Great news baseball fans: Fantasy Baseball is on the way soon!
Countless fans across the globe have hopped online to play GM and create the best team in the world. With the baseball season on the way soon, many people are prepping for their fantasy baseball drafts.
One of the toughest decisions to make it where to go with the 1st round pick. Nabbing the wrong guy as the anchor of your team could ruin your season, so the 1st guy selected must be a homerun.
While many go with a bat early, I'm going to tell you why it's not a bad idea to go with a pitcher first.
If your league is set up wit the PROPER catergories, Wins (W), Losses (L), Saves (SV), Home Runs (HR), Strikeouts (K), Earned Run Average (ERA), Strikeouts per Walk Ratio (K/BB), Winning Percentage (WIN%), along with a solid "must play" innings pitch count per week, then picking a pitcher isn't a bad idea at all.
See, with the right setup, pitchers have just as much value (if not more,) than a bat. Odds are you will be able to find a quality bat throughout the draft, and even nab a couple solid call ups as the season progresses. In regards to pitching, that is rarely the case.
If the pitching and batting cats are equal, it will be very hard to compete without competent arms. Personally, I always strive to dominate with pitching, and force my opponent to play a flawless head to head matchup against me hitting to win.
For example, lets say you pick in the back end of a 12 man league, at 8th. Clayton Kershaw falls to you. Last year he was 16-7 with a 2.13 ERA and 300k. You combine him with a top end pitcher (like Felix Hernandez) and solid bullpen work, it's going to hard for anyone to beat you pitching when those guys play two times in a week.
Personally, I always say, if you aren't picking in the top 4, taking an arm isn't a bad thing at all.
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