Re: Draft Strategy
Its been awhile since I could do this, but take each of your categories in your league and get the total/avg of each category. Take RBIs for example. If you league had 10,000 RBI, take note of that. Find the BA for your entire league, ERA, etc. Now find out the average per player in your league. (.265 BA, 19 HRs, 68 RBIs, 12 steals, etc.) Now take each of the players eligible for your league and rate them (+/-) the average in each category and in total. Figure out which stats are more rare (steals, HR) and weight that against those that are less rare (RBIs). Now you have a weighted system. Figure out how what totals you'll need (based on past years results) to get in each category to have a chance to win and then draft accordingly.
There will be natural drop-offs in some of your lists, mark them. When a position is getting scarce, make sure you get a guy on the list before the large drop off.
Note guys that produce in each area and target them. Avoid guys that are very well healed in one category such as steals. If they get injured you have issues. If your guys produce in several categories and injury will allow you to focus on picking up guys that will aid you in one or two categories.
I played in 3 different good sized money leagues and literally dominated them all over a period of years using this procedure. There is a bit more to it, but you define position scarcity, etc.
I would create an xls spreadsheet and put the teams on the row and the positions in the column. I'd then put in each players name and the total score I had assigned them. I'd then color code the top tier I wanted to target (so that you could easily identify how many were left) as well as the drop-off guys for the same reason.
Now I had one single sheet with all the players and their values on them. I'd highlight guys as they went off the board and keep track of everyones draft (not just the players, but the totals they have based on your system.) That would give you some idea of who was going to go with what position or type of player next. I'd also keep track of draft tendencies over a few years. (One guy took Joe Carter every year for 4 yrs straight, one guy took CLE players, one guy concentrated on pitchers, another on steals, etc.)
If this seems like and involved process, it is to some degree. Though once you've done it the first year its much easier to update your spreadsheet for the next year.
Maybe that is TMI? Ha Ha, good luck.