In keeper and dynasty leagues, always determine draft order by reverse standings from previous season

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If you’re in a redraft league — meaning your league starts from scratch every year with completely empty rosters — the best way to operate the draft is to throw everyone’s name in a hat and pick the order.

It only makes sense. If everybody is starting from ground zero with nobody on their roster, you might as well leave the draft order to pure chance.

However, if you’re in a keeper or dynasty league where owners are allowed to protect certain players on their roster, the best way to promote competition and balance is to slot the draft order according to the previous year’s results, from worst team to first team.