My draft is coming up March 15th and I'm trying to finalize some strategies. Our league is H2H total points scoring. This is our second year as a keeper (first year keeping players) and we were able to keep 4 players selected after round 4 last year. My keepers are Longoria, Kemp, Billingsley, and Matsuzaka. Our league is pretty standard for scoring for the most part (1 point per base, RBI, Run, etc). However, assists are counted as 1 point. Needless to say, SS's, 3B's, and 2B's put up BIG numbers. I had the fortune of having Hanley Ramirez last year and ended up winning the league. With that, I have the 14th overall pick along with the 15th.
I'm never one to target a certain player. I love having the draft just fall to me and take whatever is there. Flexibility is generally the key to success in drafts. But this time, I'm getting an itch for Alexei Ramirez. Of the available OFs (some of which include Beltran, Sizemore, Soriano, Braun, and players of similar status), Alexei Ramirez (who qualifies as OF in my league) is head and shoulders above them. Alexei scored 684 points last year in my league, which ends up being 140 above the next highest (Beltran). Alexei did this in 120 fewer at bats than Beltran. This is because he had 344 assists.
In all the mocks I've read I've seen Alexei go anywhere from the 40s to probably mid to late 60s for picks. This would put him around rounds 3-5 in my 14 team league. Again, I've never been a fan of targetting a player, but is Alexei worth it this year for me at pick 14 or 15? I'd love to snag him on my round 3/4 turn, but I'm afraid others in my league will pick up on him and snatch him up and end up with what amounts to a stud outfielder. Any thoughs and advice are much appreciated.
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