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January 29, 2014 posted by Dan Strafford

2014 Fantasy Baseball The Strategery Department: Mockin’ In The Free World

2014 Fantasy Baseball The Strategery Department: Mockin’ In The Free World
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There’s stats on my sheet
Tiers are there too.
Checking one last tweet
Before I know what to do
But there’s a warnin’ sign on the pick ahead
There’s a lot of people sayin’ pick Cano instead
Don’t know who’s next, but want Goldschmidt
So I try to make a trade, Can’t find a fit.

Keep on mockin’ in the free world,
Keep on mockin’ in the free world
Keep on mockin’ in the free world,
Keep on mockin’ in the free world

The great Neil Young everyone. Hopefully, close enough at least. Preparing for anything early is a great thing. It allows you ample amount time to learn, game plan and test out any concerns you might have. This holds true for preparing for your fantasy baseball draft.  The earlier your start preparing and the earlier you start testing out your tiers and rankings in live mock drafts, the more likely you are to find holes in your plans.  Mock drafts are the perfect way to start to explore your strategy and determine where you need more work.

It’s important to find a mock draft that matches your league format and scoring structure.  It does you no good to enter a 12 team mixed league mock draft if you are in a 18 team roto league.  Over the next few months, take the opportunity to schedule two or three mock drafts so that you can see the different ebb and flow of drafts.  It’s important to try out different strategies each time you enter a mock draft. The first aspect that will change will be your draft position.  Beyond that though, try focusing on power early one time out, perhaps balanced players in another, and even focus down on pitching early in another.

All of these mock drafts will help you develop and understanding of the typical flow of a draft in your league format.  The fewer surprises you can have come your actual draft, the better off you will be.

For further thoughts on mock drafting and trying something different, check out the great Steve Gardner’s recent article on an NL-Only draft he recently took part in.  It’s an interesting read on taking Clayton Kershaw in the first round of an “only” draft.

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