I’ve said it in articles, I’ve said it on the air and I’ve said it in the soon-to-be released 2015 Fantasy Alarm MLB Draft Guide – there’s nothing like a good mock draft to help you prep for your upcoming fantasy baseball draft. You can look at dozens of different player rankings but the best way to gauge public opinion of a particular player is to see where he goes in mock drafts and where his ADP lands between now and then end of March. Monitoring which way a player’s perceived value is trending is going to be a valuable tool for you when it comes to your actual draft as you’ll leave the over-reaching to your competitors while you make sensible picks and score bigger values in the later rounds.

In addition to that, doing a series of mock drafts also affords you the ability to test out different strategies to see how the field responds to certain picks you are making. You want to try a pitching-heavy strategy to see what kind of an offense you can build in the later rounds? A good mock can help you. You want to see how and where you can start positional runs on players such as closers or catchers? What better way than to test the waters in a mock draft? Your options are limitless and the more mocks you take part in, the greater your chances are of being successful when your big day actually arrives.

But we’re not just talking about any old mock draft. If you’ve been a fantasy baller for a while, you’ve likely seen your fair share of mocks that just don’t quite cut it. On far too many occasions, mocks get filled with people who are only interested in seeing how the first few rounds and then flip the switch to auto-pick for the majority of the draft. What good does that do you? A collection of auto-drafters does nothing but show you how a particular web site’s default rankings play out in a snake draft and that, for all intents and purposes, defeats the actual purpose of a mock draft.

That’s where the Mock Draft Army comes in.

For those who have followed me on Twitter (@rotobuzzguy) over the last few years or have been listening to recent episodes of both the Fantasy Alarm podcast and Fantasy Sports Tonight on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio (Sundays 7-10pm ET), you’ve heard me talk about the Mock Draft Army. If you enjoy a good mock draft and know how to use them properly in your prep work, then this is where you need to be. I have assembled a group of 50-plus fantasy writers and broadcasters, some of the finest minds in the industry, and put them at your disposal. For each mock that we do, I fill the room with half industry folk and half readers and listeners.  We try to run a variety of different drafts from 12-team mixed leagues to 15-team NL-only. I compile the data from each draft and track the ADP so that you have a more accurate list than most.

Why is it more accurate? Simple. These drafts run in full. Everyone stays for the entire draft. There is no auto-picking here. Every pick from Round 1 to Round 25…or however deep we decide to go….is equally important. When we assemble our ADP, there are no site default rankings affecting the numbers. This ADP is put together by you and by the collective us, those who eat, sleep and breathe the fantasy game.

In addition to that, let’s not forget about the in-draft chat room. How would you like to personally ask Ray Flowers why he chose to take Alex Rios in the second round again? How would you like to question Jeff Mans about his late-round sleepers? How would you like to talk baseball with the likes of Todd Zola, Steve Gardner, Jeff Erickson and Ron Shandler. We’ve got them all!

If you’re interested in participating in the Mock Draft Army, hit me up here in the comments section below, on Twitter -- @rotobuzzguy – or email me at rotobuzzguy@gmail.com and I will happily add you to the email list. The larger the Army, the more mocks we’ll do. Look for us to start up next week as this week, many of the usual participants are whooping it up in Vegas at the Fantasy Sports Trade Association convention.

**Mock Draft Army logo and artwork courtesy of Michael Nissen

Quick Side Note: Fantasy Alarm will be launching a new look and feel effective Wednesday, January 14. The site will go down for maintenance at midnight on Tuesday, January 13 and should be back up with the results of our makeover on full display Wednesday morning. It’s a fresher look with the same phenomenal content.