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I was lying in bed late at night recently when I had a breakthrough revelation.

It’s preferable to take players later than their ADP.

Please — hold the applause.

I think everyone would agree that it’s better to draft players after ADP when possible, and Underdog Fantasy’s Hayden Winks has already quantitatively proven teams that drafted more players after ADP had the most success in Best Ball Mania II. Another way to show this is by approximating each BBM2 team’s total value relative to ADP and comparing that to their team success.

To approximate pick value, I found the difference between when a player was selected and their ADP and then divided by ADP. For example, if a player with an ADP of 36 was chosen 30th overall, his value would be -0.17 (a reach of six spots divided by 36 ADP). Once I had that for every pick in BBM2, I removed each team’s best- and worst-value pick. I did this for two reasons:

  • I wanted to reward teams that were consistently mining value instead of having a couple of big values fall to them.
  • More importantly, I wanted to remove auto-picks that would mess up the data entirely. Before I did this, the highest-value pick in all of BBM2 was Cam Akers at 212th overall when he had an ADP of 12.2. In fact, according to our value approximation method, that pick was so amazing that the team that made it had the best total value in all of BBM2, even though their other 17 picks combined for negative value.

Next, I added up the total value for each team and plotted it against points over month-based expectation (since we know scoring varies pretty significantly by draft month). Here’s the result:

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