8 team, H2H, standard 5x5 ... somewhat tainted by the small league I guess, and the fact that one of our managers is a big Yankees/Jeter fan.
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Round Overall Player
1 1 A. Rodriguez
1 2 V. Guerrero
1 3 A. Pujols
1 4 M. Tejada
1 5 C. Beltran
1 6 R. Johnson
1 7 J. Santana
1 8 P. Martinez
2 9 A. Soriano
2 10 M. Ramirez
2 11 D. Jeter
2 12 J. Schmidt
I was picking fifth, which I liked because it made my decision pretty easy. I really wasn't sure how to rank the first five guys, but knew I wanted one of them. Beltran is the guy who had caught my eye the most, so I'm glad I ended up with him, but picking him before the other four guys would have been a hard decision for me.
great getting beltran, but you dropped the ball not getting abreu in the 2nd.
oh, and my top 12.
the top tier
Pujols (first if you dont think his injury will bother him)
ARod (first if you think last year was a fluke, and he'll get used to the park/lineup/division, AND dont trust later 3B)
Beltran (first if you think his average will go up, his power numbers will go up, and he'll continue to steal)
Vlad (first if you dont think his injury will bother him)
Tejada (if you believe in position scarcity, and that SS is scarce)
Abreu (the surest thing this far in the draft, 30HR, 30SB, 100R, 100 RBI, .300 AVG seems routine)
Soriano (if you believe in position scarcity, and that 2B is scarce)
Helton (100/100/30/.330 seems very likely at Coors. solid, not much injury risk)
Ramirez (the second sure bet of the first round, you know what you get when you draft manny)
Ichiro (probably monster average, also probably monster runs in the lineup, who knows about his SB? better than crawford? in my eyes, yes)
Santana (if you are the type that needs a stud SP to feel safe, he was lights out in the 2nd half, can he keep it up?)
Johnson (old as dirt, but reliable as dirt as well, as long as he doesnt get hurt, should be a frontrunner for AL cy young)
my rankings and reasoning.
1. ARod (for me, the closest thing to a sure thing in the first four picks, no real injury risk, not beefed up like he was on roids, plus i think OF is very deep this year with a lot of quality sleepers)
2. Pujols (usually ARod is available here, but if not, Pujols is the least injury risk out of him and Vlad, and Beltran is overrated to me. when healthy, pujols is a beast)
3. Beltran (much less of an injury risk than pujols/vlad, help in SB is a bonus, but personally i think he isnt going to improve much on last year, worse park, fat contract, etc)
4. Vlad (hopefully beltran is available here, becuase Vlad is due for an injury that keeps him out for a significant period of time. when healthy, he is definately worth it here, but i want to feel safe with my 1st rounder)
to the next tier..
5. Tejada (if i'm drafting here, i want tejada. SS is position scarce, as mock drafts have most SS going off the board before their actual ranking. to get rollins/nomar/furcal you have to reach higher than what they are worth. save yourself the trouble and draft the MLB RBI leader)
6. Abreu (once again, consistent, not much more to say. if i have the 6th slot, most likely someone will slip from above, and if not, there's Abreu)
7. Ramirez (he doesnt really overwhelm statistically, but basically every stat (save SB) is well above average. solid pick)
8. Soriano (regardless of his plate discipline and ugly trends downwards, i think he has some value here. if you're waiting on giles to be your top 2B, NEWSFLASH, most of the rest of the owners are too. solidify your 2B slot here, and run with it)
and to the next tier.
by now, you'd better hope that someone has taken a pitcher (and yes, they will have) so:
9. Helton (pretty much a lock for 100/100/30/.330, i.e. a poor man's pujols but not much worse. no he isnt worth the 9th pick in the draft, but trust me, by now someone will have taken a pitcher)
10. Ichiro (seemingly a lock for 100R/50SB/.350 with a bunch of upside, you wont have to take him with the 10th pick, but in the early 2nd round, Ichiro and Helton are great values)
I'm forgetting something aren't I? Ahhh, the pitchers. Pitchers are fragile little creatures, and very succeptible to injury and/or regression. to put it simply, pitchers are not my type of people. if the first round played out as it did above, and at the 11 or 12th spot, and both Santana and Johnson are available, here's how i would take them)
11. Santana (draft and trade, but quite frankly, more likely to be healthy and pitching well in the fantasy playoffs than RJ)
12. Johnson (draft and trade, i'm not putting first round stock in a player i dont feel can fight time)