Probably not the coolest move to join a public league that I have no intention of paying attention to, purely to do a test run before my real drafts. But anyway . . .
It wound up being of dubious help to me, it was comical how late I was able to draft some guys. A lot of it had to do with the fact that a few didn't show up and didn't seem to do much player ranking, and the yahoo default picks are awful. Still, it was fun to make out so well, hope it doesn't hurt me when I draft with more sharks in the water. Here's my final team, 12 team 5x5, drafting 3rd overall:
c- phillips, 1b - sweeney, 2b- soriano, 3b- teixiera, ss- matsui, OFs Mags, Abreu, and Berkman, Util - Alex Sanchez, bench - Ensberg and Millar. SPs - Vazquez, Beckett, Webb, Peavy, Hampton, J Williams RPs - Dotel, Cordero, Baez, Julio (it's weird, I get to start two Sps, two Rps, than three Ps, I'll probably lock in 3 closers total before I start ignoring the league)
P.S. The funniest part is that yahoo offers a choice of beginner and competitive public leagues, I can't even imagine what beginner is like