So I've been playing Fantasy Football for over 10 years now, but am just now trying to get into Fantasy Baseball. As I'm sure you can tell from my screen name, I'm a D-Backs fan, and while I consider myself pretty knowledgeable about them and somewhat knowledgeable about the NL, I have no more than a casual fan's knowledge of the AL.
Anyways, I'm finding Fantasy Baseball far more, subjective, than it's football counterpart. In fantasy football I have a pretty clear cut strategy that works well every year... Go RB early and often, focus on WRs next, grab a QB in the middle rounds, then just fill in back ups till you finish up with a defense and kicker. I'm having a pretty difficult time trying to figure out a decent Fantasy Baseball strategy though.
My league is 10 team H2H, 5x5 category. As far as I know it's fairly generic, except for a large bench. Positions are C, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, SS, 3 OF, Util, 3 SP, 2 RP, 3 P, 8 bench spots.
I've been doing some mock drafts and I think I've found a decent strategy, but I'd really appreciate some input. I generally like to start out my first few rounds with power, high HR and RBI guys. In the 4th, more often than not I grab McCann, but if not I'll continue with hitters looking for the best value considering position scarcity. I try to have 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 1 OF, C, and SS filled after 6 rounds, but once in awhile I won't be able to grab a 3rd, SS, or C without reaching.
In the 7th round I generally start to concentrate primarily on pitchers. I'll usually grab 3 starters in a row and end up with guys like Kershaw, Beckett, and Oswalt. Then I might grab a hitter if one presents value, and then concentrate on closers. I'll grab closers like Soria (who seems to fall way too far to me), Valverde, Soriano, Street, and Qualls. I try to get at least 5 closers, so that way I can have one for every RP and P spot.
Once I have most of my lineup filled in, I'll grab the last hitter or two I need to complete it. Usually either a OF, SS, 2nd, C, and the Util. To finish off the draft I'll generally grab a couple starting pitchers and a couple back up hitters, preferably ones that have more than 1 position eligibility.
I feel this gives me a fairly balanced team, maybe slightly biased towards hitting.
Finally, the other 9 guys in my league are pretty new at Fantasy Baseball too. I don't really know what the newbie mistakes are (maybe drafting pitching too early?), but I'm sure most of them will make them. So anything I should do differently? Any hints in general?