The Most Common Fantasy Football Draft Personalities of 2020: Which one are you?

Let’s start by acknowledging that this will be a fantasy football draft season like no other due to COVID-19. There will be no preseason action, training camps are limiting padded practices and in-person fantasy league gatherings will yield to virtual draft parties. But there’s still plenty of room for fun that comes with a draft, and what better way to get in the mood than a roll call of the cast of characters that shape leagues.

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At no better time does this cast of characters reveal themselves in all their splendor than during the actual draft. While they may hide their tendencies and mannerisms during the season, they’re all on full display when they’re on the clock.

The characteristics may vary slightly for these personalities, but they all fit into very distinct, very conspicuous profiles.

If you haven’t yet realized who in your league(s) fits into what archetype — or which YOU fit into — don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

We here at Yahoo Fantasy have taken years (almost) of very serious (pretty serious), completely factual (I mean, I’m not lying), by-the-book scientific (kind of) research to deliver these detailed profiles to you so you know what to expect.

So, without further ado, here are the eight fantasy football draft personalities.

THE EXPERT

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”I don’t know about him — he finished RB22 in .5 PPR last season.”
”Check Josh Jacobs’ YAC.”
» data-reactid=»32″>“He’s definitely one of my sleepers this year.”
”I don’t know about him — he finished RB22 in .5 PPR last season.”
”Check Josh Jacobs’ YAC.”

<h4 class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Average fantasy finish:&nbsp;3rd.» data-reactid=»33″>Average fantasy finish: 3rd.

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THE ROOKIE

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<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="“Why do I have to wait so long for my next pick?”
”His name is always coming up in Yahoo Fantasy articles.”
”Do drafts normally last this long?”
» data-reactid=»38″>“Why do I have to wait so long for my next pick?”
”His name is always coming up in Yahoo Fantasy articles.”
”Do drafts normally last this long?”

<h4 class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Average fantasy finish:&nbsp;9th and 5th.» data-reactid=»39″>Average fantasy finish: 9th and 5th.

THE OLD SCHOOL PLAYER

When it comes to the The Old School Player, you’ll frequently see a pen and pad in hand or a stack of outdated fantasy magazines taking up precious space. The Old School Player might make (more than one) mention of how “they” used to score fantasy leagues “back in the day.” He/She might name-drop players no one else has heard of/cares about. With that said, he/she might come off as out-of-touch and maybe a tad arrogant, but please understand: The Old School Player has been in countless fantasy leagues. They know their stuff and they know how to win, even if their tactics are a bit different from everyone else’s.

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”Reminds me of 1996, when …”
”Nah, I don’t need the WiFi.”
» data-reactid=»43″>“You guys wouldn’t understand.”
”Reminds me of 1996, when …”
”Nah, I don’t need the WiFi.”

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THE HOMER

Whether you’ve held your drafts in person or via virtual call, The Homer is the most easily spotted member of the league.

Just look for whoever is wearing the football jersey.

Okay, so maybe that’s too much of a generalization. Here are some other ways to spot The Homer:

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-Everyone else knows who they’re about to pick when a player on their favorite team is still on the board.

Hey, I understand the power of fanhood — do you, Homer, do you.

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”How is that a reach???”
”Watch how Money Makin’ Mitch goes off this year, he’s gonna silence all the haters!”
» data-reactid=»60″>“Man, forget Tom Brady, he betrayed us.”
”How is that a reach???”
”Watch how Money Makin’ Mitch goes off this year, he’s gonna silence all the haters!”

<h4 class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Average fantasy finish:&nbsp;Last (unless he happens to be a Saints or Chiefs fan — then he has a good chance at finishing 7th).» data-reactid=»61″>Average fantasy finish: Last (unless he happens to be a Saints or Chiefs fan — then he has a good chance at finishing 7th).

THE MULTITASKER

The Multitasker is either be really good at managing their time or really horrible at it — there’s no in-between. The Multitasker somehow executes a fantasy draft while doing any combination of the following:

  • Eating (and I mean EATING, like, dogging wings and a burger and fries and fried shrimp and pizza and any number of delicious things) while trying to choose between players

  • Talking on the phone with someone about something totally different from fantasy football while also looking at their draft board

  • Doing professional work on their laptop while simultaneously making their draft picks

  • Drafting in another fantasy league at the same time as this draft

  • All of the above at the same time

Further research is needed to discover whether The Multitasker is crazy for drafting this way, or on another plane of fantasy-manager-existence.

