Posted by 2bvision on 1/24/2012 10:47:00 PM (view original):
Posted by contrarian23 on 1/24/2012 10:29:00 PM (view original):
Oh, you've got to start somewhere...
Trust me on this, there is a huge difference between "cluelessness" (over- or under-valuing players and therefore drafting and/or trading poorly) and "tanking" (deliberately playing to lose with the team that you have.)
This really seems like fun. I know I'm heading towards this. Basic strategy checking then, hope you don't mind:
1. Given a certain season, you would have to search to find all those who had good relatively lengthy careers from that point on.
2. I've never done a draft but I imagine you'd have to have quite a long, well-crafted list of players to be ready for the draft or you could be sucking wind for a long time trying to catch up.
3. Do the leagues have AAA players or should we draft for all of the PA/IPs we will need? If there are a lot of teams in a progressive league, it seems as if it would be difficult in a single-season league to find enough players to make it through a season.
Am I on the right track?
#3 depends on league
1&2 depend upon your current strategy. Like in RL, sometimes you're looking at a small window of opportunity to win a WS... in that case drafting short term solution and trading high draft picks for players who are good *now* is what you want to do. Sometimes you are in a dark dismal rebuilding period and drafting for future success is what you are looking for.
In a prog I am in now, I inherited a bad team... they sucked for a few seasons while I drafted and traded for guys who would have a good stretch at the same time... during that high period I either traded picks for immediate help or drafted guys that could help right away (late in the 1st round picks there's usually a flameout guy or two) and won a WS and challenged for a couple more. It is now 1996... my run is done, and my cupboard is bare... and I'm now putting together a team that will, hopefully, have a decent run in the early 2000's.
Positional drafting is important too. Having a guy that can start and perform well at a key defensive position for a number of season is, IMHO, more important than a generic slugger. Ozzie Smith's are more rare than Mark McGuires.