Scouting the Fantasy Baseball Draft Room
Homer: This is the easiest one to spot. Maybe he comes in with a team’s hat or jersey on, talking about his season tickets, or maybe you just know that he hasn’t missed a game this decade. Either way, this guy overvalues the hometown talent and is more than likely to end up with at least four or five guys from his favorite squad.
Big Name Hunter: This guy gets his highlights on Sports Center and stops there. He could name the All-Star starters, but would have a hard time telling you who is battling for the fourth and fifth starter jobs in any camp during spring training. If he is in the fifth round and looking to choose between Derrek Lee and Chris Davis, you know exactly who is coming off the board next.
By The Book: This guy picks his favorite ranking sheet and lives and dies by what it says. He shows up for the pizza and beer on draft day, but he might as well be on Autopick.
Too Much Information: There isn’t a magazine or website about fantasy baseball that this guy hasn’t read. The big problem is that he printed out pages from every site, added them to his backpack full of magazines and showed up on draft day with enough paper to fill an army of hamster cages.
Believe The Hype: Somewhere there is a sixth grader taking his summer league by storm. Somewhere close by, this guy is jotting his name down to take him two rounds too early in 2018. Let him waste the early picks. When the youngsters struggle early, you can pick them up off waivers when he gets frustrated and drops them in May.
Mound Mentality:This guy probably pitched a bit himself in the past. He harkens back to the dead ball era, and would rather see a well pitched, two hour, 2-1 ball game than an 11-9 slugfest. He will overstock his staff and look to fill in his lineup with whatever is left in round 13.
The Big Bopper: If there is one thing that Greg Maddux taught me, it is that ‘chicks dig the long ball’, and so does this drafter. This team may run away and hide in the HR category, but will do no running on the base paths. This is another team to target for some preseason trades when the owner realizes he unintentionally punted steals.
The Insecure Drafter: He has his mind made up until there are 15 seconds left to make the pick, then he then frantically starts asking everyone else in the room if that is a good pick. He is a terrible person to be behind in line at your favorite lunch spot.
Now, of course, this article was not written to pick on my friends, but to give you to something to use this while you are gearing up for your draft.
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