This article is part of our Oak's Corner series.
Happy opening weekend! I finished my last draft on Wednesday night, an online NFBC Main Event, and immediately flipped from draft mode to season mode. Gone were the thoughts of ADP and closer draft strategy as I moved to studying schedules, matchups and the new free agent lists.
It's funny how as much as one can prep and plan for a draft, so much changes within each draft that flips that plan on its head. I was picking in the eight hole in my Main Event (15-teamer) and was going to take Max Scherzer or Jacob deGrom in the first round if available, but if not (cue narrator: They weren't), then I would take the best bat in the first, followed by an ace in the second round. Of course, Jose Altuve slipped all the way to 23rd and I just could not get myself to pass on the consensus second overall pick last year at that discounted price.
When Walker Buehler was snapped up the pick before me in the third, rather than push up the next tier of pitching (thinking one of them would last to me in the fourth), I took another all-around contributor in Starling Marte. Of course, the entire next starting pitcher tier was drafted before my next pick, and instead of the two top pitcher plan I wanted to implement, I ended up with a great offense, but Zach Wheeler as my SP1.
When the rest of the league kept eating up any