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A More Equitable Fantasy Football Draft

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Is there anyone who doubts that getting the top pick in a fantasy football draft gives that owner a leg-up on the season? After several drafts, real and mock, I have no doubts that being able to select Ladanian Tomlinson first and then an elite WR and decent 2nd RB with the 24th and 25th picks when the drafts snakes back allows that team an unfair advantage.

The question is how to remedy that basic inequity in a game that relies upon very much on the luck of the draw. I'll focus on the first three rounds as that seems to contain all the elite talent - top RBs, WRs and QBs.

In a standard 12-team snake draft, the team who selects first has an average selection spot of 16.7. This is the best amongst the 12 teams selecting in the first three rounds. The worst? The team picking 12th with an average selection spot of 20.3.

To remedy this unfair adavantage, I changed the standard snake in order to switch those averages. By snaking the first two rounds (1-to-12/12-to-1) and then reversing the order for the third round (from 1-to-12 to 12-to-1) creates an average selection spot of 16.7 for the team selecting 12th and a 20.3 for the one who won the lottery with the first pick overall.

Actual Remedy
1st 2nd 3rd ASSt 1st 2nd 3rd ASSt
1 24 25 16.70 1 24 36 20.30
2 23 26 17.00 2 23 35 20.00
3 22 27 17.30 3 22 34 19.70
4 21 28 17.70 4 21 33 19.30
5 20 29 18.00 5 20 32 19.00
6 19 30 18.30 6 19 31 18.70
7 18 31 18.70 7 18 30 18.30
8 17 32 19.00 8 17 29 18.00
9 16 33 19.30 9 16 28 17.70
10 15 34 19.70 10 15 27 17.30
11 14 35 20.00 11 14 26 17.00
12 13 36 20.30 12 13 25 16.70