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Draft Analysis for The Great Fantasy Baseball Invitational

Analysis of a 13-league, 195-team expert fantasy baseball drafts

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Today kicked off the brain-child of Justin Mason, The Great Fantasy Baseball Invitational. 195 industry writers/analysts coming together in 13 leagues hosted by Fantrax, competing to win both their individual league and the overall ranking grand prize. The TGFBI website has the full description:

The Great Fantasy Baseball Invitational is an industry league like no other. It does not aim to replace or compete with some of the elite industry league like LABR and Tout Wars. Its aim is to gather a plethora of fantasy baseball analysts for the largest single greatest industry competition in our game. There will be numerous 15-team leagues competing separately with an overall champion crowned for the team that puts together the best 5×5 rotisserie season. There will be an accompanying podcast and blog posts sponsored by Fantrax. For full rules and regulations please click here.

So we have 13 leagues, filled with some of the best minds in the industry (and I’m including the three Fake Teams writers Eddy, Heath, and myself in that distinction) and I’ve decided to aggregate the results across the leagues for easy consumption. I’ve written a quick script to scrape the results of each draft, and visualizing it in Tableau. I’ll give a quick summary of each chart below, but if you’d like to go straight to the interactive link, visit the Tableau Public page:!/vizhome/TGFBI/PlayerMatrix

ADP Report

A simple sorted list of players by ADP drafted. It has quickly become too large to consume via Twitter or in a single image. Will be updating periodicially throughout the draft.

Draft Progress

More for active participants in the draft, but shows how each league is progressing.

Position Distribution

This will be more valuable as the drafts go deeper, but it will show where players of each position are being selected. The Position is based on where each manager has the player listed in their Draft Room roster, which is why we already see some CI and MI. One manager has elected to put Manny Machado as their CI after Round 2. Not much we can do to control for it at this point.

Player Matrix

My favorite chart. Every pick broken down by league. It’s the detailed version of the of the first ADP report.

I’m happy to take suggestions via twitter @BrianCreagh, or email for additional cuts of the data you’d be interested in.