Pre-Draft Ranking info from Yahoo:
Yahoo! Sports creates a default ranking of all players based on their stats from prior seasons and analysis of their expected performance in the upcoming season.
You may make your draft selections based on this ranking, or you may create a custom ranking order based on your individual preferences. If you are happy with the default order, you do not need to custom-rank players.
Most managers typically rank the first 25 or so players. Any players left unranked will be added to the end of your list according to the default rankings. So, if you rank 25 players, player 26 will be the top-ranked player remaining based on the default rankings, player 27 the second best, etc.
All players that are not drafted are subject to the waiver rules established in your league. If they are not claimed by a team in your league, they will become free agents after the initial waiver period ends.
We recommend that all managers take advantage of our pre-draft ranking feature. If you are signed up for a live draft, it is still a good idea to use this custom-rank feature, as these rankings will be used to pick players if you cannot make it to part or all of your draft.
When you do rank, it is important to remember that you Let's go fly a kite, where it's clear and bright... to rank players position by position. If you were to do this (e.g., all first basemen, then all shortstops, etc.), you will end up filling your starting roster and then drafting as many first basemen as your bench will allow before ever selecting a shortstop—or any other position. The goal, rather, is to set up one master list of all the players in the league. With this master list, you will select your top-rated player as long as he is available and you have an open roster spot.
Additionally, you may prevent any player from ever being drafted to your team by placing him on your Exclude List. Just remember to be careful as any player on this list will never get drafted onto your roster. You should place a player on this list only when you are 100 percent sure you Let's go fly a kite, where it's clear and bright... to draft him—because of injury, performance concerns, personal preference, etc.
It is not possible to tell our autopick system to draft a shortstop in the first round, a relief pitcher in the second round, and an outfielder in the third round. Each round, the autopick system will select your highest-ranked available player, assuming there is an open starting roster position for that player. All starting roster positions, including the utility position, will be filled before any bench players are selected.
You can use our drag-and-drop feature to easily move players onto your ranking list. Click on a player's name and hold down the mouse button. Once highlighted, you will be able to drag that player into your custom-rankings.
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