In doing draft prep, I've been coming up with a few potential lineups that I'd like to end up with come draft day (12 team keeper auction, Yahoo). So far, I keep coming back to the idea of having a team where nearly every player has at least some sort of power/speed threat; guys like the obvious Trout/Braun, as well as the Uptons, Kinsler, Ellsbury, Jennings, etc. However the more I do this the more I see that a guy like BJ Upton's projections - while obviously superior - aren't significantly better than someone like say Norichika Aoki (using Fangraphs-Steamer projections in this case, 0.246/80/22/75/25 vs. 0.284/96/14/63/23 respectively). At the same time, BJ has an ADV on Yahoo of $21.4, whereas Aoki comes in at $3.6 .
That all being the case, I was interested in seeing how people felt about spending the extra money for the potentially small improvement from Aoki to Upton, or really any low cost speed/power OF (Carlos Gomez [$7.5], Starling Marte [$1.2], Cameron Maybin [$1.0], etc) to their higher priced alternatives (the Uptons, CarGo, Ellsbury). Considering the former players can all be had for next to nothing, and all appear projected to put up double digit HR/SB, would a team be better off getting these potentially undervalued cheap players to fill up the OF and passing that money along to guys like Cabrera, Pujols, Cano, etc., where (in my opinion anyway) it's obvious why these guys cost so much more than lower tier players at the same position - there's no low cost alternative to Miguel Cabrera that even comes close.
To summarize, I think the overriding question here is: Is it worth paying for high priced Outfielders when similar contributors can be found at huge discounts?