Difference between Lidge and Isringhausen is about 50 K's. If Lidge gets drafted in the 4th and Izzy gets drafted in the 5th, that's pretty much even in my eyes. Izzy might even drop to 6th which would make him a better bargain than Lidge (if you want to take that risk)
However the person with the 12th pick in the 4th is not only getting the weakest of the 6 closers most likely, the next 5 picks are almost for sure guys that he still had his eyes on since none of those players are going to take another closer which he doesn't need anymore.
Sounds like a strong case for drafting in the middle and not at the bookends. If you are in the middle finishing up a run, the people who draft after you have the choice of overpaying for the next teir or trying to start a new run. If the latter, you can finish up their run when it comes around.
This does illustrate a good drafting strategy I have used in the past in which I'm close to the bookends. I always check to see what positions the bookend has and which ones he still needs. If I'm trying to choose between two players and, for example, one is a catcher and the bookend already has a catcher, then I make sure to draft the other guy as I know the catcher will be there in the next round.
also agree that it is better to start runs, though you need to be careful of when you choose to start one. You shouldn't reach too soon.
Right, what if you try to start a run but the others just ignore you. Then you've just overpayed for someone you could of had rounds later. Your priority should be helping yourself first, hurting others second.