Sunday, July 20, 2008

Cheatsheets: Art or Science?

The Counselor is IN:

Most fantasy owners use cheatsheets to help prepare for their fantasy draft(s). Every magazine has different rankings and cheatsheets. Many fantasy sites offer their own lists and rankings. Every cheatsheet appears to be different. Many of these claim to be the most scientifically sound with the best research. It brings up the question, are cheatsheets really scientific or are they more of an art form?

I know that good cheatsheets examine what a player has historically preformed at, inspect their team and teams they will play against, and project out what should be expected from the player. Also they will be based the projections on specific rules (most are on the standard yardage points plus touchdowns).

When it comes down to it, cheatsheets are really an art form. You are speculating on how a player will perform. What was the cheatsheet value of Ryan Grant last year? Where was Reggie Bush on these lists? Neither one preformed where there were expected. Sometimes it just clicks for some players while other players underachieve after a break out year. One can use all the scientific methods to develop lists but it is still a guess.

Some of the best rankings use intuition as well as data to make their predictions. The gut feeling about a player often drives the rankings of one player up and another player down. This clearly brings the cheatsheets into an art form status.

There is no shame in admitting that cheatsheets are an art form. Art is a wonderful devise that helps one see beyond their thinking. Using intuition is a key part in drafting a good fantasy team. Why should it not be when creating rankings in a cheatsheet?

I will be listing my cheatsheets over the next few weeks. Yes they will be an art form instead of a hard science.

The Counselor is OUT:

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