We all have different strategies going into the draft, and our draft position will strongly influence what changes we have to make in order to field a competitive team.
Unless you were one or two in your draft (where ARod and Albert were the obvious choices), we had to make some strategic decision about who to draft with our first round pick, and how to fill out our team.
Yahoo had Gagne as a first round pick, but none of the teams who took him first are doing very well. Helton was taken around picks 9-12 and I don't know how that worked out for them. Lots of discussion around Bonds, who has high average and excellent HR totals, but walks don't count in the generic 5x5 leagues.
Did you go for ace pitcher? (Prior, Wood, Halladay, Gagne) or power (Bonds, Manny, Piazza, Shef) or best player available (Beltran, Helton)? Again, Albert and ARod were obvious and if you didn't take them if they were available, who did you take?
If I didn't get Albert or ARod, I went for Manny. His HR, Runs, RBI and Average are excellent and provide solid foundation to my teams. Hitting in Boston, with the Green Monster only helps Manny do better.
I usually went for ace pitcher in 2nd round. Schilling was my first choice. I also took Sosa early to solidify my power numbers.
Luckily, none of my first round picks are bombing out. I saw teams pick Nomar or other good, but injured players and they aren't dong well.
How about you?