Re: Draft Strategy
GL - thanks a lot. That is a great idea and definitely appeals to my inner stat geekdom. This is a keeper league so I will definitely have to implement a system like that for next year. It may be too late to do so this year.
My observations so far are that the NAME guys go early. "Name" guys being perennial allstars who may be on downside of their careers or guys who play for media-beloved teams like the Yankees. There is a huge Yankee fan in my league and his third and fifth round choices were Cano and Wang. He overpaid for both. Certainly Cano is an excellent secondbaseman for a fantasy league and perhaps the best one after Utley. However, there is a huge dropoff at second after Utley and he probably could have gotten Cano much later. Wang is an excellent pitcher and someone I would love to have on the Reds staff, but he does not put up big fantasy numbers and was taken much too early in the fifth.
It looks to me like you can wait to pick up and comers on bad teams like Marlins and D-rays or even on good west coast teams that do not get exposure like the Angels (Lackey, Francisco Rodriguez, etc) and get excellent value late in the draft.
Also, as in the case of the Yankee fan in my league many fantasy players seem to show bias and pick players off of their favorite team.
This probably all seems elementary to most of you, but it is the first time I have played fantasy ball in several years and my first ever offline draft where I have had time to really analyze my picks before I make them.