With the season starting early this year, it seems like everything is a bit crunched.  This includes preparing for the Razzball Commenter Leagues drafts.  March is already upon us and it’s time to get drafting!  Hopefully, you’re not caught unprepared.  This week I just wanted to drop some additional strategy notes I couldn’t cram into last weeks posts.  This time next week we’ll have an assortment of draft data to wade through, which will be much more exciting and make it seem like real fantasy baseball season!  As of now one league has drafted, the Writers League jumped in first with a draft this past Saturday evening.  There were a few autodrafters (raises hand in shame), but an overall good looking draft (just don’t look at my lack of pitching staff, wow, that’s ugly).  There will be a Q&A style recap of that in the coming weeks.  Keep an eye out for that if you’re interested but in the meantime, let’s cover the last few tips you need before tackling your own drafts in the weeks to come.

My last bit of draft day advice is mostly geared towards drafts in the final week or those that have drafted but want a leg up the first week.  It all goes back to maximizing ABs and I’m not sure it’s something many people look out for.  When you’re drafting far out from Opening Day stashing guys that might stumble into saves thanks to an injury or a prospect that might surprise and break camp with a club is great.  However, when there’s 1-2 days until real baseball, there’s no value to be gained in stashing those guys.  Instead, you should be looking to maximize those ABs early and often.  A couple days before Opening Day, take  a look at who might be on the wire or have an ADP of 250+ that may have earned a starting gig during the spring.  Now, go take a peak at where they might be slotting into the lineup.  You might uncover a speedster that will be leading off unexpectedly and you could find yourself stumbling into some early SAGNOF.  This is ideal if you’re rotating your UTIL spot anyway, which is something I spoke of in my prior strategy post.  Admittedly, this strategy worked much better during the soft Opening Days of years past.  With 6 teams playing you could get a nice early jump on some stats, but this year every team plays Day 1.  Still, there could be a small advantage gained and we’re all about eeking out every advantage we can.

Finally, one last draft note and more of a PSA: Please rank your players before the draft.  I’m not sure if you taken a peak at the FanTrax pre-draft rankings, but unless you want your draft to go Kluber, Bumgarner, Verlander, Posey, you should make some adjustments.  FanTrax does offer a pretty nifty tool for uploading your rankings from a CSV file.  Even if you show up 15 minutes late to your draft, if could spell disaster, so don’t leave anything to chance.  You have been advised.

That does it for draft notes from me.  We went over how to handle pitchers, to draft power when it doubt on a hitter, and use draft day to either stash some potential value or set yourself up to maximize counting stats ASAP.

Now, let’s put all that knowledge to use and draft some leagues!  If you have an itchy drafting finger, there are drafts going off all this week and weekend, so hop in.  Join a free league to get some early drafting practice or join a money league to take on your favorite writer or commenter.  There are low stakes ($10) and high stakes ($100) leagues available, so there’s something for everyone.  Join one, join two, join ten, we won’t judge.

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  1. Laura Holt

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    I’d just like to point out that, in the writers’ draft, most of us who weren’t on autodraft made sure we were pretty hammered by about round 4 in order to level the playing field ; )

    • MattTruss

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      Haha, excellent!

    • Cram It says:
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      @Laura Holt: If you don’t drunk draft, you’re doing it wrong. At least that’s my motto.

      • AL KOHOLIC says:
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        @Cram It: I concur

  2. Jose says:
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    How does Fantrax determine draft order? Will it randomize an order sometime an hour or so before the draft or will it set that up once the league is full. My league is currently sitting at 9 members!

    Thanks for all the drafting advice. Can’t hurt!

    • MattTruss

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      It will randomize before the draft, not sure how long before.

      • Michael W Kane says:
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        @MattTruss:

        It seems to reset your draft order every time someone joins. So, in theory, right when your league’s 12th player joins, that’s it.

