Russell James wrote:Thanks for the feedback.
To clarify something, I go pitcher heavy...not all out pitching. Seems like some of you guys are confusing that a bit.
One of my leagues in brief summary:
Pitchers I got:
Felix Hernandez (17ish, can't remember what round)
It was ridiculous how undervalued pitchers were last year. I remember almost drafting Haren in the 9th because he was still sitting there. Everyone was sold on Zambrano, Bonderman, Oswalt and others. I was never on the Big Z bandwagon. I did pass up Bedard late and he went on to have a big year. Although he once again did not throw 200 innings.
I ended up trading Felix Hernandez right after he shut down the Red Sox early in the season. I traded him for Derek Jeter (Jeter was drafted in the 3rd round) Picked up Carmona off the wire, thank you Baseball Prospectus for that one. Traded Josh Beckett for Carlos Lee and David Weathers
Hitters I drafted that stayed with me to the end of the season:
Ichiro, Holliday, Posada, Markakis, Helton, Figgins, Polanco and Youkilis
Off of Waivers:
Braun, Pence, Lincecum and the aforementioned Carmona.
Traded Pence for Lowell
I had some role players that I would grab for the occasional start.
I mentioned this in another thread, but pitchers are undervalued in the draft and then overvalued during the season. One of the big reasons that I love drafting so many pitchers early is because they are so tradable. A great pitcher drafted in the 8th round is more valuable then the decent hitter you get in the 8th round.
I also only place guys on my team that have a high average. I have found that even though they don't have as much power than guys like Dunn and Howard, they don't go on prolonged droughts.
I don't like to draft closers. I don't care if I punt that stat, but you can easily just pick guys off the waiver wire and be competitive. Last year I was winning with Embree, Corpas and Borowski as my closers. All of which I got off the wire.
Another part of my strategy is trading. I am a huge buy low/sell high guy. I love selling my players at their peak value. Sometimes it makes me look like a genius and other times an idiot (I traded LT two seasons ago in fantasy football). I am definitely not one of those guys that has untouchables. The Josh Beckett trade displayed that. Having great starting pitching allowed me to trade off aces like that.
Someone mentioned that my league allowed me to wait on guys later in the draft because OBP was a stat. Actually that is wrong. There are great OBP guys late in the draft, like Helton and Youkilis, but most of the late round guys cause me to sacrifice AVG and H. They rack up their OBP by walks. Guys like Swisher, Thome and Dunn come to mind.
There is my strategy in depth, maybe it makes more sense.
I do not use this strategy in roto leagues though. In roto leagues I won't start drafting pitchers until round 3.
I see your point and agree. No point in taking bats who will sit on your bench. In every league I have been in, by the end, everyone has 8-9 pitchers and maybe 1 bench bat.
You went heavy in the first 10 rounds which can be dangerous. I tried this strategy a few years back but to the extreme end of the spectrum. It was the first year of the unit with the yankees. I had sheets, unit, schilling, & gagne in the first 5 rounds. Unit was sub par and the rest got injured. Pitchers are way too volatile to take heavy in the first 6 rounds. This year, especially, there are so many great arms at the 60 plus area that taking 1 in the first 5 rounds isn't a necessity. If this fits into your format then use it till you lose it. Don't attempt this in all formats cause you will get burned at some point.