I've spent countless hours in research for the up coming season. I have my (NL only) protected list ready to turn in but it's not due until March 2nd. Whats a good plan to be doing while I wait to see who is protected so I can plan on my draft.
I have players ranked at each position based on several source rankings in combination of my own personal adjustments. I feel my team of Thome, Helton, Sosa, Nevin, Griffey, Patterson, Cintron, Millwood, Nomo, Willis is a good combintaion of Power and pitching (even if griff is a stiff AGAIN).
I see a glaring weakness for speed and saves. All of what I read say grab the best players available in the first few rounds. Problem is i'm loaded in the outfield and First base. Should I take the best players period in the first few rounds and trade them for my needs later? Or should I take Benitez or Matsui with my first pick and pass up players I anticipate that will be available (Chipper, Cameron, Everett, N.Johnson, Luis Gonz, Durham, AJ Pierzynski, Jenkins, Beltre, Maddux, Clement Pettitte, Clemens and much more i'm sure)
Would you offer Nevin for someones first pick if you could get the 2nd and 5th pick (Matsui and Benitez??) which should fill two needs instantly?
Any help (on the topic) would be greatly appreciated.