Great British Fantasy Baseball Superleague: Tips

The concept of GBFBS is simple. We wanted to create a multi-division competition for British baseball fans. You compete to win your division while simultaneously going for the overall prize.

However, we wanted the competition to appeal to novices and experts alike. We recommend that all participants read the following tips, but they will undoubtedly be interesting for less experienced players.

SLOW DRAFT TIPS

The slow draft starts at 9:00am on Monday 18 March. Check your league settings to see whether your league is one of the slow or fast drafts.

You have a maximum of one hour per pick, although you are strongly encouraged to use as little time as possible so that the whole draft can be completed before GBFBS’s Opening Day on Saturday 30 March.

The draft room clock stops between 11pm – 7am. You can make picks during this time, but you won’t get timed out, and the clock won’t start again until 7am.

Slow draft extra tips

  1. Ensure you have Fantrax notifications to alert you when it is your turn to pick.
  2. Make a queue of players and keep it updated. You don’t want a power cut or unexpected visitor to result in Fantrax drafting an injured pitcher for you.
  3. Utilise Fantrax’s autodraft tools. You can rank players and set the system to pick certain positions in certain rounds.  In a recent draft, a team that was entirely drafted using Fantrax’s autodraft tools was projected 3rd out of 15.

Slow draft etiquette

If you know that you will be unavailable, turn on autodraft. Watching the hour slowly run out is frustrating for the rest of the league. Obviously, this isn’t always possible.

If the timer does run out, Fantrax will automatically pick for you based on your settings or, if you haven’t set up anything, their default rankings. You will then be set to autodraft until you log back into the draft room.

Note: If progress is too slow to meet the Saturday 30 March deadline, the time per pick will be reduced.

FAST DRAFT TIPS

Check your league settings to see the day/time of your draft, and prepare to enter the draft room at least 10 minutes before the first pick.

You have a maximum of one minute per pick.

It is a snake draft, which means the team picking 12th in the first round will start picking first in the second round.

Make a queue of players and keep it updated. You don’t want a power cut or unexpected visitor to result in Fantrax drafting an injured pitcher for you.

Fast draft extra tips

  1. Have a plan for the first rounds.
    • How many (if any) pitchers do you want in these opening rounds?
    • Mock draft from different draft slots to discover position strengths/weaknesses
  2. Work out a strategy for the latter rounds.
    • You can’t fill every position with elite players. Decide which positions you are prepared to wait on.

AUCTION TIPS

Each GBFBS division is 12 teams of 23 players = approx 150 hitters and 120 pitchers. Although it is not perfect, the Fangraphs auction calculator gives you a good idea of prices.

Make sure you are familiar with the Fantrax auction draft room. Make an early bid to get rid of the nerves and get used to the speed. You don’t want your trigger finger to let you down when your target player is nominated.

Don’t be surprised if the very best players go for more than you budgeted. If you think that Acuna Jr. will go for $40 but he goes for $80, that means two things – (1) Perhaps JRod and Witt Jr. will also go for high prices, and (2) there is now $40 less to go around the rest of the players.

Some people might blow their budget on a stars & scrubs approach and get three first-rounders. You can do this, but it makes the rest of the auction trickier to navigate.

Auction draft tips

  1. Picture the standard ADP; you want at least three Top 50 players (even if you have to overpay).
  2. Use the +$1 bid button with care. In the middle of escalating bids, you might not notice if the previous bidder manually increased the bid by $6 rather than $1, and suddenly you’re the highest bidder on a $24 player instead of a $18 one.
  3. Watch out immediately after a long bidding battle (or a rest break) as this is when bargains can be had while others aren’t paying attention.
  4. People will likely have round number bid limits ($20, $30, $40), so make sure your bids hit these amounts to force your rivals to exceed their limits.
  5. Occasionally, increase the bid by a couple of dollars rather than one, to put other bidders off.
  6. Don’t price enforce. That is, don’t bid on a player you don’t want just because someone else is getting a good deal unless you are prepared to be stuck with that player.

Pitfall No.1

Don’t become too attached to your valuations. The key to an auction is to constantly reevaluate – how much money is left, which positions are going quickest, what teams are spending/saving, is the middle part of the draft going to produce bargains or will the last of the in-demand talent be overpriced?

Have a strategy to switch to if (1) the top players go too high for your liking or (2) pitchers go for much more or much less than you expected, or (3) you have blown $200 in the first 20 minutes.

Pitfall No.2

If you didn’t spend big bucks on the first rounders, you might find that halfway through the auction, you have the most money in the room. This isn’t a great position if only mediocre talent remains. Sometimes, you will need to pay more than you want to prevent getting left behind.

Pitfall No.3

Don’t lose track of your budget. Ending the auction with $25 unspent is as bad as finding you only have $12 to spend on your last 12 players.

Make a budget, for instance, $140 on hitters, $80 on pitchers, and $10 for the bench. You might even want to allocate an amount for each position, and then you can recalculate each time you successfully win a player.

GREAT BRITISH FANTASY BASEBALL SUPERLEAGUE TIPS

  1. GBFBS-specific draft tips
    • Watch out for the DH-slot. It is not a utility spot that any player can slip into; the hitter must have DH eligibility.
    • Consider leaving catcher until one of the last rounds. Unless you are taking Will Smith or Adley Rutschman, there is not much to choose between the next 10-12 catchers, so unless you have a great preference, why not wait until the end?
    • Think twice before drafting a second top closer. The position is so volatile, it’s possible several will lose their jobs before the start of April. Consider leaving the final RP slots until the end.
  2. Drafting your five-player bench
    • Multi-eligible players are very valuable
    • Maybe you want coverage for every position in case of a late injury.
    • Although, probably you will want one or two SP. Some people might fill their bench entirely with SP to maximise the additional points available in two-start weeks.
    • Perhaps you will want to stash a superstar prospect on your bench, but remember that this is a wasted slot until the guy gets promoted.
  3. In-season management
    • Check your team every week (before Friday night) and move injured players onto the IL.
    • Make sure you have made your free agent bids before midnight on Friday.
    • Check your team on Saturday to address any Friday injuries and free-agent acquisitions.
  4. Making free agent claims.
    • You have $100 to cover 22-26 weeks; Don’t overbid. A $20 bid on one player in Week 1 could affect the rest of the season.
    • If you definitely need to fill a position, say for instance, your shortstop is injured, bid on several replacement shortstops. You can structure your bids so that if you don’t win the first shortstop, you might win the second, but you won’t end up with both.
    • If you don’t have any injuries or need any upgrades, check the schedule for the following week. Maybe one team is in Colorado, or perhaps a pitcher has a favourable two-start week.