I'm not a big fan of drafting either nomar/rent/tejada with a first round pick. Yes they play premium positions but still to me not worth picking so early. It bothers me that Nomar is 8th avg pick overall in ESPN Live Drafts. He'd have to match his numbers from last yr AND stl even more bases in my opinion to warrant a pick that high. We can't expect the bosox offense to match last yrs record setting yr can we?
With your first picks grab the best available maybe a Manny/Bonds/Helton/Thome. Suitable middle infielders can be had a bit later (berroa, reyes etc.). Let other leaguemates waste their top picks on lesser players at premium positions and just grab the best hitters you can. It takes a lil smarter drafting to make sure you don't get jerked on those scarce positions later, but imo is the best way to do it.