Football Cheat Sheet Help

Our free fantasy football cheat sheet creation tools allow users to create informative cheat sheets in a fun and intuitive manner. We provide a wide-range of functionality in our football cheat sheets: ranking players using drag & drop, supplemental NFL player rankings from other sources (to compare against your own rankings), important player information (name, team, position, number, bye week, and experience), relevant statistics for each fantasy position, fantasy point output calculations, a configurable note for each player, and even tags to easily mark a player as a bust, sleeper, or injured. The purpose of this page is to explain all of this functionality in detail.

Please note that to take advantage of all advanced functionality outlined below, you must first register.

  1. System Requirements
  2. Application Performance
  3. Registration
  4. Cheat Sheet Creation
  5. Editing a Sheet
  6. Ranking Players
  7. Search Player News
  8. Supplemental Rankings
  9. Player Information
  10. Configurable Tags
  11. Player Statistics
  12. Configurable Note
  13. Printable Sheets

System Requirements

This application has been tested in all major web browsers but for best performance we strongly recommend that you use the Firefox web browser . Firefox is much more responsive when ranking players (as opposed to Internet Explorer, where you have to hold down your mouse button for much longer when selecting a player). A high-speed internet connection is beneficial, but not required. You must have JavaScript and cookies enabled to use this application because of its interactive nature and the heavy use of AJAX.

Application Performance

Because of the nature of the web, the cheat sheet interface will load and function slower as the number of players on your cheat sheet increases. The degradation in performance is why only a modest number of players are added to your sheet when it is initially created. However, as a registered user you are free to add as many players as you wish to your sheets, but keep in mind application responsiveness will degrade.

When reordering your players, some browsers (especially Internet Explorer) force you to hold down your mouse button for a period of time before you're able to successfully grab a player for reordering. In Internet Explorer, as the number of players on your sheet increases, the time required to hold down your mouse button for player selection also increases. This is a big reason why we recommend the Firefox web browser as there is zero delay when selecting a player.

Registration

In order for us to remember who you are (and more importantly which cheat sheets belong to you), you must register for a free account. After you register, the application will remember which sheets belong to you and make them accessible each time you return to the site. If you do not register, any cheat sheets you have edited will be lost when you leave the site.

Registration also unlocks the ablity for advanced cheat sheet features:
  • The ability to create any number of cheat sheets for any number of fantasy football leagues.
  • The ability to add and remove players from your cheat sheet.
  • The ability to generate a printable football cheat sheet using your custom rankings.
  • The ability to export your cheat sheet rankings to a spreadsheet.
  • The ability to re-sort your players using either statistics or supplemental NFL football player rankings.

Cheat Sheet Creation

When you initially create a fantasy football cheat sheet, all of the available data and functionality will be integrated into your sheet automatically. The number of players that are initially added to your sheet will depend on the fantasy position on which your sheet is based. The number of players chosen reflects the maximum number of player (for each respective position) that can be exported to our single-page, printable fantasy football cheat sheet with roster area. Number of players added to each football sheet by default are based on position:

  • Quarterback: 40 Players
  • Running Back: 75 Players
  • Wide Receiver: 75 Players
  • Tight End: 35 Players
  • Kicker: 32 Players
  • Defense: 32 Players

Editing a Sheet

If you are a registered user, you can edit your cheat sheet's properties at any time. As a registered user, you can freely add and remove players from your cheat sheet as desired. While the cheat sheet names for visitor sheets are fixed, you can re-name your cheat sheets however you choose. Finally, through the 'Edit Sheet' functionality, you can re-sort your players at any time using either statistics or a supplemental source.

Ranking Players

The most important aspect of cheat sheet creation is the ability to easily manipulate your player rankings. To change a player’s ranking you first need to position your cursor over the drag handle (the portion of the player template with a football texture), then click and hold down the mouse button. The length of time you have to hold down your mouse button when selecting a player varies widely based on both your web browser and the number of players in your cheat sheet. For instance, Firefox (whichs is the browser we strongly recommend) responds immediately regardless of the number of players in your sheet, while in IE the responsiveness is slower and decreases as the number of players on your sheet increases.

Selecting a football player to rank.

After holding down your mouse button for some period of time, the player template will become draggable. Still holding down the mouse button, you should now be able to drag the player to a different position on your cheat sheet. The position where the player will be dropped should be highlighted as your move your cursor up and down.

Dragging a football player to a different position.

Search Player News

When creating cheat sheets, it is imperative that you stay current on player news. The NFL preseason is a very volatile time and any tidbit of information you can garner on a player will give you a critical edge. To simplify searching for player news, we provide a Google New Search icon to each player template. To perform a new search for a particular player, simply click on the newspaper icon for the player in question.

Searching fantasy football player news.

Supplemental Rankings

It is often worthwhile to double-check your rankings against NFL player rankings other reputable sources and this is the idea behind supplemental rankings. The numbers on the left side of each player template comprise rankings from those supplemental sources.

