This article is part of our The Z Files series.
Roster building is a skill encompassing many elements. There's knowing the player pool inside and out. There's blending your own rankings with a market awareness. There's having an understanding for what it takes to compete in the specific format. There's keeping a keen eye on what your competitors are doing to shift the supply and demand balance in your favor.
Most of these entail working your butt off. Some are facilitated with help from a fantasy analyst. This is hard to explain, but I'm convinced there's a sixth sense involved, going beyond blood, sweat and tears. Some simply possess an innate knack for building a competitive lineup. Yes, it's rooted in tangibles, but there's an ethereal aspect. Quite frankly, not everyone exhibits this abstract ability (does the "this guy" thumb point).
Roster construction has been a common theme in this space as we all practice excruciating patience, hoping MLB and the MLBPA can come to an agreement and salvage the 2020 campaign. Between the dissection of the 2019 NFBC Main Event and studying the series of retro drafts we've been running for the past month, I say with more resolve than ever, projections and rankings/bid prices are secondary to what is done with them.
Saying and doing are two separate entities, though. As I suggested, I'm not afraid to admit optimal roster building is a personal weakness. That said, I feel the fairest characterization of my game play is that it's inconsistent, as opposed to completely lacking. There are times