"Beat Clay Link" Draft Review

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The kind folks over at the NFBC were nice enough to set up another "Beat Clay Link" league as part of the RotoWire Online Championship.

It's always a fun draft, and the overall component ($125,000) adds an interesting wrinkle. I do not change my strategy all that much with the overall prize, but I do push up steals more than most people are willing to. Everyone knows that stolen-base totals are trending downward league wide, but I still feel like there's an inefficiency with steals in this contest.

If you want to have any shot at the overall, you have to hold your nose, take the plunge and grab some steals. Jeff Erickson uses the term "loss leaders" to describe these players. A "loss leader" is a product sold at a loss to attract customers. In this context, a "loss leader" is a player bought at a loss – in terms of straight dollar values – to fill a category which you need to be competitive. The goal is to minimize that loss.

Some will decide that the tax on stolen bases is just too steep, and they will make do and figure it out. That's perfectly fine in a standalone league and really in any league that does not have a rotisserie scoring system. In rotisserie leagues with an overall prize, it's a mad scramble to get stolen-base contributors who do not force you sacrifice much in the other scoring categories, as it should be. It should probably

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Clay Link
Clay Link is the MLB Editor at RotoWire. Clay won the overall championship in The Great Fantasy Baseball Invitational and finished top 10 in the NFBC Online Championship in 2018. He can be heard on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio, MLB Network Radio and twice a week on the RotoWire Fantasy Baseball Podcast during baseball season.
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