Alot of it depends on your league settings. But given a standard yahoo type of league, I try to into a draft looking for "need based value" or NBV. This means that each draft is unique, different players are taken too early by other owners and you have to be flexible and adjust accordingly. If people are going after shortstops or thirdbasemen too early (based on my valuations) then that means there are bargains at other positions and I can still get my SS or 3B in a later round. Given how there are always a half dozen or so closers that weren't closers on opening day, I would hesitate to draft any closers early unless they were huge bargains (by that I mean they slipped a couple of rounds below where I'd ranked them). vr, Xei
pitching (both starters and closers)
as far as starters go if i cant get santana or peavy i might as well wait, the middle tier of pitchers you never know what you are going to get and there is a lot of value to be had late. players like morris and bonderman always slip late in drafts and they give you solid stats
i learned my lesson with closers last year taking percival and mota back to back in the 7th/8th so i might as well either lock up k-rod or take my chances late or on the mavier wire
as far as posistion players go 2nd base is really deep if you cant snag utley/soriano/figgins you can still nad solid players like polanco or potential stud like weeks and kinsler
TheYanks04 wrote:Depends on how you define deep. I think there are 2 distinct SS tiers:
One with Michael Young, Tejada, Reyes, Furcal and Rollins All studs.
One with Peralta, Lugo, Lopez, Barmes, Renteria, Guillen, etc. All mediocre or question marks.
I think the mid level has definitely gotten deeper as you likely can find an "adequate" one. QUite a difference between Renteria or Guillen and Tejada though. And if you play with a MI, look out.
I like Peralta as a good guy to target in any league. He won't go in the initial run that includes Young, Tejada, Reyes, Furcal and Rollins, but I think he'll out-perform most of those guys, depending on how much you value SB's.
I'm always a fan of holding off on pitching early, but as was mentioned earlier in the thread, drafting is all about value, so it's not very efficient to head into a draft telling yourself to hold off on a certain position until late.
3B and 1B are deep as usual, but at this point I think that the UTIL spot can basically be penciled in as containing a player from one of those two positions... so I certainly wouldn't be shy about loading up on those guys early.
i only am doing auctions this year, so where i take different players in which round, i can't help ya.... i can help on which position is the deepest/shallowest in a 12 team league.... i base my findings on the players on the bottom of my lists in comparison to their overall rankings... and they are from shallow to deepest....
2b, ss, of, 3b, 1b
sp and rp are always a big risk position if you spend too much money or "put your eggs in 1 basket"... and catcher is such a fantasy crap position... especially in my league where we have 2 c positions to fill....
2b has too many unproven kids and is too overhyped for my liking...
1b has all your proven power hitters...
3b was a close 2nd w/1b...
of is well, of... thats where im hunting for your "sizemore"s and "holliday"s of 2006....
good luck in 06