reenum wrote:Second, I remember being really hurried when making picks in the last couple of drafts. So, this year, I decided the best thing to do would be to concentrate the first half of the draft on hitters, and then go for pitching in the later rounds. The reason for this is simple: with the steroids era now behind us, true premier offensive talent is much scarcer than pitching. So, if I can get some big bats, then I can basically concentrate on building a pitching staff over the course of the season. This cuts my work during the season pretty much in half
I'm not sure how you figure this is true. Pitchers could have used roids as well. Assuming roid use was league wide, the good and marginal hitters will have "decreased" perfomance as well, so relatively speaking there should be a little effect on hitter value variance.
reenum wrote:I remember seeing the other folks feverishly checking their draft sheets with each pick and trying to make a quick decision. I just sat back, and used the rankings from Sporting News and ESPN Magazine. Those guys dedicate their life to ranking fantasy players and being in the know, so why not trust their expertise?
Beacause many of their choices are not the best or near best choices.
reenum wrote:So, I began and got Vlad, David Wright, Soriano, and Berkman in the first 4 rounds. Not a bad start.
If you would have read the Cafe, you (likely) wouldn't have taken Soriano 3rd and you'd know why not to.
reenum wrote:The next few rounds were good too, as I got Sizemore, Damon, Sexson and Podsednik. More power and steals, and I was particularly happy to get Pods this low. I think he'll be comparable to Figgins, Reyes, and Pierre and comes at a much lower price.
You probably could have gotten better hitters than Sizemore (5th) and Podsednik (8th)
reenum wrote: I deviated from my strategy in Round 9 and picked Isringhausen. I needed at least one good closer to keep me respectable in saves. After that, I was able to get Vernon Wells, who is another good sleeper. The last two seasons, he's basically had no lineup protection. He should do much better with Glaus and Overbay hitting in front of and behind him.
Injuryhausen is not a good #1 RP to rely upon. Wells had Delgado two seasons ago. I can't disagre with the round you took him in(10th), but I probably would have been looking for a SP then.
reenum wrote: So, from Round 11, I began concentrating on pitching. At this point, I just wanted the best value pitchers I could get. I also had holes at SS and C, and needed to fill those. So, I took Cliff Lee, who should be decent this year,
Massively overrated, but pitches in an extreme pitchers park, so who knows. Good pen and wins potential from a quality Tribe starter.
reenum wrote: and then Barmes, who would have been the NL ROY if not for that unfortunate accident. Next came Valverde, Brandon Webb, Haren, and Yorvit Torrealba. I was hoping to get Michael Barrett, but I think that Torrealba is still a good bet to hit some HRs in Coors. He was a bit of a reach in Round 16, but I didn't want to end the draft without a C. People around me were saying I should have taken Ramon Hernandez, but I differ. I think he'll put up mediocre stats in Baltimore, since he really hasn't done all that much in Oakland and SD.
You should have taken Hernandez. Really should have. Now he's in a righ handed hitters park, not the best pitchers parks. He may have a career year.
reenum wrote:Round 17 brought Aaron Harang, who should be solid in all categories except wins. Round 18 netted Garrett Atkins, who should be a good fantasy 3B, since he plays in Coors and isn't in a platoon. Round 19 got me Oliver Perez. If he's even halfway back to his 2004 season, I should do pretty well on K's. He had 239 K's in 200 IPs that year. I finished things out with Joe Blanton in Round 20. I'll probably end up dropping him.
So, I have one of the best, if not the best, lineups in the league this year. Now, I just have to build up my pitching staff. It should be a much better season than the past two.
Sorry to be critical, but those are just some of the reasons why to do your own projections and not to listen to fluff sources.
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