Mustangs989 wrote:I have him in the 15-20 range, in other words mid 2nd round to early 3rd.
Excellent question btw...I love questions like this on players that I'm curious about in regards to draft position.
The past 2 years, I've grabbed Crawford in rounds 7-10...somewhere around there and it's GREAT to not have to scour box scores all year for steals (and saves). For that alone, he's worth an early pick (early 3rd?). The same goes for an elite closer.
Grabbing Crawford allows you to let other managers hunt for steals in unknowns like Chone Figgins or unpredictable guys like Alex Sanchez.
I'll take Crawford .296/50 over Podsednik .250/70 any day.
I like Juan Pierre too, but I'd rather have Crawford, for obvious reasons.
I'm my ESPN keeper league, I'm keeping Pierre as one of my 5 for the simple fact that consistent steals are hard to come by.
Stud 1B/OF are a dime a dozen it seems. At least the dropoff to the next tier isn't that pronounced. Give me Gagne/Crawford in rounds 2/3 over Helton/Sheffield.