I'm going to put this bluntly; in order to pay, you must first learn to play.
The first type of draft is called the "serpentine," duly named after its gorgeous slithery counterpart. You know, the one whose skin resembles the oh-so-fabulous pair of Jimmy Choo shoes you'll purchase with your earned fantasy winnings. (I'm going to clarify the above statement, so not to be confused by PETA members. Glam Girls always opt to wear faux furs, and skins at all times.)
Anyways, back to the story. The serpentine draft has a picking order that reverses with each round, even to odd. To help me better explain the Serpentine, I'm going to poll something from KKFL "How to Play Fantasy Football."
KKFL set up the model beautifully: "If round one has 1-A, 2-B, 3-C, 4-D, 5-E, 6-F, 7-G, 8-H, round two would be: 1-H, 2-G, 3-F, 4-E, 5-D, 6-C, 7-B, 8-A, with round three reverting to the order used in round one and so forth."
Make sense? If you pick first in an even round, you'll pick last in the odd round, and so on.
The next style of draft is the "straight draft."
The straight draft is the most frequently used drafting style in fantasy football. The straight draft runs similar to the NFL draft we watch in April.
In the straight draft each picking round mirrors the first. If you pick first in round one, you'll pick first in round two, and so forth.
Sometimes, like the NFL, dynasty leagues will give a participant with the lowest number of points from the previous year the opportunity to draft first.
Last but not least, we have the auction style draft.
If the "auction style" draft is used via the league you joined, I'm going to suggest darling, that you take your fantasy talents elsewhere.
The auction league brings to the game a whole other element of rules and guidelines.
If you choose to take part in such a league, keep in mind that an auction draft is really not a draft at all.
When one partakes in an auction league they'll draft players based on financials.
In an auction league NFL players are dived off to the highest bidder.
We'll note, that while NFL auctions are fantastic idea for charity fundraisers, they don't always equate to the best option for Fantasy Football selection.
When bidding on an NFL Player, fantasy guru's make their roster choices based on the net worth of each individual NFL player.
Leagues that implement the auctions set up salary-caps. With a salary cap you can only have a minute number of high profile (expensive players) on your roster. The rest of your team is what's considered "fillers." Fillers are less expensive players. The filler players are less likely to earn points for your fantasy team throughout the season, so you'll need to choose wisely with your money. Big earners are crucial.
The auction league is often times ultra-confusing for a rookie player. However, if keeping track of money is your cup of tea, or if you've ever wanted to learn how the MLB salary caps work, this might be your best option.
So there you have it. The three most common types of drafts.
Keep checking back in the days to come, as we continue our fantasy lessons. Tomorrow, we'll breakdown the various positions drafted unto your fantasy roster.
In addition, Glam Gals will list the top four 2010 prospects for each position.
In closing, we can't emphasize enough...if you're going to pay, first learn to play.