The Sleeper and the Bust Episode: 1266 – Podapalloza Day 2: Draft Strategies


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  • What’s the earliest draft you do and how do you prepare for it?
  • How do you use projections? Do you have a favorite system (if so, why?) Are you wildly capable and making your own?
  • Speaking of projections, let’s talk about using the auction calculator in projections and how it informs your process. Are you using the AC to determine value points in a draft? To inform your KDS? For tiers or rankings?
  • Position Scarcity: How do you see it this year? Is it impacting your strategy? Which positions/why?
  • Changing Landscape from 2023: How is it impacting category targets that inform your draft? Particularly for SB, HR, W, but really any category
  • Do you use draft software or some other system to track categories during a draft or do you just have a good feel for it? When do you adjust in a draft?
  • Lightning Round: Top priorities for KDS this year and where you want to draft if given your first picks? Do you mock draft for particular positions in the draft?
  • When do you transition from ADP informing strategy to just get your guys? Does it change based on where you are drafting? Middle/End?
  • Early round strategy: Do you plan out the first few rounds? How modular do you go with that? I call this the “Choose your own adventure” draft strategy.
  • Lightning round: One guy you are avoiding  in the top 3 rounds?
  • Middle round strategy: Are you fixing early round misses, building on strengths?
  • Late round strategy: Draft guys with jobs? With upside? Easy drops for the first FAAB period.
  • Lightning round: One guy you’re targeting with an ADP after 300

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Justin is the co-host on The Sleeper and The Bust Podcast and writes for Rotographs covering the Roto Riteup as well as other periodic articles. In addition to his work at Rotographs, Justin is the lead fantasy writer/analyst and co-owner for, and the owner of The Great Fantasy Baseball Invitational. He is also a certified addiction treatment counselor. Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinMasonFWFB.

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