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Thursday 19th Oct 2017

In the 2015 edition of BaseballHQ’s Baseball Forecaster & Encyclopedia of Fanalytics, Lord Zola wrote that “the more mock drafts you do, the better you are at assembling your fantasy baseball squad” and that “by failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”

I am not going to add to this well expressed sentiment.

Disclosure: Last year, we experienced problems filling the draft rooms because we limited the participation to Mastersball readers.

This season, we have teamed with Fantasy Alarm (www.fantasyalarm.com) to expand the field of participants. Howard Bender of Fantasy Alarm is the mock draft organizer. His list already has over 100 names. If you are interested in participating, send an e-mail to Howard at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Identify yourself as a Mastersball reader and ask him to put you on his distribution list.

Howard runs multiple mock drafts per week and fills the draft room half with writers/broadcasters/experts and the other half with super-eager readers like you. Once you are on his distribution list, you will receive an e-mail at the start of the week informing you of the mock drafts scheduled for that week. If you're interested in taking part that week, please reply to him and let him know which draft works best for you. Mock drafts will be held whenever possible, likely two or three times a week. They are not locked into any specific times but will try to accommodate different time zones and schedules.

If you join a mock draft, please, do not abandon it halfway and do not put your team on auto-pick. Also, if you signed up at the beginning of the week and your real life rudely interferes with your fantasy one, please, inform Howard immediately to remove your name from the draft room. Send me an e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. should you have any questions about mock drafts.

Mastersball staff will join several drafts. To test the waters, our plan is to use different strategies, e.g.:

  • next best player as per Mastersball projections
  • pick Clayton Kershaw first
  • wait on pitchers
  • use scarcity method

   and so on. After each mock draft, we will publish in this column the results with comments, observations and recommendations.

   Do not procrastinate. The time to get ready for the 2015 season is now.

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