2016 Fantasy Baseball Draft Jumpoff Page: Start Here
The big weekend is here! This is the last full weekend of Spring Training before the 2016 Major League Baseball seasons starts up on April 4, when six teams play their regular season openers! That means this is the last full weekend of drafting, so it stands to reason most 2016 Fantasy Baseball drafts are going to happen this weekend.
It’s the Fantasy Baseball equivalent of Christmas -- but with less pagan rituals!
This article is meant to be the perfect jumping off point for all Fantasy Baseball owners that want to be one step ahead of their competition.
Below you’ll find links to tools, stats, draft help, player profiles and player news that you’ll want to have handy before – and when – your pick is up!
2016 Fantasy Baseball Draft Helpers
There are obviously a ton of different Fantasy Baseball draft tools you could use, some of which I listed last week. But the ones below are specifically for Draft Day.
The RotoExperts team is full of great writers, and this package gets all the best from each one, including Jake Ciely, who was one of the most accurate Fantasy Baseball writers all of last season. Get the rankings, sleepers, busts, breakouts, top rookies and strategy pieces handed down by respected writers like Scott Engel, Adam Ronis and Tim McCullough.
This draft tool is by far – unequivocally – the best Fantasy Baseball draft tool around. Outside of having a dozen Fantasy Baseball experts sitting in a war room with you, helping you with each pick, this is the way you’ll want to go.
You’ll connect this tool with your draft, and it will follow along and help you figure out who dozens of Fantasy writers would pick next on every pick, considering the players available and current rosters. It has several great features, including auction help, “Strengths and Weaknesses,” and the ultra-valuable “Pick Predictor,” which looks ahead to give you the odds of players being taken before your next pick, or a pick a few rounds away. For instance, Jacob deGrom has a XX-percent chance of being taken by the time my fifth-round pick comes around!
If you’re pressed for time and you weren’t able to do all the draft prep you wanted to do, then you definitely need this.
Knowing the Average Draft Positions as you go into a draft is pretty paramount for setting up a good draft strategy. The guys at FantasyPros compile recent (past seven days) ADP from five different draft sites, including CBS Sports, ESPN, NFBC, RTSports and Yahoo! Sports. You can choose the ADP from all of them, or just a couple of them if you want (you can’t do just one site, but you can go to the site for their own ADP).
SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio Channel (online or in your car)
This is a full-on investment, but I guarantee you it will help you in Fantasy Baseball, Fantasy Football and anything else Fantasy related. For about $20 per month, you’ll be able to listen online, in your car or on their smartphone app. Not only do you get hundreds of channels, but you’ll also get to listen to every MLB game, as well as every NFL, NBA and NHL game – and NASCAR race and PGA golf tournament! We haven’t even gotten into the comedy and music channels, or Howard Stern!
Specifically, the Fantasy Sports Radio Channel has a ton of great programming for Fantasy players, and I’ve been told it is the third-most popular channel SiriusXM, behind the two Howard Stern channels. If you play in big-money leagues – or simply love Fantasy, sports and music, you should subscribe. You’ll get a free trial, too!
Considered one of the best sets of baseball player projections out there, Steamer gives you hard data to look at, rather than just a Fantasy writer’s opinion on which player’s better. For instance, they show Giancarlo Stanton projected as the third-best Fantasy hitter in 2016 – interesting! These projections are free, and you can read more about them here.
Other sites might be faster with the player news, and some might even have better analysis. But RotoWorld is free – and they do an excellent job in spite of that. You should be refreshing this page several times throughout your drafts.
If you have more time, take a deeper look at these 60 other Fantasy Baseball draft tools that should help you to a 2016 Fantasy Baseball championship.
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