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Postby yort33 » Sun Mar 27, 2005 2:02 pm

whats the best strategy in the first 5 rounds of the draft. i usually do well late but i'm not sure which way i want to go in rds 1-5. my draft is tonite and i don't yet know what pick i have. any suggestions do you guys go with hitting? pitching?
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Postby pokerplaya » Sun Mar 27, 2005 2:18 pm

Best available will be the prevailing strategy by most, because it's the best option. Don't worry about about positions, draft the best player available. That said, if you draft Santana, Schmidt, and Gagne in the first 3 rounds, for example, you might want to look for 2 hitters in 4/5.
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Postby Amazinz » Sun Mar 27, 2005 2:26 pm

I think the first 5 rounds are the hardest to screw up unless you really reach. Normally I try to get out of the first five rounds with my ace and four hitters.
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Postby yort33 » Sun Mar 27, 2005 2:41 pm

just the best player. do you usually go for say 3rd base and ss early
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Postby AcidRock23 » Sun Mar 27, 2005 3:03 pm

Best available player= best strategy. Being tied to a strategy is about as useful as being tied to a brick. If you need to be tied to something, bring a brick and some string along to the bar as, if nothing else, it should make the people you are drafting with think you are a complete wing nut and perhaps give you a psychological edge...to go with the 'baseball edge' you get hanging around here... :-)

That being said, I did try the 'grab 3 top middle relievers' strategy w/ both of my drafts this year. I took the Rincon+ Gordon+ Otsuka > Santana last year argument from another thread w/ great interest. I was a bit concerned I'd not be able to pull it off in the league where we use holds but, the only ripple that anyone noticed was one guy drafting Rincon after I had already taken him. I was worried he'd pop Otsuka but he 'whiffed' and got a backup catcher or something equally useless instead. These were all w/ picks in the 14-20something rounds so I don't look at it as a very expensive 'strategy' but I will be intrigued to see how it plays out. One could, of course, argue that those guys, w/ high K/9 and low ERA WERE the 'best available' where I took them as well....
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Postby swyck » Sun Mar 27, 2005 7:09 pm

I have Gordon and am thinking of either dumping or moving Westbrook (#6 SP) so I can add Rincom who went undrafted. I'm just thinking that Gordon adn Rincon together make up the stats for one fine SP. Is that really better then the stats from two mediocre SP's? Not sure.
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Postby Broncmet724 » Sun Mar 27, 2005 8:34 pm

I go best available, so usually I end up with at least 2 SPs in most leagues, and the best hitters I can get, which are usually OFs
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Postby xeifrank » Mon Mar 28, 2005 12:19 am

Best five players, but I do like to have one SP and all things being equal I'd love to fill my infield up as soon as possible, but I wouldn't bypass a good value at outfield to do it, just saying if there are two nearly equal players I will take the infielder in most cases, as I believe there are more bargains at outfield later in the draft than at other positions.

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