Draft Strategy By Round
Fantasy baseball draft position order strategy is all about finding the right player for the right position to balance your squad.
Analyzing the fantasy baseball draft, here are some of the things to get noted while you are in the draft:
- Who to Pick First for your team
- Positions to Avoid
- Who Not to Draft
Certain factors should be noted while picking players from the draft in fantasy baseball. Every manager or draft picker comes with a plan to pick their targeted ones.
Depending on the draft format, you should structure your team on how you will build your team being influenced by the league structure.
Here are the things you can apply as a strategy when in the draft process:
Starting Your Draft
Analyzing the player stats, and planning on how you will structure your team, you should be either ready for taking risks or passive in the first rounds of the fantasy draft.
If you aim to create an aggressive team, you should take a risk in the first few rounds and go for a strong starter in the team whose projection can be either 600 plate appearances or 200 strikeouts in 162 games.
Injury-prone players are to be ignored analyzing their past performances so that risk would be low compared to picking inform starters for the team.
One thing to be noted for the first few rounds is that the only trustworthy players will be picked in the starting draft rounds if possible.
Middle Rounds: Prepare for the "Dead Rounds"
The Dead Rounds usually fall between Rounds 7 and Round 10, which include certain types of players from the pool.
During the middle rounds, you should be aware of the dead rounds incoming to surpass those rounds.
Here are some of the players who might exist in these ranges:
- The oft-injured, could-be superstars
- The already injured but “imagine getting his top production back midseason” players
- The high-ceiling, sophomore-slump threats
- The boring-but-gets-the-job-done players
In these rounds, you should analyze your targets on your power-focused strategy and go for those targets who can step up in the big time to play big innings for the team in the upcoming games.
Get a Better Ending in the Last Rounds
As you reached the tail end of the draft, you should be going for the prospects for the season where they can step up huge when the team needs them.
One prime example is Joey Votto back in 2021, who was picked in the middle round, as he struck 36 home runs, 99 RBI, and had a .266/.376/.563 in the season. The manager who drafted him named him a genius.
The last round will always make people clumsy as you should use that as an advantage and search for the missing pieces for the squad.