The Z Files: Historical Draft Slot Values
The Z Files: Historical Draft Slot Values

This article is part of our The Z Files series.

We've all had one. Be it the thin metal variety or the rainbow-colored, plastic version, everyone has played with a Slinky, or at least tried. Usually at our grandparents' house, we put it at the top of the stairs, carefully placing one end on the next step down, and then watching in zealous amazement as the Slinky traverses down two or three more before fizzling out.

What does a Slinky have to do with fantasy baseball? Picture grabbing one end and letting the rest fall to the floor. The loops at the top are furthest apart, with the difference lessening down the spiral until the last several lay on top of each other. Each loop represents the expected production for each pick in a snake draft.

What follows is a tabular depiction of a snake draft followed by some observations and drafting applications. The model is a 15-team league. The numbers are average dollars earned since 2010 for each draft spot in a hypothetical "perfect" draft where each player is selected based on their end-of-season earnings, using a 5x5 league with a $260 budget, standard 14 hitter/9 pitcher active roster with a 69:31 hitting to pitching split. Also included are average earnings per round along with the total earned by each team.

RD AVG TM 1 TM 2 TM 3 TM 4 TM 5 TM 6 TM 7 TM 8 TM 9 TM 10 TM 11 TM 12 TM 13 TM 14 TM 15
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Todd Zola
Todd has been writing about fantasy baseball since 1997. He won NL Tout Wars and Mixed LABR in 2016 as well as a multi-time league winner in the National Fantasy Baseball Championship. Todd is now setting his sights even higher: The Rotowire Staff League. Lord Zola, as he's known in the industry, won the 2013 FSWA Fantasy Baseball Article of the Year award and was named the 2017 FSWA Fantasy Baseball Writer of the Year. Todd is a five-time FSWA awards finalist.
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