Earlier this week I covered some necessary steps to guaranteeing success in your fantasy baseball draft. Today I’ll further explore those methods, as well as point out some additional tips to help you become the top dog on draft day.
In case you were sleeping behind the wheel, you can check out what you missed right here: “Successful Strategies for Your Fantasy Draft”
(Seriously, if you have not read the first part, you may be a little lost. Go ahead and check it out)
Step Four: Assembling Your Tiers
On Thursday we covered our list of shortstops and their stats. Now comes the most important part . . . we have fun.
We pick up the Baseball Prospectus and Baseball Forecaster, we pore over the eighty or so fantasy baseball mags there are nowadays, we listen to our favorite podcasts, we grab some beers with our buddy and drive all neighboring women away by debating K/9 vs. K%.
Every now and then as more and more information enters your head, pull up your spreadsheet and start adding notes, rearranging players, and start grouping your players into tiers.
The tier approach to positional ranking is the sentient navigation computer that plans your draft for you while it’s happening. Sometimes it can be crippling when you’re trying to decide between a pitcher, a shortstop, and a third baseman. If you’re using tiers, however, you’ll quickly see that there are five near elite starters left, four near elite shortstops, but only Josh Donaldson and Ryan Zimmerman before you start hitting the dregs . . . well, your decision just got a lot easier. It is nearly impossible to reach for players, unless it’s a pet player you actually want to reach for, if you’re using tiers.