One of the most vital parts of a fantasy baseball draft is knowing when there’s about to be a dropoff in value at a certain position. It is good practice to create tiers to visualize those sudden drops so you can anticipate them coming. Each year, I put together printable cheatsheets that break each position into tiers and are ordered by the average draft position data from each of the main draft websites. 2016 will be no different and I unleash this year’s versions to the world here.
These draft guides are in PDF format and they can easily be used from your computer or printed out depending on your preference. When opening the sheet, you’ll see players broken down by position and ordered by their average draft position (ADP) at each site. Beyond that, they are grouped together with players of similar value at their position. If a group of rounds represents a drop in that value, a new tier is created. This gives you a good idea on whether you can wait on a position or not.
You can also gauge each player’s value within that tier as I put each player’s projected WERTH value (based on my Special Blend projections) next to their name. The values are position-adjusted to account for position scarcity. A player with a value of of zero would be a replacement level player at that position and anything below zero represents a projected bench player. If you don’t see a value for a player, that is because the Special Blend projections did not have a projection for them (which I explain in my linked article above about the projections). You may notice that a player who is eligible at multiple positions may have very different values at each position as a result of the position adjustment. I tried to account for multi-position eligibility as best as I could according to the position rules at each site (Yahoo’s being the most lenient in that regard).
How To Use
During the draft, it’s as simple as marking off players as they’re drafted. If you’re using a computer for your draft, you can open these sheets and use a PDF editor to digitally cross off names as they get drafted.
I recommend using PDF-XChange Editor if you want to mark off names on your computer as there is a free version of that and it is a good alternative to Adobe Acrobat (which you could also use). If you use PDF-XChange Editor then you can use the Strikeout Text tool under Comment & Markup Tools.
If your league doesn’t fit a nice 5×5 format or you want to be able to see live draft standings and player profiles then, as always, you could download my customizable Excel cheatsheets instead of these sheets here.
Good luck and happy drafting!