The value of your options do not decrease incrementally at each position in your fantasy baseball drafts. There are often big lumps of similarly-valued players and then a sudden drop in value once those players are gone. That’s the concept of positionally based tiers. By putting your players into tiers at each position, you can start to know when a drop in value is coming a certain position so you can know whether that position is a high priority or not.
Each year, I put together a printable cheatsheet as an alternative to my Excel cheatsheets (which work on both Windows and Mac now). The printable cheatsheet breaks down the draft pool into positional tiers ordered by the Average Draft Position of the main draft sites out there. Using these cheatsheets, you can get a sense of the impending drops-in-value that might occur at any given position and plan your draft accordingly.
I initially started doing these sheets because my Excel cheatsheets could not run on Macs in the past and wanted an alternative resource that people may want to use. I’ve found that these have been valuable for drafters who want a printable resource though and am continuing to produce these sheets even though my Excel cheatsheets now work on Macs too.
These draft guides are in PDF format and they can easily be used from your computer using a PDF editor or they can be 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.
The numbers next to each player’s name in my sheet represent their projected WERTH roto value according to my Special Blend projections. These are position-adjusted value to represent that player’s value at that specific position. 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).
Download the 2017 Printable Cheatsheets
To check out the PDF cheatsheets themselves, choose one of the following download links. If you are drafting at a specific draft site, I’d recommend downloading the cheatsheet for that site as your draft order will likely more closely resemble that draft site’s ADP.
How To Use
If you print out the sheets for your in-person draft, you can just cross off names as they are drafted to keep track of your draft. If you choose to use your computer, you can use a PDF editor to strike-out names as they get drafted.
The basic idea is to eliminate players from each tier as they get drafted so you can see when a new tier is about to arise. This helps you stay ahead of the curve and know which position is most important to draft at a given time.
Enjoy and happy draft season!