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Baseball Draft Kit: Draft Preparation Tips

Vlad Sedler

Vlad Sedler covers baseball and football for RotoWire. He is a veteran NFBC player and CDM Hall of Famer, winning the Football Super Challenge in 2013. A native Angeleno, Vlad loves the Dodgers and Kings and is quite possibly the world's only Packers/Raiders fan. You can follow him @RotoGut.

The long-standing idiom ‘the early bird gets the worm’ cannot be any more appropriate than it is for serious fantasy baseball players. Those who play casually are typically content with pulling up website rankings or a cheat sheet and simply drafting with very little preparation. Such is not the case for those who play in competitive mid-range and high stakes leagues such as the National Fantasy Baseball Championship (NFBC), as the legions of dedicated enthusiasts typically begin to prep not long after the previous season has ended. Starting one’s research early is not necessarily indicative of future success, but it allows for a head start in analyzing fantasy’s deepest player pool, and one that involves an extra layer of analysis with players in the minor leagues.

Tiered Positional Rankings vs. Overall ADP

Regardless of whether we start our prep in December or February, building a set of pre-draft rankings is absolutely crucial as it allows us t

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