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Fantasy football draft season is upon us, and Sleeper’s popularity for hosting leagues continues to grow. With more leagues hosted on Sleeper every year, it’s crucial to know what you’re up against before your draft. Therefore, we’ve put together a Sleeper fantasy football cheat sheet to help you prepare to dominate your league as you head towards your 2022 fantasy draft.
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Before your draft, it is important that you carefully review your league settings. Sleeper is a highly customizable fantasy platform, and Commissars have several options. Sure, there are standard scoring settings and list sizes, but these can all be changed with relative ease.
The great thing with Sleeper is that when you watch the ADP for your draft, it’s based on your score settings (within reason). If your league is PPR or non-PPR, Sleeper adjusts the ADP you see. The same is true for 1QB or Superflex. The only downside is that everyone in your league sees these adjustments, so your chance of gaining an advantage over them is diminished.
Dormant fantasy football standard scoring system
The standard scoring format on Sleeper is PPR. All scores are set to standard during league setup, but can be changed by the commissioner in league settings.
As for passing, players get one point for 25 passing yards (0.04 points per yard), four points for touchdown passes, and two points for two-point conversions. QBs also lose a point for throwing an interception.
For running plays, players get one point per 10 yards (0.1 points per yard), six points per touchdown, and two points for converting a two-point conversion. In addition to the PPR score, receptions are worth 0.1 points per receiving yard, six points per touchdown, and two points for a two-point conversion.
There are also various points awarded for kickers and defense. Each PAT made earns a point, while each field goal and PAT missed costs the kicker a point. Scoring for shots is based on distance. Kicks between 0 and 39 yards are worth three points, kicks from 40 to 49 yards are worth four points, and kicks over 50 yards are worth five points.
Defenses are worth points for a number of elements of the game. Touchdowns on defense or special teams are worth six points, sacks are worth a single point, while interceptions, fumble recoveries, safeties and blocked kicks each earn two points. There are also points based on the number of actual points a defense gives up, with a sliding scale of 10 to -4.
Additionally, players can also earn points for kickoff returns, punt returns, or fumble recovery touchdowns. Players also lose two points if they lose a fumble.
Standard Sleeper List Requirements
The standard requirement of the Sleeper range is QB, RB, RB, WR, WR, TE, Flex, Flex, kicker and D/ST. Each team also has five bench places to store supplies. There are no spare places for the injured as standard. Unlike other sites, there is no limit to the number of players that can be registered for a specific position.
There is no standard size when it comes to creating a Fantasy Football League Sleeper. When creating a league, the first option to appear is eight teams, but there are a number of different league sizes to choose from. Therefore, it is important to check the size of your Fantasy Sleeper football league and not just assume it is a 10 or 12 team league.
If your league has custom settings, you can use PFN’s fantastic resources to help you understand how player value changes with different settings. The rest of this article will look at the ADP generated from Sleeper’s standard league metrics to find players to target or avoid in your drafts this year.
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As we noted above, Sleeper is intriguing because, based on your scoring settings, they actually adjust the ADP in the draft to reflect the setting you’re using. However, PPR is their standard scoring metric of choice, and therefore we will compare their PPR ADP to the consensus on FantasyPros in our search for players to target or avoid in drafts.
Sleeper ADP is one of four source ADPs used to calculate consensus. Therefore, there may be limited differences between the two data sets.
Joe Burrow and Russell Wilson upped the value of Sleeper
The QB position, in general, follows a similar trend at both Sleeper and ADP consensus level. However, two of the top 12 QBs stand out with notable differences. Joe Burrow’s ADP consensus is 62.2, but on Sleeper he nearly makes a full turn earlier at 53 overall. The same goes for Russell Wilson, who has an ADP of 73 on Sleeper against 81.6 overall.
The pattern of QBs coming off the board shows that there are no sustained runs in the 1QB leagues. Josh Allen has an ADP in the second round of a 12-team league. Patrick Mahomes and Justin Herbert then both approach in turn 3 on average.
Lamar Jackson’s ADP puts him late in the fourth round. Burrow and Kyler Murray are in the fifth round on average, and Jalen Hurts slips into sixth. Wilson and Tom Brady both have ADPs next for Round 7, while Dak Prescott and Aaron Rodgers are usually in the eighth.
It’s a very regular and consistent pattern of quarterbacks being drafted. Therefore, you have the ability to really lock down where you want to take a QB and specifically target that part of the draft. Of course, individual leagues will vary and panic will set in, so be prepared to pivot if there’s a player you’re targeting this year.
RB values have a similar pattern on Sleeper to consensus
There is a high degree of closeness between the RB selection model on Sleeper and the consensus. Throughout the 60th RB off the board, the historical key backs (5, 10, 15, 20, etc.) come off the board at roughly equivalent times in the draft.
A total of 45 fullbacks exit the board on Sleeper by the 150th pick overall. However, this is heavily loaded upstream. Even in PPR, seven of the top 10 players selected on average are RBs. By the time you reach pick 30, 15 of those picks have been RBs. From then on he moves to the other positions, but the Sleeper drafts are very heavily dominated by RBs early on.
In the first 50 selections overall, the individual values remain fairly close. The first real gap is Breece Hall, who has an ADP Sleeper of 43, against a consensus of 52.8. Kenneth Walker III ranks 81st on Sleeper on average but has a consensus ADP of 105.2.
Surprisingly, these are the only two backs in the top 100 on Sleeper with a huge ADP differential compared to the consensus. The group of backs remaining in this part of the draft have their ADP Sleeper largely reflecting their consensus value.
Very few differences in Sleeper ADP at WR
There is little differential for WRs when it comes to Sleeper ADP. Through the first 40 players at the position, the selection trend is similar to that of the draft. Between WR40 and 55, the position then has a slight rise in value on Sleeper compared to the ADP consensus. The difference in this area is about a ride, but nothing too wild.
In terms of individual players, the first major difference comes from Jerry Jeudy. The Broncos wide receiver has an ADP of 49 on Sleeper, compared to 65.6 for the consensus. The WR of his fellow Broncos has a similar pattern, with an ADP on Sleeper of 51 and a consensus ADP of 63.
Other players more highly rated on Sleeper than the consensus include Allen Robinson (59 vs 70), Michael Thomas (64 vs 76.8), JuJu Smith-Schuster (69 vs 81), Rashod Bateman (76 vs 91.8) , Drake London (82 to 96.2) and Treylon Burks (95 to 116.8).
On the side of the players who present the good deals, they are less extreme in terms of their ADP differential. Brandin Cooks going to 63 from 54.4 is one of the biggest differences. Other values include Hunter Renfrow (86 vs 79.4), Elijah Moore (90 vs 84.6) and Tyler Lockett (97 vs 87.6).
Tight final values remain largely consistent on Sleeper
One thing that’s notable is that across the major fantasy sites, tight end values — much like quarterbacks — are relatively stable among themselves. A few individual players vary, but the general theme is the same. Dormant ADPs for tight ends are within five picks either side of consensus on average for the top nine options.
The first gap is Dawson Knox, who has an ADP of 89 on Sleeper and 98.2 on consensus. We then see TEs starting to climb higher on Sleeper in general than the consensus has them rising. Therefore, if you are targeting a later player, you may need to move earlier than expected, such as Pat Freiermuth, Cole Kmet and Albert Okwuegbunam.