Re: Fantasy Baseball Advice
It is hard to "profit" on Stanton at 16. At that point he pretty much has to hit 40 HRs and take a big step forward for you to get pick 16 value out of him. While someone like Pedroia gives you value there just by continuing to do his usual. That's not even getting into position scarcity.
I do think power is dropping off lately, but in a 10 team league there should be plenty of power later.
I prefer getting balanced guys early and Pedroia qualifies at a fairly scarce position. Keep thinking of it as pairs. Stanton + ??? in the 3rd round vs. Pedroia + McCutcheon/Hamilton/Stanton. Which do you think you come out ahead? Just your preference, and it being a points league kind of complicates it vs 5x5 so you have to pay attention to that.
I'd probably avoid Kershaw in a 10 team league at that spot. In a bigger league I'd consider him there, but the edge you get at P is less in a smaller league because there's more to go around. There should be plenty of elite pitchers still available in rounds 4-8. Guys like Ian Kennedy, Bumgarner, Shields, Strasburg, Hamels, Grienke, Price, Weaver might even still be there at 4. That's a lot of talent that could get you close to Kershaw production.
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.