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Postby guillermo_hernadez » Sun Mar 11, 2007 4:18 pm

a buddy of mine and I are joining a yahoo league this year.

Our draft is this wednesday and was wondering about some stradegies.

We play fantasy football every year. Running backs always go in the first round. Is this the same way with pitchers?

Thanks for the help
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Postby thedude » Sun Mar 11, 2007 4:21 pm

guillermo_hernadez wrote:a buddy of mine and I are joining a yahoo league this year.

Our draft is this wednesday and was wondering about some stradegies.

We play fantasy football every year. Running backs always go in the first round. Is this the same way with pitchers?

Thanks for the help




NO. Unless Santana falls into you lap in the middle-end of the first round, take hitting for the first 3-5 rounds, as a general rule. Pitchers get hurt way too oftern and are way too inconsistent. As an example, Pedro Martinez was taken first overal in a lot leagues in 2001 and all of those owners got burned. Prior also burned people in 2003.
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Postby kentx12 » Sun Mar 11, 2007 4:28 pm

There is really no order you want to take players in. I try to get best available for the 1st few rounds. You might check out some of the mock drafts or even real drafts now listed in the cafe forums to get an idea of where players usually go.
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Postby guillermo_hernadez » Sun Mar 11, 2007 4:33 pm

kentx12 wrote:There is really no order you want to take players in. I try to get best available for the 1st few rounds. You might check out some of the mock drafts or even real drafts now listed in the cafe forums to get an idea of where players usually go.


So what you guys are saying is that pitchers are overrated?

I will check out some of those mock drafts. Thanks guys.
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Postby kentx12 » Sun Mar 11, 2007 4:35 pm

guillermo_hernadez wrote:
kentx12 wrote:There is really no order you want to take players in. I try to get best available for the 1st few rounds. You might check out some of the mock drafts or even real drafts now listed in the cafe forums to get an idea of where players usually go.


So what you guys are saying is that pitchers are overrated?

I will check out some of those mock drafts. Thanks guys.



It isnt that pitchers are overrated but they usually dont go as early as hitters. There are alot of people who will take Santana early " I wont" but other than him it is usually later 2nd round before you see the next sp's going.
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Postby BronXBombers51 » Sun Mar 11, 2007 4:36 pm

guillermo_hernadez wrote:
kentx12 wrote:There is really no order you want to take players in. I try to get best available for the 1st few rounds. You might check out some of the mock drafts or even real drafts now listed in the cafe forums to get an idea of where players usually go.


So what you guys are saying is that pitchers are overrated?

I will check out some of those mock drafts. Thanks guys.


No, they just aren't that good. There aren't a whole lot of stud pitchers this year. Four/Five-tool hitters are what help you win leagues. I usually don't touch any pitcher until the middle of the draft. I took Smoltz in the 6th this year, but in year's past I've been known to wait until the 8th or later.
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Postby srb7215 » Sun Mar 11, 2007 4:45 pm

In football you can't find many top RB late in the draft. Where as in baseball you will be able to find quality SP late in the draft as well as on the WW. So while most people wouldn't touch a starter in the couple rounds they are important. It is important to do some research on up and coming starters as well as injury reports. I usually follow a rule that if I hear some pitcher talking about arm or shoulder problems during spring training I won't touch them.
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Postby guillermo_hernadez » Sun Mar 11, 2007 5:06 pm

so the first 4 rounds we should take best availabe non-pitchers, then start looking at pitchers around round 6?
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Postby Old_Style » Sun Mar 11, 2007 5:11 pm

You'll find that hitters will have more value than pitchers do. In most formats that you'll play, that'll be the case.

Santana usually goes in the first round. Carpenter goes 2-3 round. Zambrano, Peavy, Oswalt, and Halladay usually go between rounds 3-4.

I'm one to wait on starting pitchers, this year especially. There is a lot more depth.
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Postby guillermo_hernadez » Sun Mar 11, 2007 5:22 pm

Old_Style wrote:You'll find that hitters will have more value than pitchers do. In most formats that you'll play, that'll be the case.

Santana usually goes in the first round. Carpenter goes 2-3 round. Zambrano, Peavy, Oswalt, and Halladay usually go between rounds 3-4.

I'm one to wait on starting pitchers, this year especially. There is a lot more depth.


I think a lot of people are going to pick Zambrano pretty high this year.

What about relief pitching? How valuable are they?

Sorry if my questions are annoying. I am really excited for my first draft.
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