In my experience, Forecaster can screw you or really help you find sleepers. I've used the Forecaster for the last 4 years and have won my league the last 3 years. All thanks to the Forecaster? No. Not really.
Forecaster is the only time that I can honestly say that 'I like it for the articles'. Using bits and pieces of the different systems he discusses like LIMA, Mayberry, and the others I find to be good food for thought. I think that all of these strategies alone, would kill me in my league.
The trends in a players skills is what I find most beneficial. For hitters: CT%, Eye%, PX, and distance between Avg and xBA. This helps me in deciding who to avoid and who to target late in a draft. For Pitchers: same thing really. DOM, Control, ERA and xERA.
He points out, most of the time, the guys who are showing the signs of these gains from year to year, or from his 1st half to 2nd half of the season. Some times you have to see a players improvements yourself.
I use all of these aspects to slide players up or down my draft day rankings.
It helps me make a Target and Avoid list. Then I use that with all the incredible information you find here at the Cafe.
I can honestly say that the Cafe has been most beneficial to the 3 Championships.
If you use the systems, or the Foracster as a Draft Guide.. I think you could be screwed. Just look at a recent post about Shandlers Mock Draft team for CBS. That shows you what your team may look like if you follow Shandler strategies to the tee.
Thats my opinion. I love the read. I love the stats and attributes nicely organized. Hope this is helpful..
Forecaster+2 magazines+Hours on the Cafe+Rooks ADP spreadsheet=excellent preperation for a championship