Whenever possible, I like to draft my fantasy teams as close to the start of the season as possible. In football, that means waiting until Labor Day weekend, or even the Tuesday or Wednesday before the now-traditional Thursday night kickoff. In baseball, that generally means drafting this upcoming weekend. Why wait so long? Two words:
That probably requires some explaining, but not if you've owned Griffey before. For years, he would go as one of the top players in our drafts, only to tweak a hammy or an ankle during one of the late, meaningless spring training games. In fairness, I can only really remember it happening to "The Kid" once, but it happened to a big-name player almost every year -- so we moved our draft to as late a date as possible.
We solved that problem as best as we could -- but it's increased the chance of another issue: when a player you are targeting starts to light it up in spring training, drawing the attention of the rest of your league. Hoping that no one values
It's worth stating that, in general, it's important not to pay too much attention to those spring training stats. Regardless of how well Jacobs does in Kansas City, he's not a real threat to challenge for the HR title this season -- especially since he's probably splitting time with
There are some other things that are hard to miss. For instance, did you know that the Milwaukee Brewers have a player named -- wait for it --
You know what really isn't so great? This season of
Here's a question: Did you draft either
I previously said that I'd give you a list of guys I like. For those who have already drafted, consider this a list you can hold me to at season's end. For those waiting to draft until this weekend, enjoy. These are folks who I think will substantially exceed their draft cost.
As for batters, here are a few names I would absolutely love to buy for the right price:
And yes, these are all National League players. Sorry, but that's just my focus right now as I'm prepping for my NL-only draft. Do I think these guys will all be studs this year? No. I think the odds of more than one or two actually being a stud is pretty meager. But I think they'll deliver more value than you'd have to pay to get them -- and those are the guys who win you titles.
Next week, I'll eat some humble pie and break down my team. In the meantime, enjoy the drafts you have left, and good hunting.