NBA Draft Wizard FAQ
What is the Draft Wizard?
The Draft Wizard is a suite of tools that make it dead simple to prepare for and nail your fantasy basketball drafts. Its modern and easy-to-use interface will make paper cheat sheets and overly complicated draft software a thing of the past. It’s about time, right?
The Wizard lets you import rankings from any website or spreadsheet, create consensus rankings from any combination of experts, and customize the cheat sheets with easy drag-and-drop and one-click tiering. You’ll then be able to practice drafting through our Mock Draft Simulator and instantly analyze your performance with our Draft Analyzer. Finally, you can use your cheat sheets live during your drafts with our Draft Assistant. We even sync with Yahoo’s league manager so taken players are automatically crossed off your cheat sheet. Yep, stress-free drafting!
How can it help me win my league?
We all know how important the draft is in fantasy basketball; getting out of the gate with a strong team sets you up for success within the season. The formula for winning your draft is no secret too. You need to have an accurate cheat sheet, accurate pick predictions for your opponents, and accurate decision- making during the draft (despite the pressure of “the clock”). The Wizard helps with all three of these needs...
Accurate Cheat SheetFantasyPros has tracked the accuracy of fantasy experts since 2009. We’ve learned that some experts consistently outperform others and that “consensus rankings” tend to be very accurate. You can try some consensus variations like combining the experts you personally trust or combining your favorite sites. In all cases, we also recognize that you may be able to enhance the rankings (and beat the experts!), so we allow you to easily edit the cheat sheets to perfect them.
Accurate Pick PredictionsAlthough you may have a good idea of the players you want to target during the draft, knowing when to draft these players is very difficult. Our Simulator helps guide you by predicting what your opponents will do. And we don’t just assume everyone will be drafting based on ADP. Instead, we leverage numerous expert cheat sheets to match the variety of drafters you’re likely to face. We then use these rankings, in conjunction with in-draft pick logic based on team needs and position scarcity, to accurately predict which player each team will select.
Accurate Decision-MakingNo matter how much you prepare for your draft, sometimes the pressure of the clock will cause you to take players you regret the minute you click on “draft him.” The stress level is exacerbated when you’re fumbling through paper cheat sheets or dealing with complicated draft software. Our Wizard simplifies everything. We narrow down your choices (based on your cheat sheets, your team needs, and predicted opponent picks), and give you a simple comparison of the players based on our consensus expert advice. Also, since our Draft Assistant looks and acts exactly like our Draft Simulator, you’ll be completely familiar with the interface during your draft.
Which league formats are supported?
How much does it cost?
We offer Basic (Free) and PRO versions of the Draft Wizard. An overview of PRO features and pricing is available here and summarized below.
Basic Users (Free)
To learn more about the benefits of upgrading to a PRO account, please visit our PRO Features Overview.
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Does it work on an iPad?
Yes, all the features of the Draft Wizard will work on an iPad and other touch screen devices.
Will you be offering in-season advice and tools?
Not at the Draft Wizard site. Feel free to visit our main site, FantasyPros.com, for all your in-season needs. The Draft Wizard is purely a draft prep and drafting tool.
How long is the Premium Subscription for?
The Premium Subscription is for fantasy basketball drafts in 2013. You can use the product on an unlimited basis, but it is only for 2013 and purely for preseason drafting (not for in-season weekly advice).
How do I assign Keepers for my league? (PRO Feature)
If you’re a PRO member, you’ll receive seamless support for Keepers in all of the Draft Wizard’s tools. As you go through the quick setup process for your mock and real drafts, there will be a check box to indicate if you are playing in a Keeper league. Simply select that option and you will have the opportunity to enter Keepers for every team along with the round each player is assigned to. This information will be saved after you enter it the first time and can be edited from the draft setup screen or from your My Account page. If you are playing in a Yahoo league, you’ll also be able to import your league directly from this page so you don’t have to enter the Keepers manually.
