MLB Barometer: Eyes on the Prize
MLB Barometer: Eyes on the Prize

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There are a half dozen truly great weekends built in to my annual work travel schedule. The NFBC Main Event in Las Vegas is always near the top of the list, as it's an opportunity to compete with the top fantasy baseball players in the world while getting a shot at a $125,000 top prize.

The Main Event is a 15-team mixed league draft, and one of my favorite aspects of all NFBC (and NFFC) drafts is the Kentucky Derby Style (KDS) system used to establish the draft order. Each owner ranks their preferred position, and the computer randomly draws owners' names one-by-one to award them their top available selection. As RotoWire colleagues Scott Jenstad and Vlad Sedler have preached over the years, determining where you want to be in the order requires looking beyond the first two rounds to find the drops in early round talent.

This year, my greatest debate was whether I preferred the No. 3 overall selection or the No. 14 overall selection as the third-best option behind the No. 1 and No. 2 overall picks. After careful consideration, No. 3 three ended up as my third choice, and I was awarded that position after being the fifth name drawn by the computer.

On most boards, Mike Trout and Jose Altuve are the first two players taken, leaving the owner in the third position with three pretty unique starting points. There were four players I considered while preparing for the draft with my co-owner, RotoWire COO

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Derek VanRiper
Derek is the Director of Media for RotoWire.com, where he's been a two-time finalist for the FSWA's Baseball Writer of the Year award, and winner of the Best Football Article on the Web (2009) and Best Baseball Article on the Web (2010) awards. Derek also co-hosts RotoWire's shows on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio (XM 87, Sirius 210).
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