Baseball Draft Kit: Roster Construction
Baseball Draft Kit: Roster Construction

This article is part of our Baseball Draft Kit series.

How many times have you discussed fantasy baseball at the end of a season and had someone tell you "I would have won my league if only this one player hadn't gotten hurt" or "I can't believe this player I drafted in the second round was awful all year – I had no chance"?

It happens – of course it happens. Luck is part of the game. It always will be.

But one of the goals in this silly game we play is to eliminate luck as much as possible and take control of our seasons.

A lot of this has to do with roster construction, one of the least discussed elements of fantasy baseball. We talk a lot about individual players. Some of us go on and on about projections and valuations systems – really important (if extraordinarily geeky) things.

We don't spend a lot of time thinking about how all the pieces come together – roster construction. The relative lack of speed and flood of power, though, hammers home why thinking about it is so important heading into 2020.

A hypothetical: are you better off drafting a player who is projected to hit 40 HR and steal zero bases and a second player who is projected to do the exact opposite and steal 40 bases and hit no dingers, or are you better off drafting two players who both project to hit 20 HR and steal 20 bases?

From a pure standings perspective the answer of course is

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Rob Silver
Rob talks baseball on the Launch Angle podcast. He writes about baseball at Baseball Prospectus and was the 2016 NFBC Main Event winner. He talks politics on CBC's Power and Politics.
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