My draft season is over and two long-ass draft posts (LABR, Tout Wars) feels sufficient. So to cover my other 6 drafts (not including my RCL where I ended up with an auto-draft because I blanked) and summarize my draft season as a whole, I put together the below chart. I imagine I will be linking to this post either to gloat or mourn after the season ends (or mourn certain picks yet gloat because I out-managed my leaguemates in season because of our awesome yet affordable season-long tools).

***Tools update – Projections have been run for the first couple of games. You can see all the pitchers in Streamonator and all 3/28 hitters under Hittertron Tomorrow (points league variant available too!). Will shift all days forward so 3/28 is ‘Today’ sometime tonight. Tentative plan is to run the first ‘Next Week’ projections on Saturday night/Sunday morning.***

Here are the leagues I am participating in:

  • NFBC Auction – 15-team mixed, $1400/team auction held in NYC (w/ co-manager)
  • NFBC Main Event – 15-team mixed, $1500/team snake draft held in NYC (w/ co-manager)
  • NFBC Draft Champions – 15-team mixed, $150/team slow snake draft and hold w/ 50 rounds
  • NFBC Cutline – 10-team mixed, $150/team slow snake draft best ball (points) w/ 42 rounds
  • Fantrax Bestball – 12-team mixed,  $50/team slow snake draft best ball (points) w/ 40 rounds
  • Tout Wars – 15-team mixed snake, 5×5 OBP industry draft.
  • LABR – 15 team mixed snake, standard 5×5
  • TGFBI – 15 team mixed snake, standard 5×5
  • Yahoo Friends & Family – 15 team mixed snake, standard 5×5

Notes:

  • This year was interesting in that my mid-February LABR draft is typically my most unique draft as my player preferences evolve throughout the preseason. Not the case this year. Of the 8 players I took in 4+ drafts, 7 of them were on my LABR squad and the sole omission (Andrew McCutchen) was on my post-draft regret list. I chalk this up to more efficient preparation than in past years and many of these players still going at reasonable values by end of draft season.
  • I only included players taken in the first 28-30 rounds for the 40-50 round drafts.
  • As you can tell, I prefer 15-team mixed. It allows me to leverage the Razzball tools to make start/sit decisions and prioritize free agents (usually through weekly FAAB) but the player pool is shallow enough to disincent massive roster churn like in 10/12-team.
  • This was the third year I had an NFBC Main Event team but the first time I drafted in person. This is by far our favorite team we drafted. I think being in the same room as my co-manager and having a firmer draft plan really helped.
  • This was my first year drafting an NFBC Auction team and my first mixed league auction in recent memory. Felt surprisingly comfortable. The team does not look much different than one I would snake draft (neither Stars/Scrubs or super value). Here is a pic of the team with bids.
  • This is also the first year I’ve done MLB best ball (both an NFBC Cutline and Fantrax). My strategy was not much different than my Draft Champions strategy (build a well-balanced team and a shit-ton of SPs) except the points format tends to deprioritize SAGNOFs. We shall see.
  • I probably covered my feelings on most of these players in the LABR or Tout Wars write-ups but feel free to ping me on any of these players in the comments.

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Chris
Chris
3 years ago

Hi. Is the buy sell tool not up yet? Thnx!s!

Art Vandelay
Art Vandelay
3 years ago

Hey Rudy, I have two questions, one strategic and one technical.
1. Do you draft using the $ values in your pre-season player rater or do you have a proprietary set of rankings that deviates from the spreadsheet? Just curious whether you are super regimented in following what your model projects versus using some subjective/anecdotal insight?

2. I can’t figure out how to clear the Razzball war room. I did a mock draft using it but now when I go back in to try to use it again, I still see all the players I previously drafted and can’t obviously figure out how to reset it so I can use it again. Am I missing something?

Thanks!

Art Vandelay
Art Vandelay
Reply to  Rudy Gamble
3 years ago

Thanks Rudy, and thanks for all the work you do. RCL draft tonight, so hopefully the prep will pay off.

