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Postby cordscords » Mon Mar 27, 2006 9:41 pm

Are there any others out there that dont really do a ton of research before heading into a draft? They dont do their homework, they dont listen to what everybody else has to say, but when the draft comes they end up with a good looking team and it ends up with positive results?

I see threads on certain players, and their are tons of different opinions flying around. Crazy statistics and such flying around. If I defend a player, I pretty much say he is in for a good season. I don't back it up, I let the player do it for me.

How many others take the relaxed approach to the game? I feel like I'm one of the few.
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Postby RugbyD » Mon Mar 27, 2006 9:45 pm

gut feeling will only get you so far and will invariably be influenced by whatever you hear or read, so it still research-based. If you pay attention to baseball regularly, you won't have to do much digging, but some of the more off-beat stats from BP ans such to have a records of translating into something meaningful. for some, such as myself, draft day is easy b/c i've quantified my thoughts and they only real thinking is how to play off others' draft choices.
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Postby curious_george_43545 » Mon Mar 27, 2006 9:46 pm

Sounds a lot like me.
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Postby Blade » Mon Mar 27, 2006 9:57 pm

I used cheat sheets and projection sheets the first few years I played fantasy sports, but it takes to much time and energy to compile these sheets. I have been playing long enough now to draft projection sheet free and do just fine.
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Postby beltrans_boy » Mon Mar 27, 2006 10:06 pm

I took that approach this year for a variety of reasons. In the past, I've done a lot of research, and I've found out that success is largely dependent on luck (especially in the H2H leagues where me and my friends play) and mid-season trades.

I'm also extremely busy this semester with 18 units and 15 hours of work every week, plus a multitude of other commitments. I just finished my draft yesterday, and I'm fairly happy with the results. Could I have done better? Yeah. Am I worried about it? No. Do I have a decent chance as anybody to win our 12-team league? I certainly think so.

I also found out that I drafted more players that I like over players who might actually outperform them. I also drafted guys that are more fun to watch (like Dunn, Wagner, Beckett, etc.)

For the record, here's the team I drafted in our main money league going almost purely off my gut:

C - A. Pierzynski*
1B - M. Teixeira*
2B - T. Iguchi*
3B - A. Huff*
SS - J. Rollins*
OF - C. Beltran*
OF - A. Dunn*
OF - A. Rowand
Util - S. Green*
Bench - J. Jones
Bench - B. Wilkerson

SP - R. Oswalt
SP - J. Beckett*
SP - L. Hernandez*
RP - B. Wagner
RP - K. Foulke*
SP - O. Perez*
SP - B. Penny*
SP - J. Washburn
SP - B. Arroyo

* - guys that I have owned/drafted once or twice in the last 2 years

Like I said, I'm fairly happy with it, although there are definitely some holes in the team, but almost every team in a deep competitive league is going to have holes in it. That's the nature of the beast.

So to answer your question: no, you're not the only one.

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Postby OneLoveBoomer » Mon Mar 27, 2006 10:22 pm

I probably speak for the majority of the Cafe (since the very nature of belonging to a forum like this tends toward heavy research and consideration) in saying that I researched at least a good month and a half pre-draft.
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Postby great gretzky » Mon Mar 27, 2006 10:28 pm

i've been wondering about that. I started a new job, and have like zero time anymore, whereas I could get away with an hour or two a day at work. And this is the second year of a keeper, what I think is probably the most critical one.
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Postby HasteTheDay » Mon Mar 27, 2006 10:34 pm

I'v been prepping for this year of baseball since December of last year. To tell you the truth, theres just really so much you can do untill ST rolls around.

I see no reason why a guy who devotes 20 minutes a day, can't have the same success that a guy who devotes 3-4 hours a day. Being well educated on the up and coming season just gives you a massive advantage of any mid-season call ups, and things like that.

Knowing a player's early season trends also helps a lot too. One who doesn't spen too much time before the season researching may give up on John Lackey, or Eric Chavez after they throw up that god awful April.
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Postby benjapage » Mon Mar 27, 2006 10:41 pm

for those that have time, research is fun, regardless of its utilitarian contributions.

but it's definitely useful, at least (or especially) in highly competitive leagues.

i am, by the way, basing this perspective off of years of research. ;-)

yeah, yes...
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