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Amazinz wrote:When you look at the season in retrospect there are always several pitchers who produced 1st round value. The problem is that from year to year those pitchers are rarely the same ones. That's the reason behind avoiding pitchers in the 1st round or splitting your auction money 67/33. If you could rely on pitchers as much as you can hitters than you'd split the money 50/50.
You can definitely make an argument for an elite pitcher at the end of the first round because there may not be a huge drop-off among the hitters who will be there for you at 14-16 picks. But if I was going to grab a pitcher that early it would most likely be someone like the Unit just due to the track record. Everyone thought that Prior was a sure-fire 1st rounder last year.
Dark Knight wrote:I problably am not qualified to reply to this thread, since I never draft pitching in the first 4 rounds of my draft. I have always had more luck finding quality waiver wire pitching than hitting. I have only been playing fantasy baseball since the 1998 season though.
LBJackal wrote:I don't know how you (Or RotoTimes actually) come up with those dollar values, and I don't know if they're reflective of actual value. But this year there are over a dozen top-tier SP's and I would be happy with any of them as my ace; the marginal value of Randy and Johan over the rest isn't very big so there's no way I'd draft either one of them. Give me Zam, Prior, Schmidt, or Sheets. All 4 will be as good as RJ and Santana IMO and are a lot cheaper. Even Peavy will be up there. Since I'm pretty much guaranteed one of those guys in the 2nd, 3rd, and probably even 4th round, why spend a top 5 pick, or even a first rounder on one? You can't get the same caliber of hitter as Manny, Beltran, Crawford, Vlad, or Pujols after the first round. You can get top notch SP's all the way through the 4th round. That's the difference maker for me. But of course, this is because I don't over-value RJ and Santana like a lot of people are this year.
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