First “random” mock draft
Tony Cincotta from FantasyPros911.com asked me today how many mock drafts I do each year in preparation for the real thing, and my answer was, “a lot.” However, I’m really not interested in the exact team I come out with, because obviously that will vary greatly from draft to draft. The real value in mock drafts is the exercise of training yourself to be flexible and adaptable as each draft progresses and circumstances change in ways that you hadn’t (and perhaps couldn’t) anticipate.
The ultimate goal is to have yourself prepared for any scenario… what to do if guys you thought you would get don’t fall to you, and how to best handle it if something good falls into your lap. Think of each mock drafts as a series of flash cards (thanks Gabriel!)… by the time you sit down for your “real” drafts, you should have yourself trained to be ready for any outcome.
To that end, tonight I did my first “random” draft on Mock Draft Central… that is, just signed up for a random spot in a 15-team mixed draft with people I don’t know. (As an aside, if you don’t use mdc.com to prepare for your drafts, both by doing mock drafts and by studying ADP, you are wasting your time.) I always use my NFBC prep as a measuring stick for all my other drafts, and that’s what NFBC is… you sit down at a table with 14 strangers and see what happens. I drafted out of the fifth spot and after my first pick, nothing was really predictable. Here’s a link to the complete draft, pick-by-pick.
In all honesty, Aaron Rowand was an “oops” pick… I meant to put him on my “watch” list but hit “Draft” by accident. But, MDC.com did me a favor by sticking Kevin Kouzmanoff all the way at the bottom of the 3B list, so I was able to steal him in the 22nd round. Obviously this would not happen in a real draft but hey, I wouldn’t just blurt out “Aaron Rowand!” either!.
The post-draft projections have me in second place, which is no big surprise, because as in any other mixed draft I under-drafted SP’s, leaving me short in wins and K’s. But in every other category, I should be fine, and if young guys like Adam Lind (right), Ryan Spilborghs and Matt Lindstrom produce as expected, this could be a very solid fantasy team.
I’ll continue to post my “random” drafts as I do more, and I look forward to everyone’s feedback, good, bad or indifferent… don’t be afraid to criticize, I can take it, and if it will help me do better next time that will be even better!