I joined a startup with my friend Tim Torch that is ongoing this week. We thought it would be a good opportunity to employ some of the principles from The Analytics of Dynasty in the startup to build a strong core.
The format is Superflex with 4PT passing TDs and 1.75 PPR scoring for TE. The remainder of the scoring is stock PPR. The total roster is 36 players deep with starting lineups of start 1QB/1RB/1WR/1TE/1SF/5 flex.
With championship week 16 upon us, the offseason is only hours away. Now is the perfect time to get an edge in offseason trades, rookie drafts, and startups, by ordering The Analytics of Dynasty.
The Analytics of Dynasty covers a decade of statistical, ADP, efficiency, and production data that will help you make better dynasty decisions. There is a full range of dynasty league topics, including:
Startup draft strategy
Rookie draft strategy
There are also new metrics and strategies that measure a player’s impact on a dynasty team’s success, including
Wins Over Replacement Player (WORP)
Adjusted Wins Over Replacement Player (aWORP)
Rule of 7
Rule of 97
The book also provides studies of a variety of topics and comes to conclusions that are contrarian to several mainstream beliefs on topics, including
Positional hit rates
Rookie draft hit rates
Optimal player selection
I hear some of these narratives every week on podcasts and read them in writing. With The Analytics of Dynasty, you will be able to exploit them in drafts and trades. The book will help you make more efficient and winning dynasty rosters.
Since 2008, there have been 612 RBs with yearly startup ADPs between rounds 11 and 20. Only 1 has hit as a top 6 running back twice in the three years after he was selected in that range: Arian Foster in 2009.
Foster finished as RB1 in Y2 and RB3 in Y3 and then continued into Y4 as RB3 and Y6 as RB6 before fading off (Y5 was an injury-filled season). His production of 4 top 6 finishes at the RB position would be high for an elite pick but is unmatched deep in startup drafts.
Below is a chart that you might find useful in startup drafts, and is a preview of The Analytics of Dynasty. The chart is organized by rounds from left to right, and show the rate of RBs producing top 6 finishes by year after their selection in that round of startup drafts. There is a steep drop off outside of round 3 in Y1, while there are opportunities to hit in the mid rounds, largely with younger players, beyond Y1. A common debate in the dynasty is the value of youth, but the value of longevity is notable in the mid rounds, where younger backs progress to match far earlier rounds in Y3.
As the research of The Analytics of Dynasty continues, this is a conclusion that finds continuous support. Pre-order The Analytics of Dynasty and you can chat with me about this and much more in a one-on-one strategy session before the start of the 2018 season.