Baseball Draft Kit: 2019 Primer
Baseball Draft Kit: 2019 Primer

This article is part of our Baseball Draft Kit series.

When you go into your draft, you usually have a list of rankings and/or dollar values for your player pool, and you've spent a due amount of time researching those players. Hopefully you've used resources from RotoWire as a starting point and created your own lists, customized to your league's settings and your personal drafting style. But in the course of creating your killer strategy and ideal roster, you might have neglected a critical starting point. What sort of environment are we playing in? Many fantasy owners got caught off guard by the power explosion that began in the second half of 2015, and drafted on assumptions that were no longer true. It's simplistic to take a set of projections and construct a roster using those projections, hitting your "targets" in those categories. You have to account for injuries, the likelihood that some projections will be wrong and the knowledge that change is a constant and teams will adapt to that environment, changing our targets. But it's a good starting point to set loose targets, try to hit them in your draft and know where you might come up short to address in-season.

So what sort of scoring environment are we looking at for 2019? Let's take a look at what happened last year. As I often do in this space, I'll be examining the numbers from the National Fantasy Baseball Championship (NFBC) to help review the statistical categories. The NFBC Main Event is a contest comprised of 34 15-team

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Jeff Erickson
Jeff Erickson is a co-founder of RotoWire and the only two-time winner of Baseball Writer of the Year from the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. He's also in the FSWA Hall of Fame. He roots for the Reds, Bengals, Red Wings, Pacers and Northwestern University (the real NU).
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