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What order do you draft positions?

Postby B.O.S. Owner » Wed Jan 01, 2003 11:15 pm

I am a second year owner preparing for my first live draft. I will be playing in a PRIVATE head to head league. I was wondering how you experienced guys draft. Do you always take the top rated player available? Do you look to draft a 2B sooner than a 1B since there are fewer good 2b out there? What priority do you place on SP...Do you draft Schilling over Arod? Thanks!
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Postby jay » Thu Jan 02, 2003 2:16 am

good questions. first off, and most importantly, you do NOT take schilling over arod.
Here's a "depth chart" I use when i draft:
Pos: # of quality players , divided by # you need to start = Importance
SP: 35 / x
RP: 20 / x
C: 7 / x
1b: 13 / x
2b: 6 / x
3b : 5 / x
SS: 5 / x
OF: 40/ x
If that's too complicated, my general steategy is this for the first round:
1st : A scarce position (Arod, Soriano)
2nd : An elite OF (Guerrero, Sosa, Bonds)
3rd : Randy Johnson
Also, Know your categories. If you Play in a 5x5 league, remember that RP can help you out in 3/5 categories (with a few Wins and Ks in there) and they are usually underrated. But dont count on those closers that got 10 wins on year to do it the next (Graves, Koch in 2001, Gange in 2002).
My last advice would be to check out Arlo & company's mock draft.
Hope that helps
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Postby Arlo » Thu Jan 02, 2003 12:31 pm

There are basically two schools of thought here (with lots of middle ground in between):

One says to always draft the best player based on the stats you expect that player to produce. A home run, so the reasoning goes, is a home run, no matter whether your outfielder or your catcher hits it.

The other way of thinking is that the idea, after all, is to beat your opponents. If your catcher hits 20 hr more than the other team's backstop, and your of hits 10 hr less than his of, it doesn't matter that his of takes home the mvp award: you'll still win the league.

I'm a huge believer in this second way of drafting. In my book, A-Rod should be taken ahead of Vlad, even if Vlad's total numbers will be somewhat better. The trick is to figure out when in the draft you can get an advantage by following positional scarcity...

I'm sure that those who always look for the best available player will have a word or two to say here as well, but that's the fun part: everybody has their own unique strategies.

Check out the mock draft forum for an example of how a draft can develop. You'll see quite a few different styles there.

And oh yes: A-Rod before Schilling. :-)
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Postby trevisc » Mon Jan 06, 2003 1:10 pm

I always draft the top hitters in the first 10 rounds. Then I go for closer in the 11th and 12th and then pick my starting pitching.

I then end up trading my way up with 2 for 1's on starting pitchers.

I've found that people are a lot more willing to take 2 hitters for one pitcher then 2 pitchers for 1 hitter. I then take my empty roster spot and find a "waiver wonder".

just my strategy..
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