Perhaps the simplest draft strategy to execute is POSB. This theory is based on writing power and speed, with batting average being a secondary consideration. The goal is to dominate home runs and stolen bases, hopefully leading to high scores in runs and RBIs.
Batting average fading
In most drafts, Fantasy owners steer clear of players with average batting risk. There is a minefield with low average power that litters the pool of players after round 10 in the 15-team leagues. With this eraser style, it’s a gold mine.
By purchasing weaker pieces for the puzzle, a fancy owner can open up a few early rounds to make sure they build their pitcher staff base. In the ideal situation, an owner would like to hone this plan, so he doesn’t finish last in batting average. In any given year, a high-strikeout hitter can still post a respectable batting average. In a season with a large inventory of starting pitchers, the batting average could be depressed, helping this draft plan win.
A baseline for batting average
What is a negative batting average? During the last few fantasy baseball seasons, a fantasy team’s batting average must finish above .270 to reach the higher tiers of the rankings. Any baseball player hitting .250 or less would be a loss to his team’s overall batting average.
In any one season, it is possible for three or four low-average hitters to break batting average in the same year, helping these types of recruiters finish higher than expected in batting average. You can invest a weak asset in a commercial league if you are off to a good start. In a 12 or 15 team league, you can still win by kicking a category.
Plus Power Hitters and Speed Only Players
An owner with this thought process has to avoid too many flashes and runs. You can accept weaker pieces, but you have to be careful not to have too many players offering sheer speed. In seasons with lower expected offensive stats, a one-dimensional speed hitter should have more value, as a fantasy owner can assign more roster slots to powerful hitters.
In the past, I have seen many fantasy owners land two or three elite power hitters while then taking a single speed player away. An early power plan can spin in the wrong direction if the writer chases stolen bases while accepting minimum home runs from multiple players.
How to win
For this theory to win, the fantasy owner must establish an advantage in three areas: power, speed, and initial pitch. The key to the plan is to identify the pieces that fall into the draft that provide the skill set to execute your plan.
Once a fancy owner has some ideas on how they want to complete their roster, they can start looking at starting pitcher tradeoffs to decide which rounds they want to use to build their pitching staff.
This writing style will often overlap with the PAPS style, so the owner of a fantasy must be careful that those owners do not steal from their key players.
A fantasy landlord looking to execute on this preliminary plan will look for proven players with longer resumes. When some owners are looking for young players with a late advantage, this owner pushes out older veteran players. You can shake your head at the draft table, but this fantasy owner has a chance to win if many of his late veteran options produce expected stats.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.