Friday, June 28, 2013

Fantasy Football 101 - What is a Fantasy Football Snake Draft?

What is a Fantasy Football Snake Draft? 

  A "Snake Draft" in fantasy football is also known as a Serpentine Draft and is the most common draft style in fantasy football leagues. Each team owner is randomly placed into a draft position numbered 1-12 for 12 team leagues and 1-10 in 10 team leagues. For this article we will be using a 10 team league format as an example.

The random draft order was as follows:
#1 Mario
#2 Ralph
#3 Suzy
#4 Roger
#5 Jon
#6 Tim
#7 Sarah
#8 Dorthy
#9 Chuck
#10 Jammal

Breaking down a fantasy football snake draft

  Mario received the number one draft position, so he will begin the snake draft by choosing the first player of the draft. He will then be followed by Ralph then Suzy, Roger... all the way to Jammal who holds the last pick in the 1st round which in this draft is the 10th overall pick. This is where the term snake comes in. In Round Two Jammal will begin the drafting by selecting the 11th overall player of the draft but the first player of the second round. The draft will then go in reverse order snaking its way all the way back to Mario who will end the second round with pick number 20. In the picture below you can see how the snake draft system looks in action.


  As you can see on paper the draft pick order looks to snake its way down the draft board. As part of your fantasy football draft strategy it is very important to understand a couple things about your draft position.

Here is a simple snake draft pick breakdown to help you prepare for your draft: 

MARIO = Pick #1 - He will get picks: 1,20,21,40,41,60,61...
RALPH = Pick #2 - He will get picks: 2,19,22,39,42,59,62...
SUZY = Pick #3 - She will get picks: 3,18,23,38,43,58,63...
ROGER = Pick #4 - He will get picks: 4,17,24,37,44,57,64...
JON = Pick #5 - He will get picks: 5,16,25,36,45,56,65...
TIM = Pick #6 - He will get picks: 6,15,26,35,46,55,66...
SARAH = Pick #7 - She will get picks: 7,14,27,34,47,54,67...
DORTHY = Pick #8 - She will get picks: 8,13,28,33,48,53,68...
CHUCK = Pick #9 - He will get picks: 9,12,29,32,49,52,69...
JAMMAL = Pick #10 - He will get picks: 10,11,30,31,50,51,70...

The above chart should help when looking at a top 200 ranking sheet and plan out your snake draft strategy. Please check out our 2013 Fantasy Football Snake Draft Strategies for a more in depth personal draft strategy for the 2013-2014 fantasy football season.

By: +Jason Kaz

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