For the first time in my 10 year fantasy baseball history, I have drawn the 10th pick. As I devise a general strategy, I believe that having this slot will result in me having to "reach" on occasion to get players that I feel are worthy due to the prolonged wait between my picks. I actually believe this may be a good this, as I will be less likely to lose out on players I am coveting; I can justify taking players whenever I want them!
My strategy question involves how to balance power with speed. My thought is to load up on infield power guys, and use my later picks to select OFer's with speed. Using this strategy, this is how I envision my early selections panning out:
Rd 1: AGonzalez or Tex (10th pick) Rd 2: ARod (11th) Rd 3: Uggla (30th) Rd 4: Dunn (31st) -- he would be my utility Rd 5: Ethier (50th)
Excluding pitchers, this is essentially a "select the best available" strategy, but I've never filled my utility position this early in a draft.
My plan would be to select speedy OFer's later in the draft such as Granderson, Gardner, Ellsbury, etc or whomever is available (I haven't checked the MDP for real late rounds yet).
What do you guys think of this plan? In a 10 teamer, how would you feel if your first 5 rounds went as above?
C M. Montero 1B AGonz 2B Uggla 3B Zimmermann SS Jeter OF J Upton, McCutcheon, Choo Util Kendrys Morales BN Pena DL Gardner SP Gallardo, Bumgarner, Latos, Zimmermann, Luebke, Jaime Garcia, Hughes, Burnett RP League, Marshall, Betancourt
I can hang for 4 of the 5 picks, but taking Dunn that much earlier than he's normally drafted and filling your U doesn't seem like a wise move. Its 1 thing to take the 78th best player with the 71st pick, but I don't agree with reaching that much for Dunn with that early of a pick
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Not in love with Dunn in the 4th, especially considering he would be your 2nd 1st baseman, but that is his adp
I doubt Adrian Gonzalez is going to be there. You are looking at Tex in the 10 spot. I dont expect Ethier to be there in the 5th. Ethier's adp is 35 right now according to mockdraftcentral. Youre looking at maybe McCutchen, Jose Bautista, Jayson Werth, or maybe Jason Heyward if youre targeting an OF.
Im not even in love with Ethier. He did relatively nothing after he came back from his injury. Id proceed with caution there. And if you were targeting an OF, Id look at Mccutchen or Bautista there. McCutchen should improve his power numbers batting in the 3 hole.