That might be ok in a public Yahoo league or playing with your buds from work, but then again you can win those just knowing the players in the back half of the draft better than your opponents and not punting categories. In money leagues like NFBC you will get destroyed doing this because you have little info to actually go off of.

Tiering as an only strategy may be what most Yahooers do, but its not what people competing in leagues with a lot on the line do. If that’s your point then sure, ok you win. But it’s not a “good” thing, just what people do if they dont have a lot of time on their hands. Heck you can import projections into excel, make an extra column for values, and just put an SGP formula in that block and go off of that, it takes like 10 minutes and very little work on your end. And its more precise and gets you what real tiers would be, backed up by at least someones numbers

]]>I’m glad at least I was able to get across that tiered rankings are possible, although they do not provide the emotional comfort of false precision.

]]>You are right, it is not necessary to figure out values for every player to put them into tiers. You only have to do that if you want the list to be good and useful.

]]>Tulo

*big gap*

Lester

*tiny gap*

Kimbrel

Now, the subsequent calculations might give

Tulo 133.2

Lester 67.3

Kimbrel 62.2

Or it might be

Tulo 120.6

Lester 88.3

Kimbrel 72.2

But either way, it is the same basic information but in a more precise form. Figuring out the calculations is helpful, but it is certainly not necessary. And considering the large margin of error for that type of calculation, it is of limited value for a snake draft to know whether the first or the second calculation is more accurate.

]]>But, no you don’t need to boil down each player to a single number (of whatever units) in order to rank them with tiers. Again, the vast majority of snake drafters who add tiers to their rankings don’t calculate this single number.

]]>What you call the number you are using to do the ranking is irrelevant.

]]>I agree with most of your points, but I still think the difference between using a boiled-down number and using a more vague understanding of relative value is being overstated. E.G. if you are comparing a certain SP and a certain SS, you might calculate the SP as worth 87.3 MegaFonzies and the SS as worth 84.2 MegaFonzies. But given the nature of the variables that go into the calculation, the margin of error for these calculations is big enough that if you instead simply ranked them within the same general tier within all players, you are giving yourself almost the same information to take into the draft. And if you have a little fantasy experience and understanding, it is possible to place that SS and P into the same general tier without doing a calculation.

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