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“Oh, Clyde Edwards-Helaire was drafted already? Uhhh … ”
”Damn, I just realized I have five guys with the same bye week.”
» data-reactid=»72″>“Hold on, just give me a second!”
“Oh, Clyde Edwards-Helaire was drafted already? Uhhh … ”
”Damn, I just realized I have five guys with the same bye week.”

<h4 class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Average fantasy finish:&nbsp;6th.» data-reactid=»73″>Average fantasy finish: 6th.

THE ONE WHO JUST WANTS TO MAKE FRIENDS

The One Who Just Wants To Make Friends also happens to be the one who makes the most use of every fantasy drafts’ chat feature. She/He has a comment after almost every pick, and that comment is almost always positive.

They’re also the one who comes to the defense of the person who is getting railed on for making a reach or a so-called “bad pick.” Their overwhelming positivity is a good contrast to the often outlandish competitiveness that can emerge during a draft.

The One Who Just Wants To Make Friends is happy when they win and happy when they lose, but more importantly, they’re happy for their opponents, too. All their trade offers are fair and they always have a long, detailed explanation as to why they accept or decline. I don’t know how else to say it — they’re just nice.

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<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="“Great pick!”
”Ahhh, you snaked me man — good job!!!”
”So what is everyone doing after this?”
» data-reactid=»80″>“Great pick!”
”Ahhh, you snaked me man — good job!!!”
”So what is everyone doing after this?”

<h4 class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Average fantasy finish:&nbsp;Between 4th and 8th.» data-reactid=»81″>Average fantasy finish: Between 4th and 8th.

THE TROLL

The complete opposite of The One Who Just Wants To Make Friends. Every fantasy football league has one — even if he/she hasn’t presented him/herself yet. The Troll, like The Expert or The Old School Player, is an avid, experienced fantasy gamer, but eventually, they get taken over by their incessant need for excitement, competition, and a little chaos. The Troll might have a permanent smirk on his/her face on draft night. They might proclaim themselves the winners of the draft before it’s even started. She/He might make a snarky remark after certain picks are made, and will not hesitate to call out picks that don’t necessarily match up to their ADPs. The Troll might start drafting player backups just because they’re there. If a quarterback is selected before their pick, The Troll might then draft that quarterback’s favorite target.

Oftentimes, The Troll will choose a leaguemate to mess with; sometimes it’s random, sometimes it’s because that particular leaguemate is building a strong team, or maybe that one leaguemate beat The Troll in a crucial week, and The Troll still hasn’t gotten over it.

You can’t help but laugh, though — The Troll is blessed with an excellent sense of humor. In the spirit of competitiveness, The Troll often has multiple rivals in the league, and hey, what’s fantasy football without a little trash talk?

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”Y’all done let me get Mike Gesicki.”
”I don’t even know why you guys are still drafting — do you see my team?!”
» data-reactid=»89″>“That’s a REACH!”
”Y’all done let me get Mike Gesicki.”
”I don’t even know why you guys are still drafting — do you see my team?!”

<h4 class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Average fantasy finish:&nbsp;Somehow, and to the disdain of everyone else in the league, The Troll always makes the money — but doesn’t win the top spot.» data-reactid=»90″>Average fantasy finish: Somehow, and to the disdain of everyone else in the league, The Troll always makes the money — but doesn’t win the top spot.

THE LEGEND

Mysterious. Enigma. We come to him/her at last: The Legend. The Legend barely speaks during the season — unless spoken to, that is. You often wonder if they even exist. Don’t be surprised, though, when their random Round 8 pick causes audible “Oooh”s and “Ahhh”s throughout the room.

No one knows much about The Legend, but make no mistake: He/she is a dominant fantasy gamer with plenty of trophies under their belt. You won’t hear them talk about those wins though. You might not even hear The Legend at all — until it’s too late.

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”Haha, nah.”
” **Silence** ”
» data-reactid=»95″>“Well, since no one has drafted him …”
”Haha, nah.”
” **Silence** ”

<h4 class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Average fantasy finish:&nbsp;1st or — on extremely rare, unprecedented occasions — 2nd place.» data-reactid=»96″>Average fantasy finish: 1st or — on extremely rare, unprecedented occasions — 2nd place.

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