Hey fellow fantasy baseball drafters,
For some of us it has been a while since we banked on a particular player only to see him go right in front of us. While for many I'm sure it happens every time you draft. Don't be ashamed it can happen to even the best of us. A while back I came up with a way to protect against this from happening and no it is not your already documented "tier" system of drafting or even "best player available". Both of those can still leave you second guessing when it comes time for your pick. I must state that my advice or theory does imply that the rest of your "prepping" is complete and you know your players.
Without stringing you along any further here is what I suggest for those that want to set themselves up for their "best" possible draft. Quite simply take how many teams are in your league and draft for each team as if it was your own. Yup, its as simple as that. With each pick you should be taking the guy that you feel should go there as if it was your actual pick. It is best to do this before you know where your team will actually be drafting because when you know that info you may cheat your other teams picks as if to allow for the best case scenario (that's bad). By taking your top guy with each pick for each teams needs you will by the time you are done have what you can also use as an overall ranking of how you view all of the players you feel should be drafted in your league as well. So not only do you wind up with a mock draft that should provide with appropriate gauges on where guys should fall it also allows you to see how you rank each position from top to bottom.
Finally as draft day comes you find out where exactly you are picking. You check your "mock draft" and see what kind of guys you could be looking at. Now here comes the best part. I know full well that everyone in your league or any league is not going to draft just the way you did your mock draft however when they do that it allows for guys that you had "drafted" ahead of your next potential choice to fall to you. At that point you know that should be a good value pick. Now obviously you are not going to take Aramis Ramirez over Dan Uggla just because you have him ranked over him if you already have David Wright and Evan Longoria at 3B. What you will see though with having that list overall and for your "pre-draft" team is that there will be more than one option and you will always be either ahead of what you figured you would have to pick from or right around that selection.
I don't want to say everyone can't use this method because they can but it generally works better for those that have spent the time going thru and being confident with all of their rankings for players. Fantasy drafts are like anything else in life in that the better prepared you are for a situation the better the results will be. Look at this as one more way to take you to that next step. By the way, as we all know, there are plenty of ways or methods to do that with. I just figured in a time of number crunching analysis to the point you cant sleep at night I would share a good practice that uses your hard fought number crunching results to benefit you come draft time and hopefully help make it that much more enjoyable. I am one of those guys that thinks the draft is one of if not the most enjoyable part of the season... but that's just me.
Good luck to all!!!