2012 Cheatsheets Are Available

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Cheatsheet King is back and ready to lead your fantasy football team to a winning draft.

Create your 2012 cheatsheets based on the latest projections.

Rank the the hottest rookies like Trent Richardson, CLE RB, Robert Griffin III, WSH QB, and Justin Blackmon, JAC WR.

Pay attention to guys who have found new homes like Payton Manning, DEN QB and Vincent Jackson, TB WR.

What will your draft strategy be this year? RB-RB, RB-WR-QB, QB-RB, WR-RB-RB?

Let your cheatsheet guide you.

It’s up to you to get your rankings in order and enter your draft with confidence!

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Create a cheatsheet with tiers or a standard cheatsheet.

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Cheatsheet Trust – Trusting your cheatsheet at the draft

Your fantasy football draft is coming up on the 7th round. All of the teams are starting to flesh out and you have a good feel for each team’s identity. The adrenaline level has tapered off just slightly. Nevertheless, the next 5 or 6 rounds will be a grind.

Notice how some of your opponents are shuffling papers, frantically tabbing through websites, trying to beat the clock and make their next pick.

You evaluate your roster, focus on the weak spots, and ponder your next pick. There are a number of directions you can go this round – another running back or receiver, a quarterback, a tight end, or you may be one of the first to grab a defense. It all depends on your and the other teams’ needs.

The confidence with which you make your next pick can be determined by answering one simple question: “Do you trust your cheatsheet?”

Trusting your cheatsheet means that you firmly believe that you have ranked all of the players, from the first pick to the last (grouped by position). It means that when you are in the later rounds of your draft and you want a receiver, you’ll take the 47th ranked receiver over the 48th ranked receiver every time. Why? Because your cheatsheet says so!

Now that may sound like common sense, but is not always the case with fantasy players. A lot of times our cheatsheet is simply a guide. An outline. Players with similar expectations are grouped together, but there is no determining factor that says one player should be picked over another.

This may be intentional (you may have divided your cheatsheet into tiers). Or it may be from a lack of preparation.

Yes, tiers are great and highly recommended. Tiers give you flexibility during the draft. They allow you to improvise and be in the moment. You may see two players that you consider to be dead even as far as rank. Your instincts and existing player knowledge at that moment will determine which player to draft.

But cheatsheet trust is about putting in the preparation ahead of time so you can focus your energy on strategy and team analysis during the draft. Rather than trying to determine who’s the better running back – RB#54 or RB#56.

How To Establish Cheatsheet Trust

1. Put in the time.

Establishing cheatsheet trust requires a fair amount of preparation prior to the draft. You should start customizing your cheatsheet at least a month prior to the draft. This will give you enough time to focus on the entire cheatsheet, not just the top half.

Continue to do your player research and fine tune your cheatsheet up until draft day.

2. Don’t neglect the lower ranks.

In order to trust your cheatsheet from the number one pick all the way down to Mr. Irrelevant, you’ll need to spend time fine tuning the bottom half of your rankings.

It’s always a lot of fun ranking the top players. Figuring out how the first few rounds will play out according to your draft position is great. It easy to spend a lot of time thinking about who you’re 1st 3 or 4 picks will be. As you approach the middle to lower ranks, the players are less familiar so its not as fun and takes more time.

Analyzing and customizing these rankings, however, will pay off as you enter the later rounds of your draft. You’ll be familiar the 3rd and 4th string players while your league mates are asking, “What position does he play?” or “Who is that?” You can talk smack when someone unknowingly picks a guy who just got cut. He was probably ranked higher on every one’s cheatsheet, except yours because you put in the extra prep time and moved him down in your rankings.

Remember, your time and effort at the draft should only be on strategy and the analysis of you and your opponents’ teams. What position do you need to fill? What do the other teams need to fill? Do you need to fill it immediately, or can you afford to wait?

Once you have identified the position you are going to pick, let your cheatsheet do the rest.

Cheatsheet Trust will empower you to make timely, confident draft picks throughout the entirety of your draft. It will give you an edge on your opponents and allow you to capitalize on their lack of knowledge of the entire draft pool. It will also allow you to focus on strategy and team analysis instead of player analysis. You will need to put in a good amount of preparation in order to establish cheatsheet trust. Start building your cheatsheet at least a month prior to your draft and revisit it often. Focus on the middle and lower rankings. Your will see the results of all your hard work on draft day.

Introducing Tier View

You asked for it. It’s what every good cheatsheet needs. It’s how every accomplished fantasy football player approaches their draft. And now you can do it at Cheatsheet King…

Divide your cheatsheet into tiers with Tier View.

Tier View is our newest feature that lets you customize your cheatsheet even further by grouping players into tiers. Tier View uses the same drag and drop interface as our standard cheatsheet. But instead of one long list of player rankings, the cheatsheet is divided into customizable tiers.

Tiering is a cheatsheet technique where players of similar fantasy output are grouped together. Tiers are typically created for each position. So all of your quarterbacks will be grouped into tiers, all of your running backs will be grouped into tiers and so on.

Grouping your players this way allows you rank players more broadly according to where you would take them in the draft. Your first tier at a given position usually includes the top 2 or 3 players at that position. The studs. For running backs, these are those few guys who are head and shoulders above the rest. These are usually the top 3 overall draft picks.

The same goes for quarterbacks and wide receivers. However, your first tier QBs and WRs shouldn’t necessarily be drafted in the first round. It just means that when it is time for you to take a QB or WR, try to get a guy from your first tier, or the highest available tier.

Only the first tier will contain 2 or 3 players. The following tiers will gradually contain more and more players as the players start to even out in fantasy performance.

Cheatsheet King’s Tier View sets the default tier size to 8 players.

How to Use Tier View

Create a new cheatsheet in Tier View here. You can also click the ‘Create Cheatsheet with Tiers’ button on the home page or under on the My Cheatsheets page.

Create a Cheat Sheet with Tiers

Drag and drop players to adjust your rankings. Players can be moved within and across tiers. To add a new tier, click the space between two players. The will split the tier into two, thus creating a new tier. To remove a tier, move all of the players from tier into another tier and the tier will automatically be removed.

To print a Tier View cheatsheet, you must first have a Cheatsheet King account and you must save your cheatsheet. Once you do that, you will notice the ‘Print’ button on your cheatsheet. Clicking the ‘Print’ button will take you to a single-page view of your cheatsheet will all of your rankings at each position divided into tiers.

Print Cheat Sheet with Tiers

Tier View does not support the ‘Top 200’ view.