20 team H2H, 5x5 (OBP instead of AVG). I have the #2 pick and then 3 (!) 2nd round picks (9,10,11). 5 keepers. Mine are:
Beckham Votto Utley Crawford Zobrist
I was pretty much set on Ubaldo as the #2 pick (he's the highest rated behind Sandoval, who will probably go #1). Was hoping to get Heyward with one of my second round picks...but now that he's been announced as the starter and his value has seemingly skyrocketed overnight, I know that he'll be gone by the end of the first round. (It's a very savvy, smart league).
So do I stick with the plan and take Uballz at #2 and then SP/RP/OF in the second round? Or do I go balls to the wall and grab Heyward at #2 and then pitching heavy in Round 2 (3 picks) as well as 3/4/5?
I''m so tempted to go with Heyward, as this is the only chance I'll probably have to get him and this is the ONE big league that I'm in, plus I have good keepers in case he takes a while to pan out. What do you think?
I think you should grab him, like you said , he will def be gone in 1st round......he has a very bright future, watched him put up an 11 pitch at bat down 0-2 against Verlander yesterday. Very patient for such a young kid, says alot!
It's not so much the drafting Heyward part that I'm wary about, it's passing up Jimenez, the only Top 20 pitcher left on the board, when I don't have any pitchers as keepers.
Do you think I'll still be ok, as long as I go pitching heavy in the next few rounds? I DO have 3 2nd round picks, so that takes away some of the sting. The best SP available by then will be probably be guys like Shields, Lackey, Weaver, etc.
I still go Heyward especially in a keeper. I would than snag the best available pitchers with the 3 picks in the 2nd round. Like you said if you don't grab him at with the #2 pick he'll be gone by the time your next pick comes around.
I have to agree with the consensus thus far. My fantasy rule of thumb is to pursue hitting over pitching, and that rule applies to an even greater degree for prospects and keepers. Ubaldo has true ace ability, but Heyward is probably the years best hitting prospect. What I really like about him, further, is his plate discipline, which will be a huge benefit to his batting average and on base percentage. Passing on Ubaldo will hurt, but it's something you have to do.
Thanks for the help on mine!
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