This article is part of our The Z Files series.
What does a Slinky have to do with fantasy baseball? Picture grabbing one end and letting the rest fall to the floor. The loops at the top are furthest apart, with the difference lessening down the spiral until the last several lay on top of each other. Each loop represents the expected production for each pick in a snake draft.
What follows is a tabular depiction of a snake draft followed by some observations and drafting applications. The model is a 15-team league. The numbers are average dollars earned since 2010 for each draft spot in a hypothetical "perfect" draft where each player is selected based on their end-of-season earnings, using a 5x5 league with a $260 budget, standard 14 hitter/9 pitcher active roster with a 69:31 hitting to pitching split. Also included are average earnings per round along with the total earned by each team.
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