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Mock drafts help shape plans in Fantasy

The Scout 3 Aug 2018
Jurgen Klopp and Mohamed Salah, Liverpool

The Scout looks at a handy addition to the FPL Draft game for 2018/19

The mock draft is new to the Fantasy Premier League Draft game this season.

It allows managers to experience the draft process before doing one for real.

Getting involved is easy.

First, simply state how many teams you want to be in a mock draft league with.

You will then be allocated a place along with a number of randomly selected managers.

The draft will get under way within 30 minutes after the first team joins.

Snake draft

Before the process begins, a random order is generated which will "snake" from round to round of picks until all squads in a league are completed.

In a "snake draft" the pick order is reversed in each round, for example:

Round 1: Team A, Team B, Team C, Team D.
Round 2: Team D, Team C, Team B, Team A.

As managers only have between 30-120 seconds to select a player in the draft, it is best to build a watchlist beforehand.

This allows you to react quickly and bring in an alternative should you miss out on a big target.

Learning curve

Taking part in a mock draft gives managers the chance to learn the crucial differences in player selection between Fantasy Premier League and FPL Draft.

In Draft, each Premier League player can only be in one mini-league squad.

And there are also no player prices or squad budgets.

This means that you could, potentially, assemble a squad with a number of big-hitters that would otherwise be too expensive in FPL.

Sound foundations

A mock draft will give you a better idea of those players who will be at the forefront of other managers' plans.

But it can also help establish those players who will perhaps be overlooked.

By using it to gauge the pre-season thinking of others, you can lay the foundations for a successful Draft season when the Gameweek 1 action gets underway on Friday 10 August.

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Part 2: FPL Draft: Catch out rivals with reliable defenders
Part 3: FPL Draft: Alli consistency demands attention
Part 4: FPL Draft: Overlook Tosun at your peril

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