        Here’s the rule from FanTrax’s FAQs:
        As soon as the Commissioner sets the draft order to “random”, the order gets set and can be viewed in Other –> League Rules Summary or in the Live Draft room. This order will not change unless the Commissioner does so, or if teams are added to or removed from your league before the start. If a new team is added, the draft order will be regenerated randomly. If a team is removed from the league, it will simply be removed from the draft order, and all other teams will remain in their current draft positions.

  3. OldNavy says:
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    March 10 3 PM we need one more to fill the spot

  4. Michael W Kane says:
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    Also, one spot still available in Cougs R Us. (Entry is 100 littleneck clameroos)

    Don’t wait! Act now! Email me at:

    [email protected]

  5. regan says:
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    I tried for an hour to get the cvs rankings to upload the Fantrax with no luck. Can you walk me thru it? Draft is in 3 hrs.

    • MattTruss

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      Hmm, worked pretty easy when I did it. They give you three formats to put your players in. Name, Team, Pos is what I used. Saves As CSV, then import. There were a few guys it didn’t find, but I just put them in manually.

      • Florida Cracker says:
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        @MattTruss: Hey Matt how did your draft go where you were picking 11th overall and you started out with Scherzer.

        • MattTruss

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          Still going, but I like my team so far. I really don’t feel like I’m hurting too badly on offense.

  6. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    I can assure u that Matt is the king of maximizing abs and it pays off large for him every year. I will try to be better at this this year

  7. Marti says:
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    8 spots left in league 67. C Mon get we done

  8. VinWins

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    When I click on the Writers League link, it says I can’t view because I’m not a member. Using the league ID I can get to the draft results page. Guess the home page is off limits.

    Love the upload csv feature for pre-ranking, though bit of a hassle moving manually added players up the list to where you want them.

    • MattTruss

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      Good to know, thanks Vin, I’ll update the link to bring you directly to the draft page

  9. jack florida says:
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    i joined league #2 and #51, drafted both leagues

    drafted alex reyes and jimmy nelson

    league 51 allowed me to place them immediately on the DL, league 2 would not allow it

    i thought all the settings were the same?

    thanks

    • MattTruss

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      Yea, there was an oversight on the DL rule. We caught it after the first league drafted, but it didn’t get fixed right away. The early drafting leagues should be fixed now and if you try to make an add/drop it may tell you you have a player not on the MLB DL in your DL slot and not allow you to make the add/drop until you fix it. Sorry for the mix up, but it should be all fixed now.

      • jack florida says:
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        @MattTruss: rcl # 2 is not fixed, it is still the same

  10. mkane says:
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    I noticed that in the settings, under the Transactions & Periods tab, the setting for “Lineups are Locked at a” is “set amount of time before scheduled 1st game of the day.”

    This appears to be a major change, as there is the option of choosing “each player’s scheduled game . . .” but instead sounds like rosters are gonna completely lock at first game. No shuffling of players into spots when lineups are posted for West Coast games, etc.

    Is that correct? Because, again, unlike say innings cap or adding a DL spot, that’d be a major change to format.

    • MattTruss

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      I took that to mean add/drops locked at that time, not moving guys around the lineup. I will try to confirm which way it is set.

    • MattTruss

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      Just looked and this is under the “Transactions” section as well, I would definitely say this means add/drops, just like it was on ESPN. You can still change your roster, but not make any add/drops.

      • Grey

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        We’re looking into it, thanks, mkane…

        Definitely want it so teams can change lineup after first game… More ESPN than CBS, in other words

        • MattTruss

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          I think this is add/drops vs. moving guys around the lineup though

          • Grey

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            We should make sure we have it right, can you ping, Tim?

            • MattTruss

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              Rudy already has and I asked this question in the chain…

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Yeah, looks like it is lineups vs. drops that’s in question

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Saw the last email, we see what Tim says…I’m really not sure anymore…

  11. Dr Easy says:
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    Regarding the pre-ranking before the draft, I saw that you can also use their ADP. The ADP is much better than their own ranking, so even if you don’t want to import Grey’s ranking (sacrilege!), I’d say at least go with the ADP pre-rank.

