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    Fantasy Draft FAQ by AIngraham

    Updated: 06/19/02 | Printable Version | Search Guide | Bookmark Guide

    all star baseball 2003 PS2
    fantasy draft faq
    by: austin ingraham
    Thanks to Inks71 for some format ideas.
    I always loved doing fantasy drafts. From the olden days of 
    ASB 99 to the new age of 2003. I would like to say that 
    over the years, I have become an "expert" on drafting. So, 
    I gathered all of my strategies and put them here on this 
    FAQ for all to read. Enjoy.
    I rate this game a 9 out of 10.
    1. Update history
    2. Copyright info
    3. Ratings
    4. Strategies
    5. My draft
    6. Lineups
    June 19 -- First release.
    This document is copyright 2002 Austin Ingraham. Email me 
    at AAIchiro5127.com for permission to link this FAQ to your 
    No copying onto a CD, putting into a book or magazine, and 
    no selling. Thanks.
    In this section, I will tell you the amount of A+, A, A-, 
    B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, and D- players at each 
    position for you too look over and review the talent pool 
    from each position.
    (order of numbers: A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, 
    (order of numbers: A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, 
    middle relievers-0,0,0,2,16,32,47,31,4,3,0,0
    long relievers-0,0,0,0,3,2,3,20,4,0,0,0
    Obviously, a lot of people want to lean towards picking 
    offensive powerhouses with their first few picks, but it's 
    a little thing I like to call PITCHING. I mean, look at 
    these staggering numbers. There is an average of 2 "A" 
    players at each position of the offensive side. But on the 
    pitching side, there is only .85. More positions to fill? 
    More better players. Less positions to fill? Less better 
    players. That is how it works, my friend. And here is how 
    to use all of your selections wisely.
    Basically, there are 3 different types of drafting. There 
    is the Barry Bonds lover, who puts much more emphasis on 
    offense then there needs to be. Then, there's the Schilling 
    freak, who only drafts talented pitchers. (Which is a 
    little more tough.) Here is a breakdown of each type, and 
    how you should handle your picks if you want to have a 
    decent team.
    STRATEGY: I know all you want to do is draft Bonds, Sosa, 
    A-Rod, ect., but we're going to have to be a little bit 
    realistic, here. First of all, those guys are all gone by 
    the 7th pick in the first round. Second of all, You are 
    going to have to have a little but of pitching if you want 
    to compete in your division. Here's the way I see it. Draft 
    an offensive powerhouse, (AHEM-BONDS-AHEM) then go right 
    back with your next pick and take yourself a Mussina, 
    Glavine, or a Lowe for an ace. Then, go for a reliever. 
    Pick a few more silver bats, then pick a few more pitchers. 
    When it gets to the point when you have 2 or 3 decent 
    starters and a good reliever, this is when you go batting 
    mad. Go get yourself a David Justice, a Carlos Pena, or a 
    Nick Johnson. This way, you still will be favoring offense, 
    but your pitching won't stink HALF as bad as a cab driver's 
    STRATEGY: Schilling. Martinez. Johnson. Kennedy. Those are 
    just a few of the names when you think of great hurlers, 
    right? Wait a minute! Who put Joe Kennedy's name in there? 
    Actually, it makes sense. Those are the kind of guys that 
    are going to make your pitching staff great. Terry Adams. 
    Elmer Dessens. Erik Hiljus. Jon Garland, just to name a 
    few. If you took the time to look over my ratings section, 
    you will see that there is a lot more talented hitters then 
    there are pitchers. That is where the Kennedy's come in. 
    Start your team around a Schilling, Johnson, Pedro, or if 
    you get a lower pick, a Jeff Weaver, Derek Lowe, Brad 
    Penny, or Barry Zito. Then, get a few strong bats. When I 
    say a few, I mean 2 or 3. Then, pick about 5-6 Carl 
    Pavano's, Matt Clement's, and Jamey Wrights. Get a few more 
    bats (2-3), then draft 2-3 more Pavano-ish pitchers. Fill 
    up your lineup, then fill up your pitching staff. Now 
    you're ready to go.
