astimeexpires.com wrote:2. eric gagne- he's a freaking closer. you should never draft a closer in the first two rounds. that's just dumb. yes he's good, but not based on where he's being drafted.
Gagne is a 4-category stud. In leagues without an innings limit, you're right, don't draft him in the 2nd round, wait til the 3rd or 4th. Without an inning limit, he's only a 3 and a half category stud.
With an innings limit, his K's become a factor because of a high K/9 ratio. Which means you're using up less of your finite resources (innings) for the same amount of K's. His ERA Imp and WHIP Imp (which account for how much his ERA and WHIP help the average fantasy staff) are both in the top 5 for all pitchers (including starters, whose greater inning total boosts these stats), and SV's are self-explanatory.
Tell me again why you should never draft him in the 2nd round, but it's okay to take Prior in the 1st?