We’ve covered the fundamentals of the Draft Dominator including customizing cheat sheets, creating realistic mock drafts, and running auction drafts. Now it’s time to dive into some advanced features that highlight the app’s biggest strengths. These advanced features are part of the reason why we feel confident enough to say that this is the only drafting app anyone would ever need.
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It’s time to pull back the curtain and peek at what’s going on behind the scenes. We know the Draft Dominator serves up a rankings list based on a bunch of different factors, including scoring settings, current draft spot, roster needs, etc. It does all of this on the fly, in real-time, and dynamically adapts to your draft as it progresses. You don’t need to change anything or any settings for these adaptive rankings to occur. They are set to auto as the default, but we have given you the option to adjust them as you see fit.
Click on the blue rankings button with the white wrench at the top right of the Cheat Sheet on the desktop version, or tap the blue wrench at the top middle of the mobile app to access this group of sliders:
The first slider we see is Projection Optimism. This is how the Draft Dominator determines when to draft for upside. If you slide it all the way to the left, your rankings will be full of good, safe players. But that’s not how championships are won. We need to target players with upside (along with safe players) to build competitive rosters. Conversely, sliding Projection Optimism all the way to the right will generate a rankings list based totally on upside. It’s fine to do this in later rounds but conducting your entire draft this way would result in boom/bust roster with a low floor.
The next group of sliders represents the strategy the Dominator will deploy. Value-Based Drafting targets players based on their value relative to other players. Position Need will add weight to certain positions as you fill your roster. Position Drop-offs will add weight to certain positions based on what the Dominator believes will happen between your current draft pick and your next draft pick. As you adjust any of these sliders, you’ll notice that not only the rankings change but also the predicted selections of your competitors as shown on the draft board.
In the screenshot above, the default setting has Projection Optimism at 0%, VBD at 77%, Position needs at 15%, and Position Drop-offs at 8%. That’s because this particular draft is still in the first round. Watch what happens after ten rounds are completed:
Everything has changed. The Dominator analyzed not just your roster, but every roster in the league with considerations of how many players at each position each team has drafted, the remaining player pool, positional drop-offs, upside, and so on. This dynamic, self-optimization process is what sets the Draft Dominator apart from other drafting apps.
And even though the default setting is the best choice in most cases, you may want to adjust manually for your league. In the Scott Fish Bowl, for example, there are 1,200 teams vying for one championship. It makes sense to manually pull the Projection Optimism to the right and favor upside since it takes a ton of upside to beat out 1,199 other players.