ukrneal wrote:Exactly what I mean. Youhave to trust what you've done and not get off course YOUR game plan. Because the minute I do that, I put myself in a hole. And jsphlly is totally right - not easy.
Yeah, it's your turn in the draft. The "next" guy on your list is player A, whom you don't feel comfortable taking. About 6-7 lines down is that 3rd year OF you have a real good feeling about. If you pick player A, and miss out on that OF, you're not going to be happy with your team. I've decided its worth reaching slightly to get a team you feel really good about.
You guys have hit on another big one for me this year. In my case, I've learned -- avoid "position runs" in the draft. Trust your preparation, what guys you like, what guys you don't like, and where they should be taken in the draft. Just because other managers start taking a bunch of guys at one position early doesn't mean you should too. Instead of making a bad pick, use their mistake to your advantage and pick a guy who must've dropped past their value.
I learned this the hard way on a couple of teams. I picked Chone Figgins in the 2nd round after an early run on MIs (waaaay too early for him, and with him and my 1st rounder Teix my offense has been crippled all year). I also picked Gagne after a closer run (breaking the "don't draft pitchers with health issues" rule too).
Kind of a related thing I think I've learned from this year's drafts -- be flexible in your draft plan, and worry more about picking the best guys available (at least in the 1st half of the draft) rather than filling your roster. There's some balance of course -- you can't draft 6 1st-basemen or anything. But there's decent guys at every spot either late in the draft or as free agents. I can't help but imagine how much better my team would've been if I drafted a stud then, and "filled in" at 2B with easily available guys later like Uggla, Vidro, Phillips, Lopez, etc.