I'm finally going to try my hand at fantasy baseball this year. A friend at work talked me into it. I'm not looking for advice on specific players. I'm pretty comfortable with that. I just am uncomfortable with general draft strategy since I've never done it before.
Here are the basics of the league: 10 teams. MLB only. Mixed AL/NL, 26 players/team plus 2 DL slots. H2H. Scoring is basic: BA, Runs, HR, RBI, SB's, W, ERA, K, WHIP, Saves. Notice no BB's, OBP, non-HR XBH's. Each team can carry over 5 players from the previous year, 3 hitters and 2 pitchers. I'm inheriting the weakest team by a good margin: Aaron Rowand, Miggy Tejada, Carlos Pena, El Duque, and Hideki Okajima. Draft is this coming Friday, March 14.
Here's what I've done so far:
- I ranked enough players at each position so that each team can pick two players before me and I would still get somebody I could live with.
- I then ranked a top 10 ignoring position(mostly OF's) and then mixed it up but still tried to stay approximately in the order of overall value.
SP is only fair at the top, and also very thin since each team needs 5 SP's.
3B is pretty good at the top and quite deep.
2B is weak and thin.
Catcher is weak at the top, but fairly deep.
RP is strong and deep.
My problem: To fill out the 10 teams, a total of 210 players will be drafted. My list goes only to #160! The remaining players are about 1/2 of the RP's and flotsam/jetsam from the master list.
My question: Should I stick with my list and try to expand it to at least 210, or should I try to frontload with OF's, and SPs(I'm most worried about coming up short on SP's) once I get past the first round or two?