    STRATEGY: Pretty Simple. Pick a pitcher. Then pick a 
    batter. Then pick another pitcher.
    	Here is the way I went with when I had a draft with 
    the Minnesota Twins.
    1. Alex Rodriguez, SS
    2. Rafael Palmeiro, 1B
    3. Jason Kendall, C
    4. Derek Lowe, SP
    5. Bartolo Colon, SP
    6. Kenny Lofton, OF
    7. Luis Castillo, 2B
    8. Alfonso Soriano 2B (He's going to play 3rd.)
    9. Juan Pierre OF
    10. Roger Cedeno OF
    11.Kyle Farnsworth, MR
    12. Jose Jimenez, CL
    13. Jerrod Riggan, MR
    14. Paul Byrd, SP
    15. Odalis Perez, SP
    16. Kip Wells, SP
    17. Todd van Popple, MR
    18. Brandon Inge, C
    19. David Eckstein, SS
    20. Placido Polanco, 3B
    21. Chad Allen, OF
    22. Vicente Padilla, MR
    23. Aubrey Huff 3B
    24. Milton Bradley, OF
    25. Ricky Ledee OF
    ...and here's how I set things up...
    1. Juan Pierre LF
    2. Luis Castillo 2B
    3. Alex Rodriguez SS
    4. Rafael Palmeiro 1B
    5. Jason Kendall C
    6. Alfonso Soriano DH
    7. Placido Polanco 3B
    8. Kenny Lofton CF
    9. Roger Cedeno RF
    1. Derek Lowe, RHP
    2. Bartolo Colon, RHP
    3. Paul Byrd, RHP
    4. Kip Wells, RHP
    5. Odalis Perez, LHP
    Ok, so you're done with your draft. Got a few good players, 
    right? But now it's time to do your lineup, and you're 
    Never fear! I am here! (Below) A breakdown of every lineup 
    slot, and the ideal player for each.
    1. Great speed on the base paths, great contact in the 
    batters box. Just because it is the first slot in your 
    order, that doesn't mean that you need your best player 
    2. Decent speed on the base paths, good contact in the box. 
    If the leadoff man gets on, his job is to either get him 
    into scoring position, or better yet, get him home.
    3. Your best overall hitter. If either the first or second 
    guy gets on, he needs to move them up with power. If they 
    don't, he needs to get on base with contact.
    4. Pure Power. If the bases get juiced, and you have Ichiro 
    tugging on his arm in the batter's box, then I have a funny 
    feeling that you are only going to score 1 run, rather than 
    scoring 4 if you have Manny Ramierez or Todd Helton up 
    5. This is generally where you should put your 3rd or 4th 
    best overall hitter (It would help if he had a little bit 
    of speed). It is kind of the same case as the 3 hitter, but 
    a lot of times he will leadoff the second inning, so it is 
    kind of the same case as the 1 hitter. 
    6. Probably should lean towards a little bit more power 
    rather that contact, because this is the guy you need to 
    spark a rally in the late innings if the bottom of your 
    order is up.
    7. This is the part of the order where things start to get 
    a little tricky. Most people think that the last 2 or 3 
    slots in the order are where all the horrible players go. 
    But like I said in 6, this is part of the order where there 
    needs to be at least 1 guy who is even a decent hitter. 
    This is that guy. Not the best on your team, but definitely 
    not the worst. 
    8. There are two different scenarios here. If you are in 
    the American League, then this is where you would put your 
    worst hitter. But if you are in the National League, think 
    like you are in the American for a minute. Knowing that 
    your pitcher is coming up next, and if there is any chance 
    of a rally, it's going to have to start here, you put the 
    guy who would bat here in the AL and put him 7th, and you 
    move the 7 hitter back down to 8. 
    9. Again, two different scenarios. If you are in the NL, 
    your pitcher bats here. In the AL, you put your second 
    worst hitter, keeping in mind the whole "getting the rally 
    started" thing.