Planning your fantasy baseball draft

Jacoby Ellsbury can give you elite speed in the middle rounds.

Current and up-to-date information is the most important weapon in any
fantasy draft. The right
strategy serves as ammo.

As we enter the most popular draft weekend of the season, everyone should have a plan. Here are three points to stick by:

Play it safe early

You can’t win the league with your first three picks, but you certainly can lose it. Stay away from anyone with injury concerns (Chase Utley, Ian Kinsler, Josh Johnson) those with shaky track records (Matt Kemp) and those that don’t contribute across the board (Joe Mauer).

Wait on closers

Wasting early picks on elite closers is not optimal. There is just too much turnover at the position that can help the savvy owner later on. Target at least four lower-tier closers like Matt Thornton, J.J. Putz, Joe Nathan and Jonathan Broxton.

Speed to burn

Chicks dig the long ball. That’s why the big bats will rightfully come off the board before we should even think about speed. Getting steals later on with guys like Jacoby Ellsbury, Rajai Davis, Dexter Fowler and Brian Roberts is easier than finding brute power late.


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