a magazine on the way to your draft went away 20 years ago. But drafting with a generic cheatsheet is just as bad. The Footballguys custom cheatsheets are generated by the Draft Dominator and they're custom tailored to reflect YOUR specific situation.

They're the key to your Perfect Draft.