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
- 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.