    • MattTruss

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      Good call, anything is better than the “score” rankings

      • Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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        @MattTruss: still better than yahoo’s.

  12. We drafted last night, it was fun. Only 3-4 auto drafters for most rounds.

    I was surprised by how non-Razzbally some of the people’s strategies were. I went heavy on hitters and tried to make the site founders proud. I’m pretty happy with this roster to be honest. Though coming out of a 12 team draft with these non hyped SP’s made me feel dirty, like I had kissed a girl with a soul patch. Drafted in the #3 slot, I got this.

    Shitcockery

    1B Goldschmidt, Paul – ARI 1 3 3 LS
    SS Lindor, Francisco – CLE 2 10 22 LS
    OF Springer, George – HOU 3 3 27 LS
    OF Ozuna, Marcell – STL 4 10 46 LS
    P Archer, Chris – TB 5 3 51 LS
    MI Andrus, Elvis – TEX 6 10 70 LS
    3B Shaw, Travis – MIL 7 3 75 LS
    P Bauer, Trevor – CLE 8 10 94 LS
    OF Castellanos, Nicholas – DET 9 3 99 LS
    P Wood, Alex – LAD 10 10 118 LS
    2B Báez, Javier – CHC 11 3 123 LS
    P Davis, Wade – COL 12 10 142 LS
    P Vizcaíno, Arodys – ATL 13 3 147 LS
    CI Bell, Josh – PIT 14 10 166 LS
    OF García, Avisaíl – CHW 15 3 171 LS
    P Familia, Jeurys – NYM 16 10 190 LS
    UT Peraza, José – CIN 17 3 195 LS
    P Williams, Trevor – PIT 18 10 214 LS
    P Corbin, Patrick – ARI 19 3 219 LS
    OF Hicks, Aaron – NYY 20 10 238 LS
    P Odorizzi, Jake – MIN 21 3 243 LS
    C Ramos, Wilson – TB 22 10 262 LS
    P Velasquez, Vince – PHI 23 3 267 LS
    SS Rosario, Amed – NYM 24 10 286 LS
    P Reed, Addison – MIN 25 3 291 LS

    • MattTruss

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      Looks pretty badass to me! I’d sign up for that squad for sure. I’ve done a draft already and was kinda surprised at the pitcher love going on too. I ended up with Alex Wood as my #1 though, which isn’t so hot. My offense is fire though, we;ll see, live the stream!

    • JD says:
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      @Fman99: “Only 3-4 auto drafters”

      Cmon Matt dont pander that team is vomit worthy

  13. JR says:
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    Not sure who to reach out to about this, but there is an RCL set to draft in 12 minutes (League #28, Noon EST) that says it’s full on the RCL chart but we only have 11 people in the league. Not sure what happened to the 12th person, but as of now the draft won’t happen…anyway we could get a quick 12th person to join or postpone the draft until we have someone?

    • MattTruss

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      Ugh, 12 minutes was not enough time to try and fill that thing and now it looks like it’s drafting with 11 managers….that’s bad. We might have to cancel that league . Sorry about that, downside to not having a commish in each league to keep track of that.

    • MattTruss

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      Yea, so you guys are welcome to play out that league obviously, but it won’t count towards RCL stats. Feel free to join another RCL, there’s plenty of time! There’s an early draft tomorrow going off at 10AM. It’s a $10 league with myself and JayWrong. Hop in!

      • JR says:
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        @MattTruss: Thanks for the invite on that one! I’m already in a few other money leagues so I joined a free one that just drafted. Thanks though!

        • Jr says:
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          @JR: I’ve also never done a roto league so wanted to get my feet wet a little bit. Maybe I’ll do a money league next year if this year goes well.

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