EDITOR’S NOTE: With this big weekend of fantasy football drafts ahead, please rest assured that we — as always — will be diligently updating all cheat sheet products to ensure that the structure and integrity of the sheets are fully optimized to put you in position to draft an expert-quality roster while keeping a good positional balance. We can’t thank our PRO members enough for their unbelievable continued support.
For the first time ever, we’re going to need to add a caveat to the three simple rules at the top of the sheet which have, since our inception, stood totally on their own in determining how the sheet is to be used and hence creating its structure.
This is because Ezekiel Elliott is still not back with the Dallas Cowboys as of this posting on early Wednesday August 28th, and with each passing day, the likelihood that he will miss games grows greater. The hope is that, very soon, we can take this post down and not even think about it again. However, with the majority of our users having drafts in the latter part of this week, and certainly the weekend, we need to make sure that none of you are put in a position to take on any greater risk with your important early-round picks than you are comfortable with.
Here is how we need to handle Ezekiel Elliott in fantasy drafts until the point in time when he returns to team activities: (And we mean actually returning to team activities — the time is over for trusting reports from beat writers that a return is imminent or even statements made by team ownership or Zeke’s representation).
If you don’t feel comfortable taking Elliott where he is slotted on the sheet, then don’t take him.
Just move on. Your draft will still be just as viable as we have tested this method and it makes zero difference on the overall makeup of rosters outside of, of course, excluding Elliott from the player pool. Your first-round pick is a big decision, just ask those who gambled on Le’Veon Bell last season. From our side, though, to keep with the integrity of the structure, we simply can’t leave him off if we see value at a certain point while also baking in the risk associated. Elliott has moved down in the most recent updates to the sheets that will be rolled out through the day on Wednesday. With each passing day heading into the weekend, he could slide further. Rejoining the team would, of course, put him squarely back in the crosshairs as a consensus Top 4 value at the least across formats, so perhaps this window of uneasiness among the drafting masses causing him to fall in most simulations may represent a robust buying opportunity. We have to also realize that the risk may be too much for many to feel comfortable taking on.
In the meantime, if you do take Elliott, make sure you prioritize Tony Pollard later in your draft. The newest updates of the sheets are structured to point you toward drafting him when appropriate anyway, but those who do take Elliott can feel free to reach a little bit in order to handcuff the situation, whether it’s to have a player to ride for a small absence or an extended one.
Here’s hoping the situation works itself out in time for the majority of our drafts this weekend. It’s a bigger pain in our ass than it is for you because we care about so many thousands of your drafts as opposed to just our own. Have fun and rest easy knowing that the sheet is still just as magic as ever, just with one big question mark down in the Heart of Texas .. for now …
With this said, enjoy your drafts and thank you.
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All sheets (Standard/.5 PPR, PPR and 2QB/Superflex) have been updated with up-to-the-minute news in mind, and may continue to be updated through the weekend depending on news. Please always make sure you have the latest version.
The Cheat Sheet is a sheet of paper you print out, then mark off names as players go off the board. A few years back, we added the online tool with functionality to be used in the same way — either on your computer or any mobile device you’d like. If you follow the three simple rules (even a toddler would have no problem understanding them), you are, as always, GUARANTEED and expert-quality draft.
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