Expert DRAFTing Week 1

Exploring strategies on beating this week's snake drafts on DRAFT


DRAFT offers weekly snake draft contests with 5-man rosters (1 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR/TE) with 0.5-point PPR scoring (the same as FanDuel). There is no salary cap on DRAFT which makes it unique to how you play compared to the other daily fantasy sites. Teams are built through live snake drafts that have 30-second timer per pick. The most common contest sizes are Head-to-Head, 3-Team, 6-Team, and 10-Team.

We will explore both the rankings and draft strategies for each of these four DRAFT sizes. To understand why players are ranked where they are, be sure to check out the overall rankings where I will have in-depth breakdowns of some of the top options and some personal favorites down the list. When developing these rankings we will be excluding the Thursday Night, Sunday Night, and Monday Night games and only focus on the main slate on DRAFT, which is the Sunday games.


It is Week 1 and that means we have no bye weeks and a loaded player pool. DRAFT has excluded the Green Bay vs Chicago, Pittsburgh vs New England, Houston vs New Orleans, and Denver vs Oakland games because they are not on the main Sunday slate. That still leaves us 12 games and 24 teams worth of players to choose from this week. This will be a good week to try all the different sized formats on DRAFT and to play in the five different tournament options that they have available.

  • For The People - 12-man $1(12 max)
  • Third and Short - 6-man $3 (6 max)
  • Hype Train - 6-man $5 (6 max)
  • NFL Kickoff - 8-man $10 (8 max)
  • Five Wide - 4-man $55 (4 max)

The popular high scoring games to target this week are going to be Kansas City vs Jacksonville (52.5 O/U), LA Rams vs Carolina (50.5 O/U), and San Francisco vs Tampa Bay (50.0 O/U). It will be hard to not focus only on the Kansas City vs Jacksonville game as there are so many big-name players in that game especially on the Chiefs side of the game. Whenever you are in a position to choose between two players you feel have similar upside you might just want to choose the one that is from one of these three games as they all seem to ones that will have some high scores and lots of fantasy points from all the star players involved.

With Ezekiel Elliott now signing he will vault himself into the top three plays this week alongside McCaffrey and Barkley. It looks like a week that you will want to go running back early and follow it up with your wide receivers and then take your quarterback last trying to pair him with one of your receivers to help give you that extra shot in tournaments.

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