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Fantasy Mock Draft Updates

March 9, 2015

I have been busy mock drafting. I have completed 18 of them so far, with different strategies and different draft orders. I am planning on drafting twice each at six different draft positions with five different strategies.

My five strategies are:

Pitchers first – Start with starting pitchers. Sort by strikeouts. Take the pitcher with the best WHIP out of the top 15-20. Choose 4 starting pitchers. Then sort by saves. Take 3 closers that have 30 or more saves and the best WHIP. Take one more pitcher, either starter or reliever, that best fits the strategy. Then pick position players with the most runs and stolen bases.

HR first – Pick the ones with 30 or more home runs or 90 or more RBIs. Fill all positions, utility, then pick 2 starting pitchers and 2 relievers with the Pitchers first criteria. Then fill bench with most HR and RBI. Finally, fill the last pitching spots.

Fill Position – Make each position as strong as possible. This often involves taking Clayton Kershaw, an OF or 1B in the first round, a C, 2B and SS withing the top 5. If I don’t get an OF or 1B in the first round, I can get those in later rounds (12 or later), as they are pretty deep. Once I have all of the starting positions, two starting pitchers, and two relief pitchers, I fill the rest based on what I have, building on the strengths.

2SP, 2RP, Starters, SP, RP, Bench – Get the best starting pitchers I can get in the first two rounds, the best closers in the next two rounds, starting position players (including utility players), Fill out the pitchers, then fill the bench.

ADP – Take the player with the highest Average Draft Position. Take the lowest ADP available until the bench or extra pitchers are filled, then fill positions that are still needed.

I am drafting in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th, and 12th. The drafts reverse order every other round, so if you pick 1st in the first round, you will pick 12th in the second. If I have time before my draft on March 22, I will add some other draft positions.

Right now, with a very small amount of data, it looks like the best draft positions are 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, with 1st coming in just a tad worse. The sixth and twelfth positions are the worst so far. Pitching first has produced nothing but projected 1st place finishes, and HR first produced 1st and 2nd place finishes.

What do I plan on doing with this data? Well, I am going to look at what draft position that I get and see what strategy does the best from that position. Then I am going to use that strategy and see what I end up with.

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3 Comments
  1. Pedro Alvarez is going to be a huge fantasy sleeper in 2015! http://wp.me/p5F5x6-79 Check out my website for Fantasy Baseball help!!!

    • Alvarez does have some good power, but I don’t think his batting average will be high enough for me. If I were drafting purely on home runs and RBIs, he would definitely grab him.

      • Yeah I can understand that. He is still going to have a productive year!! Come follow my blog and like my Facebook page at Caleb On Sports. Twitter @CalebOnSports

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