Here's the theory - let everone else fight evenly over HR's and RBI's. Go after only SB's on offense, since they can typically be had cheap (usually fast guys don't offer much in HR's or RBI's, which means they get drafted later - think Bourn or Gomez).
This allows me to focus on pitching, which most players again decide isn't worth high picks. So while they all draft their 5 toolers, I get SP's and CL's. By the time I'm done, I have a significant advantage over every team in all 5 pitching categories, and I have over double the SB's over the team with the second most.
Another advantage - makes free agency easier - not stealing bags, pick up the guy who is. Don't have to worry about the impact on HR's RBI's etc.
There are a couple of fundamental points I think make this strategy work:
1. Don't bend on your desire to get SB's only, and don't overpay for them - don't go after Upton or Reyes, because they are overvalued to you - all you need is speed, so get it late.
2. Overdraft your pitchers. Since you are relying so much on pitching, spend all your extra roster spots there. Look, you are so far ahead of your competition in SB's, it doesn't matter if all your players aren't starting every day - it is overwhelmingly likely you will still win SB's by a large margin, because it is the hardest thing to do randomly. If the other teams aren't as fast as you, they aren't going to suddenly get fast one week. So that means you don't need bnch offense.
Instead, draft 5 CP's and 6 SP's. I know you only get 12 starts per week, but the nice thing about this is, even if you have more scheduled starts than you are allowed, now you get to pick the worst match-ups and bench your pitchers for them. Also, this takes away another strong starter from your competitors. So, you run 5 great to elite closers out every night, and pick and choose your starters from a stable of studs.
The way I see it, here's how it plays out:
Runs - up for grabs
HR's - always lose
RBI's - always lose
SB's - always win
AVG - up for grabs (although I'll lose it more often than I win it)
W - should win 90% of the time
K's - always win
ERA - should win 90% of the time
WHIP - always win
SV's - should win 90% of the time
And if it goes as planned, you'll win all the pitching categories plus steals, and even in the weeks that you lose one of the pitching categories, you are likely to offset it with R's or AVG.
Here's my team - see if I'm wrong:
Brian Roberts (35 - 40 bags)
Jacoby Ellsbury (45 - 50)
Rafael Furcal (20 - 25)
Shane Victorino (30 - 35)
Chone Figgins (35 - 40)
Willy Taveras (40 - 50)
Carlos Gomez (30 - 35)
Michael Bourn (35 - 50)
Elvis Andrus (25 - 30)
Cameron Maybin (20 -25)
Rickie Weeks (20 - 25)
Whoever at catcher and first base
Disagree...think I'm wrong? I've stated why I think it will work, and I was in a league last year (first year playing), and I kind of fell into this strategy by accident...and made it to the finals. Now I've taken the time to refine the process, and I don't think anyone will beat me.