I'm not sure if should go in the draft/trade/waivers forum, but I think this one might be a better fit.
Anywho, I'm in a fairly competitive 12 team roto yahoo standard 5x5 league. We have no waiver period, no max moves, just FAs...and 162 games/1250 innings pitched limit. Our draft is next Friday.
My theory is that I should try to use my first 8-9 picks on hitters, then search for pitchers in later rounds. I know that pitching is easier to find later on in the draft, and top pitchers often aren't that much better than the next teir. But is this idea a bit overkill? I mean, would doing this sacrifice points in pitching cats, or would I be reaching for marginal hitters, while great pitchers are left on the board?
I don't play a lot of roto simply b/c I don't like it, but if I were you I wouldn't wait that longer for a pitcher. That strategy works in a H2H league, its what I do, but you need to win as many categories as you can. If you concentrate all your efforts on hitting you're not going to do very well in roto.
I have no problem waiting until round 10 for my first pithcer. You're still going to get 2 pretty damn solid guys. Maybe a "1a" guy and a solid #2. It's been my experience that if you take pitchers straight from round 10 until round 15 or 16, you can compile a very good staff. Remember, as long as you're paying attention, you'll be able to find guys throughout the year. (Like Shields and Carmona last year).
You probably want to go with at least 1 closer in the first 8 rounds and then your first starter in round 9. If you take a starter in round 9/10/11 you will be very competitive in pitching even with the guys who took two studs in the first 6 rounds. You just need to do a good job of picking which pitchers. Remember that roughly 40-50% of those studs won't be worth their draft position because that is just how pitching goes.
Ender wrote:You probably want to go with at least 1 closer in the first 8 rounds and then your first starter in round 9. If you take a starter in round 9/10/11 you will be very competitive in pitching even with the guys who took two studs in the first 6 rounds. You just need to do a good job of picking which pitchers. Remember that roughly 40-50% of those studs won't be worth their draft position because that is just how pitching goes.
solid advice, listen to the man. You can almost always find good "hole-Filler" pitchers later than productive position players. Plus the flexability of choosing from EVERY pitcher in later rounds rather than trying to fill a MI is worth a pretty penny. My point, pitcher position is as deep as my last girlfriends "cha". trust me plenty of room to work comfortably. 6th, 7th round feels premature to me to start on pitching. I Try to get as much "POP" as possible early and middle rounds. Billingsly is still gonna be around in the 9th. Just my opinion
I disagree....there is such a thing as too big. And yes, it's possible to survive picking 9 straight hitters, but you just better know the cream of the crop that will be available, both in terms of SP and closers.
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