I have a unique, (or maybe just unique to me) situation.
I'm in a Cafe Keeper league where we are currently drafting. Through 5 rounds, I have found myself on the back end of two SP runs. Here's how it happened.
I have 10th overall pick of 14 teams. First round I draft Soriano, and with the 19th overall pick in the 2nd round I choose Ichiro over Schmidt and with the 20th overall pick Schmidt was drafted and the run began. All "top tier" SP's were drafted who had not gone earlier (RJ, Santana, Prior) Pedro, Zambrano, Schmidt, Oswalt, etc. went off the board in short order.
When the pick got back to me in the third round, (39 overall) all the true aces were off the board. I went with someone who I felt will have a big year, and early in the 4th is where I projected him to go - Nomar. No real stud SP's were there to entice me, and I felt I could draft a pitcher with the 47th overall pick. When that pick came to me, it was between Wood and Delgado. I went back and forth on the decision, but ultimately chose Delgado because I felt that I could grab a similar pitcher in the next round who would have just as much upside as Wood.
That turned out to be a big mistake. Before my very eyes, a massive pitching run took place, and Wood, Burnett, Halladay, Beckett, Mulder, Vazquez and the like were picked one after the other. The fifth round was almost all pitchers and when it got to me with the 65th (or thereabouts, I lost track a while ago - damn 14 teamers!) I was left with a bunch of crap in the SP pool, and no one who even came close to warranting a 5th round selection. So with the 65th overall pick, I drafted Pudge.
Now that you have all this background, the sixth round poses a similar question as the 5th did - draft out of necessity, or draft some of the more talented hitters who are still available here and there? I still don't see any SP's who I would jump to grab at this position in the draft. There is still some talent available, along the lines of Moose, Clemens and Zito - but this is a dynasty league (or will be, shortly) and long term aspects for the team have to be considered.
So would you draft for necessity, as most teams will be looking for their 3rd pitchers at this point, and my team has none, or do you still go with the "best available player" standard, and hope to draft a diamond in the rough, or trade to someone who is offensively lacking. I find their to be better values left than Moose, Clemens and Zito at this point - but, if I choose not to draft one of the final top of the rotation pitchers left, will I leave my team lacking so much in pitching that it cannot recover??
I pose these questions to all of you, as I believe it is an interesting question, and one with no definitive answer. It all boils down to draft strategy, whether that be "draft the best available player" or draft out of "necessity." When does it become time to abandon your initial plans?
I look foward to all your responses!