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LBJackal wrote:It might sound weird, but I'd grab Soriano with the #1 pick. There are 3 top 2B's, and 4 if you include Giles. There is a severe dropoff after Giles goes off the board. Half of the league will get a great 2B. Now look at SS. There's A-Rod, Nomar, Jeter, Tejada, Renteria, Cabrera, Berroa, Reyes, Matsui and Furcal. There's no big dropoff in talent. Everybody will get a relatively good SS. There are also 7 1B's who will put up great #'s. 1B and SS are deep, so getting a SS or 1B (A-Rod or Pujols) that early doesn't make sense to me in an 8 team league.
Grab Soriano #1, and get 2 star SS's with #16/17 (2 of Tejada, Nomar, or Renteria would be ideal). You'll have 3 of the best MIs in the game, and OF/1B/SP are so deep that you can wait until the 4th+ round to get them. If you do use that strategy, I'd suggest grabbing Chavez or Rolen with your 4th pick at #32 overall. 3B is relatively shallow as well. Using that strategy you can realisitically get Soriano, Tejada, Renteria, and Rolen/Chavez, which would be a pretty damn good IF. Sleeper 1B/OF's and SP's are much easier to find and closers are a craps shoot a lot of the time.
That's my strategy, so do with it what you please.
drunkenmonkey wrote:Gagne won't be available at #16, at least in my experience. Take ARod number 1. With his demi-god status, you should be able to trade him for Soriano later if you want. I agree on waiting on OF in a shallow league, but watch the board. If guys are taking 2 outfielders with their first two picks, you may want to grab an elite one with your second or third picks.
Overall, even in a shallow league, I would simply take the three best available players for your first three picks, although I would probably hold off on pitching until the fourth (unless you want to pick up an elite closer).
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