Mock draft update
Siano and I participated in the FantasyBaseballMafia.com mock draft last night; here is the complete pick-by-pick rundown if you are interested:
Here are the projected standings as provided by MDC:
For comparison, click here to download the Excel version of the projected standings I came up with using the projections I’m working against this year.
So what does this tell us? Two things, I think…
* The "quality" of your draft can be viewed differently depending on your perspective. I didn’t necessarily "draft to the projections", but I did draft guys who I think will have good years and be good values, so naturally my projected standings would be more favorable than those provided by MDC. And of course the standings will vary greatly based on injuries, free agent moves, trades, etc… but as a simple way of evaluating the quality of your draft, the projected standings are as good as anything else.
* Many of the categories are extremely close, meaning that small variances in expected player performance can swing the standings very quickly. It takes a long season to truly separate the good teams from the bad. The draft is critical to building a strong base for your team, but the close standings above and on MDC show that the difference between first and last place, at least on draft day, is not too huge to overcome by strong in-season management.
I’m doing another mock tonight and will post results tomorrow if time allows. Spring training is almost here!!