Draft Analysis – Average Draft Position

Average Draft Position

To mix things up this year, several of us at MLS Fantasy Boss decided to run three 10 players draft leagues on draftmls.com.  These three leagues included former FMLS champions, a couple other top 10 finishers, and many more top 100 regulars. It is one of the smartest collections of fantasy minds around. The table below contains the average draft ranks for every player picked across the three leagues.

Giovinco and Lodeiro flew off the board as consensus 1 and 2 respectively. Villa and Feilhaber were the two players picked third, though Feilhaber was picked lower in the other drafts. The highest ADP defender was Zimmerman at 34 followed by Sjoberg at 49 and Hedges at 52. The highest ADP keepers were Bingham ranked at 59, Howard at 60, and Frei at 67.

This is just a rough ranking so don’t take it as gospel. The sample size of 3 drafts is rather small. Just one manager grabbing a player way earlier than the other drafts can seriously skew the rank. For the most part, I think we did pretty well and I’d definitely recommend this as your base guide instead of the ratings on the website.

Average Draft Rankings

RankPlayerAverage Draft Position
1Giovinco1
2Lodeiro2
3Villa3.3
4Valeri5.7
5Kljestan5.7
6dos Santos6
7Feilhaber6.7
8Piatti7.7
9O. Kamara10.3
10Adi11
11BWP11.7
12Kaka13
13Larin14.7
14Alonso16.3
15Accam17
16Altidore18.3
17Almiron20.7
18Villalba20.7
19Blanco21
20Dempsey21.3
21Nikolic22
22Bradley23
23Moralez25
24Plata25
25Molino26.7
26Nguyen27.7
27Gashi29.7
28Diaz30
29Dwyer31
30K. Kamara31.3
31Rusnak32.7
32Higuain33.7
33Alessandrini33.7
34Zimmerman34.7
35Sam35.3
36Meram37.7
37L Acosta38.3
38Mullins40.7
39Nagbe41
40Montero42.7
41Colman43
42Morris43.7
43McCarty44.7
44Martinez45.7
45Cooper47.3
46Barrios49.3
47Wondo50.3
48Morales50.7
49Sjoberg51.7
50Pirlo51.7
51Finlay52
52Hedges53
53J. Venegas56
54Afful57
55Morrow62
56Lletget63
57Felipe65
58K Rowe66.7
59Bingham67.7
60Howard69.3
61Moor69.7
62de Leeuw70.7
63Manneh71.7
64R Torres72
65Bolanos72
66Asad72.3
67Frei72.3
68Robles73
69Birnbaum74
70Irwin74
71Kemp75
72Harrison75.7
73Pontius76.7
74Vytas78
75Ciman78.7
76Mancosu79.3
77Vazquez83.7
78Zardes84.7
79Matarrita85.3
80K Jones88.7
81Opara89.3
82Marshall90
83Seitz90.7
84Mensah91
85Lamah91
86Calvo92.3
87Van Damme92.3
88Grella93.7
89Steres94
90Juninho94.3
91Rimando94.7
92B Rowe94.7
93Naess96
94Alvarez98
95K Acosta99
96Hamid99
97Nyarko99
98Bernardez99.7
99Elis99.7
100Besler100.7
101Tierney103
102Jermaine Jones104.3
103Collin105
104Delamea106
105Agudelo106.3
106Medranda108
107Waston108.3
108Zusi110
109Brilliant111.3
110Blake111.3
111Ousted114.3
112Boswell114.7
113Allen116.3
114Campbell117.3
115Watts117.7
116Davies118
117Rosenberry118.3
118Chanot120
119Jungwirth120.3
120Melia123
121Gonzalez Pirez123.7
122Gleeson124
123Loyd124
124McNamara124.7
125Powell125
126Badji125.3
127Bush125.7
128Ibarra126
129Reyna126
130Burch126.3
131Garza127.3
132Baah127.3
133Cubo128
134Davis128.7
135Cabrera129.3
136Parkhurst129.3
137Oduro129.3
138Hyka130.3
139Neagle130.3
140Sarvas131.3
141Ridgewell132
142Beitashour133.3
143Beasley133.7
144Joevin Jones133.7
145Kadrii134.7
146Wallace135.3
147Kappelhof135.7
148S Johnson135.7
149Boateng136
150Chala136.7
151Gatt137.7
152Fernandes140.7
153Duvall140.7
154Miller141
155Spector141
156Franklin141.3
157Lassiter142
158Bedoya142
159Lima142
160Perez Garcia142.3
161Rivas142.7
162Bava143
163Evans143
164Royer143.7
165Meira144
166Steffen144.3
167Cubo144.3
168Oyongo144.7
169Sauro145
170Angoua145.3
171Shuttleworth146.3
172Perrinelle146.3
173Deric146.7
174Parker146.7
175Camara147
176Kann147
177Bendik147.3
178Powers147.7
179Glad148
180Cole149
181MacMath149.3
182Cropper150.7
183Jordan Allen150.7

Sample Teams

So how did my draft go? Here are the final rosters for the two teams I drafted.

I drafted 9th in the first league and went into the draft planning to grab big forwards and high floor midfielders. As luck would have it, I accomplished just that and ended up with a decent defense.
Draft 1

 

I drafted 3rd in my second league and felt much better about that draft overall. I decided to go with the same strategy, but I would save my last forward and midfield slots to the end instead of grabbing a keeper and defender with my last two picks.

About Andrew Crollard

Andrew has worked as both an economist/data analyst and as a university and youth soccer coach. Naturally, marrying soccer and data together is a perfect fit.

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  1. FYI, I think you posted the same team pic twice.

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