What is ADP?
Average draft position, or ADP for short, is a very simple but important fantasy football tool. ADP reflects current market sentiment around players by displaying their current average draft position in numerical terms.
Why is ADP important for fantasy football?
ADP data helps fantasy GMs create viable draft strategies that can help avoid overdrafting certain players while also identifying good value opportunities as the drafts unfold and can be applied to redraft, dynasty, and best ball formats. An accurate ADP tracker helps drafters:
- Map out an optimal draft plan or draft structure based on current market sentiment
- Gain a better understanding of how certain players are being viewed by the market and avoid overdrafting those players
- Identify good value opportunities when players fall past their ADPs
From a best ball perspective, ADP can also help players understand what draft structure might be most optimal for the upcoming season. Zero RB, anchor RB, and hyperfragile RB are all viable best ball draft strategies, but utilizing these strategies requires understanding how to build a roster based on player ADPs, specifically when bellcow RBs and WR1s are generally being selected.
Tracking best ball ADP can allow drafters to decide which strategy is optimal for a particular draft based on current ADP and which players could fall to each pick.
What ADP do we track?
Having an accurate ADP tracking tool is important for fantasy, as players’ ADPs can change rapidly from week to week or even day to day depending on news and injuries. As such, ADP is only useful if it’s reflecting the most up-to-date information on when players are being drafted, on average. A stale or outdated set of ADP data would give misleading information that could lead to drafters overdrafting players or missing out on target players with rising ADPs.
Additionally, tracking ADP across multiple sites is ideal, as not every fantasy football site or league uses the same scoring methods. Understanding what kinds of leagues are valuing certain players over others is another important way to use ADP. Our ADP tool currently tracks the following sites:
- RT Sports: RealTime sports employs a general 1.0 PPR scoring system with standard 4.0 points for passing TDs in their daily fantasy contests. They also offer customizable scoring settings for season-long formats.
- Underdog Fantasy: Underdog Fantasy offers season-long and in-season best ball drafts. They employ a 0.5 PPR scoring system with standard 4.0 points for passing TDs.
- Yahoo: Yahoo’s default scoring setting is 0.5 PPR for both their season-long managed and best ball drafts.
- NFFC: NFFC offers some of the largest redraft prize pools in the industry. Many of their contests use a 1.0 PPR scoring system with 6.0 points for passing TDs.
- FFPC: FFPC also offers large prize pools for their redraft contests, including their 1M FFPC Main Event. They use 1.0 PPR scoring and 4.0 points for passing TDs.
What is the ADP delta?
The ADP delta can be found on the ADP table in the column labeled “Underdog LW (Last Week)”. Players will either have a green “+” number or a red “-” number to indicate how many spots their ADP has increased or decreased over the last week on Underdog Fantasy.
If there is simply a dash ("-") in the column, this means that there was no ADP movement significant enough to track (at least 0.1 spots in either direction). This helps give drafters an idea of where the market is moving based on the latest player news, whether it be injury-related, transaction-related, or another topic that is causing the ADP shift.
You can sort by who has seen their ADP increase or decrease the most over the last week by clicking on the “Underdog LW” title at the top of the column.
When is the ADP data in this table updated?
The ADP tool at FantasyLife.com is updated weekly and will continue to be updated up until the regular season begins.