Does the Draft Wizard support traded picks? (PRO Feature)
Yes, PRO users can customize the order of any draft. To adjust a draft order, simply navigate to your My Account page. Then select the appropriate league from the ‘My Leagues’ list and click the ‘Draft Details’ option. You’ll be able to alter the order of your draft board to re-assign any picks that have been traded.
How do I contact support?
If we’re missing something here in the FAQ, please use this form to report it -- we’ll do our best to respond to you in a timely manner.
What is the Draft Simulator?
The Draft Simulator is an efficient way to practice for your draft. It’s similar to doing a live mock draft except that you’re drafting against our computer algorithm (which uses a random selection of expert cheat sheets and ADP sources). We suggest that you try both live and simulated mock drafts, but there are a few key benefits to using our Draft Simulator…
It’s fast and fun.Live mocks are great but it’s often frustrating trying to get into the mock draft you want, and even more frustrating waiting for everyone to make their picks (a live mock can take over an hour to complete). Our Simulator can let you complete hundreds of mock drafts in very little time. If you want to test out different drafting strategies or just quickly see the type of team you’ll likely end up with based on your cheat sheet, our Simulator is a great option. Speaking of options, you’ll be able to take your time with each and every pick (and even revert picks if you want…wouldn’t that be nice in real drafts!), or auto-draft the rest of the way.
It’s accurate and realistic.Have you ever been in a mock draft where some bozo takes a random player in the first round just to be funny? It happens more than you would think. Also, many of the computerized auto-picks run off of a straight ADP with no regards to team needs or position scarcity. If many of the opponent picks are not that realistic, you’re not going to get an accurate picture of how your real draft will unfold. And, isn’t this the whole point of doing mock drafts in the first place? Our simulator takes things a little more seriously. It uses real cheat sheets from a random selection from all the major draft sites. Our opponent pick algorithm uses logic that mirrors how most drafters make their decisions during their drafts. We factor in player rankings, team needs, and position scarcity to determine the most likely selection.
It’s what you’ll use during your draft.This is key. If you plan on using our Draft Assistant during your real draft, you’ll be happy to know that the Draft Simulator and Draft Assistant share the same interface and features. So you’ll know exactly how to use the tool during your draft. The last thing we want is to create any additional stress!
Who are my opponents?
FantasyPros has the largest database of expert rankings on the web. We randomly select sheets as your opponents in the draft. It’s important to note that we don’t simply grab the top available player on the opponent’s cheat sheet. Instead, we use a pick algorithm that factors in player rankings, team needs, and position scarcity. We do this to create realistic draft results.
How do you suggest players to consider?
We leverage your personal cheat sheet, team needs and position scarcity to queue up players you might want to consider drafting. Also keep in mind that you can always queue an individual player by clicking on him in your cheat sheet.
What is Expert Voting?
The default view in the player queue shows Expert Voting on the players in the queue. It tells you, all other things being equal, whom the experts would take among the players in the queue. We use each expert’s Overall Rankings to determine their vote. The player with the highest percentage of votes is highlighted in green. The expert voting does not bake in your team needs, position scarcity, or your own personal opinion about each player’s value.
Which features are free vs. premium?
The Draft Simulator contains elements that are free along with premium features for PRO members. An overview of PRO features is available here and summarized below.
Basic Users (Free)
PRO members also have access to our enhanced Cheat Sheet Creator and Draft Analyzer as well as our Draft Assistant. The PRO package is available for $14.95 or FREE with our special offer.
CHEAT SHEET CREATOR
What is the Cheat Sheet Creator?
The Cheat Sheet Creator is the easiest way to create a cheat sheet for your draft. You can instantly import any rankings from the web or from a spreadsheet on your computer. You can also combine multiple expert cheat sheets into one consensus cheat sheet. You’ll be able to customize the rankings through a simple drag-and-drop interface, create player tiers with a click of a button, and edit player notes. You can export these rankings to Excel or use them in our Draft Simulator and Draft Assistant. All the customization work you do on your cheat sheet will be leveraged in these integrated draft tools.
