So I have the fourth pick in my upcoming fantasy baseball draft. (10 teams, H2H, LOTS of categories and big rosters, total points league). My league is weighted towards pitching and pitchers go off the board quickly. Wins/quality starts/complete games/and strike outs are the most important categories. Roy Halladay will be the first off the board followed by Albert Pujols. Not sure who is going to go in the third spot but I definitely could get either Tim Lincecum or Felix Hernandez. Or do I go with a position player? Who should I take? Please rank your top four options given my scoring system. Thanks. WHIR!
Top pitchers from last year and the amount of points they scored:
Halladay, Roy SP PHI 1091.3 Wainwright, Adam SP STL 945.9 Sabathia, CC SP NYY 929.7 Jimenez, Ubaldo SP COL 907.0 Hernandez, Felix SP SEA 864.6 Verlander, Justin SP DET 863.7 Price, David SP TB 856.4 Lester, Jon SP BOS 845.1 Lincecum, Tim SP SF 791.3 Carpenter, Chris SP STL 772.5 Weaver, Jered SP ANA 766.7 Lee, Cliff SP PHI 750.3
Here are the top scoring offensive players from last year:
Pujols, Albert 1B STL 873.5 Bautista, Jose LF TOR 825.0 Gonzalez, Carlos LF COL 815.0 Cabrera, Miguel 1B DET 811.0 Votto, Joey 1B CIN 788.0 Crawford, Carl LF BOS 787.0 Cano, Robinson 2B NYY 774.5 Holliday, Matt LF STL 736.0 Teixeira, Mark 1B NYY 725.5 Braun, Ryan LF MIL 721.5 Hamilton, Josh CF TEX 716.5 Konerko, Paul 1B CHW 710.5 Pierre, Juan LF CHW 706.5
I can't believe Juan Pierre was the 13th highest scoring offensive player last year.
I play in a similar league (we have qs, CG, SHO, L's, Home Runs allowed as extra categories) and for the first time I let pitching go a little and ended up with HanRam in the 1st, Braun in the 2nd, and Crawford in the 3rd. My pitching staff still looks like this Carpenter Oswalt Hanson Marcum Grienke B. Anderson
While your scoring system might be a little different, it just seems like pitching is so deep this year that if you can get out in front and dominate the hitting categories and put together a decent, not elite staff, you should do fine.