Tiered rankings to go off of is a must. On my spreadsheet I keep relatively recent MDP data on each player, so I have a decent idea who's being taken where. I've found draft tracker software to be helpful as well, especially one that projects team stats.
Usually I can keep track of where I am as opposed to other teams, but it's a quick way to check if I'm say projected to be last in steals on the year.
...Boston papers now and then suffer a sharp flurry of arithmetic on this score; indeed, for Williams to have distributed all his hits so they did nobody else any good would constitute a feat of placement unparalleled in the annals of selfishness. -Updike