Crime dog
Crime dog
3 years ago

This could be an ignorant question but is there somewhere that catalogs these expert leagues and who’s in them and what the drafts were? I know I’ve seen numerous different tout war leagues which from my understanding are expert leagues. Are they invite only? Are there prerequisites? What’s the scoop on them and how many are there? More curious than anything. I see various write-ups all over the FB world about expert tout war drafts but am having trouble understanding how many are out there, who’s in them, and how league members are selected.

otisP
otisP
3 years ago

I have been offered Benintendi and Clevinger for Vlad Jr. This is a dynasty 5×5 league. Would you take the two very solid players or hold on to the high risk/very high reward Vlad? I need SBs and Ks so the offer helps me, at least for this year. Vlad’s upside has me thinking of declining the offer. Thoughts?

bill
bill
3 years ago

It might be an interesting and fun read to write about your experiences in the draft room in NYC.

mushi
mushi
3 years ago

Hi Rudy,

Would you trade Clevinger to get Murphy? I need a good bat in a 20 team h2h league.

Thanks

Jeff P
Jeff P
3 years ago

I see that you have 0 Buxton shares. Not buying his hot spring?

Jeff P
Jeff P
Reply to  Rudy Gamble
3 years ago

Makes sense. I am targeting him a lot in best ball, where I don’t have to worry that I’ll miss out on a 3 hr or 4 steal day after a 1 for 23 week.

AKA
AKA
3 years ago

Take it to mean you’re a fan of Hamels, Ray, and Lucchessi at least at their likely prices? What order would you rank those 3 in an NL Only auction? Big price gap between them, or are they close to even?

Ritchie Rich
Ritchie Rich
3 years ago

Hey Rudy… I’m curious about your thoughts on a trade… Very competitive keeper league that uses OBP instead of AVG and SLG instead of HR.

Give: Lindor, Pick 8, Pick 12 (after 70 were kept)
Get: Freeman, JD, Spring, Corbin

Thoughts?

Darrell Lester
Darrell Lester
3 years ago

Razzball/Steamer ranks love Nelson Cruz ($26, 25th overall in ESPN standard 12 team ranks) but you only picked him once. I use those rankings during most of my drafts and often he was the highest still remaining. Did you purposefully avoid him even though the numbers point to value anywhere past the third round?

Jj
Jj
3 years ago

What’s the thinking behind punting 1st base?

Jj
Jj
3 years ago

What are you hoping for with Frazier-280-15-70-50-10 or do you think more?

Jj
Jj
Reply to  Jj
3 years ago

Never mind
See you already answered this

Brett
Brett
3 years ago

Rudy when does the article with all the writers picks ie bust come out? Thanks

True and Correct
True and Correct
3 years ago

Am I missing something with Adam Frazier ? Very little speed. Would you drop Yolmer (my last pick in NFBC (12 team OLC) for Frazier ? Thanks.

Matty
Matty
3 years ago

No shares of Rizzo, Bryant, or Baez; is that just how things broke or do you value the Cubs guys a little less than the average bear?

packers2018
packers2018
3 years ago

I love the NFBC cutline contest. Only 2 FAAB periods and just set back and watch.
Do you have a particular draft strategy going into the draft?
Multi positional players break ties for me, and I tend not to worry about closers. 17 or so pitchers and the rest bats.
Just curious how you approach a best ball contest/league.

Brennan Cassidy
Brennan Cassidy
3 years ago

Only see one share of Mike Trout and Mookie Betts. How worried are you for them this season?

On a serious note, do you expect a big season from Stanton and a guy to target around the 10th-12th pick? Have a big money points league where I think he’d be a perfect snag in that range, and then a standard 12-team roto where I feel that I can get him earlier in the 2nd round instead.

Brennan Cassidy
Brennan Cassidy
Reply to  Rudy Gamble
3 years ago

That’s the start I’ve been hoping for with the turn pick, thank you! Keep up the amazing work

Andy
Andy
3 years ago

That’s a lot of Kendrys. I am worried about his playing time. How do you feel about him vs Yonder Alonso in Ann OBP league? Thanks!

johnnyhobbes
johnnyhobbes
3 years ago

You have alot of Kyle Gibson. Are you high on Gibson because if value realtive to availability so late / for so little capital? Or do you see some thing more, I’m in a twelve teamer with this guy not drafted.l, should be on a team? Drop luzardo for him?

Same question for Adam Frazier…

Thanks