What is FantasyPros ECR™?
ECR™ stands for "Expert Consensus Ranking" and represents the collective opinion of all the experts tracked by FantasyPros. We generate a single consensus cheat sheet by calculating how many “Rank Points” each player receives based on his ranked position on each expert’s cheat sheet. Each ranked position is worth certain number of Rank Points – the better the rank, the higher the Rank Points. We add these Rank Points up for each player across all experts to determine the player’s consensus rank. We don’t use an “average rank” because we believe this approach is flawed. Using an average requires that you assign an arbitrary rank for unranked players, which skews the results.
How do I edit the player rankings? (PRO Feature)
Simply click on “Edit Rankings” from the Cheat Sheet Creator. You’ll see a screen that allows you to drag-and-drop players to move them into new rank slots. Once you’re satisfied with your new rankings, simply save your cheat sheet to store the new rankings.
How do I keep Position and Overall ranks in sync? (PRO Feature)
We use synching logic that automatically keeps your Overall rankings (mixed positions) in sync with your Positional Rankings. We’ll take your most recently saved rankings as our guide to keep things logical between rankings. So, there’s no need to duplicate your drag-and-drop between the rankings. Just decide which set of rankings you want to edit and the other set will be revised automatically to reflect your changes.
What are Tiers and how do I create them? (PRO Feature)
Tiers are a great way to organize your cheat sheet into groups of players of similar value. If you have a tier with five players, you’re essentially saying that you don’t have a strong preference between the five players in the group. During your draft, if all your players are still available in the tier, you may opt to hold off on drafting one of them since you’re likely to still have one or more of the players available on your next turn. To create Tiers, simply click on “Edit Rankings” from the Cheat Sheet Creator. When you mouse over rankings, you’ll see a link appear between rows called “create a tier” – simply click on this link to create a tier. You’ll also be able to drag-and-drop the tier or delete it once it’s created.
What are Targets and how do I set them? (PRO Feature)
Targets are a convenient way to highlight your favorite players. Whether they’re your super secret sleepers, top value picks, or the studs you just can’t live without, we make it easy to keep track of them in your cheat sheets and during your drafts. To target a player, simply click on “Target” next to the player’s name in the Cheat Sheet Creator. The box will turn yellow and that player will be noted as targeted on all your saved cheat sheets. You can easily remove the Target label by clicking on it again. During your mock drafts and real drafts, your targeted players will be highlighted in yellow on your cheat sheets. You can easily turn the highlighting on or off through the checkbox option at the top of your cheat sheet.
How do I add and edit Notes? (PRO Feature)
You can write your own notes or edit the expert notes by clicking on “Edit Rankings” and then placing your curser into the note field that you want to add or edit. You’ll be able to view your player notes during simulations and drafts by hovering your curser over the player’s name in your cheat sheet or player’s photo in the player queue.
The cheat sheet I imported contains players that are Keepers for other teams. Will this impact my draft?
No, it will not. As long as you have your league’s keepers assigned (PRO Feature) within the Draft Wizard, the players will automatically appear as crossed off on your cheat sheet when using the Draft Simulator and Draft Assistant.
Which features are free vs. premium?
The Cheat Sheet Creator contains elements that are free along with premium features for PRO users. An overview of PRO features is available here and summarized below.
Basic Users (Free)
PRO members also have access to our enhanced Draft Simulator and Draft Analyzer as well as our Draft Assistant. The PRO package is available for $14.95 or FREE with our special offer.
What is the Draft Analyzer?
The Draft Analyzer provides an instant analysis of your mock and real drafts. It gives you a quick idea of how your team stacks up.
Can I analyze drafts from other sites?
The Draft Analyzer works with:
What is the Draft Score based on?
