I know this is a little late but there's still a couple days left before draft day.
Anyway, there was a discussion about whether the draft should be a snake draft or a straight draft back in September but only half the league participated in the discussion and there was never a formal vote. I'd like to revisit the topic and for the league to have a vote on it now and I'll state my reasons why.
Like Atomic Dumpling said at the time, snake drafts are NEARLY universal. and he's right. BUT that's for redraft (one year) leagues and the 1st year of keeper leagues. I recently created a poll on another message board asking whether a snake draft or straight draft should be used for a keeper league when it ISN'T the initial draft. 75%+ of the votes ended up being for a straight draft. This was one of the responses:
Yup, just to be clear - if the league is the original dynasty format (where you keep *every* player), the only way to achieve some sort of opportunity for cellar dwellars to improve (and it will still take a while) is to do a straight draft. A snake draft implies teams are fairly if not totally equal to start the season (redraft leagues or year 1 of a dynasty league).
In keeper leagues where there are a lot of new players drafted, as the gap isn't nearly as wide between the best & worst, a snake draft can be justified.
I suspect those who voted snake may be referring to keeper leagues with a lot of players still left to be drafted (but their keepers can be kept perpetually - which is where the dynasty term gets thrown around - but it isn't the original dynasty format). To be clear, the original dynasty format is *every player on your team is kept forever*, and the new draft each year is only for WW players or more importantly, MILB players who enter the draft system.
When you get to a true dynasty setup where all teams keep all their players, the draft consists of MILB players or WW reclamation projects - straight draft is the only way to provide some real means of giving the lower half of teams some hope to rebuild. If you want a league to thrive long-term, it's hard to see a snake draft helping out the bottom-half teams enough to keep their interest.
Hope that helps,
The fact is that one of the main ways that the weaker teams have to get stronger is through the draft. and a snake draft doesn't help them anymore than it helps the strong teams. And the strong teams don't need the help as much as the weak teams. If we really want this to remain a healthy, competitive league long-term I think those weak teams should have a chance to get back to respectability. A straight draft does that. A snake draft would help the strong teams more than a straight draft would so it would be easier for those strong teams to stay at the top. And I think the strong teams should have to work just as hard as everyone else and not have it easy. And if I remember correctly, Atomic Dumpling also said that he wanted to try to have this league be as realistic as possible. But none of the major sports (MLB, NFL, NBA,) use a snake draft. I think there's a reason for that.
Atomic also said that ...
Originally Posted by AtomicDumpling
The snake draft is nearly universal in fantasy leagues. I don't expect the short draft to have much influence on the balance of power in our league. The only players available will be the ones that are not good enough to be on a team now plus a small number of minor leaguers. Remember that most minor leaguers are either already available now or are added during the season by Yahoo using the waiver system. Most prospects are added to the Yahoo player pool when they get called up for a September cup of coffee in the big leagues. I am guessing (based on prior seasons using Yahoo) that only a half dozen top prospects at most will be added before our draft next year. Guys like Stephen Strasburg and Aroldis Chapman might be available -- and those guys will be long gone before this year's winners get to draft at the end of the first round, much less the second round. You're not going to see impact players available in our draft.
Originally Posted by AtomicDumpling
The draft is really going to be a minor affair. It won't make a huge impact on your team. If we expand roster size by one slot then I bet most teams won't draft more than one new player. Most of our teams already have 30 players under control (29 active slots + one player on the DL). So if we expand to a roster of 30 active players you will have to drop one of your current players in order to make a draft pick. Is there going to be somebody available in the draft in March that you couldn't add to your team for free right now? Not many at all. Only a few minor leaguers and maybe a Japanese import. The guys available in the draft are mostly the same guys available on the free agent list right now. So even though the draft is five rounds long, most teams will only make zero, one or two selections anyway. The only really good prospects will probably be snapped up within the first 4-6 picks of the first round. There won't be much left after that.
Well, Yahoo actually did a pretty good job of adding prospects this year and it definitely looks like there's more than a half dozen good prospects available plus a few good players left in the pool from last year. Heck, there were four Reds prospects (Chapman, Alonso, Frazier, & Heisey) added to the pool this year and that's just from the Reds.
Back in September when this discussion was last had, not only did only half the league participate, of the people that did voice an opinion most seemed to favor a switch with only one against it and another indifferent.
So, I'm asking for the league to decide with a formal vote. I've stated my preference and reasons for it. It's up to you guys.