BKeller wrote:I think some of those drafts play more than just one shortstop; for example you play a 2B, a SS, and another middle infielder ("MIF"). So they take Nomar as their SS and Tejada as their middle infielder. I don't like the strategy because it ties your hands . . . when Furcal drops to the 7th round you're kicking yourself. But anyway, I think that's the story rather than that they are trying to squeeze their opponents. (But if the draft rules require only a SS and no MIF, then I'm clueless.)
ESPN leagues require that you start a SS, one MIF (2B/SS) and a Utility player that can be any (non pitching) position.
I guess the reasoning behind that move depends on which Tejada you expect to see this year. If he puts up career numbers in a hitters park and Nomar stays healthy (obviously fairly big if's) then it looks like a good move. Not saying I'd do this, but I can see why someone would.
In keeper leagues, the deep SS position, just became one player less deep...