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Re: What round do you start drafting SP's?

Postby tianyi86 » Mon Mar 03, 2008 9:04 pm

If you can grab one of the top tier pitchers in round 4 or 5, do it. But personally, I didn't draft a single pitcher until round 7 last season and won 4 of my 5 redraft leagues. As for closers, I would actually draft one before round 10 because the late round closers are way too volatile.
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Re: What round do you start drafting SP's?

Postby chipper » Mon Mar 03, 2008 9:14 pm

Philly_05 wrote:I enjoy playing against the people who don't draft pitchers till the 6-7-8th rounds it's not the way to win.

Well it's not the way to lose either.

Both taking a pitcher early and waiting until rounds 6-8 can be equally effective. Also depends on your settings. There are some formats where you'd be crazy to take a pitcher in the first 6 rounds, and others where it's a good idea. Totally depends. But to say as a rule people who don't draft a pitchers until the 6-7-8th rounds are doing it wrong, is incorrect.
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Re: What round do you start drafting SP's?

Postby BronXBombers51 » Mon Mar 03, 2008 9:16 pm

I never plan to draft a pitcher by a certain round...I just see how the draft goes and plan my picks accordingly.

That said, I tend to take my first SP in the 6th or 7th round. Then I might take another in the 9th or 10th. I usually don't touch RPs in the first 10 rounds.
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Re: What round do you start drafting SP's?

Postby Yoda » Mon Mar 03, 2008 9:21 pm

chipper wrote:
Philly_05 wrote:I enjoy playing against the people who don't draft pitchers till the 6-7-8th rounds it's not the way to win.

Well it's not the way to lose either.

Both taking a pitcher early and waiting until rounds 6-8 can be equally effective. Also depends on your settings. There are some formats where you'd be crazy to take a pitcher in the first 6 rounds, and others where it's a good idea. Totally depends. But to say as a rule people who don't draft a pitchers until the 6-7-8th rounds are doing it wrong, is incorrect.


Agreed. This is why fantasy baseball is so much fun. You can employ many different strategies and still win. I tend to grab pitchers as they fall rather going after a specific pitcher. I find that generally paying less for an arm works out better in the end.
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Re: What round do you start drafting SP's?

Postby Grounded Polo » Mon Mar 03, 2008 10:08 pm

I'm currently employing a draft one solid ace and then fill out the rest of my staff with cheap options that have more upside over reliability in a H2H Cafe league. The ace I drafted was Cole Hamels so that could certainly backfire horribly. :-o

I usually go with the standard approach to roto by usually getting 2 starters in the first ten rounds.
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Re: What round do you start drafting SP's?

Postby fortune cookies » Mon Mar 03, 2008 10:17 pm

I like to draft starters when I do not like any of the bats available. Round 5-6 are like this in my opinion this year. When my best bat options are Pena, Young, Mauer, Kinsler, Sheffield, Chipper, etc, I like to take a ace like Lackey. I'm not saying these bats are bad, but I just think the team will benefit more from the ace at that point than taking, for instance, Peavy over Sizemore in the second.
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Re: What round do you start drafting SP's?

Postby Ender » Mon Mar 03, 2008 10:22 pm

I draft for value, seems I usually grab a pitcher come round 6 or 7 this season.

You can not draft a single pitcher in the first 9 rounds and still do fine in pitching so there is no need for taking one, but there isn't a good reason to pass them up if you find a good deal either. Roughly 40% of the pitchers taken in the first 6 rounds will be relative busts anyway so it isn't like you are falling way behind. A couple will have majors injuries, a couple will have minor injuries, a couple will have unlucky Ws or ERA etc. Happens every single year.
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Re: What round do you start drafting SP's?

Postby pokerplaya » Mon Mar 03, 2008 10:54 pm

It's been said quite a few times in this thread:

Value Based Drafting.
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Re: What round do you start drafting SP's?

Postby AKhomebrewer » Tue Mar 04, 2008 3:13 am

Ayuh, the value thing.

I tend to go into drafts with a tiered ranking sheet by position, along with an overall 10-12 rounds deep, and grab pitchers where they look like the best deal.
League setup/categories are key, too. In my 12-team 5x5 roto it's likely to be somewhat different than in my 16-team H2H.
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Re: What round do you start drafting SP's?

Postby bigh0rt » Tue Mar 04, 2008 6:49 am

There isn't a single round I wouldn't take a SP in this year, provided the right pitcher is there.
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