I was looking at Yahoo's preseason top rankings recently and I took a look at the top 10 Outfielders compared to the top 5 infielders from each of the four positions.
Of those 10 Outfielders, Sizemore, Hamilton, Beltran, and Quentin spent time on the DL, Soriano and Upton are having below average years, and Carlos Lee is ranked only 86. Granted, Braun and Crawford are ranked 6 and 4 respectively. Frankly, there's really no difference between drafting Carlos Lee and the next top ranked outfielders (Markakis, Suzuki, Bay, Kemp, Granderson, Holliday) and you have a 20% chance of drafting a true number one or number two pick
Now the top 5 1B, 2B, 3B, and SS:
Of these, Pujols is in a league of their own, but Cabrera, Howard and Teixeira are giving you what you expect from a first or second rounder. Berkman just landed on the DL, but even still you're getting Corner Infielder production. Following these five you have Prince Fielder, Justin Morneau, and Adrian Gonzalez. Ortiz is then listed as 1B but preseason he was only UTIL, and after him comes Youkilis and Victor Martinez. Not bad for a top 10
Kinsler just landed on the DL but he's been having a great year anyway. Then the other four are all speed threats capable of hitting in RBI's and scoring runs. Following them you have Alexei Ramirez and Dan Uggla, mediocre years at best, followed by Chone FIggins, Howie Kendrick, and Robinson Canoe. So of the top 10 first basemen, you really have one truly miserable year in Kendrick with a smaller injury risk
Third Base is the worst of the infield in terms of preseason rankings. However, other than the early injury to ARod from the offesason, you will still see them on the field consistently. Following them comes Russel Martin, Kevin Youkilis, and Garrett Atkins. Not a good sample. All in all 3B is the worst of the infield positions
The shallowest of the positions for good hitting power, only Jose Reyes really has a bad year. JImmy Rollins is beginning to heat up at a good time for fantasy baseball managers, and Ramirez and Furcal aren't even top 3 round picks anyway so it isn't really reaching for them.
The point of what I have thus far, which is only through a thought that went through my mind, ist hat drafting OF comes with a higher risk than with IF. The first round of my 14-team mixed H2H league went as such:
Only one of the teams who did not draft an IF is in line for a playoff spot but he is holding on for dear life. So in summary, My future draft strategies, and this is where I am looking for input, will be to fill my IF first before moving on to the deeper and riskier OF. In fact, I claimed Adam Lind off waivers this year, and my earliest OF draft was Adam Dunn in round 7, and I'm in 4th place and only moving up. The first place team took IF with the first three rounds as well.
So a long post definitely, but your thoughts?