2020 MLB Draft Guide: Understanding ADP
Too many people substitute Average Draft Position (ADP) for rankings. Andy Spiteri explains exactly what it is and how best to use it during your fantasy baseball drafts.
When preparing for fantasy draft one of the tools that many use is average draft position. Most websites that offer leagues will also compile the player’s ADP and display it on the queue where the available players are during a draft. There are many ways to use ADP to your advantage but there are some things that you must be wary of when using it. When does ADP become important? First round? Second? Tenth? When do you ignore it? How does your draft position come into play?
The most important thing is to realize what is the ADP being compiled from? On some sites it is the result of all drafts being done on their site. Do all the drafts have the same rules? Different formats will value players differently and your ADP should be relative to the type of league you’re playing in. For instance in a head to head league, high strikeout middle relievers will be worth more in that format than in a season long category format where they help, but relievers with saves may be more...