We score the draft based on total value over replacement player (VORP). Essentially, how much more value does your roster have over the players that are readily available on the waivers after your draft. The Draft Score is the sum total of fantasy points over the replacement team on the waivers. We provide three perspectives on the Draft Scores:
Based on FantasyPros ECRWe rate your team using our Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR). You'll see how your team stacks up according to the combined opinion of over 25 experts.
Based on Your Cheat Sheet (PRO Feature)We project fantasy points for each player based on your cheat sheet. If you think LeBron James is going to outperform Kevin Durant, we make sure LeBron has more predicted fantasy points. We then analyze every team’s draft results based on your personal rankings (the cheat sheet you used during the draft).
Based on our Expert Poll (PRO Feature)We analyze your draft based on each of the expert cheat sheets we have in our database. We then tell you the consensus opinion of how your team stacks up, based on average the Draft Scores from all the experts
How much does the Draft Analyzer cost?
The Draft Analyzer contains elements that are free along with premium features for PRO users. An overview of PRO features is available here and summarized below.
Basic Users (Free)
PRO members also have access to our enhanced Cheat Sheet Creator and Mock Draft Simulator as well as our Draft Assistant. The PRO package is available for $14.95 or FREE with our special offer.
What is the Draft Assistant?
The Draft Assistant helps you optimize your picks during your draft with the least amount of stress. The Assistant comes in 2 separate versions.
Manual Assistant (PRO)
Sync Assistant (PRO)
Its easy-to-use features include:
Stress-free Draft TrackingOur Draft Assistant "with Yahoo Sync" connects with your actual drafts on Yahoo, so taken players are automatically crossed off your cheat sheet. It's "hands-free" tracking at its best! The Manual Assistant (ESPN, CBS, etc), offers a dead simple way to manually track your draft. Just start typing the drafted player's name and he'll come up through our fast player search. Or, you can simply note that the player has been drafted through the drop down link next to each player's name in your cheat sheet and player queue.
"Smart" Cheat SheetsNot only are your cheat sheets integrated into the drafting tool, but they become "smart" during your draft. For example, if you created Tiers with our Editor, we'll track how many players you have left in each tier and provide a color coded summary above each set of rankings. When you start to run out of players in a tier it will turn red. We also let you highlight targeted players so that they show up with a yellow highlight in your cheat sheets.
Simple Intuitive InterfaceThe last thing you want during your draft is to be fumbling with an overly complicated tool. We've done everything possible to make using our Draft Assistant a breeze to use. Not only will you be familiar with the interface by the time of your draft (the default view is the exact same as our Draft Simulator, which you've likely done many mock simulations with), but you can also select a streamlined view that can be placed in a corner of your screen so that you're not having to toggle back and forth between windows.
What league sites does it work with?
The Draft Assistant can be used for any draft site and both mock and real drafts. However, the "with Sync" functionality is only available for real drafts and mock drafts on Yahoo.
What is the difference between the Manual Assistant and Sync Assistant (Yahoo)?
The key distinction is that the Sync Assistant connects directly with your drafts on Yahoo to automatically cross off taken players. Our Sync Assistant tracks taken players for you, so there's nothing for you to do except connect to your draft and click the Refresh button when you want to force an update (recommended approach) or select "Auto-Sync every 30 seconds".
If you're using our Manual Assistant, you'll have three options for marking players as drafted. You can start typing the player's name in our Draft Tracker (recommended approach), select the player as drafted from your Queue or select the player as drafted from your cheat sheet. You're free to use any of these methods to keep track of your draft.
How much does the Draft Assistant cost?
The Draft Assistant (both Manual and Yahoo Sync) is part of our PRO Package that includes an enhanced Mock Draft Simulator, Cheat Sheet Creator as well as our Draft Analyzer. The PRO package is available for $14.95 or FREE with our special offer.
How do I leverage Tiers and Targets?
