Vazquez is ranked higher than Byrd? hmmm.... I guess one needs to apply good sense before drafting based on the rankings of others.
After all, it's illogical to provide potential competition with good advice (that's the only way I can rationalize some of the things always seen in pre-season rankings -- regardless of sport or publication)......
Didn't mean for this to be the end-all/be-all guide to SP's, just thought it might be helpful for someone that wanted to see where SP's are being ranked for the upcoming season according to a few combined sources.
Obviously, everyone has their own opinion as to their own rankings, which I definitely agree is the way to go if you're knowledgable enough in fantasy baseball...that way, you can take all the credit (or blame) for how your team ends up after the draft
Neither did I mean to imply that draft cheat-sheets were useless. Although published rankings can, and probably should, serve as a good gauge during pre-draft preparation, I just wanted to clarify the point that we must all use them with guarded caution.
When I was drafting my first Fantasy team I made the big mistake of relying on them almost exclusively realizing that the prog.'s probably had better intuition than did I (after all, they get paid for it)... On the contrary, I spent a six agonizing months attempting to atone my lineup from the mistakes made in that very draft which directly resulted from following their expert advice to the exteme.
While, I realize very few of us are that naive (based on the astute post's I've seen on this site), I just wanted to put out a red-flag for any rookies in our midst.
I did the same thing my first season...I still have to ask for a lot of advice and such these days, but I'm better about not following the cheat sheets word for word...I do like to see what the "experts" think though, just to give myself an idea of what order players might get drafted.
I see your point about putting up a red flag though...good call =)
MR Why are they called experts? While they could be, writing a book, mag, or having a website doesnt aotomatically make you one. It could mean you had the resources or connections for it. If you look at TSN top 300, the new fantasy mag, Jeter is listed 8th. Hunter at 38, and Castillo at 43, are listed ahead of many guys better. I could go on and on. Loduca at 60 over Mulder at 64.
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