This article is part of our Rounding Third series.
Despite the suspension of spring training and the delay to the start of the season, we pressed on with the Yahoo! Friends & Family draft last night. It was actually a welcome diversion on an otherwise dreary day and turned out to be a lot of fun. With the indefinite timetable to the start of the season, and the lack of drafts between MLB's announcement and our draft, we had the added element of the unknown in this draft — it was tantamount to drafting December or January in some ways, at least when handicapping some injuries.
After spending spring training discounting players who weren't going to be able to play on Opening Day, we had to undo much of that thought process last night. With one notable exception, I personally didn't do much of that, to be honest. I think we're left trying to handicap two (really, three) variables: When do you think the season will start? When will that player be able to return? And finally, will they be able to continue/complete their rehab during this absence, or will their ability to rehab also be compromised? To answer the first question, my (very, extremely rough) estimate is between May 15 and June 1. Others in the room guessed as early as April 15.
Here's a list of noteworthy injured players, their ADP in NFBC since their injuries, and where they went last night. I realize that this isn't a perfect comparison — we are playing with Yahoo's rules,