In the fantasy baseball world, it’s draft preparation time. It’s time to rank players, put them in tiers, assign them dollar values and get ready to put together your roster. If it’s a keeper league you’ve probably already chosen the players whom you’re protecting.
Fantasy baseball experts promote a variety of player valuation “truths,” and those don’t always agree. Part of the reason this occurs is that there’s an element of truth on both sides. What’s a poor soul to do in preparation for the arrival of draft or auction day? You need to go with the adage that best suits you. Choose your side in the Draft Day Dichotomy.
Protect batting over pitching and never keep closers.
Your keepers should be your best players, period.
You must have a plan. “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” Your leaguemates will be prepared, and if you’re not, you don’t have a chance.
Be flexible. Every draft and auction is different; don’t be hard-line or you’ll lose out on opportunities of which you can take advantage. You need to go with the flow.
Don’t draft pitching early/Don’t overpay for pitching. There’s always pitching available.
Don’t get stuck without strong starting pitching! You can never make up the gap in the ratio categories once you get way behind.
It’s all about playing time. You can’t get stats if the players aren’t playing.
It’s all about skills. A great bench player is more helpful than a bad positional starter; strong relievers help more than poor starting pitchers.
Don’t take rookies. Their developing skills and lack of experience will result in inconsistent performance.
Assure your success with young players’ breakout seasons. That player “out of nowhere” can make a championship season.
Don’t get expensive catchers. The risks of injury and poor performance are too great.
Make sure to get one of the top catchers. The drop-off from the top tier is substantial.
Don’t get expensive closers. The turnover is too high. Injuries and struggles will hurt your team.
Make sure to get one of the top closers. The rest of the field is too unstable.
Don’t take closers from bad teams. Bad starters, poor middle relief and weak offenses limit the opportunities for saves.
Don’t discriminate among closers because of their team. Every team has someone finishing off their games. It’s not about how many total games a team wins, it’s about how many close games they play.
He tired at the end of the season, so he took a break during the off-season. He took time off to heal from the injuries/nicks and bruises/wear and tear. He took time off for a mental break.
He’s in the best shape of his life. He’s lost weight and added muscle. He’s retooled his swing. He’s tweaked his delivery. He’s work with the new coach. He used a new off-season training regimen. Lasik surgery!
Okay, ready now? Do you have your fixed-flexible flow/plan set in place, and ready to toss aside? On to the draft!