Clicky Draft App

I wanted to share with you all a draft app that I came across tonight while looking for a good online/offline fantasy football draft tool that would support some more custom options such as keepers that may come scattered throughout the draft (something that is not supported by ESPN leagues for example). Clicky Draft is an inexpensive app that works on the computer as well as on phones and tablets that supports many of these complex draft scenarios. They also have a free basic edition that excludes some of the more advanced features, but they also let you try out 2 rounds of the premium editions so you can be sure it does what you want before you spend the money on it. For anyone looking to do an offline draft with a bunch of your friends or someone looking to take advantage of some advanced drafting features not available on some live online drafting systems, then Clicky Draft is definitely worth a look.

Positional Continuity

Here are some interesting statistics comparing 2012 to 2013 that we can use to help us heading into the 2014 fantasy football season. These comparisons were done using standard scoring.

  • Of the top 20 fantasy quarterbacks in 2012, 14 were in the top 20 in 2013.
    1. Drew Brees
    2. Tom Brady
    3. Cam Newton
    4. Robert Griffin III
    5. Peyton Manning
    6. Matt Ryan
    7. Andrew Luck
    8. Russell Wilson
    9. Tony Romo
    10. Matthew Stafford
    11. Andy Dalton
    12. Joe Flacco
    13. Ben Roethlisberger
    14. Carson Palmer
  • Of the top 15 fantasy quarterbacks in 2012, 10 were in the top 15 in 2013.
    1. Drew Brees
    2. Tom Brady
    3. Cam Newton
    4. Peyton Manning
    5. Matt Ryan
    6. Andrew Luck
    7. Russell Wilson
    8. Tony Romo
    9. Matthew Stafford
    10. Andy Dalton
  • Of the top 10 fantasy quarterbacks in 2012, 6 were in the top 10 in 2013.
    1. Drew Brees
    2. Cam Newton
    3. Peyton Manning
    4. Andrew Luck
    5. Russell Wilson
    6. Tony Romo
  • Of the top 30 fantasy running backs in 2012, 17 were in the top 30 in 2013.
    1. Adrian Peterson
    2. Marshawn Lynch
    3. Alfred Morris
    4. Ray Rice
    5. C.J. Spiller
    6. Jamaal Charles
    7. Stevan Ridley
    8. Frank Gore
    9. Matt Forte
    10. Chris Johnson
    11. Reggie Bush
    12. LeSean McCoy
    13. DeAngelo Williams
    14. Danny Woodhead
    15. DeMarco Murray
    16. Joique Bell
    17. Ryan Mathews
  • Of the top 20 fantasy running backs in 2012, 9 were in the top 20 in 2013.
    1. Adrian Peterson
    2. Marshawn Lynch
    3. Alfred Morris
    4. Jamaal Charles
    5. Frank Gore
    6. Matt Forte
    7. Chris Johnson
    8. Reggie Bush
    9. LeSean McCoy
  • Of the top 10 fantasy running backs in 2012, 3 were in the top 10 in 2013.
    1. Adrian Peterson
    2. Marshawn Lynch
    3. Jamaal Charles
  • Of the top 40 fantasy wide receivers in 2012, 21 were in the top 40 in 2013.
    1. Calvin Johnson
    2. Brandon Marshall
    3. Dez Bryant
    4. A.J. Green
    5. Demaryius Thomas
    6. Vincent Jackson
    7. Eric Decker
    8. Andre Johnson
    9. Wes Welker
    10. Marques Colston
    11. Victor Cruz
    12. Torrey Smith
    13. T.Y. Hilton
    14. Mike Wallace
    15. Jordy Nelson
    16. Anquan Boldin
    17. Golden Tate
    18. Denarius Moore
    19. Brian Hartline
    20. Josh Gordon
    21. Antonio Brown
  • Of the top 30 fantasy wide receivers in 2012, 15 were in the top 30 in 2013.
    1. Calvin Johnson
    2. Brandon Marshall
    3. Dez Bryant
    4. A.J. Green
    5. Demaryius Thomas
    6. Vincent Jackson
    7. Eric Decker
    8. Andre Johnson
    9. Wes Welker
    10. Marques Colston
    11. Victor Cruz
    12. Torrey Smith
    13. T.Y. Hilton
    14. Mike Wallace
    15. Jordy Nelson
  • Of the top 20 fantasy wide receivers in 2012, 8 were in the top 20 in 2013.
    1. Calvin Johnson
    2. Brandon Marshall
    3. Dez Bryant
    4. A.J. Green
    5. Demaryius Thomas
    6. Vincent Jackson
    7. Eric Decker
    8. Andre Johnson
  • Of the top 10 fantasy wide receivers in 2012, 6 were in the top 10 in 2013.
    1. Calvin Johnson
    2. Brandon Marshall
    3. Dez Bryant
    4. A.J. Green
    5. Demaryius Thomas
    6. Eric Decker
  • Of the top 20 fantasy tight ends in 2012, 11 were in the top 20 in 2013.
    1. Jimmy Graham
    2. Rob Gronkowski
    3. Tony Gonzalez
    4. Jason Witten
    5. Greg Olsen
    6. Brandon Myers
    7. Antonio Gates
    8. Martellus Bennett
    9. Scott Chandler
    10. Vernon Davis
    11. Jared Cook
  • Of the top 15 fantasy tight ends in 2012, 8 were in the top 15 in 2013.
    1. Jimmy Graham
    2. Rob Gronkowski
    3. Tony Gonzalez
    4. Jason Witten
    5. Greg Olsen
    6. Antonio Gates
    7. Martellus Bennett
    8. Vernon Davis
  • Of the top 10 fantasy tight ends in 2012, 4 were in the top 10 in 2013.
    1. Jimmy Graham
    2. Tony Gonzalez
    3. Jason Witten
    4. Greg Olsen

There are some important takeaways from this data, I’ll highlight a few that jump out to me…

1. Quarterback is a more stable position than the running back or wide receiver (and that includes the injury to Aaron Rodgers causing an obvious top 5 QB to be left off of the above lists), but there’s a plus and a minus to this fact; it means you have a really good idea of what you’re getting with your quarterback, which is great, but it also means the upside is generally going to be limited. LaDainian Tomlinson 2006 season of 28 rushing TDs, 3 receiving TDs, and 2 passing TDs (33 total TDs) compared to the rest of the field of running backs would be like a quarterback throwing somewhere around 75 touchdowns; it’s just not going to happen.

2. Top end wide receivers are consistently elite, 6 of the top 10 in 2012 were also in the top 10 in 2013, while only 3 of the top 10 running backs were in the top 10 in 2013.

3. It’s a lot harder to nail down an elite running back. I think that points to the fact that we should still be spending the early first round draft picks on those lights out RBs (Charles, McCoy, Peterson), but that there’s no reason you should continue trying to find an elite RB after the obvious ones go off the board; go grab an elite receiver or quarterback, you’ll be far less likely to end up with a disastrous first round bust.

4. The retirement of Tony Gonzalez and injury proneness of Rob Gronkowski makes tight end a position of limited consistency at the top end, similar to running back. This is what makes Jimmy Graham incredibly valuable and potentially worthy of a first round pick in most league formats.

5. The churn rate of each position aside from quarterback is around 50% no matter how many players you compare across each season, but the top end elite talents tend to fluctuate more at different positions than others; elite receivers are more consistent than elite running backs and tight ends, while quarterbacks top to bottom are generally very consistent.