Well...in my only roto 5 x 5 12-team league the draft is VERY important as all 22 players drafted start and roster moves can only be made in-season if you have money left from the draft. The average amount of roster moves people have after the draft is around 5 or so per team.
My strategy is simple. With 12 teams you really want to get 3 solid saves guys. This year I got Rivera, F. Cordero and Papelbon at the draft. However, less than 3 hours after the draft I made a roster move dropping Pap for Baez. The reason you want to be stron here is, baring injury, you will be top 3 or 4 in saves. Get high K guys if you can
With SP you need to grab those guys that fall through the cracks. I got Webb, AJ Burnett, Escobar, Haren and Cain. Get high K guys if you can. SP is sooooo hard to predict year to year that you just gotta hope your research and planning have got you the right group to compete in ERA, W and WHIP.
Hitting is easier to predict how a player is going to do year to year. I want an offense exiting the draft that will put me at the top spot in homers and RBI's while also providing strong run support and a solid average that is in the top-4. Stolen bases I hope for the best, but realistically I'll end up a bottom 4 team there. My offenisive lineup this year: Posada, McCann, Wright, Konerko, Atkins, Edwin Encarncion, Tejada, Kent, Cano, Bonds, Edmonds, Huff, Gomes and Dye.
I'm a two year wonder, and I'm in second place this year, so here's my strategy. Draft stud infielders first-my first five picks were-Arod,Utley, Berkman,Rollins, Mauer. I then took Krod and Buerhle. From there, I took the best available player.
Every year I do really well. I draft hitting with my first 7-8 picks. Then I pick up closers (Fuentes, Valverde, Dempster) and guys like Scott Shields and Duchsherer to keep my ERA and WHIP low, plus I'll get my sleeper pitchers (Blanton, Vazquez, Escobar, Bush) and I usually pretty well. Keep a close eye on the WW too.
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I don't know how you guys can follow a formula. Get the best player available when it's your turn to draft. That's it. Postitional scarcity is important, but not as important as one might think. Passing on Hafner for Jeter is more likely than not going to hurt your team in the long run. It's all about value.
josebach wrote:I don't know how you guys can follow a formula. Get the best player available when it's your turn to draft. That's it. Postitional scarcity is important, but not as important as one might think. Passing on Hafner for Jeter is more likely than not going to hurt your team in the long run. It's all about value.
thats pretty much what i do.
i go in thinking of filling the corner if first, then of.
but if im picking 10, and say.. manny falls there im taking manny.
but basically its hitters the first 5 rounds, then pitching and hitting depending on bpa.