Hey. Of course this is all just opinion so feel free to let me know yours on mine, as filthy as you like. *ahem*
Here's what I've come up with after WAAAAAY too many mocks WAAAAAY too early in the year.
Go power EARLY and OFTEN- in rounds 1-4 or even rounds 1-6. Get greedy with it. Just when you think you have enough power, DRAFT MORE POWER. Try to focus on obtaining power in the IF positions. Ignore the OF speed specialists early (Ellsbury, Crawford, Victorino)... there are plenty to be had much later at a much more attractive price ( Nyjer Morgan, Julio Borbon, Juan Pierre, Carlos Gomez, Rajai Davis). Take a slew of SPs in rounds 5-8, or 6-9, and focus on the one's with the high K/9. (Primary targets: Jon Lester, Tommy Hanson, Josh Johnson, Ubaldo Jimenez, Matt Garza, Ricky Nolasco, Clayton Kershaw)
DO NOT REACH FOR "ELITE" RP. While it may look nice and shiny to have your Broxton's, or Papelbon's, or Rivera's, these guys require a round 5-7 pick... which is a good 7 rounds too early for guys who aren't THAT much better than the guys who are available 7 rounds later. (Primary Target: Rafeal Soriano Rd 12)
WHAT TO DO ABOUT THE "C" POSITION?- Great question. You could spend an early pick on you're Mauer's, or V-Marts, or McCann's, but don't be that guy. There is much better power to be had in the rounds that these guys go. I would say target, in this order: Matt Weiters Rd 8-11, Miguel Montero Rd 11-13 , Geovany Soto Rd 13-15. Catcher is a black-hole of a position, so don't feel too bad if you get some scrub. If you drafted a ton of power in the early rounds, it won't make one bit of difference.
WHAT ABOUT SS/2B? THESE POSITIONS ARE THIN AND YOU HAVE TO ADDRESS "POSITION SCARCITY"- First of all, the position scarcity arguement has become so overblown that it has actually detered the fantasy community away from the most important thing in fantasy: THE BEST STATS POSSIBLE. So you have the number 1 pick in your draft and you take Hanley Ramirez over Albert Pujols and then feel wicked smart because "SS is such a thin position and you have the BEST guy." Meanwhile, the guy with the number 2 pick is laughing all the way to the bank because your stupid ass just passed on the BEST FANTASY PLAYER IN THE GAME. It's all about the stats people, not who has the best players at "thin" positions. If you take my advice on drafting as much power as you can early, it won't make a shred of difference who you have at the "thin" positions, because it all evens out in the end. (Later round targets: Elvis Andrus, Alcides Escobar, Ian Stewart, Howie Kendrick. My favorite earlier round target: Robinson Cano. If anyone paid attention last year, you should know by now that you want you some left handed Yanks.)
WHAT ABOUT THIRD BASE? ITS THE THINNEST THAT IT HAS EVER BEEN... DO YOU REALLY EXPECT ME TO NOT WORRY ABOUT IT AND BE FORCED TO START CHIPPER JONES OR CASEY BLAKE? No, I don't. But if you take my advice on drafting power early, you won't have to worry about it because you SHOULD have Arod, or Longo, or Reynolds, or Youk, or Zimmerman, or ARam. Basically after the first four rounds you should come away with two 1B, a 3B, and a position player of preference. You roster should have what I call the TRI-POD of POWER (*snicker*) with elite power guys at 1B, then 3b, then UTIL/DH. If you have say, Chase Utley RD 1, Adrian Gonzalez RD 2, and Justin Morneua RD 3, feel free to grab Chone Figgins somewhere between rounds 7-8, if you miss out on the man they call YOOOOOUUUUUUUUUK,
SO WHAT'S GOING ON WITH MY OF? Excellent question. Again, if you focused on power IF guys early, then you can now fill your OF with the later round speed specialists listed earlier. If you are more comfortable with grabbing at least one OF guy before round 10, I don't blame you, but trust me you can get away with not drafting an OF til late this year. One of my favorite MUCH later OF targets: Kyle Blanks. I'm not saying draft him as a starter, but hang on to this dude. You ever seen someone 6'6'' 275 lbs hit an inside the park homer? Nah, me neither.
So there you have it. Lets sum up the strategy: Go power early and often, directed at IF positions, and go speed late, directed at the OF positions. Don't pass on a 30/100 guy in favor of a 20/20 middle infielder, then chirp about "position scarcity." It's retarded. Rake a good set of SPs following rounds 4 or 5, it's up to you. Target guys like Scott Baker, Brett Anderson, Wade Davis in the later rounds to round out your SP. DO NOT REACH ON 'ELITE' RPs. Tell all your friends that some punk from Fenway helped turn you from a Fantasy Shmoo into a Fantasy Guru.