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  • The Reedinator The Reedinator Feb 24, 2013 7:39 PM Flag

    First Time Fantasy Baseball Player

    Rotisserie (4x4), Nine team league, Autopick draft.
    Pre-Draft Ranking Questions:
    1) Will my Pre-Draft Rankings override Yahoo's "Best Pick" when it's my turn to pick in the draft?
    2) How would you reccommend ranking? Shouild I rank pitchers highly? Hitters?
    Thanks for any input.

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    • I think Goose did a pretty good job in answering question #1.

      Now, let me preface this by saying that I play in strictly head to head leagues. But, I think the majority of things outlined here can be transferred to other formats.

      As far as how you should rank players, rank it according to what stat categories will count most in your league. For instance, not that it would happen, but a commissioner could not count any pitching categories and only count batting stats. In that instance, you'd want to rank batters over pitchers. Of course, there is a lot more to it than that. SB, R, RBI, HR, AVG, ERA, WHIP, K, W and SV categories are standard, but a myriad of others are available. Personally, I try to gauge where I can get best value based upon my evaluations of how players will do this season. And I also rank players that will contribute in multiple categories very highly. Another thing that you might hear about is position scarcity. Some folks think, and I happen to be one of them, that you might want to consider taking a slightly less productive shortstop than an outfielder? Why, because SS is a shallow position and OF is deep. You can find OF production later in the draft. I tend to rank pitchers lower than hitters. A starting pitcher can't contribute to saves, so that automatically means that your best SP is going to contribute in less stats than your best position player. You'll notice that Yahoo's rankings reflect this. There's about 12 position players before the first pitcher in their ranks. And I think the first closer is ranked somewhere around 60. Obviously closers essentially only contribute in one category. Hence, there's the "don't pay for saves strategy." Personally, I've altered that concept a little and I "pay for saves later" and I simply #$%$ up 3 or 4 crummy closers so that even though my closers aren't as good, I still get more saves in a head to head league and win the category. It's kind of similar to the DEF category in football. Anyway, I've rambled on long enough.

      • 1 Reply to Brock W
      • But your "rambling" makes a lot of sense, and I appreciate the reply. Stat categories in the league are batting average, stolen bases, home runs, and runs batted in. On the pitching end, categories are wins, saves, era, and whip.
        My draft position is 9th of 9, which means I get back to back picks when I'm up. Maybe pre-ranking a big hitter with 1st pick and then a big starting pitcher with 2nd pick sound like a plan...then a SS with 3rd pick? I just want to have decent pre-ranking list.

    • I have a lot a mixed results with autopick in the past. Yahoo will try to stick to your rankings but will also make sure to fill all of the lineup spots. If you need a third baseman, yahoo will autopick you a thirdbaseman instead of higher ranked player that you have at another position.

      On a side note, I would suggest you play in a couple of different leagues with different formats being a first time player. I wouldn't overdo it and play in a bunch of leagues but two might be a good start. I would do a live draft if you could. Either snake draft or standard draft as yahoo calls it or an auction draft. I have two auction leagues you could join if interested. We already have a first year and second year player that have agreed to play so you would not be alone in that situation. If intested let me know and I will give you the league details.


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