by Brian Dorsey
One of the most exciting days for fantasy baseball is draft day. Oh, that sweet anticipation of discovering who is going to play for you this season (well, at least until you start to tinker and trade). You’ll sign up for your league in February and spend a month and a half from then until the draft just analyzing stats, organizing draft day strategies, making flowcharts, overanalyzing your opponents, and breaking plans with anyone who can’t stand to listen to you talk about baseball for at least two hours.
Draft day is very important.
Missing a draft and having your team auto-drafted is regrettable. You want to have your guys. You want to have a sense of ownership. But drafting your own team also means you need to have more knowledge of players. Just because you draft your own team doesn’t mean it will be perfect, in fact that’s the exact opposite of being true. An auto-draft will actually probably draft a better team than you will, because the computer won’t be name biased. There are players who I just flat-out won’t draft because they have either hurt me in the past or they don’t presently excite me (but that doesn’t mean I’m right).
One thing an auto-draft can’t do though, is figure out players who are overrated and underrated. Auto-draft is a slave to the rankings. And each year, whether you’re on ESPN or Yahoo! or whatever, the fantasy experts will rank certain guys too high or too low. Don’t get me wrong, they’re right most of the time, but just like you have favorite/hated players, so do they. Here are a few players who will be drafted too high/too low in 2011. For this article, I’ll be using Yahoo’s rankings. So here we go.