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Draft Tips

2014 Fantasy Baseball Draft Tips

Most players base their entire season on the Fantasy Baseball Draft. Your team does not live and die with the draft, but you do need to build a solid foundation for your team. Here are 10 quick tips to improve your draft.

 

1. When conducting your Fantasy Baseball Draft the best advice is to play it safe. Don’t try to out smart yourself, draft a balance of pitching and offense.

 

2. Look at positions that are thin (Scarcity), like 2B or SS for example, and make sure you get yours.

 

3. Draft a “sure thing” veteran starting pitcher.

 

4. Draft a veteran big bat, but beware of players with only 1 good season, although some may pay big a proven is more of a sure-thing.

 

5. After filling those needs as soon as possible, use player rankings and team needs to guide the remaining of your fantasy baseball draft.

 

6. Save gambles for middle and late rounds. Let some one else take the big gamble early.

 

7. Go into the draft with a small draft plan and some sleepers. Then throw away your plan. The most important thing during the draft is to ADAPT! Notice what positions are and are not being drafted. Can you hold off on drafting your first basemen because everyone has already drafted one? Was there a run on starting pitchers? You better get one, even if it is a slightly over-priced player. Go with the flow of the draft and you will do better than sticking to a plan.

 

8. If you are new to drafting and your league offers an auto-draft option, use it. This will give you a safely drafted team.

 

9. Check your point system. Seems obvious and it is. Most point systems are a basic system, some high points and some low, but they generally are equal in proportion. Sometimes there are point strengths and weaknesses, if there is one find it and exploit it.

 

10. One last tip for the draft may be the most important. Draft a dominant closers at some point. They do not grow on trees. They score big and use few innings. In most Fantasy Baseball leagues closers are valuable and can’t really be replaced. They will get you more than just saves in their usual inning of pitching. They have low ERA's, great WHIP's and a high strikeout ratio. Draft enough closers to try to fill all P-slots and RP-slots. Consider a closer who qualifies as a starting pitcher and stick him in the SP-slot to gain an extra closer.

 

 

2014 Draft Strengths

If you examine the 2014 Mock Draft and Player Rankings you will see that the strengths of the draft are the following positions: Starting Pitching, Closers, First Base and Outfield.

 

Starting Pitching continues to be an area both difficult to predict and plentiful in free agency. The lesson of the past is after you draft your #1 pitcher, back off and wait for bargains. You should shy away from drafting a pitcher in the first two rounds (12-team draft). It is wise to let someone else draft Justin Veralnder Roy Halladay unless they fall into round three.

It is a guess who will finish #1 in 2014, so the longer you can wait to get your ace, the less risk is involved. If you can wait until round 3 (or later) you can easily find a starting pitcher who can potentially finish #1 overall.

Don't ever waste high picks on your #2 or #3 pitchers. In 2011 pitchers who were mid-round draft picks ended up amongst the best and other pitchers like Adam Wainwright and Josh Johnson as well as countless other good fantasy starters were found later in the draft or in free agency. Wait until the mid and late rounds for drafting most and feel comfortable that you will be able to fill you 3rd, 4th & 5th slots with free agents if necessary. DON'T OVERDRAFT STARTING PITCHING!

 

First Base is loaded coming into 2014. From the rise of Michael Morse, Freddie Freeman and Eric Hosmer to the upcoming Ike Davis and Paul Goldschmidt there are plenty of good first basemen to go around. You add the possible return of injured Kendry Morales and Justin Morneau and you truly have a logjam at first base.

The fact that a 26-home-run-hitter, Adam Lind, is the 16th ranked first basemen or Mark Trumbo at #22 shows that there is plenty good bats in the lower tiers as well.

When you start looking at leagues that require a corner infielder, first base is still loaded. You can get a solid young hitter with potential like Gaby Sánchez or Justin Smoak late in the draft. Finally, there are several rookies who get the call and qualify at first base who can be picked up in free agency. Watch for Brandon Belt, Brandon Allen, Anthony Rizzo and Jesús Guzmán.

 

Closers are always a tricky game. They have such importance, yet are so risky. Closers provide great K/9-ratios, low ERA's, low whips and of course can win the saves category if you build a strong bullpen. A stud is a must, yet studs are found in free agency every year.

2014 is one of the first seasons where it may be very wise to just wait until the middle and late rounds to pick up your closer because of the several new closers who look to be possible studs. Number one ranked Craig Kimbel is the new "stud" while and number two ranked Jonathan Papelbon and third ranked Heath Bell return as accomplished studs. Then there is the Drew Storens, Andrew Baileys or John Axfords who can possibly put up big numbers in 2014 as well.

So the word on closers in 2014 is be patient, but don't wait too long either.

 

Outfield is usually a weak position simply because of the shear number that it will take to fill your roster. To some effect, that will always be true, but it also means there are a lot more possibilities for new players to develop. In 2014 there is some very good outfielders ranked as low as 50, click to see, so filling up a 3-4 man outfield with quality starters should be easy.

If there is any sacristy in the outfield position, it is in the top tier. There is basically 10 outfielders who can be considered in the top-tier or close. That means one top-tier outfielders area premium.

 

 

2014 Draft Weaknesses (Position Scarcity)

If you examine the 2014 Mock Draft and Player Rankings you will see that the weaknesses of the draft are the following positions: Third Base, Shortstop and Second Base.

 

Shortstop is weak because of the huge drop off after studs Troy Tulowitzki, Hanley Ramirez and Jose Reyes.

The next shortstop ranked is Starlin Castro, who is capable of joining the top three, but may not have enough power to do so.

With players like Erick Aybar and Alexei Ramírez ranking at #11 and #12, you would be very wise to grab a shortstop ASAP. If you miss out on the top three, you will want to wait for the right time and grab someone like Emilio Bonifacio, Dee Gordon or Zack Cozart. Other than that, the fantasy cupboard is bare.

 

Second Base As it has been for years, second base is still a weakness in the 2014 draft. Robinson Canó and Dustin Pedroia are currently on planet by themselves. The often-injured Ian Kinsler could finish as a stud, but is way too risky to draft in the first round and Chase Utley has fallen, but he could still have another couple years of greatness in him. Youngsters Danny Espinosa, Dustin Ackley, Jason Kipnis and Jemile Weeks give some hope for the position and if you miss out on a stud, you may be best off waiting till the late rounds for a second basemen.

 

Third Base Once a strength in fantasy baseball, third base has quickly become a weakness. Hanley Ramirez is moving to third, but he may be a bit more valuable as a shortstop. Brett Lawrie is the one of the first third basemens to come around in years to be the next possible stud while World Series hero, David Freese, could take a big step up in 2014. After that, there is still hope for Mike Moustakas, Lonnie Chisenhall, Brent Morel and Pedro Alvarez to make it as starting fantasy third basemens and return the position to one of strength.

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