Once again, I spent chunks of my week with Howard Bender's #MockDraftArmy, completing a pair of really great mocks: One each, AL-only and NL-only, with 12 owners and 23 players.
I do find the mock process so interesting and revealing with respect to the flow of the average draft, but since I play in both AL-only and NL-only auctions, I thought it would indeed be revealing to participate in Howard's and the Army's machinations.
If you play in a deep format--that is a league rich with reserves and a player pool, like even a 15-team snake league can be--you should try drafting in a much more spartan fashion, with a shallower player pool.
This exercise will both help you appreciate the notion of Mark Buehrle and Brandon Crawford in the free agent pool. More to the point, the process might also help you better able to adjust to monkey wrench moves in your NFBC-style formats.
In both instances, I did try a couple of things, one of which worked (I think), and one of which failed (I also think).
Even before I knew I was drafting in the #7 spot in Friday's NL draft, I was sure that I would take Clayton Kershaw were he available when my pick came up. Needless to say, I was shocked when the Dodgers southpaw was still in the pool, so I grabbed and adjusted around him. I think as a result I wound up with what would be a competitive team.
Two days earlier, in the AL draft, I was not certain where I was selecting. When I found I was at the wheel--the #12 slot--I decided to wait till a few rounds transpired, determining to grab a pair of closers back-to-back.
Since I have waited till my final picks to collect closers in the previous eight mocks I had done so far this year, I thought this would make an interesting path in a league with restricted resources. Also, I thought this might cause a run on the remaining stoppers, which it didn't at all.
So, that team wound up a lot more fragmented as a result of sacrificing solid fifth and sixth round players for closers, regardless of the fact that I might nail the saves category. For, would the league play out, that might give me some trade surplus, but since the stopper job is so transient, I think that squad would be irreparable.
Below are my teams and picks by rounds. You be the judge. (Links to the full drafts listed below):