We encourage you to tier your cheat sheet and mark your favorite players as targets in our Cheat Sheet Creator. By doing so, you'll enable some cool features in the Draft Simulator and Draft Assistant. Tiers will show up in your rankings and will be summarized with color-coded alerts to let you know when you're running out of players within the tiers. Targeted players will show up with a yellow highlight so you can spot them easily. You can turn these highlights on or off during your draft through a simple checkbox.
What is the Pick Predictor?
Ever wonder if you could wait one more round before grabbing a guy you really want? This is, after all, how you maximize value during a draft. Up until now, the only way to predict this was by assuming the player would be drafted near his ADP (Average Draft Position). With the Pick Predictor, we take this logic to the next level by telling you the odds that the player will be taken before your next pick. These odds are determined by running simulations with all the cheat sheets in our database (including ADP from multiple sources) to see what percentage of times the player gets snatched up before your next turn. It takes into account all the players that have already been taken, the roster needs of the opponents, and how many picks are left before your next turn. We even color code the %'s so it's easy to quickly get an idea of how risky it is to pass on the player this round.
What is the Roster Watch?
Sometimes it's helpful to see what roster gaps each team has, and how "scarce" certain positions are becoming. Our Roster Watch tab displays this information in a simple intuitive chart. You can quickly check out the teams drafting near you to see what gaps they may fill on their next pick. You can also see a summary that shows the total number of players at each position that have been drafted vs. how many starting slots there are in the league. This helps you monitor position scarcity at any point during the draft.
What is the Draft Board?
This is a standard view of the draft that plots each team across the top and each round down the side of the table. It provides one of the easiest ways to monitor each team's picks, the positions each team has taken, and which teams are scheduled to pick before. If you don't like to flip around to multiple views during the draft, this is one of the simplest and most straightforward ways to view a summary of how the draft is progressing.
Can I use the Draft Assistant for mock drafts?
For mock drafting on this site, you should use the Draft Simulator. The interface is almost identical to the Draft Assistant.
If you run a mock draft on Yahoo our Yahoo Mock Draft Assistant can be used for in-draft tracking and advice.
For mocks on all other sites (ESPN, CBS, etc), you can use our Manual Draft Assistant. If you decide to use the Draft Assistant during a mock draft, please keep in mind that most mock drafts move at a faster clip than real drafts so your time to play with the features may be limited.
How do I launch a Sync Assistant to connect to my draft on Yahoo?
Simply navigate to your My Account page and select the 'Add League' option. Next, choose the "Connect to Configure Draft" button. You'll be able to verify your league settings for use within the Draft Wizard. Clicking the blue 'Launch Assistant with Sync' button will open the Assistant for your league.
Please note that Yahoo leagues cannot usually be connected to the Draft Wizard until 30 minutes before your draft begins. If you'd like to set up your league before then for use in our Draft Simulator, you should use the Manual Draft configuration option after selecting 'Add League'. You'll be able to enter your league information and adjust the draft board/add keepers as necessary. You can then launch the Sync Assistant by clicking the blue 'Connect to Yahoo' button on your league setup page (within the Draft Wizard) when your draft is ready to start.
Can I view the Assistant side-by-side with my draft window?
This depends on your screen size, resolution, and the size of your site's draft screen. However, to help you avoid having to toggle back-and-forth between the Assistant and your draft screen, we provide optional streamlined views, accessible through a convenient drop-down button in the top right of the Draft Assistant. Please note that you can easily change views during your draft, so you're not tied down to only one of these options.
Can I use the Draft Assistant during an offline draft?
Yes, the Manual Draft Assistant will work with your offline draft provided that you have an internet connection at the draft. The assistant is a convenient solution for tracking your offline drafts and receiving advice. You can quickly mark taken players by selecting them in your cheat sheet/player queue as they are drafted or by typing names directly into our Draft Tracker. All of the Draft Assistant’s features (player suggestions, pick predictions, cheat sheet integration, etc) will work just as they would for an online draft.