This article is part of our NFBC Trends series.
Taking a page from RotoWire's own Jeff Erickson, Chris Liss and Andrew Martinez, among others, I thought it'd be fun to share my own NFBC Online Championship draft review. This particular 12-team mixed league draft took place on March 25, and aside from the $75,000 grand prize, I had extra incentive to do well considering I drafted against RotoWire's Senior Baseball Editor, Derek VanRiper.
Prior to the #BeatDVR draft, I participated in three separate NFBC Draft Champions league drafts, plus did some research on last year's Online Championship winner Eric Heberlig. While the Draft Champions league format is an entirely different beast, I've always finished these drafts with a strong feel for the player pool. This year, I made a point to register for a Draft Champions league draft with Heberlig himself to get a bird's eye view of his strategy. You might argue that drafting with a highly successful NFBC veteran is poor game selection (a big "no-no" for all you poker sharks out there), but I wanted to see if Heberlig deviated at all from the strategy that propelled him to the Online Championship title in 2013.
To summarize, Heberlig's grand prize winning team featured an elite trio of starters (Clayton Kershaw, Yu Darvish and Max Scherzer) and a strong foundation of hitters (Andrew McCutchen, Jacoby Ellsbury and Mark Trumbo). Mix in some excellent value picks in the late rounds of his draft (Jean Segura, Pedro