Hey guys, seeing as how we might actually start this thing now that Zapp is back from touring 3rd world countries, I’ve decided it’s time for me to share some of my secrets to a successful draft
Now I know what you guys are thinking: “But LoSt, if you share all of your secrets with us, wont that make it harder for you to win?” This may very well be true, but after a long and vigorous internal debate I decided that it is my duty as reigning champ to share my knowledge with those who would tread in my footsteps.
So without further ado, I present to you,
LoSt's Super Seekret Tips
Tip #1: Don’t be afraid to draft multiple guys at a tough weight
We all know that some weights are easier to pick then others in any given year. Some weights have a dominant returning champ who should remain unchallenged for the entire year (Burroughs) others have a returning champ who might not even make varsity (Ellis). Picking champs is important in this format, so in order to maximize your champion picking potential, I recommend starting with a tough weight and picking every guy you could conceivably see in the finals before moving onto the next one.
Sure your dynamite team of Howe/Morningstar/Sponseller/Vallimont/Reader MIGHT not score you as many points as something more well-balanced, but you’ll be able to sleep soundly knowing that statistics are on your side in the 165 pound title hunt.
Tip #2: Draft lots of B12 guys
This is especially important given the new bonuses we have added for B12 and B10 champions. Remember, because there are less teams in the B12, your guy is automatically more likely to end up in the finals. Every conference only has two finalists no matter how many teams they have. Therefore, the conference with the least teams gives you the best chance of crowning a champion. Compared to the EIWA, a B12 wrestler is 64.3% more likely to be a finalist. And that’s on TOP of the extra 6 points a B12 champion gets you over another conference!
Tip #3: Less is More
Some people operate under the mistaken assumption that drafting wrestlers with busy schedules is a key to success. This is FALSE! Think about it, the more matches a guy wrestles, the higher the chance he gets injured, and the more epically screwed you will be come NCAAs. You don’t want your entire team turning into Brandon Rader do you? To be as safe as possible, I would recommend picking guys that aren’t even likely to wrestle at all, such as redshirting freshman. Sure they won’t score you any points during the regular season, but when Mr. Pucillo or Mr. Metcalf goes down with a torn groin they’ll be 100% fresh, and ready to step in at NCAAs.
Tip #4: Brag incessantly about new Prospects
There is a certain conventional wisdom among drafters that if you really want to grab a hot prospect, the best thing you can do is keep your mouth shut about him. This is WRONG! The best course of action is to start as MANY THREADS AS POSSIBLE about said prospect in order to spread the word of his potential. Think of it like the NBA; when you are about to make your move, you want as many cameras pointing your way as possible. After all, what’s the point of grabbing a hot up-and-comer if no one else knows about him?
Acting in this way might slightly increase the chances of someone else taking your pick, but it will TOTALLY be worth it when you nab Jordan Oliver in the 3rd round and wave it in everyone’s face.
I hope these tips are helpful, I’ll add more if I think of them