Well nothing is too shallow in an 8 team league, unless you use uncharacteristically large rosters.
I like the catcher position a little more this year than the last couple. With such a small league, I would probably just focus on getting the absolute best hitters you can, as there will be a ton of pitching on the FA list in the first month or so of the season. I mean, even if its 25 man rosters, thats only 200 players drafted so you definitely gotta get as many sure bets as you can and then be quick on the FA list.
1B, 3B and SS will be the deepest for an 8 team league. Each has six very talented and solid players. OF is the next deepest. Catcher is next with 3 top tier players and then a dropoff. 2B is the weakest offensive position with only Chase Utley being premiere. Robinson Cano, Howie Kendrick, Rickie Weeks and Dan Uggla are good choices but after that there is another dropoff in talent.
Define 'thin?' The gap between the first and last player drafted at that position? The gap between the average and the last? I only ask because you've got certain positions, like second, where the top guy is head and shoulders above, but the twelth guy taken is barely worse than the fourth, others which are pretty linear, and others which have a fairly large first tier, perhaps half the starting slots, then it falls off a cliff.
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OF is horrible this season. I really hurt myself in the early drafts by not realizing just how quickly you go from drafting Juan Pierre to drafting Shawn Green. If you wait until rounds 6 or later to make your first pick, you can pretty much be sure that the WW is going to be your friend.
OF is definitely weaker than normal this year, but I wouldn't call it the thinnest. In a 12 team league, there are not 3 solid options for every team, but for an 8 team league there are. I think there are 24 outfielders that I would rank in the top 100 overall players while there are 4 second baseman, at most, and only 3 catchers I'd rank in the top 100.
by TheA'sFatLeadoffMan » Sat Mar 03, 2007 10:38 pm
OF can be a killer, I try to make 2 of my first 5 picks OFer's as long as I am not doing any big reaching. There are some nice upside candidates like Markakis and Baldelli, but even those guys go early because of the scarcity at the position. You'll find that if you can nab 3 OFers early and be confident in the picks, that the rest of the draft is on cruise control because people are going to have to start reaching at some point if they don't lock up their OF and that's where you get your steals, and I don't mean the cat.