Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
- Old Chinese Proverb
Give a man a ranked list of shortstops and you feed him for a season. Teach a man to design his own spreadsheet and he’ll devour the competition for the rest of his fantasy baseball playing life.
- Some nonsense I just made up
Everyone who is preparing for a fantasy baseball draft loves to read rankings: quick, easy to digest, and sometimes helpful. Do you, the fantasy baseball GM, take any of these lists as gospel? Most likely not. Everyone comes up with his own rankings based on the knowledge he’s accumulated from innumerable websites, blogs, magazines, books, podcasts, tweets, etc. There is so much information, so many opinions, so much noise . . .
So grab a beer, step into my living room (I hope you’re not allergic to cats) and get comfortable as I walk you through building my shortstop spreadsheet. By the end of this multi-article lesson plan you’ll be able to construct a tailor-made spreadsheet that will help you pull off the best fantasy baseball draft possible.