ADP is one of the most important pieces of information in fantasy football. Evaluating players is great, but knowing when they’re likely going to be drafted is even better. If you know who is and isn’t likely to be on the board when you pick, it can help you formulate a strategy for all of your drafts.
Traditional ADP is awesome, but one drawback is that it isn’t the easiest to work with on the fly. For example, let’s say you have the fifth pick in the seventh round, and a player has an ADP of 75. Is that someone you can expect to be available when you’re on the clock? Without doing the math, I couldn’t tell you for sure.
Fortunately, our ADP grid elminiates that obstacle.
Instead of just showing each player as a number, the ADP grid puts all of the players into a draft board format. That means that if you want to see who figures to be available for you at any particular slot, you can just take a peak at the grid.
Let’s take a look at how to approach this tool.
What is the ADP Grid?
Essentially, the ADP Grid is taking all of the players and putting them into a draft board format. The player with the highest ADP – Justin Jefferson – would be listed in the 1.01, with the next player being listed in the 1.02. It’s a much easier visual representation than traditional ADP, which lists where each player is taken on average.
Is this a perfect representation of ADP? No. It doesn’t account for situations where players are drafted earlier or later than expected, so it relies on rounding players up or down to their most likely spot.
That said, it is very useful when formulating a draft strategy.
Knowing which players are likely to be available when you’re on the clock with each selection can help identify which players and positions you should be targeting.
For example, let’s say you’re on the clock with your eighth-round selection, and you’re debating between a quarterback and a receiver. Using the ADP Grid, you see that two other QBs that you like are likely to be on the board with your ninth-round pick. However, there’s a steep drop off at receiver. That information can help steer you towards a receiver in the eighth round, since you’re more likely to get a QB you fancy in the ninth.
Why Does ADP Matter?
It’s all about building the best team possible. Players at each position typically fall into tiers, so trying to grab players at the bottom of each tier makes a ton of sense if you can pull it off.
Hypothetically, if you’re getting the bottom players in each tier every time you’re on the board, you’re maximizing the value with each pick that you’re making. That’s how to build a strong lineup.
This is more of an art than a science. Each draft is a different beast, so there are no guarantees that your particular draft will follow the traditional ADP. That’s ok!
With the ADP Grid – and the rest of the FantasyLife tools – you’ll be able to identify value when certain players slip in drafts. Between the ADP data and our rankings, you should be prepared for whatever your leaguemates throw at you.