My biggest lesson to take from this year is to minimize risk with my early picks. I took Sheffield and Helton with my 2 and 3 picks, and while their potentials are huge in my league, I have to go with the David Wright or Jason Bay types first.
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The Jury wrote:My biggest lesson to take from this year is to minimize risk with my early picks. I took Sheffield and Helton with my 2 and 3 picks, and while their potentials are huge in my league, I have to go with the David Wright or Jason Bay types first.
That's funny, Helton was always valuable becuase he was Mr. Consistency. And Sheff got hurt on an impact injury. He was a pretty safe pick at the time.
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Don't wait untill the 7th round to draft a pitcher, and don't draft Ben Sheets in the 7th round.
I'm planning to go against what what was sais by some other posters. I'm going for pitching early. If I can dominate pitching, and pick up infielders in the middle rounds, there is always outfielders on the WW that can help.
I actually strongly disagree with the 'do not draft closers before round ten' thing. Draft one closer you know to be good, between the seventh and tenth rounds, then don't bother with the Mike Adams and Dan Micelis of this world. I wasted a couple of good picks on guys who lost their jobs within weeks, when I could have much improved my third outfield slot, for example. But Trevor Hoffman has been a rock for several teams.
I would have agreed with you if this were last year. However, after watching Lidge bust it up this season, there really is no way to tell which closers are going to fall apart on you. Next year, I think im going to wait on a closer until at least the 8th-9th round.