The Importance of Custom Scoring in Cheatsheets

Why it's important to get cheatsheets with custom scoring

If you're using a generic cheatsheet instead of custom cheatsheets generated by the Draft Dominator, 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 Travis Kelce are both so valuable.

Consider Keenan Allen.

As of the end of July, we have Allen projected for 99 receptions, 1,218 yards, and 6.7 touchdowns. That's pretty much in line with what most people are projecting for him.

It's common knowledge Allen is a great option early in the third round. Most all the internet rankings say so. Sometimes, he's drafted late in the second round. In other drafts, he falls deeper into Round 3.

But listen up - and this is important - a stat line of 99 receptions, 1,218 yards, and 6.7 touchdowns for a wide receiver does not necessarily mean he's worth a third-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
#25 overall
#18 overall

So DEPENDING ON YOUR LEAGUE, Allen posting 99 receptions, 1,218 yards, and 6.7 touchdowns could mean you shouldn't take him in the first four rounds. Or you should take him at the top of Round 3. Or you should take him half-way through the second.

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 Allen. 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
Andrew Luck
#42 overall
#45 overall
#19 overall
QB
Ben Roethlisberger
not in Top 50
not in Top 60
#38 overall
RB
Sony Michel
#15 overall
#36 overall
#59 overall
RB
Derrick Henry
#12 overall
#28 overall
#48 overall
WR
T.Y. Hilton
#45 overall
#18 overall
#21 overall
WR
Michael Thomas
#20 overall
#14 overall
#7 overall
TE
George Kittle
#36 overall
#22 overall
#31 overall
TE
Eric Ebron
#28 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 players from the same position.

Quarterback Rankings from Late July

Quarterback
Team
TD-Only
Standard
4-Pt TDs
6-Pt TDs
4-Pt TDs
6-Pt TDs
Patrick Mahomes
KC
1
1
1
1
Andrew Luck
Ind
2
2
2
2
Deshaun Watson
Hou
3
7
3
3
Drew Brees
NO
4
3
12
10
Aaron Rodgers
GB
5
6
5
7
Russell Wilson
Sea
6
5
9
8
Carson Wentz
Phi
7
4
6
4
Matt Ryan
Atl
8
9
7
5
Baker Mayfield
Cle
9
8
11
9
Ben Roethlisberger
Pit
10
10
4
6
Kirk Cousins
Min
11
12
18
14
Dak Prescott
Dal
12
17
17
16
Cam Newton
Car
13
16
8
13
Jared Goff
LAR
14
11
13
12
Jameis Winston
TB
15
13
10
11

Running Back Rankings from Late July

Running Back
Team
Non-PPR
PPR
TD-Only
Standard
Half-Pt
Full-Pt
Alvin Kamara
NO
1
3
4
3
Saquon Barkley
NYG
2
1
1
1
Christian McCaffrey
Car
3
4
2
2
Ezekiel Elliott
Dal
4
2
3
4
Todd Gurley
LAR
5
10
10
11
Nick Chubb
Cle
6
6
9
10
James Conner
Pit
7
7
7
8
Derrick Henry
Ten
8
12
15
18
Sony Michel
NE
9
16
20
21
Melvin Gordon
LAC
10
13
12
13
David Johnson
Ari
11
5
5
5
Damien Williams
KC
12
17
14
14
Marlon Mack
Ind
13
15
16
19
Le'Veon Bell
NYJ
14
9
6
6
Joe Mixon
Cin
15
8
8
7
Aaron Jones
GB
16
18
18
17
Leonard Fournette
Jac
17
19
17
15
Devonta Freeman
Atl
18
20
19
16
Dalvin Cook
Min
19
11
11
9
Mark Ingram
Bal
20
22
23
25
Kerryon Johnson
Det
21
14
13
12
Chris Carson
Sea
22
23
24
26
Josh Jacobs
Oak
23
21
21
20
Latavius Murray
NO
24
28
30
31
Tevin Coleman
SF
25
26
27
28

Wide Receiver Rankings from Late July

Wide Receiver
Team
Non-PPR
PPR
TD-Only
Standard
Half-Pt
Full-Pt
Tyreek Hill
KC
1
1
2
2
Davante Adams
GB
2
5
4
5
DeAndre Hopkins
Hou
3
2
1
1
Odell Beckham Jr
Cle
4
4
5
8
Antonio Brown
Oak
5
6
7
7
Michael Thomas
NO
6
8
6
3
JuJu Smith-Schuster
Pit
7
7
8
6
Mike Evans
TB
8
9
9
9
Julio Jones
Atl
9
3
3
4
Stefon Diggs
Min
10
14
14
14
Tyler Lockett
Sea
11
16
17
17
Amari Cooper
Dal
12
11
12
13
Calvin Ridley
Atl
13
21
22
21
T.Y. Hilton
Ind
14
10
10
11
Mike Williams
LAC
15
25
27
28
Adam Thielen
Min
16
13
13
12
Brandin Cooks
LAR
17
15
16
16
Alshon Jeffery
Phi
18
26
25
24
A.J. Green
Cin
19
23
23
27
Dante Pettis
SF
20
29
34
36
Cooper Kupp
LAR
21
22
20
22
Robert Woods
LAR
22
19
19
20
Julian Edelman
NE
23
17
15
15
Sammy Watkins
KC
24
30
30
37
Tyler Boyd
Cin
25
24
24
23
Kenny Golladay
Det
26
18
18
18
Robby Anderson
NYJ
27
28
28
31
Keenan Allen
LAC
28
12
11
10
Will Fuller
Hou
29
37
38
41
Marvin Jones
Det
30
32
35
35

Tight End Rankings from Late July

Tight End
Team
Non-PPR
PPR
TD-Only
Standard
Half-Pt
Full-Pt
Travis Kelce
KC
1
1
1
1
Zach Ertz
Phi
2
3
3
3
O.J. Howard
TB
3
4
4
5
Eric Ebron
Ind
4
7
7
7
George Kittle
SF
5
2
2
2
Hunter Henry
LAC
6
6
6
6
Evan Engram
NYG
7
5
5
4
Jared Cook
NO
8
8
8
8
David Njoku
Cle
9
10
11
12
Kyle Rudolph
Min
10
12
12
11
Trey Burton
Chi
11
15
15
15
Jack Doyle
Ind
12
16
14
14
Austin Hooper
Atl
13
11
9
9
Vance McDonald
Pit
14
9
10
10
Delanie Walker
Ten
15
13
13
13

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.