Football player template with supplemental rankings.

If you hover your mouse above the magnifying glass next to the supplemental rankings area, a popup will appear which will explain which source created the respective ranking.

Football player template with supplemental popup.

Player Information

Each player template includes critical information about that player: name, position, number, team, experience, and his team’s bye week (when made available).

Football player template with supplemental popup.

Configurable Tags

In fantasy football, there are common attributes that we can sometimes assign to a player, two of the most common being sleeper and bust. Because these attributes are so common, we created a simple way to tag a player with one of these attributes (as opposed to manually typing 'sleeper' or 'bust' in the player's configurable note area). We also threw in a injured tag so you can easily spot those players who are hobbled. Tagging a player as a sleeper, bust, or injured is as simple as clicking on the 'Sleeper', 'Bust', or 'Injured' buttons under a player's name. To 'un-tag' a player, you can simply click on the tag again to de-activate it.

Football player tagging as sleeper, bust, or injured.

When you generate your printable football cheat sheet, any tag that you activated on your cheat sheet will be transferred and placed next to the respective player for easy reference.

Player Statistics

Our primary player templates display the following summary statistics from the previous year to easily compare players. These statistics are generated based on fantasy point output using the standard fantasy football scoring system, but PPR sheets will be available before the 2013 season begins. Our goal is to eventually support all of the common fantasy scoring systems.

  • Total Fantasy Points (TFP)
  • Total Fantasy Points Rank
  • Fantasy Points Per Game (FPPG)
  • Fantasy Points Per Game Rank
These fantasy stats total fantasy point output based on your league's scoring rules.

If you need to drill-down deeper into a player's individual statistics, simply hover your mouse over the magnifying glass next to the respective player's summary stats and a popup will appear containing detailed stats.

This popup generated NFL player individual statistics.

Configurable Note

Because we cannot predict all of the attributes that you value in a player, we have integrated an editable note area into each player template. This is meant to serve as a general catch-all for any information that you want to add for a particular player. To add a custom note about a player, click the 'plus' icon in the respective player template.

Create a custom note about an NFL player.

Generating a Printable Sheet

When you have completed your player rankings, it is time to generate a printable fantasy football cheat sheet for your draft. This is the final document that will integrate all of your player rankings (other important information) into a condensed, organized sheet for reference.

The first question you must ask yourself is if you want all of your positions integrated into a single cheat sheet, or if you want to print-out one sheet per position. If you choose the multi-sheet option, you will be able to add more information to your cheat sheet, such as your configurable note or player rankings from the previous season. With the single-sheet option, you get the convenience of only having to reference a single sheet.

Printing a Position-Specific Sheet

To print a position-specific cheat sheet, click on the 'print' icon underneath the cheat sheet dropdown in the sheet header.

Generated a printable cheat sheet for a single fantasy position.

This will generate a printable sheet which contains your rankings for the respective position. We provide a free, printable position-specific cheat sheet which looks identical to the printable cheat sheet you'll be generating.

Printing a Single Sheet with all Positions

To print a single cheat sheet with all of your fantasy positions included, click on the '1-Sheet Printable' link in the sheet header.

Generated a printable cheat sheet for a single fantasy position.

After you click the '1-Sheet Printable' link, you will be takent to a page where you can configure how your cheat sheet should be build. You'll indicate the cheat sheets to use and the format you prefer.

Choosing Ranking Sources

Our application allows you to create player rankings based on each of the major fantasy football positions (QB, RB, WR, TE, K, DEF). You can even create multiple sheets based a single position if you wish (this would be useful if you were preparing for multiple drafts in leagues with different scoring configurations). When configuring your printable sheet, any fantasy positions for which you have created a single sheet will be populated automatically next to their respective position.

Choosing positions for fantasy football cheat sheet.

If you have created multiple sheets for a particular position, you will have to choose which sheet to be referenced when the printable sheet is generated.

Choosing positions for fantasy football cheat sheet.

The positions for which you have not created a sheet for will be populated by NFL player rankings from one of the available supplemental sources. This will allow you to create a complete cheat sheet, even if you don't have time to address all positions yourself.

Choosing positions for fantasy football cheat sheet.

Choosing Your Printed Sheet Format

There are currently two formats to choose from when generating your printable cheat sheet. Both sheet formats display player rankings based on your specified configuration and also a printable roster area to enter your draft picks. The difference between the two formats is that one integrates the roster area into a single sheet while the other provides the roster area on a separate sheet. The single sheet solution has a smaller number of players listed and you will need to examine both formats to decide which format is right for you.

If your league rules dictate small roster sizes, then the single-sheet solution may work best. But if your league configuration calls for a larger roster size (15+ players) it would probably be safer to utilize the format which offers a larger list of players and places the roster area on a second sheet. Both sheet formats are previewed below.

Printed Sheet Format 1 Printed Sheet Format 2
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